Working with Basement Carpets
Working with Basement Carpets
January 13,2023

Working with Basement Carpets

The basement is generally the part of the building most vulnerable to flooding and excess moisture. This is why basement floors are usually nothing more than poured concrete. Homeowners who want to upgrade their basement flooring to something more comfortable and aesthetic, such as carpeting, worry the moisture in the basement will ruin the investment. There are solutions and workarounds though.

Working with Basement Carpets

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If you want to enjoy the feeling of carpet under your feet in the basement, then consider some of the upcoming tips. Homeowners dealing with water damage and looking for water damage cleanup or water damage restoration can call Tidal Wave Restoration to consult with a live representative today.

Choosing a Basement Carpet

You cannot buy any old carpet for your basement. There are some types of carpets that are well-suited for the basement:

  • Low Pile: These carpets have shorter fibers and tighter loops mean they absorb less water and dry faster.
  • Cut-Pile: The loops of the fiber in these carpets are cut and then tuft together. Moisture is more easily extracted.
  • Padded: Carpet padding helps absorb and trap water, but the padding should be maintained and dried out periodically.
  • Synthetic: Carpets made of artificial materials such as polyester, nylon, and polypropylene are less absorbent and less likely to be damaged by moisture.
  • Sectioned: If you want to cover the whole floor with carpeting, then consider sectioned carpeting. While a single, wall-to-wall carpet is difficult/costly to remove and replace, section carpeting allows you to remove only the areas that are wet or damaged.
  • Waterproof: There are engineered carpets considered waterproof and capable of preventing moisture from passing through it.

Managing Moisture

The basement is naturally vulnerable to flooding and moisture, but there is a lot you can do to tackle these risks. Let’s go over just some of the risk factors and tips on how to mitigate them:

  • Humidity: The concentration of water vapor in the air is referred to as humidity, and basements tend to be awfully humid. Install dehumidifiers to remove excess moisture from the air.
  • Plumbing Leaks: Pipes can leak for a number of reasons, including worn or broken seals, misalignment, damaged joints, loose connectors, cracks, and more. Do NOT neglect routine plumbing maintenance and DO handle repairs as soon as humanly possible.
  • Poor Seals: Doors and windows should be properly sealed to prevent water and moisture from getting inside. Regularly inspect seals and reseal if necessary.
  • Basement Cracks: Hydrostatic pressure and ground settlement can cause cracks in the basement. Water can enter your basement through these cracks if they are not filled or repaired.

Dealing with Water Damage?

If you are dealing with a water damaged basement or would like to hire specialists to fortify your basement against water damage, then call Tidal Wave Restoration. We are a water damage restoration company with years of industry experience. Our live representatives and dedicated crew are on standby to dispatch to your location as soon as possible. We are ready when you are.