Do you know what's in your carpet?
Pet urine, moisture and mould are just some of the hidden hazards that could be lurking in your carpet. Don't take any chances with your family's health.
Whether you're a pre home buyer, property investor or home owner, we have a report to suit your needs. When deciding to buy a home many people will have a building inspection and pest inspection, but what about a carpet inspection? Building Inspections do not cover soft furnishings.
If you can't see it, then it isn't there....Right?
How can you be sure?
Do you or the current vendors have pets? if so then there is a strong possibility that the carpet contains urine. Apart from the usual accidents, dogs and cats are territorial, especially males. Male cats will mark their territory by spraying urine over carpet, curtains, furniture and walls, more so in multi pet households. The amount of urine in the carpet will depend on the size of the animal. A labrador will expel a higher volume of urine compared to a Chihuahua.
Not all urine will show up as a visible stain, it all depends on the carpet type. Urine provides an ideal enviroment for mould to grow and bacteria to flourish. Urine residue contains salt crystals which draw moisture from the air , especially during high humidity. These crystals "gass off", causing unpleasant urine odours in the home.
Is the shower leaking? The base of the shower could be leaking water through the back of the wall and into the underlay of the carpet in the adjacent room. This might not be obvious to the naked eye, the carpet will not feel wet to touch. The underlay will be absorbing the water, spreading out in an ever increasing circle. As there is no way for it to dry out, the underlay will be a perfect breeding ground for mould.
The extent of the damage will depend on the amount of leaking water and the amount of time it has been accumulating. If this is the case then we have just discovered three potential problems. 1. A leaking shower, 2. Water damaged underlay and carpet harbouring mould which would need replacing and 3. The subfloor may also be water damaged and/or breeding mould.
Depending on the severity of the water damage the cost involved to remediate and the cost of repairing the shower could be substantial. Of course if there is visible damage such as rotting skirting boards, doorframes and wet smelly carpet the damage will be more extensive and repair bill more expensive.
Mould requires moisture, oxygen and a food source to grow, making carpet a high risk in the home. Mould spores are found naturally in the air, if the spores land on a wet or damp spot all they need is dust as a food source and can begin to grow within 24 to 48 hours depending on the type of mould.
Not only do we check for moisture, urine and mould in our Comprehensive Carpet Inspection but report on any other visible stains, signs of pests and damage.
Our report includes colour photographs of any problem areas.