Everyone knows that basements can be damp spaces. That’s why it’s important to choose materials carefully, since your health could be at stake. Here are some tips and recommendations from Surfacex to reduce health risks.
Carpeting in the basement might seem like a good idea, but…
Of course, having a carpet in your basement is practical. The floor is often colder in that part of the house and a carpet allows you to walk around barefoot without freezing your toes. However, carpeting is not recommended.
In fact, since the basement is a relatively damp part of the house, and often sees little or no natural sunlight during the day, humidity can accumulate in your carpeting and lead to health problems that can be quite dangerous.
A carpet in the basement can be difficult to maintain, and lead to:
- Accumulations of dust, hair or animal hair requiring very frequent vacuuming
- Risk of staining, which can be irreversible
- Risk of unpleasant odours (especially for pet owners)
What are the dangers?
Sometimes, carpeting in the basement can result in minor—but still irritating—inconveniences. Mould could grow in your carpet due to dampness, and cause:
- Dust mites, bacteria and fungi
- Nose, eye and throat irritation
- Coughing and phlegm build-up
- Wheezing and shortness of breath
- Allergic reactions which can be serious
- And, in the worst case scenario, acute asthma attacks
If one or more of these issues sounds familiar, you will need to see a doctor and, unfortunately, get rid of your carpet.
For your basement, opt for concrete flooring. It is moisture-resistant, and Surfacex has an extensive range of colours to choose from, so you can personalize your floors. If getting cold feet is still a concern, you can always place smaller rugs in a few places.
Check out our website to see our range of colours to choose from.