COMMUNITY FORUM

mrissala

02:07PM | 10/19/05
Member Since: 07/08/03
3 lifetime posts
Bvbasement
Due to a plugged foundation drain, our basement was flooded with about 12" of water. I pumped the water out, but mold formed on the drywall walls, and the bottom of the walls remained wet. I sprayed the mold with bleach, cut 16" of drywall from the bottom of the wall all the way around the exterior, and pulled out the visible fiberglass insulation. I also removed the vinyl flooring. There is plastic over the concrete wall. The interior wall consists of a wood frame wall with fiberglass insulation and paper backing, and drywall with no air space between the two walls. The concrete floor has a poor finish and the top of the floor crumbles ever so slightly leaving a fine dust.

I plan to put hydraulic cement where the concrete walls meet the floor, and monitor my foundation drain. I would appreciate some help in determining the most appropriate way to address the situation with the walls and floor. Will the double vapor barriers trap moisture and create problems later on? Is there some way to avoid taking the entire walls down? I don’t think I could pull the insulation out because the paper backing is stapled to the wall. I don’t see any mold, is that problem likely to be gone? If I must take the walls down, what other options are there for new walls and insulation? Should I use moisture resistant drywall? Can I use a floor leveling compound to prepare the floor for laminate flooring? Would another type of flooring be better? Thank you for your help.

Mark

Mark Rissala


homebild

03:47AM | 10/20/05
Member Since: 01/28/03
693 lifetime posts
Sounds like you have things under control.

One thing you do not have is a 'double vapor barrier'.

The plastic sheeting directly over the foundation wall is there to prevent ground water vapor from penetrating through the block and entering the basment.

The vapor retarder on the insulation is there to control the flow of moisture through the framed wall so that is won;t condense on the cooler block surfaces.

Both should be there. Both serve separate functions.

Your next project should be to install a sump with a sump pump and battery backup to avoid future flooding.


Click_to_reply_button
Inspiration_banner

INSPIRATION GALLERY



Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.

Reply_choose_button

Anonymous

Post_new_button or Login_button
Register

Pink, often reserved for girls' rooms, is making its way into other parts of the home. Julie Holloway of Milk and Honey Ho... Filling an underutilized area beneath the stairs is a smart way to save space. Doing so with a stash of wood, however, is ... The Audubon Society inspired wallpaper in this Adirondack-styled entryway will get you in the outdoor mood. Grab your coat... Chalkboard paint opens up endless possibilities for customizing your dresser time and time again. Use chalk to label the c... A fireplace in the bathroom creates the ultimate setting for relaxation. Homeowners often choose electric or gas over wood... Yes, a freestanding garage can become its own tiny house. Artist Michelle de la Vega has all the comforts of a modern resi... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... FLOR carpet tiles are a simple and affordable way to customize a floor covering for any space. You can make anything from ... Chalkboard paint features prominently in this elegant yet unpretentious headboard design. Add a new message daily to reflec... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... The indecisive homeowner need not fret over choosing one (or even two) cabinet colors. The kitchen cabinets in this artist... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of "lovingly used" furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair fo... First dress up your metal shelves with a coat of paint in an accent color that complements your kitchen decor. Then arrang... The vibrant green of Granny Smith apples make a beautifully natural alternative to the traditional evergreen wreath. Brigh...
Follow_banner_a
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon
 
webapp2