Evangelina Horn Flooring November 09th, 2018 - 06:30:05
Basement systems and I'm a basement waterproofing in basement, finishing expert and I've been in the business for nearly 30 years and I'm laying givers I'm with frontier basement systems out of Middle Tennessee and I'm building in the building and remodeling business for 35 years this year and we're here to talk to you about basement flooring, options for your basement, guess what we've got is a system that it's actually gonna, make it warmer and to make sure that you don't have any issues.
If there is any moisture because all the water gets up above, if there's a plumbing leak, all comes down here and moisture is the variable in a basement when you lay carpeting or any flooring on a basement floor, you have damp earth. That's almost a hundred percent relative humidity, underneath the concrete slab and you have a porous concrete slab there and water vapor will go from more to less. In other words, water vapor is coming through the slab constantly and even if your basement floor looks dry, that's because the evaporation rate of the moisture coming through the concrete is faster than the vapor transmission rate.
But as soon as you put a flooring on that slab, you've reduced the evaporation rate and then moisture builds up and you got a problem, especially if it's carpet or padding because it just all wanted to do, is act like a great big sponge. There you've had the experience of going into a basement and it smells musty not a place where you would really want to have the kids laying out on the floor. The floor is cold because the concrete is cold. So it's gonna take some special flooring for a basement application exactly and unfortunately the musty smell.
That's a mold is some type of a mold. You can call it whatever you want to, but that is what it is. You know. Mold produces airborne spores they're the seeds of mold that it produces by the millions when mold is active to float in the air and people with asthma and allergies. That's what they're really having a negative reaction to is mold spores where we have water. We have a choice: we can remove the water, remove the humidity. We don't need water for mold to grow. Just high relative humidity over seventy percent.
Relative humidity and mold can grow so we can either get rid of the water and moisture, but in this case underneath the floor with just the water vapor coming through the floor, our best option is to make sure we don't put any organic material. That is material that used to be from something that was alive, which typically we're talking about wood. Here, any kind of wood product could be the jute backing on the back of carpet. It could be organic chemicals to manufacture carpet. We want to use flooring that has no organic material, so if there is moisture underneath the flooring or even water for a temporary period of time that we won't get mold growing.