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Top Reasons Not to Have a Carpeted Basement

Carpeting is a kind of luxury. Although decor, it also provides an unmatched comfort during a movie or party. A fluffy carpet can make any home comfortable. You may not feel very “at home” in a place until you sit on the carpet. Sometimes, they’re more comfortable than a couch!

Everyone loves the way a carpet feels. The kids love to lie on their tummy while playing video games. Your baby loves the cushioning, especially when learning to walk because it makes falling down a little less harmful.

Oh, we can’t forget the best part about a carpet, its camouflaging capabilities.

Just as you rest your drink on the carpet beside the couch, your friend roars into the room with great news and your drink is down for the count. It never fails. Everyone has nearly perfect aim when it comes to knocking over drinks on the floor.

For those of you with lightly-colored carpets, the idea of camouflage makes little to no sense. Not much can go unnoticed on a lightly-colored carpet. And, we all know the moment a perfectly clean carpet gets one stain, it’s like the whole carpet is dirty.

Whether you have the camouflage-king or the white-flag-surrender for a carpet, they have one thing in common: absorbency.

Carpets are thicker and more absorbent than you will ever know. What is cleaned is not really clean. What is dried is not really dry.

What actually gets into your carpet? What things are in your carpet after it has been waterlogged?

After learning what resides within your carpet, especially after a flood, you will want to replace your carpeting in your basement. Here are the top reasons that will convince you a carpet has no place in the basement.

They Get Wet

Carpets get wet. It’s just a fact of life. When it rains, you get wet. Similarly, when it rains, and your basement has a leak or it floods, your carpet will get wet. This is bigger than just some towels, fans, and air freshener. Do you know what is in flood water?

Flood water is not clean spring water, so whatever that water has touched is now in your carpet. There could be sewage, fecal matter, and other contaminated debris. When you dab the water out, you actually aren’t able to penetrate the depth that the water has sunk into your carpet. And, all of those contaminants are still there. You could pay to have the carpet professionally cleaned, but who wants that kind of hassle?

Or, maybe you buy a new carpet altogether. If you want to be in the carpet replacing business, that is up to you, but why continue replacing carpet after carpet? There’s a bigger issue at hand.

The basement will flood if there are leaks. The basement has potential to flood if the rest of your house has flooded, or if a pipe explodes. This is more common than you think, so don’t think it couldn’t happen to you! There are so many proactive ways that you can protect your investments, as well as lessen the hassle of dealing with floods. The best place to start is waterproofing your basement.

Wet Carpets and Micro-organisms

So, we know that carpets like to absorb our spilled drinks, but what else does it absorb? Well, whatever is on the bottom of our shoes is now in the carpet. Whatever we see go into the carpet, will most likely stay there for awhile. But, we are forgetting about the things we can’t see.

Micro-organisms are tiny and sometimes microscopic. This means that we need to use microscopes in order to actually detect them. In other words, there are tons of tiny little living organisms inside your carpet that you don’t know about because you cannot see them.

There are several kinds of micro-organisms. Let’s talk about bacteria, viruses, and fungi.

Bacteria can cause infections in your skin or body such as pneumonia.

Viruses can actually survive without a host, the outside your body, for quite some time. This is why it takes the transfer of body fluids for a virus to affect the whole body.

Fungi can be separated into several subcategories. A fungus can be pathogenic. This is the fancy way of saying that a fungus can cause diseases. They can also be opportunistic and attack those people with weak immune systems. A fungus can be acellular, which is similar to a virus because it doesn’t have a cell. If it has one cell then it is unicellular like bacteria, yeast, and some parasites. Next, we come to the multi-cellular fungi, in other words– mold.

Carpeting is Organic

Mold actually leads us to our next reason that carpeting is not a good choice for your basement flooring. A carpet is made from organic material, which just so happens to be mold’s favorite food.

When your carpet gets wet, and remains damp, mold finds itself the perfect habitat. Mold can actually develop in 24-hours, so cleaning your carpet has to be a top priority.

Don’t get caught thinking that mold is just some annoying organism that goes away with some cleaning. Mold can go unnoticed, and it can be very dangerous. It can also grow back the next day if you haven’t gotten rid of the moisture and organic materials.

Many homeowners don’t even realize that their home is harboring mold, because it can grow behind your walls, out of sight. This kind of indoor mold is actually far more dangerous than the mold found outdoors.

If you don’t believe that mold is dangerous, then check this out.

According to the Mayo Clinic, mold is the cause of nearly all of the chronic sinus infections that attack about 37 million Americans.

Mold is also the cause of the 300 percent increase in asthma cases, according to USA Today.

That Carpet Smells

As we know, mold is an annoying and unhealthy little organism. But, what many people do not know is that it is also the cause of that musty, icky basement odor! When you have mold in your basement, the smell radiates not only in your basement but throughout your entire home.

By having carpeted flooring you are basically asking for trouble. Water tends to find its way into basements, whether through leaks, excess water from the upstairs, from the earth, or even in the form of condensation. This means that your carpet is a prime cause behind your basement’s transformation from a basement into perdition.

Why go through all the cleaning, buying, and worrying. Carpeting is comfy, but it brings a lot of trouble, micro-organisms, and smells.

What’s the Replacement?

If you have difficulty with water in your basement, that doesn’t really have anything to do with your carpet. You need to have a professional basement waterproofer trace through your basement and locate any problem areas. Once those have been found, your waterproofer can proceed with waterproofing the entire basement with drainage systems, a sump pump system, and dehumidifier.

After your basement has been waterproofed, you still have to fight against the water that may by chance enter into your basement. This is the water that comes from accidental causes, things that you have no control over; such as broken pipes and water spills from the upstairs.

So, a great help when planning to finish your basement is purchasing waterproof basement finishing products. You can actually buy waterproof wall paneling, and flooring. Oh, and if you love carpeting, then you can actually purchase a kind of tiling that is made from inorganic material that mimics the appearance of carpeting. This can even come with snaps that allow you to replace one square when necessary.

If you’re looking for a basement waterproofing contractor in your area, be sure to contact Basement Systems, Inc. They operate a network exceeding 300 basement waterproofing and crawlspace professionals across the world.