Basement flooding in Armonk NY? Here's a waterproof solution

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Flooded in Armonk NY 10504 - water damaged basements


basement flooding Armonk NY 10504

Did your basement get flooded? Over the winter and early spring, we get a lot of customers calling due to drenched carpets. And, if you don't remove them soon enough, they really start to smell...and if they sit too long they could develop that forbidden word...mold. Yuck!


Sometimes, the water damage is covered by insurance, especially if it was due to an electrical failure or an appliance breaking (e.g. water heater). Usually, the insurance will compensate you for replacement value of what you had. We've had many customers in Armonk who were so disgusted by the smell and ordeal associated with flooded carpets, that sometimes, they just never want to go back to carpet. Instead, they would prefer a water proof solution.


Types of flooring that are water proof or water resistant...good options for Armonk basements that tend to flood.

tile flooring basement Armonk NY 10504 1. Tile flooring - Tile is probably the closest you can get to water proof flooring. It's also generally the most expensive surface, but once it's down, it basically stays put. So, if you don't want to worry about redoing your floors after a flood, tile could be a good option, especially if your floor is level and smooth. If your floor isn't level or smooth, you may want to consider an alternative to avoid spending a lot of money in floor prep.


luxury vinyl waterproof flooring Armonk NY 105042.  Vinyl plank and tile (often called luxury vinyl) - This is incredibly durable and will usually survive any flood, especially if it's adhered to the floor with a waterproof adhesive (as most are). Luxury vinyl, as the name implies, looks much nicer than sheet vinyl and costs more. Often it will cost a bit less than ceramic tile. If your basement is uneven, this is probably a much more cost efficient option vs. tile as less floor prep is needed.  Do try to avoid the cheaper imitations that you find at Home Depot.  Their adhesive is inferior and they tend to peel up after 6 months, and they certainly won't survive a flood.  Read more about luxury vinyl here:  Can you believe it's vinyl?


3. Rubber flooring - Gym flooring or rubber tile holds up extremely well to water. If you want the look of a gym, it's a perfect option as it gives you some cushion for your feet. Many of the rubber tiles are interlocking. So, if you do have a flood, you can pick them up yourself and just let the water drain and then easily reconstruct afterwards.


4. Sheet vinyl - Sheet vinyl is water resistant. If you have a short flood or small amount of water, it will usually survive. If the water is sitting for too long, it could damage the adhesive and parts could come loose.


linoleum flooring Armonk NY5.  Linoleum - Many customers get linoleum confused w/ sheet vinyl. Linoleum comes in sheets, but it's a green product that is more expensive than sheet vinyl. And, the rolls are usually only 6.5 ft wide so you may have a bunch of seams. If you are looking for a less expensive solution, try sheet vinyl; if going green is important to you, then consider linoleum.


6.  Vinyl Composite Tile (VCT) - These are less expensive vinyl squares that are 12 x 12". You often see them in schools, grocery stores or Chinese take-out restaurants. They often sort of look marbly and they come in many colors - and sometimes you can even make cool designs with these squares. These tiles are pretty water resistant too. It's a more industrial look and feel...which is fine for some basements.


Flooring surfaces to avoid if you have flooding and excessive moisture in the basement

berber carpet for basement Armonk NY1. Carpet - Most carpet will not survive a flood. Sometimes, if you lift it up quick enough and remove all the carpet pad, this can be salvaged and then you just need a "pad and restretch." While most carpet will not survive floods, it is the least expensive surface and it can tolerate uneven basements, so many opt to put carpet in the basement to save money - at least in the short run.


2. Laminate flooring - many get this mixed up with vinyl flooring. Laminate flooring is made w/ wood, so it is NOT waterproof.


3. Hardwood flooring - Obviously, hardwood does not hold up well to water


4. Cork flooring - Cork acts like a sponge for water, so this will not survive a flood


Selecting the best flooring for your basement in Armonk NY

Often, basement flooring comes down to trade-offs. What is most important to you - the look and feel, the cost, how resistant it is to water? Often, these are in conflict, so you need to choose what is best for your basement and your budget. All basements are different. Some are flat and smooth (which makes any flooring work better); others are uneven, cracked and sloping. All these factors are important considerations. It's often helpful to bring in an expert who can help find the best flooring solution for your basement.


If you've had a flood in your Armonk basement and need to replace the carpet or flooring in your basement, give The Flooring Girl a call at 914-937-2950. We can help advise you on the best options for basement flooring and explain the pros/cons of each surface. Our estimates are always FREE. And, best of all, we bring the flooring "store to your door."


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  1. Maria Gilda Racelis 12/08/2012 07:51 AM
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Barbara Altieri
Kinard Realty Group Fairfield and New Haven County CT Real Estate - Shelton, CT
REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale

Very informative, Debbie. Great point on the laminate NOT being waterproof as it is made with wood. You're right. Consumers do mix it up with vinyl flooring.

