I'm looking to buy this cat lover's house. The house is full of cat
hair and cat urine smell that I plan to replace all the carpet covered
area with new carpet or hardwood.
Yet, I'm afraid that cat urine has penetrate through the capet and
underlay to the floor board. AFAIK, the owner has been living in this
house for the last ten years, probably having the cat(s) with him the
same amount of time. And apparantly, he's pretty messy that I suspect
he didn't even attemp to clean up the areas where the cat urinated on.
So is it possible to get this house odor free again with new carpet?
In a word, NO. Carpet alone won't cut it, if it is in to the wood. Count on
replacing subfloor as well. There are products that help reduce the smell,
and people will jump in here swearing by them, but it has been my experience
that the first damp day, the smell will be back. And don't forget that if he
had a tomcat, the bottom few feet of drywall is also probably contaminated.
(It only takes a few drops.) I love cats, but I'm allergic to them, and when
I walk into wherever the catbox is when I visit people, I about gag. They
honestly don't even notice the stench. I'd never consider buying a former
'Cleansing fire' comes to mind....
That's too bad (how you won't buy a house that previously had a cat).
It must limit the number of potential houses that you can buy because:
"In 1987, cats overtook dogs as the number one pet in America (about
50 million cats resided in 24 million homes in 1986). About 37% of
American homes today have at least 1 cat."
That means that if you are looking at a house that already had 2
previous owners, odds are greater than 50% that it had a cat. After 3
owners it probably had a cat.
I wouldn't buy a house that smelled like cat urine, but I would
definitely not refuse to buy a house simply because the previous
owners had a cat.
Im alergic to cats and could not live in a house without major cleaning
Don`t forger about the duct cleaning to be done , I dought a chemical
will cure it , you may want to wait on carpet till you are sure. Houses
like this basicly go dirt cheap, since you dont know what or how
extensive repairs will be. Even Primer may need to be a special Fire
-Smoke restoration type, Not cheap and toxic to use. I hope you get a
great deal and bid new subfloors, wood , duct- furnace cleaning some
drywall and 3 coats of paint for fire restoration. Your low price may
end up being high with the agravation you will encounter.
Get a GC out to bid it before you buy, you will be suprised at the
Jerry Mouse, Ozone generators are dangerous-damaging to lungs, they
Ozidise. The EPA limit is 50 ppb for 8 hrs , the Ionic Breeze crap
outputs 50 ppb. There is alot of resarch done and ongoing that shows
Ozone generators to be dangerous to people with any lung disease and
damaging to everyone. I would not nor would my doctor have a Ozone
producing anything in my house. Natural ozone is temporary not a
continual bombardment of a damaging substance. Ozone will ozidise your
lungs in high concentrations that " generators " produce.
My cousin owns a motel and has a commercial ozone machine he uses to clear
rooms of bad odors. There is a strong instructions in the operating manual
that one should set it for x hours for a certain size room, no-one should be
in the room either while it is operation, or for 2 hours afterwards, and
then a fan should be used to bring fresh air into the room for an hour
before anyone goes into the room. But it sure works good.
I agree. I avoid homes with cats, and I have not needed any
medications. Also, I avoid hotels/motels that allow pets. When
dating women, I find out if they have a cat or not--if they do, it's
my last date with them. Outdoor dogs are okay, but who likes a
Funny. Felix is the name of a cartoon cat AND of one of the Odd Couple.
I will call you felix.
Who likes a house with a big friendly dog to come over and say hi or
just demand a scratch behind the ears.
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