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Old 04-19-2013, 02:36 PM   #1
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Garage flooring in basement?

Just had to rip up my basement floor last night. Got some water, not much but enough to ruin laminate flooring. Hoping to solve why I got water but I don't want to have to do this again. Was thinking of putting in some kind of rubber flooring. Maybe something similar to the garage flooring type. Any thoughts or suggestions. If it happens again i want to be able to take it up dry everything out and put it back.
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Old 04-19-2013, 03:04 PM   #2
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You need to figure out why your basement leaked and fix it or it will happen again. If it does leak and you have the plastic garage floor type you are likely to breed mold.
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Old 04-19-2013, 03:18 PM   #3
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Garage flooring in basement?

Sadly I thought the problem was fixed. Making an apt with a basement waterproofer to solve this. I'm more interested if that type of flooring would look ok and hold up. We had a huge rain storm over the past week. People who haven't had water in 30 yrs had water damage. This is the second laminate floor I've laid and torn up.


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Old 04-20-2013, 06:38 AM   #4
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I had the same situation with my old house.......it had not leaked in 20 years either and then we had 6 inches of rain in 6 hours....it was rough.

You need to make sure all the water drains away from the outside. Gutters and even a small trench in the grass.

I cut out a trench in my basement that went through all the rooms and dug out the dirt beneath and emplace some black pipe with holes in it and ran a sock over it. Buried it in the dirt and put new concrete over top.

Then I ran it to the sump pump and ran a new drain up the wall and out the side of the house. I dug a trench in the yard with pvc pipe and sloped it to the sewer line for water runoff.

No more problems ! You have to fix it from the outside. The 'waterproofing' paint (drylok) does not work. It seals the pores, but does not prevent water from coming through. It is going to take more than a small layer of paint to hold back mother nature.

Unless the water issue is solved, I don't think it matters what kind of flooring you put in. Water will wick up from the floor, if the ground is saturated. Any moisture that enters can potentially remain under the flooring, rot the floor or breed mold and you won't be aware until it is too late.

You might also want to consider replacing your sump pump if it is old. They all seem to fail at the same time.......ask me how I know. Just buy one and keep it in the house or replace the old one with the new and keep the old one as a reserve.
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I am very happy with my gladiator floor tiles.

They are hard plastic, but sort of flexible, to give you a slight "cushion" effect.

They are not cheap, but look great and never seem to get dirty.

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I am very happy with my gladiator floor tiles.

They are hard plastic, but sort of flexible, to give you a slight "cushion" effect.

They are not cheap, but look great and never seem to get dirty.

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Do these need any kind of prep? Or do you just snap them in and they stay still?
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Do these need any kind of prep? Or do you just snap them in and they stay still?
Zero prep. They dont move (wall to wall)
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Zero prep. They dont move (wall to wall)
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