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How shall I cure damp in a concrete floor (inside my home) before laying an engineered wood floor?

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Cement by nature is damp if the air is damp. Are you sure the dampness isn’t just the air. If its only a slight dampness from that try a dehumidifier. They work well but put heat into the room. Not much thou.
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Your french drains need checked. Make sure they aren’t clogged.
If you DON’T have french drains then you might have a bigger problem. If drains are in good shape and you still have water then you might have some underground water seepage problem, and you might want to contact a contractor. Also talk to other people who have lived in the area… you would be surprised how much they know about the water run off and things like that… believe me if they are older they will know tons of things that will be helpful.

5 Responses to “How shall I cure damp in a concrete floor (inside my home) before laying an engineered wood floor?”

  1. Adam O Says:

    Cement by nature is damp if the air is damp. Are you sure the dampness isn’t just the air. If its only a slight dampness from that try a dehumidifier. They work well but put heat into the room. Not much thou.
    ALSO:
    Your french drains need checked. Make sure they aren’t clogged.
    If you DON’T have french drains then you might have a bigger problem. If drains are in good shape and you still have water then you might have some underground water seepage problem, and you might want to contact a contractor. Also talk to other people who have lived in the area… you would be surprised how much they know about the water run off and things like that… believe me if they are older they will know tons of things that will be helpful.
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  2. oaktreekennell Says:

    needs to be layerd with damproofing first, then hardboard, smooth side down,
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  3. GERRY O Says:

    See a contractor.
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  4. Robsthings Says:

    Wood floors may not be the solution for you. If there is moisture coming up from the concrete then just drying them won’t help. You’ll put down a barrier and then the floor, you just asking for mold and rot. Try a de-humidifier if it’s just damp, but I think you’ll have the same problem. Did you know that engineered wood floors are considered a temporary flooring solution? I would recommend a nice porcelain tile.
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  5. want_to_explore_life Says:

    sounds like you dont have a damp proof membrane – you might need to break the floor up – put down a membrane, then pour some new concrete – you’ll have to wait quite a while before putting down a wooden floor..

    You can put a membrane down straight on the comcrete, but usually the damp will just move somewhere else..
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