Installing a Basement Carpet: Seal the Concrete First!

Protecting Newly-Installed Basement Carpets From Mold, Rot, Humidity, & Moisture

moisture gathering underneath a basement carpet as it passes through concrete
As water passes through concrete from the earth around it, it enters your basement living space and can collect underneath your flooring.

Finishing the basement is a great idea-- one that takes advantage of an entire floor of otherwise unused living space in your home. However, your basement is unlike any other part of your home, and it must be specially treated before you remodel.

Applying Concrete Treat: Concrete Sealer and Blanket to your concrete floor should be your first step before installing carpeting or other types of flooring. It can be easily applied by any homeowner, and it cures in 2-4 hours. Once applied, your carpet or other flooring will be protected from damaging moisture and water vapor that seeps through the concrete from below.

Concrete Treat fills the pours of the concrete with a silicate, forming a pore-deep, bonded silicate surface that will never wear out.

This concrete sealer has been proven effective for both new construction and "Do It Yourself" projects. It's easily and safely applied on all concrete projects. Concrete Treat prevents capillary action from the untreated side of the concrete and will prevent any moisture penetration on the treated side, resulting in damp-free concrete. Call or e-mail us today!

How Bare Concrete Ruins Basement Carpets

Concrete is a porous substance; if it wasn't, wet concrete wouldn't dry after being placed. This means that any moisture that is in the soil outside of your home can easily pass through the concrete floor and into your home. This is referred to as capillary action.

The porous nature of concrete is one of the main reasons that basements are notoriously damp, humid spaces. There will almost always be moisture outside of your home, and as it passes naturally though the concrete into your home, that moisture becomes part of the basement environment.

If you've installed carpet, linoleum, or wood on that concrete surface, moisture will be trapped underneath. Over time, it will saturate your carpet or other organic flooring materials, leading to mold, rot, and odors.

Protecting Your Finished Basement Carpet from Moisture

moisture gathering underneath a basement carpet as it passes through concrete
Moisture passing through concrete can ruin a finished basement floor in 5-10 years or less under some conditions.

Concrete Treat: Concrete Sealer and Blanket can protect your basement carpet, wood flooring, or linoleum from being damaged by moisture rising through the concrete below. It applies easily, able to be sprayed, brushed, or rolled on to your concrete.

When applied to your basement floors or walls, Concrete Treat fills each pore and opening in the concrete that would allow moisture in, creating a glasslike bond within. Once dry, wet spots will not collect beneath your flooring from the concrete. This will help you to prevent mold, rot, and odors in your finished carpet. With one application, you've protected your investment and made your home a healthier, more comfortable place. Order Concrete Treat today!

One Last Tip: Sealing your floor is a great first line of defense to keep your carpet or wood flooring moisture-free, but a basement flood can still damage your finished space. Upgrade your old washing machine hoses with new, warranted ones to prevent flooding. It doesn't cost much and can save you a bundle!
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