Waterproof Basement Flooring

Carpeting and wood paneling alone don’t work. 

Bad flooring can cause carpets to mold.It’s a good idea to use material on a basement floor that won’t be ruined in damp or wet basements.  Whether a basement waterproofing system is leaking or not, this moisture can still make its way through your concrete walls and into your living space.  Water seeps through concrete slowly and enters your basement air immediately, so the basement floor isn’t going to be look even when moisture is getting through.  When carpet, wooden basement floors, and wood sub floors are laid on the floor, moisture is trapped underneath and makes it perfect for mold and mildew.  This leads to mold in the carpet, moldy drywall and rot.
Air moves through a house the same way that warm air passes through a chimney.  This effect, known as the “stack effect”, sucks air from the basement and pushes it through the upper levels.  Any mold, dust, smells, or dust mite feces in the air will move from the basement to the house and into your lungs.  Mold spores from the basement can cause allergic reactions and make asthma worse as well as a variety of other health problems.

Wood sub floors don’t work.

Ruined wood panels due to damp basement.One common mistake made when choosing flooring for wet basements is to lay a wooden floor or carpet on the cement cellar floor.  At first, this seems like a good choice- until your basement floor begins to grow mold, smell,and decay.
Wood basement floors and carpet can also be damaged by plumbing leaks, failing water heaters, and bursting washing machine hoses.  Even if you have a sump pump installed with a basement waterproofing system, water can still come from the inside of the house.
When water leaks, it goes downhill into your basement.  If you have plywood or chipboard sub floors and basement carpet on the cement, it will soak the water up like a sponge!  The flooring can’t be easily dried out, and the homeowner will usually have to wait.  In 24-48 hours, mold will start to grow, and you’ll have a musty, mildewy smell.  Eventually, you’ll have to pay a general contractor to rip the basement floor or basement sub floor out, perform mold remediation, and install a new basement floor, sub floor, and carpet.
Using carpet in a basement is still possible.  Hire a basement waterproofing contractor to waterproof your basement with a high-quality basement sump pump to waterproof your basement and prevent water from getting in from outside.  Then lay down a waterproof sub floor that can work as a vapor barrier for moisture making its way into the basement through the concrete foundation.  Once you have a waterproof sub floor, your carpet can be protected from leaks from foundation groundwater.

Basement Waterproofers

A waterproofed basement is a large, valuable storage area for your home.  Hiring a contractor to install a sump pump, battery backup sump pump, waterproof basement flooring, and waterproof basement wall products will help you make the most out of your home.  The basement waterproofing contractors that we’ve selected offer free estimates and written warranties and are licensed home improvement contractors in good standing with the Better Business Bureau.  Your basement contractor can help make sure that your basement is dry enough to use as safe storage and will make your home ready to sell.  You want your basement dry all the time, so you’re going to want the best basement improvement experts available.  We carefully screen all contractors to get the locally owned and operated basement contractor that’s best for you!

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