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Dry Basements Depend on Durable Vapor Barriers That Isolate Slabs

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Mar 27, 2017 10:25:53 AM

To prevent cracks, and head off mold and rot in finished basements, a sturdy vapor barrier is still the most important detail.

Creating the “perfect” slab has always been a challenge for homebuilders. Even when built to code, slabs sometimes crack and fail. What went wrong? Often, sloppy installation is the issue. Seams in the underlayment are not sealed and overlapped properly, or workers punch holes in the plastic--or it simply doesn’t extend fully underneath the slab and vertically up the edge of the buried part of the slab perimeter.

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"Green" Concrete Waterproofing Eliminates VOCs During and After Foundation Sealing

Posted by Jennifer Caughey, Guest Columnist

Apr 21, 2015 8:50:29 AM

It's time to move away from the toxic foundation coatings of yester-year, and take advantage of more benign products.

ANY CONTRACTOR CAN TELL YOU that sealing the outside a foundation stinks. Typically, it's a messy, toxic job, done with highly volatile, petroleum-based sealants that leave you dizzy for the rest of the day.

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