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#1 of 4 Old 06-23-2008, 05:11 PM - Thread Starter
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Our shower has been leaking for about a month and a half now. The house is brand new so the builder has been out several times to fix it and try and figure out what is wrong. Finally, last week they determined by ripping out a bunch of tile and using an infared camera that there were some hairline cracks in the fiberglass shower pan that would open up when a person would stand in the shower causing the very slow leak.

Well this morning they came out and sealed up the cracks. I've got all the windows open and the exhaust fans going in the bathrooms, but it still smells like a really strong nail salon in my house. The shower guy assured me that it wasn't enough to be bad for me.

I'm having a pretty bad HG day on top of that so can't really leave because I'll probably puke all over the place if I do.

Is this chemical exposure going to be really bad for the baby?
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I'd say keep the house well ventilated but try not to worry about it too much. If you're able to get out just for a bit, my sister told me that spider plants are great at absorbing chemical smells. Maybe that'll help out a bit.
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Your exposure for one day (or until it dissipates) will be fine. It's the aggravation of the smell that is more bothersome.

Ugh - when our maid mops (yes, I'm spoiled) I have to open all the windows & still can't get the smell out of my throat - ick!

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Ugh, so sorry you have to deal with this smell...especially with have super prego olfactory senses.

Well, I have to say I get annoyed when installers, etc try to tell you something is safe for do they know? They don't.

But, I do think you will be are worrying just like any of us would but b/c we can be on the outside for you right now we can say this. It's affecting you way more than your baby.

Try to stay out of the house tomorrow too just to make sure it doesn't end up making you more sick.
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