04:55AM | 04/22/03
Member Since: 04/16/03
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I'm planning on getting carpet installed in a finished basement. Company proposes a vapor barrier. Don't see the need, since basement is not wet (although there's some humidity in summer, but this is the DC swamp). Any moisture from below should be able to escape through carpet (did the plastic-on-floor test--no moisture). I'm reluctant to trap any moisture under carpet.

Should I not be worried? Is there no downside to a vapor barrier?


06:39AM | 04/23/03
Member Since: 01/28/03
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If your house has been constructed within the last 30 years or so, there should be no need for a vapor barrier.

There will already be one UNDER the concrete floor as required by building codes.

The fact you tested for moisture and found none is a good indication you have a vapor barrier in place already and don't need another.



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