Home Improvement--General/basement condensation

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We are in the process of finishing our basement.  The foundation has been been Drylocked.  We live in northern NH.  The insulation is up, vb on inside.  Had to move some electrical, so had to remove some insualtion and found condensation on concrete.  Freaked us out!! Why is this happening and what can be done?

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It is usually recommended that a plastic vapor barrier is installed against the foundation before the framing and insulation is installed. Moisture wants to move from wet areas to dryer areas. So the moisture in the soil outside is trying to come into your basement which is usually dryer. I know it may be some additional work but I would recommend removing the existing insulation and either installing a spray foam insulation that will act as both a vapor barrier and insulation or just sliding plastic sheeting behind the studs.
If you have a opening between the floor and the foundation wall the new vapor barrier should be tucked into it so that any water running down the back side of the new vapor barrier will drain off into the drain system and not show up on the floor. You will not have to do this if you use the spray foam technique.

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How do I select a professional remodeling contractor? What needs to be in a home improvement contract to protect the home owner? General design and estimating questions. Product selection, analyzation of bad workmanship, and expectations of a remodeling process.

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Cipriani Builders, Inc., now Cipriani Remodeling Solutions, is a professional, design-build remodeling firm, founded in 1978. I got into the remodeling business largely because of his father who was also a contractor. Cipriani Builders has serviced over 3,000 homes throughout the South Jersey area. They include kitchens, bathrooms, additions, windows, siding, roofing and much more.

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National Association of Home Builders Remodelors Council (NAHB) American Institute of Architects West Jersey (AIA) Better Business Bureau (BBB) Builders League of South Jersey (BLSJ) National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) New Jersey Remodelers Association VP (NJRA) Tri-County Code Association Cherry Hill Chamber of Commerce Greater Woodbury Chamber of Commerce Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) Remodelers Advantage IFDA, VP 2008 ASID

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I was the former Host, Writer and Producer of "House and Home" show on a local South Jersey Comcast cable station. I was featured in 1998 and 1999 on The Discovery Channel's "Gimme Shelter 2". I was featured on The Discovery Channel's "Home Matters" with Susan Powell. I have written articles for the monthly trade magazine, Builder/Architect. My expertise in historical renovation received recognition through a project featured on the cover of New Jersey Contractor Magazine. I was featured in 2007 and 2008 in a CBS Channel 10 News story on the home remodeling industry as a Home Remodeling expert.

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New Jersey University of Medicine and Dentistry National Association of the Remodeling Industry Certified Remodeler Program

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