I have a tenant who's complained of a mildew smell in her apartment.
She says that the smell is coming from the carpet, and that the odor
becomes very strong whenever it rains. She also says that the mildew
smell is strong in one of the closets. I checked her apartment, and
there is a mildew smell in the closet she identified, however, I don't
smell anything coming from the carpet. Also, I just replaced the
carpet in her apartment less than 1 year ago.
Is it possible that the carpet could be causing this smell? Could it
be the padding under the carpet? Could the padding underneath the
carpet be causing this smell(I didn't replace it when I replaced the
carpet last year)? If necessary I'll replace it, but I'd hate to spend
money replacing the carpet or padding is that's not the cause. Is
there anyway to pinpoint the source? Or are there any services out
there that I could contact? I want to resolve this issue for my
tenant, but I don't want to just throw money at the problem. Any help
would be greatly appreciated.
On Thu, 3 Aug 2006 09:09:38 -0700, "Cheri" <gserviceatinreachdotcom>
I don't understand why people put in carpets at all.
The sensible thing to do is put in some durable easy to
clean flooring like, say, asphalt, and roll out a large
area rug on top of it. That way you can take the damn
thing OUT to clean it.
On 3 Aug 2006 08:13:12 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
You need to put your detective hat on and determine where the
moisture/water is coming from. Because it happens when it rains,
there may be a roof leak dripping inside the walls. Look for water
marks on all walls. Inspect the roof. Listen for water in the walls
when it rains. Maybe the tenant will offer to help.
Mildew odor in a closet?
Gross.....but could be dirty clothes and or SHOES.
At one time Bed, Bath and Beyond sold something
called activated Lava that was supposed to
stop mildew odors. It doesn't stop the mildew (fungus as in athlete's foot
but absorbs the odors.
Carpet. What substrate is it on?
If it's concrete call a carpet cleaning company and THEY
will charge you extra for a "mildewcide" treatment.
If it's on a wood floor then find a carpet cleaner
that does "dry-cleaning" or surface cleaning not steam cleaning.
If you go "dry-cleaning" tell your tenant she will have to vacate her
for a couple of days after the cleaning to let it air out
or then she will be complaining of headaches after it's cleaned.
Odors in carpet are caused by fungus,moisture and plain ol' DIRT.
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