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Old 07-14-2010, 10:45 PM   #1
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Hi....I'm new home ownership and have a question about my finished basement. It rained hard last night ...the first rain since I moved in. there is now a very strong urine odor in the basement. it has a carpet glued to the floor but when I get down close to it and smell it...I don't smell the odor in the rug. Could it be somewhere other than the carpet. Or is my nose just playing tricks?

My new home started to smell after a heavy rain. It has a strong smell of urine in the finished basement area only. It does have a carpet but I am not sure the smell is coming from the carpet??

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Sounds like the previous owner had pets. Have the carpet cleaned and get a dehumidifier.
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I run a de humidifier in my basement during the spring, summer and fall. You might want to try that.
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Does it come from the floor drains?
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Thanks Ron....I won't panic...
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make sure your carpet cleaner uses a good urine removing treatment like molecular modifier, let it set a couple hours, extract and spray with mircoban. that 3 step process is used frequently in many of our urine jobs {i own a carpet cleaning and flood damage business}
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It would be a long shot in today's world: But IF you're carpet has ANY hemp backing at all, this stuff will smell like old urine when wet. The only way I remember to check is to pull up the carpet at one corner and examine the carpet backing closely. Most of the newer stuff is synthetic, but some of the better companies still will use a synthetic/hemp blend. David
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If you can, tear out a small piece of carpet in an area where it won't be noticed, soak it, place it in tupperware, put it outside in the hot sun. Then wait for a while and open it.

If it smells the same as the basement smell, the problem is your carpet is getting wet.

If it doesn't, it is either a urine stain somewhere on the carpet or something else entirely. For me I'd want to find out.
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It would simplify the answers if this was only posted in one forum.
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Thanks so much for your generous responses. I have purchased a dehumidifier and an air purifier. They have been working hard all day and the smell is MUCH better. I have no floor drains and I used a black light to look for stains but non appeared. Not sure if that method really works. There is also a hung ceiling. and dry wall in this area. Cathy
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Some fiberglass insulation will give off an odor when wet. Next time it rains remove a few ceiling panels and sniff around.

This is probably not the problem--however,you said that there was no floor drain---I bet there is,buried under the carpet---on very rare occasions the P-trap will go dry and let a bit of sewer gas into the room--not a urine smell--

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Wow! this is very good news! I'll keep an eye on those possibilities. Thanks so much!

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