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jon2ie 06-02-2012 02:34 AM

Is there mildew under the carpet?
We bought our house a couple months ago. The house is constantly smelling like mildew. Is there a way I can check without messing up the carpet? What if there is mildew under the carpet? What happens next ??

oh'mike 06-02-2012 05:54 AM

Get down on your knees and sniff the carpet---If it smells musty--it will need removal---the musty,mildew is likely growing in the old pad under the carpet---

joecaption 06-02-2012 09:22 AM

Is this a crawl space or basement?
If it's a crawl space make sure there's a vaper barrier of 6 mil. plastic on the ground.

Someone needs to also be looking for any water leaks under the house.
The subfloor will be stained if there's been a leak.

Is there standing water under the house?

jon2ie 06-02-2012 10:09 AM

Crawl space ..... There is not a vaper barrier (guess I should do that) And there is not standing water under the sub area but the ground is mosit. Thank you for your help :) One more question - who would I get to put a vaper barrier under the house ??

oh'mike 06-02-2012 05:52 PM

A basement waterproofing company will provide that service---

joecaption 06-02-2012 06:13 PM

It's a super simple job, why not do it yourself and save a ton of money?

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