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Old 07-06-2013, 11:23 AM   #1
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We pulled up all the old carpet in the 1br apt we rent and are installing new carpet. The apt is ground floor but seems to get damp. The floor is tile under the carpet. Is there anytthing we can put down under the carpet to keep the moister down? Thanks
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Don't think there is...

What you have here is a 'moisture management' issue; by that I mean that you can't always prevent moisture from coming in, but you can manage that moisture once it does come in.

Now you do that by perhaps having a dehumidifier going down there during the summer months - but not during the winter months. You can also make sure you don't put down a moisture-sensitive carpet like cotton or wool - use nylon.

Removing the moisture could mean digging up the foundations or something that drastic...
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We pulled up all the old carpet in the 1br apt we rent and are installing new carpet. The apt is ground floor but seems to get damp. The floor is tile under the carpet. Is there anytthing we can put down under the carpet to keep the moister down? Thanks
Depends on how bad it is coming through
You can buy a moisture barrier from Lowes if not go to the local carpet shop and get one.
I am from the uk and we can get 2 types of moisture barrier, a paint on and one which you lay in a big sheet so i'm pretty sure the u.s would have the same.
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What you have here is a 'moisture management' issue; by that I mean that you can't always prevent moisture from coming in, but you can manage that moisture once it does come in.
And determining HOW it is coming in is the first step.

Is it atmospheric RH? Then the dehumidifier will do it.
But if is coming up through the floor... then you're in for some work.
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The moisture is likely coming from below, and up thru the tile. The tile is probably porous and the grout surely is. Get some Damp Concrete Primer from Smith & Co (web-search will find), and use that first and then a good 2-part epoxy paint. That will seal the tiles and grout, and stop the moisture from coming thru.
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The first step in solving the problem, as mentioned, is to determine the cause of the moisture, so monitor the surface temperature of the tile for a few days at a few time intervals to determine if it is reaching dew point temperature.
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