How can I create a vapor barrier between my home and its crawlspace which frequently has standing rain water that must evaporate and drain? Some first floor rooms have smelled damp for years. I am renovating the home, so now is the time to fix this.
My house on Long Beach Island in New Jersey is built on a man-made land mass crossed by lagoons. The water table is only a foot below the surface of the packed silt soil. After a rain storm, the vented crawlspace has standing water which takes a few days to evaporate and soak into the damp soil.
Most of the crawlspace floor is loosely covered with old plastic sheeting. Kraft faced insulation hung between the floor joists, but I removed it after Hurricane Sandy flooding ruined it. I found holes and gaps in the plywood subfloor for wires, pipes, and even a large hole beneath the tub drain.
How can I create a vapor barrier between this wet crawlspace and the plywood subfloor? How can I fill the various sized subfloor holes around the electrical wires and copper pipes? I will be creating a plywood box around the tub drain, but should I insulate it? Before I install bedroom carpeting, can I install a vapor barrier on top of the subfloor?
I will make a separate post about the damp smelling rooms. Thank you for your input.