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Case study #3
The Expensive Cover-Up

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The Story:

  • A 6000 sq.ft. house was bought the previous winter with no detectable pet odor, spring brought a massive odor problem and considerable consternation.
  • The previous owner had a small poorly trained dog.
  • The new carpet had been installed in this expensive but difficult to sell house.
  • New carpet was removed to expose the source of the odor on high humidity days.

This shows an upstairs bed room that had brand new carpet and very high quality padding (left) installed over an untreated area of contamination.

This was unusual because the offender was a small dog that primarily went along the wall in this room instead of in the middle of the room. This proves that where pets urinate on the floor is only a general not a definite assumption.

The extent of the urine staining in this bedroom corner is obvious though light.

Large areas like this are often very easy to treat with OdorXit because the depth of the contamination is limited. Using carpet shampoo here was not necessary, though it often is helpful on plywood application.

The extent of the staining of the tack strip is an excellent indicator of how bad the contamination is in the adjacent flooring. This tack strip only shows slight rust rings around the tacks thus indicating a relative light contamination in the area of the tack strip. This also indicates that it is very likely that there is urine contamination under the trim stripping and wall.

The balcony at the top of the steps shows a much more common presentation of dog urine contamination. The entire area was stained to some extent.

The tack strip had already been removed because this area was being treated with another odor control product. Unfortunately, the carpet has been steam cleaned resulting in detergent residue being left on the floor rendering enzyme products ineffective.

Another view of the balcony and living room below depicting a relative heavy stain very near the edge of the floor. Certainly an unusual place for even a dog to soil.

This view is of a room on the lowest level with a concrete floor. The staining here is limited to a small strip in the corner (again, an unusual place for a dog to soil).

There is definitely urine contamination under the wall in the corner that will require more that one treatment of OdorXit to control the odor.

The Rest of the Story

The conclusions that can be drawn from this example are quite clear.
  • Even big expensive houses like this one are not immune to pet soiling and odor problems.
  • Expensive padding and carpeting in combination with low humidity produced by cold weather or excessive air conditioning can hide pet odors from even the most discriminating buyers.
  • Beware of brand new carpeting in houses that have been on the market for more than a few months. It is often hiding something.

This study is meant to demonstrates that urine contamination in up-scale houses is often hard to identify but easy to treat. The source of this type of staining is by no means limited to pets.

Please do not take this case study or its conclusion as an indictment of cats or pets in general. IT IS NOT MEANT TO BE ONE! I have a dog and 2 cats pictured on this site, and would not trade any of them.

Updated April 2013

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