|Project by RipSawRon||posted 02-15-2010 01:24 AM||7326 views||1 time favorited||5 comments|
I bought a house with a Water Guard system that was installed years ago. I started to frame out the walls to finish off the basement & create living space. But started to think about the big picture and have haulted all work. My concern is that there are gaps in the system at the top of the plastic sheeting. So I’m hoping that the fine folks here on HR will be able to answer some of my questions. Our home is in Chicago, IL. we get all 4 seasons, the basement is climet controled. The foundation comes up about 40” and then the main framing of the home starts, this gives an uneven look, so I got the bright idea to just frame a new steel stud wall in front, to smooth it all out. The steel framing is not attached to the floor, I made custom brackets to support, I didn’t want to drive fastners into the system. The system does drain into a sump pump well, the pump works.
1. Because there are gaps (see photos) do I need to seal them before insulating, framing and finishing the walls to prevent mold?
2. Would it be better to not seal things up and just frame out with an air gap and some air vents?
3. Do I need to seal the cement that was installed around the system?
4. We have noticed some disscoloration (black spotty) in places where the plastic sheets meet the base. Mold?
Here is a link to a video on the product
Thanks in advance for your advice.