Solutions for dirt floor basement?
Finalizing plans to purchase a house next week that meets all of my criteria in terms of location, layout, etc.
Only big problem is, it has a dirt floor basement. I have allergies and am very concerned about any moisture coming up, and mold being blown around through the furnace. I'm having a mold test done to confirm it's nothing deadly, but I'd like to seal the floor off so it's not circulating at all. (There seems to be some dampness in the dirt now, and some yellow growth, along with a bad mildew smell.)
I know pouring a concrete floor is going to be really expensive, and I'd like to avoid it. What about using some kind of rubber membrane like BlueMax? Could that be used directly over the dirt? Could I lay something down (like a vapor barrier) and then paint the rubber over that?
Anyone with any low-cost solutions? Would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!