Monday, October 11, 2010

basement carpet odor

See this message from a LeDroit Park ressident:

My finished basement (with wall-to-wall carpeting) smells very funky... like B.O. but it's not B.O. It's flooded twice in the last two years, but has dried out quickly thanks to a wet vac and dehumidifier. I've noticed the odor in the last few months, can't see anything, and can't identify the source.

What kind of worker would I hire to help with this issue? Many thanks. Hoerrner @ gmail.com/.

5 comments:

  1. get a utility knife and cut it up into sections. a claw hammer will remove the tack strips and nails.

    request a bulk trash pickup.

    a carpet that has been flooded can not be dried out is place. it cannot be done. replace with something other than wall to wall carpeting.

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  2. Flagler PL NW Resident

    carpet in a basement sounds like a bad idea from the beginning. mold will really take off in an environment like this. I would look into tiling and creating a drain system, i.e. french drain system of some sort.

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  3. I agree with the people above (although I also have wall-to-wall carpeting in my basement), but something else to keep in mind is the possibility of something decaying in your walls. This was a case in my house where we actually had to track down an old rat nest in the sealed up wall and shop-vac out whatever was left in there.

    Mat on North Capitol

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  4. this sounds like mold. you should remove the carpet entirely and use flooring that can handle a little wetness and humidity

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