I live in a condo unit on the ground floor. The foundation is a concrete slab.
I have never had actual pooled water in my unit, but the carpet smells musty
and I have had some rust spots where a metal "foot" on a table was resting, so
I know there is moisture in the carpeting.
I do run a dehumidifier to help keep my unit drier, as when I shower, run
the washing machine or dishwasher, my mirrors fog up in the living room, even
if I run the bathroom fan.
I peeled back the carpet to see if mold was growing underneath (no colored
mold seen) and found a large crack in the cement. We did have an earthquake
several years ago and I wonder if this happened then. In that same area, I
sometimes notice an earthy smell, like a garden and I wonder if the crack
extends down through the slab to the dirt below.
I want to replace the carpet and have the crack(s) fixed, but don't know who
to start with- a concrete contractor, or a flooring specialist. I would
also like to have some sort of vapor barrier placed, but don't know if that is
If the slab is truly damaged (and the crack is not just superficial), I
also believe that it may the the responsibility of the Home Owners association,
as the slab is the foundation and I think would be considered in the same
category as the roof- a common holding.
Does anyone have any advice for me?