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  1. #1
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    Default Moist basement floor

    On a recent episode of TOH, it was suggested that a layer of plastic should cover a basement floor to prevent moisture from contacting the subfloor and flooring material. Should I be concerned about mold forming under the sheet of plastic?

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    Default Re: Moist basement floor

    If you have "moisture" on your basement floor, I hope you don't mean "flood".
    And if it comes and goes, I would find out why and treat it first.
    A vapor barrier cannot handle a lot of moisture, and yes, mold can start forming under it.

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    Default Re: Moist basement floor

    Thanks for the reply
    No flood or leaks in the basement. We do have a dehumidifier in the basement. There are no visible signs of moisture on the exposed floor, but when a box that has been on the floor is moved after several weeks, it is black underneath and musty smelling.

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    Default Re: Moist basement floor

    with the case of the box, there definitely is a dampness problem you should most definitely be running a dehumidier all the time!!! even more so in the warmer months as it will only get worse.

    with the humidity in the air and a cold surface the water will condensate which leads to mold
    fire up the saw and make some dust

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