something to check when buying a home (pets/carpet)
something i wish i'd checked out before purchasing our house - thought i'd share so someone else could benefit from my lesson ;)
when you are checking out a house you think you would like to buy - come back at dark and check the carpets with a black light to see if there is evidence of pet urine.
no one noticed any pet odors when we toured or inspected the house we just bought. the carpet in the house is 2 years old and looks pretty new/clean.
we just had the carpets cleaned by chemdry, before moving in our stuff,
today was the first humid day we've had in the new house
either way, suddenly, this week - there is pet urine odor! awful.
we got one of the black light flashlights (causes urine stains to glow) and our carpet lit up like a nebula. glowing places everywhere.
i think the PO must have been using something to mask the odor and the carpet cleaning removed it, or maybe the smell wasn't in evidence because of the colder temps and low humidity we've had up till this week. gak.
we had planned to remove the carpet and do hardwood floors in the first couple of years in the house, but that project has been pushed to the head of the list, i think.