SHOULD YOU INSTALL CARPET IN YOUR BASEMENT?
The basement is a space that is often overlooked in a home owing to various reasons. For some, the resources needed to transform a basement into a livable area are too costly.
For others, the basement is just a cold space best suited for storing long-forsaken items. If you wish to transform your basement into an extra living area in the house, one of the budget-friendly ways to do so is by investing in a carpet.
A carpet ensures that you do not have to worry about cold cement floors anymore, and you can work your way up towards a cozy space for the family.
The first thing you need to do even before installing the carpet is ensure that all water problems in your basement have been addressed.
This means that all leakages and seepages should be handled before a carpet is brought in. If this is not done beforehand, you run the risk of dealing with dampness, mold and even flooding later on.
When it comes to selecting the best carpet for your basement, think synthetic fibers. Synthetic fibers are best for basement carpets because they do not retain moisture as easily as their natural counterparts. Basements are underground and therefore naturally damp. A synthetic fiber carpet will ensure minimal retention of moisture, thus eliminating risk of mold or mildew.
Once you have settled on a synthetic fiber carpet of your choice, the next step is to ensure the carpet installation is done properly. There are several factors that you should keep in mind:
LOW PILE CARPET
High-pile carpets or thick carpets take longer to dry out, with the reverse being true. Since the risk of a carpet getting wet in the basement is higher than in any other room, you want to choose a carpet that is low-pile and easy to dry out.
For your basement, you might want to use a cut-pile carpet since this is easier to dry out. A cut-pile carpet is one whose ends of the fiber has been sheared, with the ends of the carpet fibers being exposed. Cut-pile carpets dry faster than loop-pile carpets. Loop pile carpets are those which aren’t sheared.
More padding means that a carpet is warmer, which is a bonus. Unfortunately, it also means that you have to worry about the pad acting like a sponge and trapping water underneath.
Wall-to-wall carpeting is risky in the sense that if part of it gets soaked, you have to remove the entire carpet. This is time consuming and tiring. However, if your carpet is a collage of carpet squares, then you can take apart the affected pieces and dry them out without interfering with the entire floor.
As a homeowner, it is clear that you have several things to consider when it comes to choosing the best carpet for your basement. You should always remember, though, if your basement has not been protected against leaks, installing a carpet is only going to aggravate the situation instead of solving it.
The carpet in your basement will need annual deep cleaning in order to ensure it maintains its color and quality for many years. To schedule an appointment, call Chem-Dry of Bexar County at (210) 680-4891. Learn more about our services here: chemdrybexarco.com