Home inspector’s carpet-cleaning advice exposes liability

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Dear Barry, While we were having a home inspection, the sellers disclosed the presence of cat urine on the carpet. But our inspector reassured us about this, saying that a good carpet cleaning would remove the odor. After moving in, we had the carpet cleaned, but that proved unsuccessful and the bad smell remains. The urine has penetrated the flooring under the carpet, and the stench permeates the entire house. The wood flooring, it seems, must now be replaced at major expense, and in some areas, the building materials cannot be removed, so the odor may be permanent. How could a home inspector have given such bad advice? And who is liable for this condition, the sellers or the home inspector? –Richard Dear Richard, Cat urine odors are pervasive and decidedly unpleasant. I recall one home where the resident feline routinely employed the floor registers for the forced air heating system as a network of private urinals. But I digress. The sellers of your home were responsible fo...