I know this is a popular topic...
I've been planning on replacing my carpet in the basement of our
50-year old home we purchased 9 months ago. My plan was a combination
of vinyl tile and berber carpet.
Since water has been a worry of mine, I improved the grade around the
house and installed proper downspouts and such. We currently have no
seepage nor water and I thought I was good to go.
However we've had _significant_
rain over the last 12 days, and I just
noticed that some of the paint on the floor of the utility area has
bubbled. Is this an indication too much moisture, or is it expected
even with dry basements under so much rainfall (rainiest spring we've
had in years)
I don't want to spend $1000 on carpet that will smell moldy in 5 years
(the existing stuff smells like mostly dog piss and maybe a bit of
must, can't tell...previous owner never ran dehumidifier and I have no
idea how old the stuff is). I've seen subfloor products, like
DriCORE, but they are out of my budget right now.
Any thoughts? I've thought about ceramic tile, but it is damn cold in
the Wisconsin winter.