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Old 01-08-2008, 02:34 PM   #1
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I have a 4-year old home and was thinking about remodeling the basement. We have poured walls down there and I have never had any water or moisture problems. I was wondering if it is a good idea to waterproof the poured walls before framing/insulating? Or is it too redundant?

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I think it is more of redundant... because if it leaks... you probably won't be able to water proof it with standard water proofing method... if it doesn't leak... there is no need to touch it....

and base on 4 year history... I think you are good to go...

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Waterproof it now because as pointed out if it leak you will not be able to, I assume you're asking because you are about to cover the walls? It easy to do now but hard to do later
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If it is a newer foundation, they are actually already waterproofed, on the outside, when the frost walls and footings are put in. It's Code required.
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I have a 4-year old home and was thinking about remodeling the basement. We have poured walls down there and I have never had any water or moisture problems. I was wondering if it is a good idea to waterproof the poured walls before framing/insulating? Or is it too redundant?
Adding water proofing (re: tar coating on the "inside" of cement basement wall) is not only redundant but can create long term problems. In a perfect world, one needs to "water proof" the ouside of their cement wall. On the inside, they leave it "untreated". This allows the cement wall to naturally breath and over time, allows it to slowly dry. As as some say, "allow the cement to cure".

If this was my place with "NO water problems" for 4 consecutive years, I'd leave the inside walls "as is" and add the vertical studding (with needed insulation). Cement floor to main floor celing studding material and spacing as per your local code. And if given a choice, I'd use 2x6s (if cold climant) or 2x4s (in warm climat) as vertical studs. Yes. Wood studs instead of steel studs. And, I'd use double plates for both top and bottom. And for inner walls that might have heavy shelves or a large screen TV mounting area, I'd use 12" stud spacing - instead of normal 16" spacing. Thus, allowing more vertical studs for future anchor screws.

Hope this helps as well...

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