Latest Discussions : Basement & Foundation

hawijoal

06:01AM | 01/05/03
Member Since: 07/31/01
4 lifetime posts
My house was built in 1915 and has an unfished basement. It consists of red tile walls and a concrete floor. Considering it's age it is in great condition. In the summer the concrete tends to be a little damp. I run a humidifier and seems to sontrol most of the moisture. I am considering finishing it off and have come across some "DriCore" underlayment panels. They are free floating sub-floor panels that are supposed to keep the finisehed flooring raised and insulated from the damp concrete floor. Are these a good product to use to insure the carpeting doesn't get wet or is there a better solution out there? Any information would be greatly appriciated. Thanks!

TchrMommy

06:43PM | 01/05/03
Member Since: 01/04/04
84 lifetime posts
I live in Seattle, and am considering DriCore for my basement as well. The carpet has always felt cold and slightly damp, but we do not have a water problem down there. The carpet has been ripped up for three weeks with no dampness and we've had heavy rain, so I know the previous damp feeling was due to the fact that the concrete couldn't breathe. Unfortunately for me, I will have to have the panels shipped to me from Ontario, so I also have an interest in hawijoal's question. It seems like an awfully innovative product and I am excited to place my order.

TchrMommy

04:06PM | 01/07/03
Member Since: 01/04/04
84 lifetime posts
Well it turns out my 23x15 basement will cost $450 to cover in this material, but the freight will cost $375. They don't sell it in Seattle. I guess I'll be making a road trip to Canada to buy this stuff in Vancouver. It's a pain to do, but I think it will be worth the effort to lose the cold, musty carpet.

Keith Martin

06:22AM | 01/17/03
Member Since: 01/15/03
20 lifetime posts
I don't know what dricore subflooring is but there are several clues that lead me to believe that you have no vapor barrier underneath the slab.
Water vapor will travel through concrete and condense on cold surfaces. You can add a number of zero perm products to the concrete to keep the vapor from coming through.

Check your attic, many times when there is excessive drive from a basement slab the moisture will condense on the underside of the roof sheathing, (the first cold surface the vapor encounters)
In any case, try this. Pick a dry place on your basement floor. this spot should be free of cracks. Tape a 24" square of clear plastic over the spot. Make sure the edges are sealed tight. Wait 24-48 hours and see if water accumulates on the underside of the plastic. If it does, You need to seal the floor.

Hope this helps

Keith Martin

hecubus

11:03AM | 05/02/03
Member Since: 05/01/03
3 lifetime posts
There is a similar product, if not identical, to DRIcore called Subflor (www.subflor.com).

According to the dealer locater page there appears to be several McLendon Hardware stores near Seattle that carry Subflor.



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