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Anonymous asked in Home & GardenMaintenance & Repairs · 1 decade ago

Should there be isulation present behind drywall in finished basement?

We were repairing a leak in our finished basement. There was no form of insulation behind it and the foundation. Is this due to moisture problems? Should there be insulation?

Update:

I meant between, not behind drywall and foundation. sorry.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Insulation is acceptable to foundation walls. First put a vapor barrier on the wall like 4 mil or 6 mil plastic. Then insulation the furring strips or 2x4 stud wall. any moisture coming through the walls or condensation through the walls will collect on he plastic and run to the bottom. This will also protect your drywall from and moisture problems. Insulation in the basement is an option. Green board in not required in the basement. If it is needed then you have additional problems associated with leakage and green board will not protect against direct water problems.

    Source(s): Owner basement waterproofing company
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I've seen insulation used between the drywall and foundation in a finished basement. They install it on plastic "spikes" attached right to the cinderblock. It's optional though. I imagine it would make matters worse if there were any problems with moisture (mold, etc...).

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  • 1 decade ago

    Yes there should be insulation but older homes often didn't have any. If you have to take the drywall off anyway, might be a good time to add some. It will save you money on heating bills.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Any areas like bathroom walls or basement walls should always get GREENBOARD this is impervious to moisture and resists most leaks it has a type of insulation in it....Just go to any hardware store and ask for Greenboard not wallboard, it costs more but it will last a lifetime....

    Source(s): Tiling we put the stuff up
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  • 1 decade ago

    The earth is the insulation. There is far less temperature fluctuation in your basement than there is in the rest of the house. Underground is colder and heat rises - but this is just really nice in the summer.

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  • 1 decade ago

    yes,paper side to wall and if you want buy doubled sided insulation.that whey insulation does not get wet,wetness makes it weaker and will rot it faster.what ever thichness of studs you have thats how thick insulation should be,do not pack it in tight at all.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Depending on what you will use your basement for. I would say yes if you are going to use it for a den.

    Source(s): Greenirvana.com
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