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Old 10-14-2013, 11:11 AM   #1
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House Rehab Problem---Need suggestions

Trying to buy the house next door [short sale] to rehab for my granddaughter. It's been for sale and empty for the last year, because of the smell inside. No one has made an offer cause the minute they come through the door, the urine smell turns them off, and they turn around and leave.

I wouldn't take on such a project, but the bones of the house are good and the neighborhood is great, and as I am getting older, it would be nice to have a relative next door.

The old lady that lived there was blind and incontinent, and so was her dog. And her grown children would come over just long enough to give the Mom her insulin and a meal, and they would scram.

There is no carpet, just hardwood floors, which we plan on refinishing, and plan on painting every room. I think the smell is coming from the kitchen linoleum floor, which we are going to tear up and replace. I plan on sealing the underflooring with Kilz or Bin, before laying new flooring

I think that the odor has attached itself to all the surfaces in the house, so until we get everything painted, resurfaced or thrown out, it will be an ongoing problem, until we get done.

I just want something to help with odor control while we are in there working on the demo and rehab....I realize that there is no quick fix, but any suggestions will be great.
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Old 10-14-2013, 11:32 AM   #2
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Baking Soda or a Pan of Charcoal may do a little good. Could also rent a large Ozone Generator
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Old 10-14-2013, 11:41 AM   #3
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Try a good size amount of ozium

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000FEPW40

I know it works great for smoke, and I'd guess it'll help with urine odor as well.
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Old 10-14-2013, 05:10 PM   #4
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Baking Soda or a Pan of Charcoal may do a little good. Could also rent a large Ozone Generator
Thanks, I'll check into the Ozone Generator
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Try a good size amount of ozium

Ozium Glycol-Ized Professional Air Sanitizer / Freshener Original Scent, 0.8 oz. aerosol (OZ-1):Amazon:Automotive

I know it works great for smoke, and I'd guess it'll help with urine odor as well.
Thanks, I'll start checking around for Ozium.
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unbrewed coffee is also good for absorbing oders. you might consider washing subfloor with bleach water mix as well. might be worth tearing out subfloor and replacing with new if none of these suggestions work. a little vicks under your nostrils while wearing a mask will also help keep oders down while you work.
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Old 10-15-2013, 09:23 AM   #7
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Rent an Ozone Generator. Ozone which is just O3 instead of O2 neutralizes any organic substance. I've done quite a bit of work with ozone for bottled water companies, and I was surprised to find out it works quite well on odors. they use them after fires to get rid of the fire smell. No scrubbing or nothing. Just turn it on and let it go. I will get to all the places you cant.

Here is some info.

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remember, you want Ozone, not Ion. Ion air purifiers wont help in this case.

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Don't bother with masking the odor or Ozone which will not be up to the task.

Also talk with a reputable flood/environmental restoration company and see what they suggest, they do this and worse all the time.

My guess is that the hardwood floor is contaminated to and will have to be removed. Drywall also. Typically, some speculators/flip experts have taken a look and shied away. There is a reason for that. Tread carefully.
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Don't bother with masking the odor or Ozone which will not be up to the task.

Also talk with a reputable flood/environmental restoration company and see what they suggest, they do this and worse all the time.

My guess is that the hardwood floor is contaminated to and will have to be removed. Drywall also. Typically, some speculators/flip experts have taken a look and shied away. There is a reason for that. Tread carefully.
Ozone does not mask. It neutralizes. It breaks down the organic compounds that cause the odor. Me personally, I'd rather destroy the cause of the smell, rather that just removing it from the air afterwards.

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Sheetrock can be absorbent as well as the wood. I would recommend the ozone generator then a layer of Kilz paint, followed by a coat of regular latex. Rip out any wall paper, bleach the tile.
The Ozone will kill most of the bacteria that cause the issue, but can also cause discoloration of metal surfaces (oxidation).
I'd want to have the place checked for toxic mold so you know what you are getting into. A home inspector may be a good choice who is not associated with the bank or any specified contractor.
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