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Could be efflorescence. When concrete gives up moisture to evaporation, the water soluble minerals/salts can move with the moisture and when the water leaves the concrete (or in your case - carpet) it leaves white residue behind. It's a phenomenon similar to the salt that is left on your skin after you sweat a lot.
If that's what it is, the residue is very stubborn, and will most likely require replacing the carpet. Wait til the concrete is really dry and clean it and paint it with some UGL basement/concrete paint before you re-install the carpet.
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I was doing some research today and this sounds right. However, it doesn't explain why I get white residue when I run the spot bot upstairs. Or why the residue doesn't show up when the carpet cleaners clean our carpets (both basement and upstairs). I mean, if the efforescence was using the moisture as a way to make its way to the surface, wouldn't it happen every year when we get our carpets cleaned in the basement? The more I think about it, the more I am thinking it must be our water.
So if our water is hard or soft (which one would cause residue?), any way to test and confirm that? And what do I do about it (short of calling the culligan man)?
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500? Who the hell charged you that much? I install carpet and work in a carpet store and they got you.
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Where do you work dude? I'll buy new carpet tomorrow from you if you can fix this shit.
Whats padding cost for ~400sq ft?
Then 3 guys here for 3 hours installing in metro Chicago.
I was ok with it considering they were the only place (I called 5) that were willing to reinstall old carpet. So my alternative was 2k to replace the carpet too (it was nice carpet we put in 6 mo.s ago).
Come on, be honest with us, your wife actually had this happen to her...
WTF is wrong with your water you ask? It's not staying in the laundry tub, that's what's wrong with your water.
My mom works at a WaterCare (similar to Culligan), and they do free water testing. It would be worth it to check with a local place that sells water softeners to see if they do water testing.
He's on city water, hard water is usually more of a problem with people on wells. Detroit area water is generally pretty good.
My recommendation would be to not put carpet in your basement.
It's scale, from the evaporation of the water off the concrete, welcome to Troy.
Looks like you have a tile floor. It has probably been waxed and the water turned wax white. Try striping the wax off of a small section. If that works, you'll have to strip the entire floor.
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