Why use basement floor waterproofing?
Firstly: Carpeting and wood paneling your basement floor alone doesn't work.
A basement floor covering needs to be made of material that won't be ruined by damp or wet basements. Even if you have a basement waterproofing system and your basement is no longer leaking, this moisture can still make its way into your living space. The problem lies with concrete being naturally porous and the earth around your home being moist. In new homes, a builder may use polytherene however; this may get punctured or damaged from the weight of concrete pouring. In some of the newest homes very conscientious builders are beginning to install plastic vapor barriers underneath the house before pouring the floor. Unfortunately, these installations are new and still very rare, making it unlikely that you have one.
Water passes through a concrete slab very slowly. As it travels through the floor, it evaporates immediately, so your basement floor is not likely to appear wet even if moisture is escaping through. If you lay a carpet or wood floor panels down on your basement floor, moisture will seep through and be captured in the absorbent wood or carpeting. The organic material in the carpet, combined with that moisture and the warmth of the house, creates an ideal environment for mold and mildew. Inevitably, this leads to odors, moldy carpeting, moldy walls, and rot.
The air flow in a house operates like a chimney (this is called the "stack effect"). This means that the air moves from your basement upward through the rest of the house, escaping from the upper levels. Anything in the air in your basement will eventually make its way through the rest of your house. If you allow mold to grow in your basement, mold spores will constantly be carried throughout your home and may cause allergic reactions or worsening allergies and leading to a variety of other health issues.
Secondary: Because wooden subfloors don't work.
One element commonly found in basement floor waterproofing is a wooden subfloor with carpet laid on top. This sounds like a great option - until the basement floor begins to rot, grow mold, and smell.
Along with collecting moisture from the basement floor, wooden floors are vulnerable to plumbing leaks. Additionally, unless you've installed a TripleSafe sump pump system or one of the other Wise Basement Systems sump pumps systems, your basement will flood.
Regardless of how your basement gets wet, a pipe freezing and bursting, a water heater leaking, or one of the countless other pipes leading to your bath, toilets, dishwasher, shower, refrigerator, washing machine or sinks bursts, leaks, or overflows - water flows downhill. If you finish your basement with wood floors, your plywood or chipboard basement subflooring and carpet will be ruined! It can't be easily removed, so you'll be forced to wait for it to dry out, which takes a very long time. Mold begins to grow on wet materials in 24-48 hours and will be well established in your basement by the time the basement floors dry out. Eventually, you'll have to choose between living with the mildewy smell in your finished basement, the rot in your floors, and the mold spores filtering throughout your home, or you'll have to pay to have the entire carpet and subfloor ripped out to start over.
Best solution for your basement flooring
Our basement floor waterproofing systems are a great solution for your basement floor and are generally accepted as the best in the business. Our basement flooring systems provide a subfloor that is unaffected by water, water vapor and mold. When it comes to taking a wet basement and turning it into dry, comfortable finished living space, there is nothing better. Not only are they water resistant, but they are also designed to create an effective vapor barrier that prevents moisture from coming through the basement floor and reaching your flooring material.
A second major advantage of our basement floor systems is that our products are specially engineered to create a thermal break between your basement floor and the finished basement area. This makes your basement more energy efficient while the appealing look and feel of all our products make your basement more comfortable and pleasant to be in.
If you want a finished basement that will last without rotting, smelling musty, or growing mould and superior to other products in every way Wise Basement Systems is the choice for you! Our Total Basement Finishing Products help to make your finished basement as comfortable, healthy and livable as your upstairs!
Contact us about basement flooring
For more information about our basement floor systems, visit our basement floor waterproofing web page or contact our Wise Basement Systems team today by calling 0808 256 4538 or using our online contact form and we will arrange for one of our Wise Basement Systems specialist to call or visit you at a time convenient for yourself. With the added benefit of our basement and cellar repair guarantee, you can be sure your basement floor will soon look beautiful.
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