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Paul Racioppo
Paul Racioppo 4 years ago

Thanks for your reply.  The vapor barrier is overlapped, not tapped.  I had high humidity which was causing mold growth.  With the dehumidifier it varies between 50-55%.  Mold growth has ceased.

Mike Reynolds 4 years ago

Keep it to about 50-55% RH is good, that's about the high end you want to be at before mold becomes a problem again. Taping it woudn't be a bad idea, that may even drop it a little bit more, so will making sure it's sealed around the edge of the wall and any support post or plumbing pipes.

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