Outside cigarette smoke through window vents

_Jem_
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Has anyone had issues with window trickle vents and outside smells coming in?

I'm in a top flat and sometimes the person below smokes near his bathroom, he has his window open when he is smoking and it's coming in to my bathroom even when the trickle vent is closed. It's strange because when he smokes in other places in his flat it doesn't come through any of my other window vents. 

I can't feel any cold draughts coming through the vents even when it's been windy.


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  • coffeehound
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    Sounds like it could be finding its way into your bathroom by another route.  Gaps where pipes come up through the floor, or maybe a shared extractor system perhaps?
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    edited 11 December 2023 at 8:45PM
    Sounds like it could be finding its way into your bathroom by another route.  Gaps where pipes come up through the floor, or maybe a shared extractor system perhaps?
    I did actually think it was coming through the bathroom extractor fan, it's not as i temporary sealed the vent and it was still coming in. 

    It's a new build so it should be pretty air tight.

    I have edited my first post to say he opens his window when he smokes. 
  • Cherryfudge
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    We get bonfire smoke (not a smokeless zone) through upper windows - and sometimes other smells too. It's a 1930s terrace with double glazed windows. I suspect there's an up-draught channelled around buildings and foliage. 

    We've very occasionally had cigarette smoke that I'm sure comes through the walls somehow - I suspect there are beams leading from one house to another. Could yours be getting through the floor?
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    edited 11 December 2023 at 10:16PM
    We get bonfire smoke (not a smokeless zone) through upper windows - and sometimes other smells too. It's a 1930s terrace with double glazed windows. I suspect there's an up-draught channelled around buildings and foliage. 

    We've very occasionally had cigarette smoke that I'm sure comes through the walls somehow - I suspect there are beams leading from one house to another. Could yours be getting through the floor?
    I'm not sure where else it could be coming through, I'm wondering if it's coming from the window area as he is standing near his window when he smokes.

    When i moved in i did have a problem with the window where it had dropped they did come out and fix it i am wondering if the window is properly sealing, I have used the card sliding trick, along the bottom it's very tight as is the top can't slide the card at all, along the sides of the window you can slide the card with a little bit of force. How easy are you supposed to be able to slide the card without air coming in?
  • A Positive Input Ventilation system would probably solve this
  • twopenny
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    To find out if it's coming through the window try a low tack masking tape around the opening ones.
    Quick and easy to do and no residue left.

    I've used it for my exposed north facing bedroom with bitterly cold weather and works a treat even though I have good window seals.

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    edited 12 December 2023 at 10:08AM
    A Positive Input Ventilation system would probably solve this
    Yes that would be the only solution if i can't work out where it's coming from.
    twopenny said
    To find out if it's coming through the window try a low tack masking tape around the opening ones.
    Quick and easy to do and no residue left.

    I've used it for my exposed north facing bedroom with bitterly cold weather and works a treat even though I have good window seals.
    Good idea definitely will try that tonight.

    Out of interest which way are the cams supposed to face on a top hung window to increase the pressure, the arrow marker is pointing away from me north position.
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    edited 12 December 2023 at 7:49PM
    I have got on my hands and knees and i could smell it from the toilet area so i have just pulled the bath side pannel and it's really strong under the bath.

    He has said he puts his cigarettes down the toilet but i can't see that would cause the smell coming through? 
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