I'm not a home owner, but I'm sure you guys will forgive me for that. :)
Water from a backed up storm drain got inside my basement apartment and on
half the carpet. It wasn't foot deep or anything like that, but there was
lots of swish-swashing when walking around. Anyway, my landlord, got most of
the water sucked out and after the carpet dried, he got someone in to clean
it. It LOOKS fine now, with no stains, but smells like a cross between a wet
dish cloth and garbage. Is there anything more that can be done to salvage it
or does it have to come out?
If my landlord suggests getting it treated further, should I just put my foot
down and get him to replace it?
On Tue, 16 Nov 2004 06:45:02 GMT, email@example.com (Jeff) wrote:
The carpet should be out of there. There is no way you should be
exposed to whatever the *cause* of the unpleasant smell is .. and
there is no way the *cause* is going to come out of that carpet.
Yes. He may be having a problem with his insurance company insisting
the carpet be treated rather than replaced. If this is the case, it
strikes me as a very short sighted approach. The cost of replacing
the carpet is modest when compared to the risk of a future action
over illness caused by the conditions in the carpet ... and the
negligence of the landlord in failing to realize it should be
replaced. (When you request the carpet be replaced to protect your
health, your request well may push refusal away from the definition
of "unreasonable, evennegligent" and more towards "reckless".)
My other question would be what has been done to ensure this won't
It should be junked unless he wants to try de-Molding it, waisting more
money, to then end up replacing it when it stinks again after the
deoderiser wears off. Call your insurance broker to see what is their
normal procedure, they will probably say junk it.
Possibly the landlord didn't report it to his insurance, fearing the
outcome of a water damage claim.
Also quite possible, if that was rain water backing up into the basement,
that his insurance says, "Sorry, that's a flood loss, and you don't have
firstname.lastname@example.org is Joshua Putnam
If the carpet was saturated with storm drain water, no telling what is
lurking in there now. Smells like garbage because it has garbage in it.
Surface cleaning is not good enough. I would insist it be removed for
health reasons. His insurance may cover it.
<< smells like a cross between a wet dish cloth and garbage. >>
Get a little more clout on your side by calling the City or County Health
Department. An insurance company will have to pay attention to them if there
are mold issues. HTH
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