New Finished Basement? Keep Basement From Smelling, Say No To Musty Smells. Pt 2

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Moisture can invade a basement from two directions. It can travel through masonry walls and floors in the form of liquid or vapor, but it can also come from humid air inside the basement itself.
Home » New Finished Basement? Keep Basement From Smelling, Say No To Musty Smells. Pt 2

We talked In the 1st part of, Your New Finished Basement(Say No! To Musty Smells) Pt 1 about the advantages of having no moisture in your basement and Eliminating Organic materials in your basement remodel. Next we are going to talk about: Insulating your basement, Carpet installs with concrete floors and basement ventilation. Read along as we delve deeper into these topics.

Basement Smells How to Avoid
New Finished Basement? Keep Basement From Smelling, Say No To Musty Smells

Tip #3: Use Impervious Insulation –Basement Insulation Mold-Busting

Moisture can invade a basement from two directions. It can travel through masonry walls and floors in the form of liquid or vapor. It can also come from humid air inside the basement itself. If this air is allowed to make it’s way into wall cavities, it can cause droplets of water to appear out of nowhere within the wall. Hidden mold is then guaranteed. What does this have to do with basement insulation? Quite a bit.

The World Health Organization estimates that between 10 and 50% of the indoor environments where people live and work are damp. This can encourage the growth of mold, mildew and other bacteria, and cause health problems in the young, the very old and those with existing respiratory conditions like asthma.

The 2 Types Of Insulation and the One You Want To Use

There are two kinds of insulations in the world. Insulation that air can move through, such as batts and loose fill fibers. And, insulation that air can’t move through, such as high-permeability foam. The best basement insulation doesn’t allow air to move through it at all. It does not absorb moisture in the event of a liquid leak. This is the best kind of insulation for basements, the best kind to use if you plan to not have your basement smell.

What To Look For In A Contractor To Keep Basement From Smelling.

Beware the contractor that paints an overly rosy picture just to get the finishing project. Many contractors will give bad advice for fear of losing a job due to the added, but necessary cost. They will dismiss the importance of doing some foundation repair before you finish. Those contractors are only concerned with getting the project and then getting paid. How long the basement lasts after they are gone is no concern to them. The contractor that glosses over any dampness concerns you have is one to avoid. Trust your gut.

Tip #4: Never Install Carpet Directly on Concrete – Basement Insulation Mold-Busting

Nobody likes to walk on a hard concrete basement floor. That’s why installing carpet and underlay are such popular basement strategies. Trouble is, they can also be very powerful mold breeding grounds. Especially, during hot and humid summer weather. If warm, outside air is allowed to make it’s way into the basement, it will settle on the floor and sneak into the carpet and underlay. Since the concrete floor underneath is always cool, it will cool the air to the point where it begins to condensate. That colder air can not hold the same amount of moisture as warmer air. The result is tiny droplets of condensed water forming within the pile of the carpet and the underlay. Mold loves to grow in conditions like this, and in time your carpet will smell like a wet dog.

Let the Team at LIVESCIENCE.COM Explain why Humidity in Basements Is Dangerous

Keep Your Basement From Smelling By Choosing Materials That Contain No Organics

There’s nothing wrong with installing carpet and underlay on a basement floor, but only do it on top of a raised subfloor like dricore foam sub-floor or use a high quality 8 pound moisture barrier infused carpet pad.We use a fantastic product made by Nike. Yes, that Nike, not only do they make great shoes but in their incredible business sense they do a fantastic job of having very little material waste. The leftover grindings from the soles of Nike shoes is compressed into an outstanding 7/16, 8 pound moisture proof carpet pad that not only feels great on your feet and knees but repels and protects against moisture and mold too.  This eliminates any chance that warm, humid air will reach the cool concrete.  A non-organic subfloor or a high quality moisture barrier infused carpet padding under your carpet is essential.

Check Back for Part 3

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