Vapor barrier seal

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  1. Jan 26, 2017 #1

    Jwinston

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    Hello,


    I have a question about basement vapor barrier. My home is 2 years old. Basement is pored concrete and the builder has insulated everything. A few days ago I noticed that the plastic membrane is not tightly attached at the floor, maybe the caulking sealant is coming off. I attached 2 pictures. My concern is, does the vapor barrier has to be air tight? is it even possible? or is it normal to have some open areas?

    Thank you,

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    should be air tight with taped seams.
    if you have enough length, run a bead of silicone on the floor and press the flap into the silicon.
     
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    You must be in Canada?
    Yes it should be completely sealed.
     
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    Yes. I live in Canada. What kind of product can I use to seal the plastic at the bases? Is it some kind of caulking? My one year Tarion is not over yet. Maybe this is something the builder can fix.
     
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    Silicon or a product called Quad available at big box stores.
     
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    The link I gave him is the stuff he has now, that's the normal up here.
     
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    Thanks for the replies guys. Much appreciated
     
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    Hello guys. Yesterday I noticed light condensation in the basement corner, right behind the base stud between the floor and the wall. What do you guys think? is thins a common occurrence? I took a pic behind the stud, right at the junction between the floor and the wall.

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    If you have air leaks that allow warm moist air to get behind the insulation and contact cold concrete you will get condensation.
    Tape a square of sheet plastic to the the area in question. moisture on the surface of that plastic would be condensation, moisture on the backside would be coming thru the concrete.
     
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    Following up on Neal's suggestion; you tape the square of plastic to the concrete wall. Tape all four sides.
     
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    Thanks nealtw and slownsteady. The vapor does appear on the backside of the plastic. So it seems to come from the outside. Do you think that maybe I should open that area and let it dry out? Is this a common occurrence?
     
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    Water does not usually leak thru solid concrete but it will wick thru it from cold to warm.
     
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    barrier tape's usually used by pro's - we buy ours on eBay
     
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    They seal almost anything up here with that black crap, but they use tape where it will stick.
     
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    on walls, we use nailed-on p/t'd 1x2's for termination strips
     

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