we're buying a 16 year old house and everytime my wife and I been inside for
little while, we both had this weird allergy feeling where our noses get dry
and feels like we're allergic to something. The seller has a cat there and
our agent said it's mostlikely pet dander, neither one of us are allergic to
cats, yet whenever we went to see this house, we felt the same thing again.
Iam scheduling a carpet cleaner to come and clean the carpets as well as the
air ducts and vents before we move into thehouse this month. The cleaning
companies i spoke with seem to all be eager to get rid of this probelm, uet
they don't have anything specific to clean pet dander. I am looking for
suggestions on what to make sure the cleaning do to resolve this and wether
or not it could be something completly other than the pet dander, since
we're not allergic to pets.
your response is much appreciated
On Wed, 12 Nov 2003 00:26:22 GMT, "Hassane Bouhia"
If you're not allergic to cats, then pet dander isn't your problem.
Do you know if you have any other allergies? If so, you can have the
cleaning companies concentrate on those issues.
If not, then ask them to concentrate on the most likely allergens such
as mold and dust.
If you haven't closed on the house yet, then I would advise you to find
another one. The real problem is that you don't know what is causing the
reaction. Without knowing the cause, finding a solution isn't likely. You
could go through a series of increasingly costly attempts to correct the
situation and each one might be unsuccessful. I would be concerned with
your real-estate agent's attitude. He/she should be looking out for your
interests, not trying to rationalize what is causing the problem. I bet
that if you asked the agent to state in writing the cause and solution of
the problem they would RUN.
At the very least, I would consider if there was a budget to have all the
carpet and padding replaced and for everything to be sealed with a sealing
primer and then painted. If you are going to have the ductwork cleaned,
them find someone who can steam clean it. Vacuuming the ducts will be a
waste of money. In the long run, what ever conditions allowed mold to grow
in the ductwork will most like persist after you move in and the problem
will reoccur. You might also consider finding a service that can test for
mold. A home inspection service could give you a referral. Finding mold in
the house would be a good reason to cancel the sale and get your earnest
Mold has become a very serious problem. Sometimes it is hidden in wall
cavities that become moist due to small leaks in the roof, foundation, or
plumbing. It may not be an allergy, but a reaction to something in the
home. Not all physical responses are allergies The problem could be as
simple as a cleaning product or air freshener that the homeowner used. It
could be from pesticides used by an exterminator. Cleaning companies will
be anxious to help because that's how they make their living. I doubt that
you will find one that guarantees that their services will solve the
problem. Meanwhile, you may be stuck with a house that is making you sick.
Just think how bad you might feel after sleeping there.
My guess is that it is a very dry house-which will cause dry noses.......you
also probably ARE reacting to cat dander--you may NOT be allergic to cats
(on allergy tests) but the dander-old dander) may be a cause.
Also dust mites. Is the house clean? Or did it look dirty or old? Have
you ACTUALLY bought the house--is there a "GET OUT OF IT" clause---talk to
Duct cleaning has not been found to make a huge difference in houses 25
years old and younger. In fact some cannot be cleaned because of their
makeup. If you have the carpets cleaned and get a humidifier (I suggest
attaching one to your furnace if possible) and your noses are still dry....I
think you will have to replace the car4peting--the problem could be in the
padding!!--Carpet companies also can just replace padding!! So maybe that's
a MUCH cheaper way to try!!! I've had friends do that and it worked great!!
Took the smell away!! But do it AFTER you clean the carpet!!
If you get someone to "test for mold" I can guarantee you that they will
find some and tell you all the things you need to do........this is the HOT
thing right now!! I'd really hold back on doing anything about that unless
you actually SEE the mold then there are ways YOU can clean it! There is
mold and mildew in all houses--carpet padding is the biggest culprit!
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