r/poland Nov 26 '22

Stinky Neighbours.

I recently started renting a flat in an older building, and the flat itself is great. However, there are some “komunalne” flats in the building, in the same part (klatka) as my flat, and certain neighbours’ smells unfortunately come into my flat through the ventilation. The worst is the old couple that live directly beneath me and smoke (it must be 1000 cigarettes each per day!) with the windows closed now that it’s a bit colder. I come home from work and my bathroom smells like someone has been sitting in there smoking. Is there any hacks or tricks Polish people traditionally have to avoid this happening? I can’t dry clothes in there as they’d stink of smoke after a day of drying.

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u/aherok Nov 26 '22

The ventilation is not connected to the floor directly below or above you but it is required to have at least 1 more floor between. It's a matter of law regulations and physics i guess

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u/HamishIsAHomeboy Nov 26 '22

What do you mean by “it’s required to have at least one more floor between?” And why do you think the ventilation isn’t connected? I’m 99% sure that it is.

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u/Feeling_Lock_3544 Nov 26 '22 edited Nov 26 '22

E.g. Air duct can be connected for the apartments on 1st and 3rd floor, but not 1st and 2nd. Also, you cannot use mechanical vents of the air duct is connected to other apartments. However in old building people made a lot alternations without proper permissions. You can ask building administrator to check ventilation. But it will take time unfortunately. Also, maybe there is another air duct in your bathroom that you can conect to, ask building administration about it (or your landlord)

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u/HamishIsAHomeboy Nov 26 '22

Ok, thanks for explaining. There are no mechanical vents but it seems like there’s a central shaft that all flats, one above another, are connected to. Is that “one floor between” thing just for new builds maybe?

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u/Feeling_Lock_3544 Nov 26 '22

Honestly, I don't know. But i lived in a municipal flat (komunalne) and when I wanted to make some renovations I needed to hire a specialist who checked all air ducts and gave me a written opinion where and how I can connect ventilation.

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u/IdesOfMarchCometh Nov 28 '22

Typically there's one shaft for everyone to vent into the shaft. The problem is some people use higher power fans which means the suckers like you(and me when i lived there) are the outlets for most of the other bathrooms. Your best bet is to do what they do and just get a higher power fan.

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u/HamishIsAHomeboy Dec 02 '22

There are no fans at all! At least not in my flat!

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u/wowdogethedog Nov 26 '22

Honestly, your best bet is getting some charcoal filters for the room and ventilation itself, with "komunalne" flats it can take years to solve officialy.

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u/Septicphallus Nov 26 '22

If you’re lucky a hard winter will finish them off.

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u/c0de-m0nk Nov 26 '22

I would recommend you to buy an air purifier. It kills cigarette smell pretty effectively.

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u/HamishIsAHomeboy Nov 26 '22

Yeah, I have one already thanks for the smog season. It works, but it’s still a pain in the arse as that lingering post-party residual smokey smell just clings…

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u/zefirkalala Nov 26 '22

Problably the ventilation system is poorly designed or developed. There should be air vents in the windows as an addition to the entire system and this is probably missing. Hardly any owner cares about it.

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u/Bububue Nov 26 '22

Have you watched “the Jeffery Dahmer story”? Maybe they keep dead people inside their house and try to mask the smell with cigarettes! Who knows… 😳

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u/HamishIsAHomeboy Nov 26 '22

I think that’s the guy the next floor down. Basically a homeless guy that has a home. You have to hold your breath going past his flat. He has the same aftershave as the guys on the buses in winter that end up making everyone squeeze into one half of a bus during peak rush hour.

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u/thatgothboi Nov 26 '22

Tape the ventilation shut, put some rags under your doors and windows. Open your windows only when you're certain that your neighbours are not smoking and try to make the air move throughout the house. There's a chance that you can call the police on them if your building has a no-smoking policy

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u/Wespinforbro Nov 26 '22

thats why you need to make at least 10k net a month in PL. one thing that poor eastern europeans share is a complete disregard toward other people, and you just avoid them at all costs.

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u/Lopsided_Function_73 Nov 26 '22

I rented an apartment in an older building because it was huge, price was pretty low and had that "atmospheric" vibe as they call it here. My friend went with a newly developed one, much smaller and expensive.

We had quite different neighbours.