Mould 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 mould, 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 mould.

“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 protect against mould and to keep basement floors feeling warm and comfortable for the entire year.”

Besides protecting your home from mould and mildew, Dricore subfloors can help you save on heating bills and cushion floors for added comfort when standing. They can be used under any finished flooring. They even protect against nuisance floods, like from a broken appliance, as water will channel underneath the subfloor. Installation is also easy, taking half a day to complete a 500-square-foot room.

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