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Dealing with Damp

Moisture has been a major problem in the flooring industry for several decades now. In this article we explain the best way to deal with damp, particularly with most flooring contractors still not taking the adequate steps to ensure damp is not a problem in future.

You should not allow any form of flooring preparation to be installed until the conditions are absolutely right. Site conditions such as humidity levels need to be taken into account in certain locations, particularly basements in some homes.

It is important to find out how old your building is to discover if there could be a damp problem. The age of the building will give some idea as the condition of the subfloor. This is crucial when in flooring, the subfloor is more crucial to the longevity of your floor than the flooring itself.

If the building is over 40 years old there is probably no presence of a damp-proof membrane – and for substantial moisture issues in flooring there are essential.

The flooring installers must plan for the drying out of the screed, ensuring it is flat, smooth and dry before the installation occurs.

Checking the moisture content of the floor and its subfloor, the humidity of the room, the age of the building are such factors amongst the complex nature of checking whether a location is suitable for installation without any damp-beating measures.