I have a large unfinished basement. Concrete blocks walls. French drain. All but the top 18 inches or so are underground.
It's got great potential to be finished (9 foot ceilings).
The basement has a sump pump, which kicks on any time it rains. The concrete clearly sweats in certain areas. In one corner, there is a hole in the concrete at the very bottom about a dime size which trickles water after it rains. The water trickles down the french drain and finds its way out through the sump pump. In my 3 years at the house I haven't seen the water rise over the french drain, even during the heaviest downpours, but I admit it's a little disconcerting to hear water trickling into the basement whenever it rains.
Last summer I put Drylok on every inch of the concrete wall. 2 coats on the bottom half.
I'm thinking about getting some metal studs, framing out some walls, and making a kids room, family room, and bar area.
My questions are:
Do I need to put foam or some other sort of vapor barrier on the (already Drylok'ed) concrete walls before the studs go up? Or is the Drylok enough?
Is it OK that water will be trickling in behind the wall in that one area? I realize its wise to put a battery backup on the sump pump, plus I have a backup generator, but is there something that needs to done before finishing the basement, or can I live with the water getting in just as long as the sump pump gets it out?
Is it OK to use metal studs to frame it out? Seems like the way to go given the moisture, but also it just seems easier to manage than cutting so much wood.
If you were me how would you proceed to get the basement ready for finishing?