Dealing with old hardwood floors in a basement

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Posted by: from Toronto
2/20/2017 at 1:18:56 PM

We've been living in our house for a bit over a year now. The house is from the 1940s. We have a rec room in our basement that we've been steadily ignoring all this time. It came with carpeting that smelled pretty damp and mouldy, and our cat was making a big mess of it.

I've ripped up the carpeting and padding and now it appears that there's a hardwood floor underneath it on top of sleepers, which are in turn on top of a painted concrete slab. There's obvious water damage to the wood in the low point of the room (there's quite a significant slope in one corner).

My hunch is that we should probably just remove the old hardwood and put vinyl planks on top of something like Dricore or Amdry. Does that sound like a reasonable idea? Any other suggestions for a way to create a nice finished floor that isn't too cold?

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Rail from Rail Mammadov in Toronto
Date/Time2/20/2017 at 3:26:32 PM

Hello sir,

I recomend to sand, stain for some dark color and finish, if needed to filler up all gaps and fix damage areas if any.

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Thomas from Trusted Trades in Cambridge
Date/Time2/20/2017 at 3:39:44 PM

If there's water damage there's no saving it. Tear it out. Air it out. Clean off the mold before proceeding with anything else.

Drycore and a vynl isnt a bad idea. Myself I would lay down an insulation then in floor heating. Following by a plank tile likely.

Vinyl and drycore is obviousky the cheaper route.

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Date/Time2/20/2017 at 5:12:09 PM

G'day Ed,

We would suggest removing the old flooring and letting the area underneath dry out. Then you can assess any remidiation if needed.

We would the. Suggest using self-levelling floor cement in the low spot. Than install the drycore and vinyl tile as you wanted.

Kind Regards,

Scott Lawson

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Date/Time2/20/2017 at 5:22:47 PM

Yes that's good idea to tear off all the old floors, clean it up from any mold and use the dricore with vinyl planks.

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Date/Time2/21/2017 at 7:14:33 AM

Hi Ed,

Yes, that would be your best solution, is to rip it all out. Once you have removed it all let it dry out and make the required repairs to the floor, chances are all thoughs sleepers were put down with concrete nails and once there removed they will leave nice holes in your floor after. Check to see if you have a floor drain in the low part of the floor, maybe its blocked and must be cleaned out as well. After your minor repairs are complete wash all your floor with a Javex solution to insure you have killed off all remaining mould ( Let it soak in and dry out). Now install your Dricore and heated flooring and Vinyl "Allure" type flooring.

Do your homework get at least three Detailed Written Estimates.

Good Luck

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Yucel from CPM Group Inc. in TORONTO
Date/Time2/21/2017 at 7:41:39 PM

Remove the hardwood. Before putting down any new floor make sure the water issue is address. Does not matter what kind of sub floor you use you do not want to have water under.

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