I'm afraid that I've ruined the carpet in the living room of my rented home. I hope someone out there can help me fix the problem.
I had a 50-gallon red-eared slider turtle tank that cracked, leaking water over a quarter of my living room carpet. It soaked through the floor of living room and literally "rained" through the roof of my basement, all over my carpet and furniture downstairs. Even though I mopped up as much of the water as I could as soon as I discovered the leak, put fans up to help the water evaporate, and even steam-cleaned the carpets upstairs and downstairs, my living room *still* smells rank (there is no odor downstairs). I've tried soaking the carpet with antimicrobial Febreeze and using baking soda to remove the odor, but it remains.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with red-eared sliders, they are really poopy creatures. Even with a powerful filter in the tank, the water in their tanks need to be replaced regularly; the water that leaked out of the turtle tank was pretty disgusting and smelly.
My landlord is mean and hates getting any sort of repair phone calls. There's a strong possibility that he will try to evict me if I tell him about this -- I really want to avoid that if at all possible by just dealing with it myself.
Desperately seeking fresh air