Posts Tagged ‘pet urine stains’

Inspection Safari: Carpet Stain Blocker Failure

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

carpet stain blocker

Sometimes when I receive an inspection request, the stated reason and the actual complaint are different. Today’s Inspection Safari is a perfect example of such a complaint.

A major carpet mill asked me to inspect a carpet for “stain blocker failure.” Most of today’s carpets are made using some type of stain resistant technology. So a permanent stain is often covered by the carpet warranty. My job would be to see if this stain was something that might be a “warrantied defect.”

I called the homeowner to schedule an appointment and asked him if there was a problem with a stained carpet. He said, “Yes, AND the carpet is coming apart.” He explained that the spot had been professionally cleaned five times. The last time it was cleaned, the technician “was aggressive” with the cleaning and the carpet delaminated (separated)! So now I also had to determine the structural integrity of the carpet. (more…)

Flooring Inspection Safari: Latent Defects in Carpet

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

fuzzy carpet loops | Glenn Revere

Any manufactured product can have defects. Carpeting is no different. When carpeting comes off the final product line, it goes through an inspection process. The most glaring, obvious defects are caught during this mill inspection.

Once the carpet is delivered to your home for installation, your installer is the next line of defense against defects. It is the installer’s responsibility to examine the carpet for defects after it is unrolled. If he/she sees a problem, the installation is stopped until the nature of the defect is determined. Some defects can be corrected. Sometimes the carpet must be replaced. (more…)

Pet Stains on Carpet and Carpet Warranties

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

pet stains | carpet expert Glenn Revere

Studies show that more households have pets than children. So pet urine stains are a big problem. Many carpets have warranties that include pet stain coverage, but many have exclusions when it comes to specific problems. Most warranties state that urine will not stain the carpet fiber. Generally speaking, you should be able to remove urine from your carpet with no leftover stain. But what happens when pets “pee” everywhere in a room and the urine fades (removes) the color? Will your warranty cover this complaint?

I recently looked at a carpet installation with this very problem. The carpet was installed in four isolated bedrooms. An old dog and cat had urinated literally everywhere — along the baseboards, against furniture, and in all the open areas. The older the animal, the stronger (more acidic) the urine becomes. The urine (which contains uric acid) had broken down the carpet dye and left pink/pale orange spots everywhere. There were hundreds of spots, and a (more…)