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How do you prevent mold in a finished basement?

Brian Cole Published: Nov. 22, 2019, 10:22 a.m.Last updated: Dec. 1, 2019, 8:35 p.m.

We had a water leak in our basement earlier this year and when the contractors started pulling off damaged drywall we were disgusted to find that our basement wall framing was rotten in multiple areas and the insulation was full of mold behind the vapor barrier. The scariest part is that our house was only built in 2007!

Now we've managed to strip all this smelly mess out, we tried to get quotes off contractors to refinish the basement but they all want to replace what we had with the same thing - wood framing inside the concrete basement stuffed full of fiberglass insulation, covered with plastic then all covered up with drywall so we can't see another disaster coming! Every one so far has replied "But that's code" which seems to be true. What do we do? What's the best way to finish a basement and prevent it all going moldy and rotten again but comply with code?  

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