I am concerned about the VOCs from the 6 commercial gas dryers in my building. My condo is over the laundry room.

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I am concerned about the VOCs from the 6 commercial gas dryers in my building. My condo is over the laundry room.

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I purchased a carbon monoxide detector (so far has shown no activity) and I am working to plug all entries for the dryer exhaust to enter my home (e.g. plugging up an outdated kitchen wall fan that was permitting fumes to blow in, sealing affected windows shut with weatherstripping tape).

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Lucas Johnson's picture

I think that creating a solid air barrier between the laundry room andyour living space is a great idea.

However, it is going to be verydifficult to know this was achieved without a little professionalassistance. I'd recommend finding a BPI Accredited Contractor or BPIBuilding Analyst (www.bpi.org) near your home and hiring them to performan inspection.

  • They should do analytical testing with a blower door todetermine how leaky your house is and if there is a solid/continuous airbarrier between your home and the laundry room.
  • In addition, theyshould have some fancy indoor air quality (IAQ) testing equipment todetermine if any CO, VOCs, gas, or other unfriendly substances areentering your home.

If the basic work you performed has not solved the issue, then it wouldbe wise to have a BPI professional take it from here. Air sealing canbe complex, technical, dirty, and dangerous work.

Kind regards,
Lucas