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Unread 07-21-2021, 03:07 PM   #1
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is it normal for new bathroom to have construction smell for over a year?

I installed a new bathroom and tiles.

I have noticed that a year later the bathroom has a bit of a construction smell to it, that is the best way I can describe it. The bathroom is not used yet and I don't even have the shower hooked up yet or the bathroom sink. There is just a toilet that is not used more than a few times a week. The tiling is finished and everything is painted.

Is this smell normal with new bathrooms?

Is this just the off gassing of the thin set and other building materials that will cause the bathroom to smell like this even over a year later?
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Unread 07-21-2021, 03:20 PM   #2
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Edward I would like to give an answer to this, but not smelling the bathroom myself I just can't think of the correct response to your question... my gut says a new car will smell new until it is used
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Unread 07-21-2021, 03:40 PM   #3
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What Justin said. I've done a lot of residential construction, but I'm not sure what a "construction smell" might be. Seems to be different things depending upon what stage of construction we're in.

This bathroom is a project you did and for which we have a project thread? Might give us some hints about the products you were using.

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In a year or so (often less), the traps could dry out, so I'd make it a practice to pour a cup or so of water down each trap every couple of months. In some places, the sewer gas smells can be overpowering, but may not be bad.

But, most construction materials tend to outgas in a few months. As said, without being there, hard to identify.
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