Basement Flooring Replacement

Need to replace the wet carpet in the basement ASAP, get whatever mold is under it cleaned up, and recover the floor with something water resistant and easily cleanable. Any suggestions for contractors who can do that for a reasonable price and are knowledgeable about the appropriate flooring for a wettish basement? Also looking for a carpenter who can make or fix the double wooden doors leading to the basement. 


I think you need to break this up into multiple steps, likely with individual contractors/companies for each step:

  1. Has the condition that led to wet carpet been corrected?  Untill this is done, don't even think about any of the other steps.  
  2. Removal of wet carpet and treatment for possible mold.  We used SERV PRO when we had a problem in the basement (broken valve on toilet flooded the basement floor).  They did clean-up and drying, but they did not do mold remediation.  
  3. If you actually do have mold, you will probably need a specialist to deal with that.  Most mold remediators will tear out wet sheetrock, but they won't rebuild the walls (whether you actually have mold depends in part on how long the carpet has been wet?).
  4. New floor.  I do not think SERV PRO does this.  You need a contractor, who is qualified to do whatever type of flooring you want.  However, don't even think this far till you have solved the underlying water problem.  Then, you have to decide what type of flooring is prudent.  If you are confident that there will never be water in that basement again, you can consider wood or laminate.  Otherwise tile is probably safer.  Linoleum??  Just paint the concrete???
  5. Wooden doors leading to basement.  Unless you use a general contractor for #3, this is probably a separate issue.  I would be interested in seeing the doors and possibly quote you on repairs (but I do not undertake any of the other steps).


Having had water in our basement a few times (failed sump pumps, burst / frozen pipes) with different floors (laminate, vinyl), we finally decided to go with acid stained concrete - which was wise since after abandoning the flooring in favor of acid staining the concrete, we've had more water periodically.  The difference is now clean up / remediation is a snap with a ShopVac.  Lots of options available.... https://www.theconcretemakeover.com/portfolio/  


lanky said:

Having had water in our basement a few times (failed sump pumps, burst / frozen pipes) with different floors (laminate, vinyl), we finally decided to go with acid stained concrete - which was wise since after abandoning the flooring in favor of acid staining the concrete, we've had more water periodically.  The difference is now clean up / remediation is a snap with a ShopVac.  Lots of options available.... https://www.theconcretemakeover.com/portfolio/  

 That is a very interesting option. Is it expensive?




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