07 Feb '13, 11pm

How long should VOCs linger after removal of the source? #green

I purchased a home n Florida built in 2005 which I discovered had a VOC problem after closing. There is a aromatic sort of piney smell in the house that attaches to anything left in the house for more than a few hours. The house is empty of any furnishings, had engineered wood floors glued to the slab over 50% of the house with tile/carpeting in the rest. The kitchen and bath have cherry wood cabinetry and there are plastic blinds on the windows. I removed one cabinetry box from the home and didn't notice the odor. The odor doesn't extend into the attached garage. I've had two companies do odor investigations which honed in on mold/water intrusion and particle matter - both of which did not present a problem in the house. The best I could get from either about the odor was increasing the ventilation. Which I had already tried to no effect. I've also washed down everything ...

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