Monday, November 18, 2013
I have the misfortune of getting my neighbour's cigarette smoke flooding my apartment. Unfortunately there is little the Housing Authority could do for me other than putting a heavy rubber strip on the bottom of my door. My Mom bought me one of those ionic filter air exchanger which did not touch it (even though it claimed to be able to take it out) My sister SABLE77 jumped into the fray with some ideas, one being taping up my kitchen cupboards, trying to seal them since the smoke comes in strongest there. Then she discovered large gaping holes between my cupboards that led up to my drop down ceiling I share with my neighbour and she thought that was it. So taking some foam I had and cutting it up she blocked all these holes. She also moved the fridge out to see if it was somehow coming in there but there was nothing. When I washed behind there my mop came away brownish yellow with the smoke residue on the walls:( She did not have enough tape for everything and also noted there were gapes between the ceiling and the cupboards. So we left it at what she could do and hoped that the blocking of the large holes would take a lot of it out. But when I came back later that day, it was as strong as ever :( We have no uptake fans in our suites, its a passive venting system that is supposed to take air up, but unfortunately, it does not. When the wind blows, even slightly, you can actually feel the air blowing down on you from these vents. I closed the kitchen one off long ago, but had to keep the bathroom open as there is no other way to air it out. The filter we stuck in the grate was totally black and furry to show how much crud comes down it. My sister is suggesting installing my own battery operated fan up there to push it back so the bad air won't come out. My sister's next plan of attack is to get a spray foam and just run it along every where there is a joint and crack. Not so sure the housing authority would approve of this as this stuff has a color and would be quite noticeable. We are not allowed to make any modifications to our suite, and if we do, should we leave, we have to put it back to the way it was at our own expense. They don't allow much anyway as I lobbied to put a shower only in there and get rid of the bath tub, but they wouldn't allow that.
I really appreciate my sister and Mom trying to help solve this problem, but I fear it may be hopeless. The only thing I can wish for is if the Housing Authority makes all its building smoke free someday. My caretakers thought they might be leaning this way as so many people have this same problem.
The temperatures have really dropped here after the snowfall, and there is a very real risk of freezing my hot water heating pipes under the window if I open it. We are given a written warning about this twice a year. The people above me ignored it last year and when they froze their pipes, I got the flood :P So I turn my heat up high, open the window and get my floor fan on high and that helps push the smoke away from my kitchen long enough to fix meals. Also suggested was wearing a mask which I may do as well.
With the windchill, it feels like -8F (-22C)
Stuffed up And Sleepless in Saskatoon :P
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