Latest Discussions : Basement & Foundation

boaterkathy

08:04AM | 02/04/04
Member Since: 11/16/03
11 lifetime posts
We have an older home that is beautiful upstairs and bad in the basement. Our problem is that our dog has gotten very old and can no longer be up in the main house part with us. He has skin problems and does his "jobs" on the basement floor while we are at work. As a result our basement has gotten very smelly. Since the urine sinks into the old cement during the day, there is no real way to clean it off. Yuck! Unfortunately we may have to have him put to sleep eventually which will be sad. My question is this.... is there some type of sealer or something that we can put on the basement floor when he is gone that will seal over the cement so it will permanently seal out the smell? HELP!!! Thanks in advance!

plumber Tom

12:46PM | 02/04/04
Member Since: 05/10/03
801 lifetime posts
So sorry to hear about your best friend. I had to put my Siberian Husky down because he had hip displacia, and when he tried to make it to the yard, unfortunately he pooped as he walked. 3 parts water to 1 part bleach might nuetralize the urine, then seal all cracks with a hydraulic cement. Common names are wet-plug, water stop, etc. The smell will pass, but your best friends memory will never go away. And it's ok to talk about it, you'll feel better inside.

plumber Tom

05:09PM | 02/04/04
Member Since: 05/10/03
801 lifetime posts
Thanks for the compliment k2, you as well are a great guy! You are down to earth and the way you convey your suggestions and thoughts go a long way on Bob's forums. We need more people like you! Kathy, let me reiterate, it's ok to talk about your pet. This post has gone beyond an odor. This is very sad and we feel your sorrow. I have had animals all my life and the loss of a loved pet is like the loss of a family member. If you want to add to the thread feel free to do so. We will get you through this hard time. Sincerely, plumber Tom

devildog

07:34AM | 02/06/04
Member Since: 09/16/02
250 lifetime posts
I have had pets all my life and have two right now. I also am sorry to hear about your dog.

As far as your problem. I have heard white vinegar neutralizes the smell. Other dogs will be able to smell this urine on the floor and they will take it as an invite to do their own thing. I read to always use white vinegar on hard surfaces.

I'm wondering why you couldn't get a piece of rolled linoleum maybe 9 foot by 9 foot and lay it down for a kennel. Close it in with the back of a couch or whatever else you have. A box kennel with the door left open might comfort the dog a little also. Dogs like closed in spots. That's why they like to go under beds.

Good luck,
Devildog

boaterkathy

07:53AM | 02/06/04
Member Since: 11/16/03
11 lifetime posts
Thanks for all the suggestions and concern. My husband takes care of him the majority of the time now, because it breaks my heart to see him. He says we will NEVER have another dog. We live on our boat in the summetime, so it wouldn't work out very well anyway, but I don't know if I would say never for sure. Thanks again.


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