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mhunts56
Smell coming from ceiling, need help.
mhunts56

I need help. I'm having a problem in my home. I purchased my house almost 2 years ago. The previous owner disclosed a roof leak that had been repaired, they replaced the shingles on the whole roof. The inspector said there was no moisture. I have never seen a leak, but a strong smell comes from the ceiling when it's hot. I only notice it when it's 80+ outside. It's a strong odor, not moldy, more sour/earthy. It seems to be coming from the general area where the water had come in from the leak. The smell doesn't get worse after rain, high humidity, and is not noticeable in the winter. The ceiling is vaulted and exposed in 97% of the house, about 3% is enclosed as a cubby hole. I've contacted general contractors, builders, handymen, home improvement businesses. None of them seem to have an idea and direct me to call someone else. So far after 8-10 phone calls I've had no luck finding someone to look at it. Does anyone have advice as to who to call and what to tell them? Can you thing of other forums to post this problem?
Does anyone know what the material is? I've been calling it fiberboard insulation when speaking on the phone to potential contractors.
Here are some pictures 1,2,4 show the problem area that smells. 3 is to give you an idea of the ceiling structure. 5-9 is the cubby hole, it doesn't smell there, it's just to give you an idea of what the ceiling looks like without paint or trim.

pictures here:
http://imgur.com/a/lKINf#0
http://imgur.com/a/lKINf#0

dj1
Re: Smell coming from ceiling, need help.
dj1

Quote: " I've contacted general contractors, builders, handymen, home improvement businesses. None of them seem to have an idea and direct me to call someone else "

All of these pros INSPECTED your house, could not tell you anything, and you think that we can do better from behind our computers?

Since you stated that you had a leak, why don't you start by talking to drywall contractors.

ed21
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ed21

Any chance you have some of the Chinese drywall that was around years ago. I never smelled it, but was in the news and talked about a lot.
How's the roof ventilation?

Jeanne
Re: Smell coming from ceiling, need help.
Jeanne

Is the area below where the leak occurred carpeted? An odor from the carpet could be rising in the heat. I smelled a musty odor in my stairwell on hot humid days. I removed the carpet and the odor has not come back. The carpet was very worn and should have been pulled up sooner - it was black with dirt on the underside. Just a thought that due to the heat, which rises, the odor could be coming from below and just seem to be coming from above.

Mastercarpentry
Re: Smell coming from ceiling, need help.
Mastercarpentry

The bad Chinese drywall usually has a 'rotten egg' smell BUT the 'earthy' smell was also present in some of it. It was made by several different manufacturers over there hence there being a few different ingredients being the problem according to who made it. Just having a house outside of that era is no guarantee that you are OK- repairs could have been done using it.

Guessing from a distance I think there's a mildew problem existing which started with the roof leak, and with cathedral ceilings the only way to know for sure is to pull the ceiling down. Those panels look similar to acoustic ceiling tile and may crumble if disturbed. I'd be sure I could get replacements before starting any demo, or make plans to replace them with sheetrock.

Phil

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