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Carpet Padding

What is the difference between Memory foam padding and Frothed polyurethane padding?

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There's a whole lot to know about carpet padding!  Short answer to you question is that frothed padding is pretty dense and durable, but memory foam is kind of squishy.  That squishy foam may feel good on a mattress but for carpet, it doesn't support it well and all that extra flexing will cause more wear and tear on the carpet.

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Mold and Basement Leaks: Remove materials that harbor moisture and mold

We have a family room in our basement, and just discovered that the air conditioning unit there has been leaking into the carpet. I've been dehumidifying the space, but it still smells musty. What do you recommend?

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First of all, if anyone in your family has allergies or asthma, we recommend that you avoid living in a house with a finished basement, which is particularly prone to mold growth. If you want to keep this finished basement family room, it is best to hire a professional to remove the carpeting (under mold containment conditions) and then having a ceramic, laminate or a resilient tile floor installed, with area rugs on top if you want to have a softer floor covering.
According to The Money Pit's indoor air quality expert, Jeff May, all carpet, as well as anything fleecy or cushioned (and that includes upholstered furniture) that has remained damp for more than 24-48 hours should, be discarded as it likely contains mold.

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Replacing Flooded Basement Flooring

We recently replaced carpeting with laminate flooring in one room of the basement. Yesterday the pipe broke on the sump pump and flooded the basement floor.  As a result, we're pulling out the rest of the carpeting in the basement floor and replacing it.

We are wondering if we have to pull out the new laminate flooring? This is the room all the water went through to get to the carpet. I'm worried about mold.

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Replacing the carpet in your basement with laminate flooring was a great move.  Even if you hadn't had a flood, carpet is a really bad idea for a basement. Basically carpet in a basement is mold food! 
Mold needs three things to grow:  water, air and organic matter. Carpet holds dust and dirt, which can be very organic.  Plus, the backing material on carpet is also very organic. This plus the allergens carpet holds, like dust mites, make it a very bad idea for basement flooring.
Laminate, on the other hand, has no such limitations.  In fact, it can be submerged for days on end and suffer no deterioration whatsoever.  Since laminate is totally inorganic, you should have no worries about mold on your laminate floor.  Just dry the laminate floor, damp mop it with a 10-20% bleach to water solution, and the laminate floor will be good to go.
Also, you might want to talk to an insurance adjuster about your flood.  With any luck, you could claim enough damage to pay for the rest of that new laminate floor!

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Installing Carpet Over Concrete: Include best-quality padding for insulation and vapor barrier

Great show! The carpet in my family room is a few years old now and it needs replacement. The problem here is that this carpet was installed directly over the concrete floor in the family room, and I would like to change that. I am planning to remove the carpet, install some half-inch  plywood and then install the new carpet over the plywood. My question is, what is the best vapor barrier or other material to install under the plywood considering our cold climate here in Ontario, Canada?

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There is no reason to install plywood over your concrete. Carpet is designed to be installed right on top of concrete. We would, however, recommend that you install the best-quality foam padding you can afford. This will help to insulate the surface and provide a degree of vapor barrier as well.