A short time thereafter, an independent inspector was called in. Photo 1 is a close up of the floor covering in any given area of the installation. This is a below-grade concrete slab in a residential home. Obviously, the floor covering’s appearance did not change overnight. It took three years to get to a point where the homeowner wants some answers. Take special note of the top step in photo 2. It does not show the loss of gloss, nor does it have a cloudy appearance.
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Now, how to fix the problem. The floor covering is still well-adhered to the concrete subfloor. If the drain were fixed, and the floor covering embossed, would you install a new vinyl floor? If you pull up the brick and fix the drain, would you feel good about going down on the below-grade slab again?