So, I have a 40's cape code style house with a semi-finished basement in Arlington, VA. For all practical purposes, it stays pretty dry down there with the help of a dehumidifier. I can see that at some point there was a water issue, since near the side where the water heater is, there are some water marks on the wood paneling. Anyway, I'd like to cover the '40s vintage red and yellow tile with something temporary that I can pull up, and throw out in case it got wet. Any thoughts? Carpet squares? Or some other material? What do you guys put in your basements on the cheap?
I know if I was doing things correctly, I'd but down a subfloor floating above so that if there was water, it wouldn't effect the carpet, but my funds are limited..