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malone423

04:47AM | 12/21/06
Member Since: 10/22/05
5 lifetime posts
I'm wanting to turn the unfinished basement into a play area for the grandchildren ( 7 and 9). The basement (new house) is prone to some moisture, so I run a dehumidifier, which seems to take care of it. I'm planning on putting down a couple of large carpet remnants in sitting areas, and etc. I've always heard that cloth/fibers on concrete can collect moisture from the concrete. What do I need to put under my carpet to prevent this? Also, the ceiling which is regular height, being unfinshed too, has the pink insulation showing and it is covered with a wire mesh. I had not planned on putting in a finished ceiling at this time (limited budget), but I was needing to know if the exposed fiberglass insultation would present a health hazard that I would need to take care of? Also, I was planning on heating the area with a small freestanding ventless gas stove. Since I'm not construction savy, any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

KingVolcano

03:03AM | 12/24/06
Member Since: 03/03/05
273 lifetime posts
Hello, below is just a cut and paste of my reply from a few posts ago. I added a section to the end.

I dislike the use of carpet in a basement for several reasons. A few are listed, but not limited to the following:

1. Carpets retain odor.

2. Most synthetic carpets and padding are made with chemicals that continue to leach into the air. So, in a typical basement where air flow is nil, these chemicals can amass and cause health issues. Kawasaki Disease is one or many issues contributed to synthetic carpet.

3. Carpets retain moisture and dander/dust/dirt. All things that contribute to bacteria/mold growth.

I would suggest using area rugs over surfaces such as tile or epoxy/stone.

If you have your heart set on carpet, just put it down w/o the use of a sub floor. A subfloor is nice, but if you ever get water or have a hot water tank break, water extraction would be very difficult.

Try to use inert materials in your basement unless you have a fresh air system installed.

Any exposed fiberglass insulation is not advised. I see it all the time, home owners build gyms in their basement with exposed insulation. Then they go down there to breath heavy and suck in the fibers.....it does not make sense.

Having an air exchange system that will bring fresh air into the basement while filtering it would be best.

You are very wise with your concerns. I wish more people would be like you and think ahead.


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