Dec 07, 2012 11:23 PM #13
Gay E. Rosen
Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty - Larchmont, NY
As Real as Real Estate Gets!

Hi Debbie - good information as usual... Yeah - we did get 2000 points from our meet up- Go figure fun and points too..

Dec 07, 2012 11:50 PM #14
Vanessa Saunders
Global Property Systems Real Estate - White Plains, NY
From Manhattan to the Catskills of New York

This is a quite comprehensive list. The sheet vinyl sounds like an easy and affordable option. Thanks for suggestions.

Dec 08, 2012 12:11 AM #15
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Very timely information given recent weather events. Who would have thought flooding would become our ally in getting rid of those old carpets?

Dec 08, 2012 12:58 AM #16
Nancy Conner
Olympia, WA
Olympia/Thurston County WA
Wow - this is an excellent, helpful summary! Even though basements aren't real plentiful here in the Olympia area (except for older homes) this will be a wonderful resource to refer back to when I have clients asking! Thanks!!
Dec 08, 2012 01:08 AM #17
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Interesting information, Debbie. Basement flooding is not a big issue in California since basements are uncommon. Still, your post is an excellent piece to illustrate the many flooring choices that one has for a basement and, similarly, throughout the house.

Dec 08, 2012 01:26 AM #18
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Oh gosh...I had no idea this was featured.  I'm in between appts grabbing lunch and will have to come back a bit later.  Thanks for all your comments my friends.

Dec 08, 2012 02:12 AM #19
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Dorie - Thx so much.  Yes, basements are definitely tricky.

Frank - Yes, I'm sure you have seen your fair share.  And, yes, not many basements in Florida.

Barbara - Thx.  Yes, it can definitely make the space feel more usable.

Jay - I know...I'm amazed at how much damage water does - both the slow damage and the floods.

Michael - Thx so much.


Dec 08, 2012 02:49 AM #20
Mike Cooper, GRI
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Debbie, this was very timely for me.  Sandy dropped so much water on the valley that even those of us who don't get water inside, did.  So, I've contemplating a flooring change in my basement.  You've give me some great info in that decision.  Thanks! 

Dec 08, 2012 06:14 AM #21
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services

Very well done Debbie! Very informative and easy to understand. Flooding is really a problem and your tips are just awesome. Thank you.

Dec 08, 2012 07:37 AM #22
Maria Gilda Racelis
Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington - Manchester, CT
Home Ownership is w/in Reach. We Make it Happen!

Debbie: You never cease to amaze us with your expertise. I am reblogging for the benefit of local readers. Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us.



Dec 08, 2012 07:55 AM #24
Erika Rogers
Red Rock Real Estate ~ Southern Utah's Largest Independent Brokerage - Saint George, UT
St George Utah Real Estate & Relocation Specialist

Thanks for sharing these awesome tips Debbie. Prevention is always better than restoration. Great post!

Dec 08, 2012 08:22 AM #25
Bas Panch
SCV Home Buyer - Valencia, CA

Debbie, these are really great tips. Readers will surely benefit from this. Very good share. Thank you.

Dec 08, 2012 08:52 AM #26
Debra Parker
Debra Parker Real Estate, Inc. - Stuart, FL
Realtor - Stuart Florida Homes for Sale

Thanks for this wonderful post Debbie. The "replacement value of what you had" is definitely lower than the cost of getting it repaired since prices are gradually increasing so its still best to have a solution. Great post.

Dec 08, 2012 09:22 AM #27
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Debby, your posts are always so timely!  I was just down in my basement looking at the 20-year old flooring and wondering what to do with it.  Now I have a few great ideas.

Dec 08, 2012 09:55 AM #28
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Debbie I don't remember reading about Vinyl Plank and Tile flooring. thanks for the information on it.

Dec 08, 2012 10:46 AM #29
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

Debbie, Thank you for the composite discussion on waterproof flooring for areas that may have to endure flooding.  

Dec 08, 2012 10:47 AM #30
Debbie Harr
Homes that Click Realtors - Columbus, OH
Realtor Homes That Click, Worthington Ohio Homes

Great solution Debbie. By simply posting your tips, you already helped a lot. Thank you for sharing this.

Dec 08, 2012 11:55 AM #31
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Anita - Thx so much.

Brian - Yes, we've had several storms the last few yrs that have really tested the basements in our area.

Joshua - thx and yes, it is a great product.  Sounds like an oxymoron.

Ginny - Thx.  Yes, this was a surprise.

Gita - Thx.

Kristine - Thx so much.  Yes, it's incredible how many issues we've had in our area, so hopefully this will help.

Rich - Thank so much.  I really appreciate that.

Barbara - Yes, unfortunately they do...I just had another who made the same mistake yesterday.


Dec 08, 2012 07:58 PM #32
kay J Sharp
Perfect content mentioned here! My floor will be tough to guess whether a dance floor or a basement floor. Thank you so much for such a detailed and useful information.
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