Adibiatic moisture transport blamed on pets
August 2, 2006 9:20 PM Subscribe
My landlord says my cats urinate near the front door. I don't think this is true because this is what I think is happening: The weather seal under the front door is missing, there was an old carpet remnant over a tile floor with no moisture barrier underneath and this combination of moist, cool air going under the door, condensing under the carpet and then rising through evaporation where it collected at the opposite end of the remnant and seeped through the carpet causing moisture damage to the wood floor underneath is the culprit (adiabatic moisture transport). This has happened over a period of years, by the way.
Is this plausible? Calling all science and physics Ex Perts out there (persons in the construction trade welcome too.)
posted by mk1gti to science & nature (11 answers total)
So how about it? Plausible cause or nonsense?
Just as an FYI, I live in a shared house and no one has ever mentioned the cats urinating anywhere in the house or any pet urine odors. Most of the time they are in fairly close proximity to me and are religious about using the litter box.
I was over at a house next door a few months back that was being restored and one of the construction guys blamed a couple of wet spots on an old wood floor on pet urination damage. What he wasn't aware of until I told him this is that where the moisture damage occured there were two large potted plants that were frequently overwatered causing the wood stains (I used to live there when this was going on).