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Is Your Basement Making You Sick?

Mold and mildew are often found in Canadian basements. If you suspect dampness issues are affecting you and your family’s health, you could be right.


According to Health Canada, there is a relationship between indoor mold, a damp environment and increased eye, nose and throat irritation; coughing and phlegm build-up; wheezing; shortness of breath; asthma symptoms; and, allergic reactions.


Fortunately, there are ways to make your basement and home a healthier place for you and your family. This is especially important since research shows we now spend over 90 per cent of our time indoors.


The first step is to install a high-quality subfloor. This is because concrete continually releases moisture, and if trapped this can lead to mold growth.


“Many people think subflooring is an option in a basement. But to create a livable space, a subfloor is a necessity,” explains Bryan Baeumler, contractor and HGTV host. “I recommend DRICORE®, a one-step engineered subfloor solution that is specifically designed for concrete, using air gap technology to help protect against mold and to keep basement floors feeling warmer and comfortable for the entire year.”


Besides protecting your home from mold and mildew, DRICORE Subfloors can help you save on heating bills and cushion floors for added comfort against the hard concrete. They can be used under any finished flooring. They even protect against small water leaks, like from a broken appliance, as water will channel underneath the subfloor towards a drain. Installation is also easy, taking half a day to complete a 500-square-foot room.


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