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Question DetailsAsked on 6/9/2011

Ever replaced carpet on a concrete floor?

I've got some real ugly carpeting in my basement that I'd like to replace. But someone told me that will be a big can of worms because the floor under the current carpet is concrete and there will most likely be mold. Did you experience this?

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If your "someone" is correct then everyone who has a home built on a concrete slab is likely living with mold.

For mold to grow from the spores that probably float around in your air, moisture has to be present. If you do not have and have not had water problems in your basement it is hard to imagine you have mold under the carpet.

I have had carpeted basements and carpeted floors in previous homes built on poured concrete slabs. My current home is on a slab and I am sure there is not mold under the carpet. In every case, drainage was built under or around the house and usually included a sump pump to be sure that water was sent away from the home.

On the other hand, there is a thread HERE that discusses a home on a crawl space that seems to have a water problem which results in a moldy ordor. The problem seems to start as water not removed from inside/under the home.

Now, is it possible that you will find some mold in your basement that you were not aware of? Sure. If that is the case though, you probably want to get the carpet out, find the source of water and correct it and remove the mold before it causes you and your family health issues.

Answered 7 years ago by Old Grouch

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Thanks for the reply Mike! I'm suspecting more and more that that 'someone' would rather I spend the cash on a new big screen TV than on new carpet!

Have a great holiday !

Answered 7 years ago by Cree

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I'm suspecting more and more that that 'someone' would rather I spend the cash on a new big screen TV than on new carpet!

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Big screen TV? Uh, how's a guy to get his foot outta his yap on that one?[:^)]

Keep two really important things in mind:

    first, if there is even the slightest chance that there is mold or even just moisture under the carpet...you should be sure to find and correct the situation before subjecting a new, big-screen TV to such an environment.secondly, it might delay the purchase of a big-screen TV for a short while, but the prices seem to drop all the time and the technology grows and grows and grows. Waiting a bit should mean that you get more for the dollar when you do buy.

Gotta learn to stay out of the middle of these friendly domestic debates.

Answered 7 years ago by Old Grouch




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