If anyone can confirm this, it would be my mother-in-law who suffers from arthritis in her hands and feet, as well as regular inexplicable foot pain that comes and goes without warning. Warped flooring is not an easy fix and if your floors are warping, you need to get the problem addressed as quickly as possible. Healthy floors have been shown to reduce the incidence of childhood diarrhea by 49% and parasitic infections by 78%. EarthEnable’s waterproof floor has made it able to be washed and cleaned, and has therefore significantly improved their quality of life.
Most of the children would sleep in one room of the house, and the floor could not be cleaned even after the small children would wet the bed, making it unsanitary and making it smell terrible. We were shocked to discover the significant health problems that dirt floors cause. Eliminating a dirt floor from the home results in dramatic reductions in childhood asthma, diarrhea, malnutrition, and parasitic infestations. Earthen flooring has experienced a revival on the West Coast of the United States, with many home-owners craving sustainable and attractive modern earthen floors in their homes. This is also the layer that gives the floor its shine, easy cleanability, and durability.
The primary limitation to widespread adoption of earthen floors is the level of training and site-specific testing that is required. EarthEnable brings modern earthen flooring to the poorest Rwandans by bridging this gap in training and providing local masons with the necessary expertise, business skills, and professional tools. While linseed oil is the oil typically used in the US, the high cost of this oil meant that it could not scale in Rwanda. We created a new oil from Rwandan materials that does the sealing and drying job of linseed oil for only a fraction of the cost.
Gravel is used to drain the floor (and to keep water from seeping up from under the floor and affecting the earthen mix) and also to level it out. This is a mix of small rocks and large sand particles that is compressed on top of the gravel to give the floor compressive and tensile strength. Puddles on a dirt floor become a breeding ground for mosquitos, and malarial mosquitos are the leading cause of death in Rwanda today. Children living in homes with dirt floors are more prone to diarrhea, the second leading cause of child death.
Healthy floors have been shown to reduce incidence of childhood diarrhea by 49% and to reduce parasitic infections by 78%. This includes on-site floor installation, hiring and training of masons as well as quality control of our finished product. In the lab, our chemists are always innovating to find the best oil to use for safe, clean, and cost-effective flooring. Getting the proportions of sand and clay to use requires us to make test tiles to find the perfect ratio. We’re incredibly passionate about improving the health of families with dirt floors.