Moisture problems in the floor

6th June 2019 —

The floors in your house are an important element. You cover the floors with a floor covering and give your interior the necessary look. Moisture problems in the floor cannot be used with it. Moisture in the floor is disastrous for your beautiful and often expensive floor covering. In addition, with moisture in the floors you will also suffer from cold floors and your home is difficult to heat. Especially when you are a bit older, this can cause annoying complaints with the joints. By dissolving moisture in the floors you can make your living environment in the home pleasant again and it can even save you money, because you have to burn less.

What are the causes of a damp floor?

A damp floor can have various causes. It is therefore not easy to find the actual cause. You therefore need to turn on SmartDry. With more than 35 years of experience, we can trace your moisture problem in the floor and offer you the solution. What are the most common causes of moisture problems in the floors?

Rising damp

Many homes that have problems with moisture in the floors suffer from rising damp. This concerns soil moisture that pulls up via the underside of the walls, via the foundation or via the basement or crawl space. In newer homes there is usually a flood barrier that prevents the moisture from getting into your floor. Do you have an older home from before the 70s? then there is a big chance that such a flood defense is not present. In this case, the moisture can then penetrate your floors and in the case of seriously rising moisture, the moisture can even pull through the walls to the second floors.

A damp basement and crawl space

A moisture problem in the floor often concerns the floor of the ground floor. This floor is more at risk, because there is a basement and crawl space below. In basements and crawl spaces can be damp for all kinds of reasons. Because there are many pipes running through these spaces, there may be a leakage in a pipe, but also ground moisture which passes through porous basement and crawl space walls. Condensation is a very common problem in damp basements and crawl spaces. Both the basement and the crawl space are below ground level and are therefore difficult to ventilate. The moisture cannot escape in a non-ventilated room and no fresh air enters. This is the cause of the occurrence of condensation. In the case of serious condensation, the ceilings of the basement and the crawl space will also become damp and let this be precisely the floor of the ground floor. It therefore never hurts to give extra attention to your wet basement and crawl space. Good ventilation in these spaces can already do a lot to prevent moisture problems.


Many water pipes run through the floors in your house. Aesthetically it is of course very nice if all your pipes are neatly concealed in the floors and walls. But if there is a leak in the pipes, this can be a problem. And then it doesn't even have to be a break in the pipe. A small hairline crack is enough to get moisture into the floors very gradually. Chances are that you don't realize anything at first. But over time, the floor will be saturated and your floor covering will also be affected. You will need an expert to detect a leak in the floor. They can detect the leak with the right equipment and then close the leak.

A high groundwater level

The place where your home is located can be the cause of moisture in your floors. This mainly concerns homes that are located in an area with a high groundwater level. Although this is an external cause that you can hardly avoid, it is important to take measures to prevent a high groundwater level from causing your damp floors. You can often tell if you live in an area with a high groundwater level by the soil in your garden. If your garden is very moist and large puddles regularly remain in your garden, you are probably suffering from a too high groundwater level. The groundwater can then no longer absorb the soil and can retract your floors. Your basement and crawl space in particular are extremely sensitive to this, as well as a sensitive foundation.

Consequences of moisture problems in the floor

Moisture in the floors, even if only in the floors on the ground floor, can have major consequences for the living environment in your entire home. If a floor is saturated with moisture, the moisture will find a way to the walls and moisture from the floor can also affect your walls. Decent walking in your house barefoot is no longer there. The floors feel cold and chilly and this very unpleasant. You keep firing, but you will see that this is not a solution. In the meantime, you pay huge heating costs. The costs increase even further, because if moisture in your floor affects your floor covering, then you must purchase new floor covering. You also run the risk of mold on the floors and walls. Mold is very harmful to both the house and your health. In the case of fungi, an early solution is therefore necessary.

Avoid damp floors with the SmartDry DryBrick

With virtually all moisture problems and their consequences, good ventilation plays an important role. With a well-ventilated home you can drain moisture out and unhealthy air is replaced by fresh air. This is the solution that SmartDry offers. Our DryBrick method is the solution for moisture in your floors, without the need for major renovations and without the use of chemical agents. In fact, with DryBricks we guarantee you the most sustainable and environmentally friendly solution for your moisture problems. DryBricks are installed in the outside walls, so that your walls will not be damaged indoors. The unique design of the DryBrick ensures that your home is well ventilated. Our DryBricks let your floors and walls dry out properly and then ensure that your floors and walls stay dry forever.

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