A few months ago, I moved into an apartment with a washer/dryer unit. All was well until a month or two ago. Randomly, once a week or so, it smelled like cigarettes in my living room. I went on with my life... Until the smell became ubiquitous in my kitchen and living room. It typically comes in around 11 PM and it stays until at least 830 AM (I leave for work then so I'm not exactly sure when it's gone).
It smells strongest from the part of the wall the washer unit plugs into:
I don't smoke, and allegedly, none of my neighbors do, either. Apparently, you're allowed to smoke in this complex, though.
My leasing office is open from 10am - 7pm. In other words, they're on site when the smell is gone. Maintenance flushed my washer's pipe, and 90% of the smell was gone... For a week. It's back in full force now. The smell also comes from under my kitchen sink, though the pipe and wall are caulked.
Maintenance (and the property manager) has never smelled the smell. They had someone clean my vents (when I wasn't sure where the smell was originating from), which were clean. The front office quickly turned into the biggest pain to deal with once they realized it wasn't an easy fix. They smile through their teeth and are extremely condescending and say "well, we've done all we can do!" (Bullshit). They're condescending in passive aggressive ways I can't bring to the building's corporate office. They are compete, trashy airheads on power trips.
I think they think I'm making up the smell or just don't care anymore. It's becoming incredibly uncomfortable to deal with them. Maintenance cannot think for themselves and will only do what they are instructed to do - I find the problem, they do what I ask (so far).
Does anyone know what the smell could be or how I could stop it? It's not from the washing machine itself, but rather the wall. Flushing it helped, but it smelled rather strange immediately afterward. Perhaps this isn't cigarette smoke? Could it be something in the water? I'm guessing so since a bit comes from the sink...
I want to keep contact with the front office at a minimum. I've worn out my welcome there, nevermind the fact that's their job. I'd rather deal with rabid raccoons.
Edit: so is that black pipe my drain pipe? I wonder if I should just replace it like they suggest here? http://cruftbox.com/blog/archives/001651.html
sulfur smells like cigarettes, right? I just don't understand why it's only happening at night. I'm not even running the washing machine but once per week.