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Flooded Basement floor

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Hello We had a flood in our finished basement due to overfilling utility sink. he basement was remolded prior to us moving in 18 months ago. The press board foam backed laminite soaked up the water like a sponge. had to be ALL ripped out. There were peal and stick tiles under the laminate also that had to be removed as water got under most of them. What I have now is about 500 sq' of sticky smelling concrete floor. Ventilation to outside is not an option as windows dont open. Thats another project down road.
We are having the laminate floor replaced, but scheduling wont happen till late March early April. It will be a "floating" floor. Its pretty dry now as
sub-grade concrete moisture content 8% to 12% and dry to the touch.
MY QUESTION is, could I paint the floor with "basement/porch" paint to 1) so I can walk around with my shoes sticking to the floor and, 2) to seal in and residual glue smells we have now. We are using on of those plug in air fresh things


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What is the smell, no mold in the walls?
Hello The floor is dried out. There is NO mold as quick woking getting wet flooring up before the 24 hours mold takes hold. The smell is when the stick tiles were removed from dry non-flooded section, there was lil condonsation that dried up within 10 mins since had fans blowing on it. I believe it was the exposed glue giving off the smell. Most smell has dissapated My main reason for the paint question was as stated above, residual glue from tile removal making naked floor sticky in places.
If water made the tile come loose it is likely water soluble, I found this.
The adhesive must first be tested to make certain it is not water- soluble. Water-soluble adhesives must be removed mechanically down to clean concrete.

why don't you rent/buy a 6" grinder and fit it with a diamond cup bit. You can almost efforlessly glide over the floor and remove all the sticky crap. I use one to grind down epoxy paint in my pool before repainting. You will need a mask and some sort of ventilation. I have used a box fan and fashioned a dust shaft with plastic covering a 2" by2" frame
I'd buy (rent?) a dehumidifier too. Could help with the smell some. Or if you're OK with the entire house smelling a bit, you could get some industrial fans to get air circulating.

You don't include your location in your profile, so we don't know what your climate is like.
Been there I had service master come in with 6 floor blowers/fans, 2 industrial dehumidifiers, and a scrubber. Thats on top of my 3 personal dehumidifiers one of which was just bought new for this issue. The floor is dry. The smell has 98% disapated now just dealing with ugly floor sticky in places. Im about 25 miles north Baltimore
If this is covered by insurance shouldn't they be handling everything?

Also, your accident is a good example as to why even dry basements need a good sump pit :).

Yes is covered by insurance
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