dog urine/wooden decks

yoyopaJune 1, 2008

I am in the process of designing my small, concrete backyard/patio. It is a rowhome in the middle of a large metropolitan city. The yard is concrete, very small, and surrounded by the walls of other houses, so it is private and self-contained. I am planning Ipe deck with benches and planters. My concern is that I have two dachshunds. Is Ipe resistant to dog urine? What about if it runs through the planks onto the concrete? Are there processes I could apply to prevent any smell? Any help is greatly appreciated.

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Not a good idea to let animals pee anywhere you can't clean up. You will end up with a sanitation issue if the urine collects on a concrete slab right under the deck. What about ventilation? Are you planning on building the Ipe deck on sleepers over a concrete slab?

    Bookmark   June 1, 2008 at 12:02PM
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Thanks. There will be ventilation. I'm just concerned that even with ventilation, there will still be a smell. Right now,
I use bleach if the dogs go - they are elderly dogs, used to a large backyard, they go on walks but sometimes they have to go out back. And I'm afraid they can't be trained to use the breezeway.This query is precautionary.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2008 at 12:21PM
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Don't use bleach on wood it breaks down the fibers

    Bookmark   June 2, 2008 at 1:01PM
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Yes, there certainly will be smell. I've lived in a city rowhome where neighbors had dogs and a concrete yard, and cleaned and hosed frequently. It's only a matter of time before that sickly urine smell permeates the air, esp. in the summer months. This vividly brings back bad olfactory memories - as if it were only yesterday. Yuck.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2008 at 10:18AM
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Ipe is not immune to dog will stain it and it will smell. If you really want Ipe and you really have to let the doggies go.....use Ipe tiles that you can take up and clean regularly (but as aidan said - not with bleach, you'll ruin the wood) - or just wait. Is there a drain in the concrete?

    Bookmark   June 5, 2008 at 9:16PM
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Thanks for the input. I really appreciate it. I have decided on putting up a small deck over the cellar door that will flatten and utilize the space (the cellar access is sloped and cannot be used as a gathering spot); the deck itself will provide an access panel. The rest of the backyard will be a patio with concrete or pavers. I'm hoping this is the best solution.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2008 at 5:44AM
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