I'm planning out a basement finishing project, and I'd like to do it correctly. I've done a lot of research but what I can't tell is if I do, or do not, require a vapor barrier.
I was hoping from a legal (code compliance) standpoint there would be a definitive answer, but as far as I can tell the code doesn't even touch on this.
I believe this is the correct resource for my (Delaware county in Ohio) location's building standards.
From a common sense standpoint, it doesn't seem too clear to me if it's a plus or a minus... it keeps outside water out preventing mold/mildew (positive) but if something we to happen to a pipe or the sum pump in the basement and water were to get in it would be harder for it to get out (negative).
So I was really hoping there would be another reason to or to not have it. My two questions:
- Does anyone know if the concept of vapor barriers ever come in to the code compliance of finished basements?
- Where would I go looking for any such information for my location? Would it be best to contact a specific department, or look for a contractor perhaps?
And of course if anyone knows the answer to my specific area, that would be helpful too.