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How Homes Are Built: Basement Vapor Barrier (Ep.5) - Parade of Homes Wisconsin

August 07, 20233 min read

How Homes Are Built: Basement Vapor Barrier (Ep.5) - Parade of Homes Wisconsin

When it comes to constructing a resilient and energy-efficient home, every detail matters. In Episode 5 of our series, we delve into an essential component that is often overlooked: the basement vapor barrier. 

With its paramount role in ensuring the longevity of your home and the health of its inhabitants, understanding this barrier is vital. Join us to unpack the specifics of an advanced vapor barrier system.

Stego Wrap: A Shield Against Moisture and Pollutants

Stego wrap is not your run-of-the-mill poly. Designed to be thicker and more durable than the standard options, it offers a heightened level of protection against moisture and potential pollutants that can seep into your home. Its unique composition is complemented by Stego's super sticky tape, ensuring a foolproof seal.

Ensuring Tight Seals Around Penetrations

One of the critical elements to the effectiveness of a vapor barrier is its ability to create a complete seal. We emphasize the importance of taping around every penetration, be it plumbing stacks or minor inadvertent cuts. This rigorous approach ensures there are no air gaps or points of weakness, preventing the infiltration of unwanted air and moisture from the ground.

The Hidden Danger of Radon

Perhaps the most alarming pollutant that can infiltrate our homes is radon, a radioactive gas. Radon emanates from the ground, seeping through basement floors and posing a significant health risk to residents. Shockingly, it's the second leading cause of lung cancer in the country. By sealing the basement meticulously with Stego wrap, we form a formidable barrier against this invisible threat. Stay tuned for an upcoming episode where we deep dive into the topic of radon and its effects.

Beyond The Bare Minimum

While it might be common practice in many neighborhoods to use a thin, clear plastic barrier and leave the seams untaped, at Sanctified Homes, we believe in going the extra mile. The difference is clear: whereas most setups merely serve as a basic barrier, our sealed Stego wrap renders the basement floor impermeable to upward air flow.

Addressing the Sump Crock and Radon Mitigation

As part of our comprehensive approach, the sump crock in the basement is not overlooked. This area will be covered, and a mitigation pipe will be installed to direct the air from beneath the basement up and out, ensuring no radon gas finds its way into your living spaces.

Raising the Standard in Home Construction

Our message is clear: raising the standard is not just a motto, but a commitment. By focusing on details like the basement vapor barrier, Sanctified Homes ensures that the homes they build are safe, efficient, and durable. The Stego barrier is just one of the many ways we champion building better homes for all.

For those keen on ensuring the safety and longevity of their homes, don't forget to check out our previous episodes and stay tuned for more insights. Remember, when it comes to your home, never settle for less than the best.

If you want to learn more about Sanctified Homes & Construction, checkout our homepage at WisconsinHomeBuild.com, or book a call directly on my calendar here

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TJ Vitense

Founder of Sanctified Homes and Construction & the Blessed to Build Foundation, TJ believes in raising the industry standards. With his company Strategic Real Estate Experts, he helped hundreds of families buy and sell homes. And, now manages new home construction as one of Wisconsin's best home builders.

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