Broken Styrofoam Panels Abut Exterior of My Foundation Wall


Old 06-27-10, 11:54 AM
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Broken Styrofoam Panels Abut Exterior of My Foundation Wall

I have a ranch built late 50s that had additions put on. The foundation is nicely poured and intact concrete all around. In back where the grade is lower, there are Styrofoam panels that abut the exterior foundation face. When I purchased the home 16 yrs ago, these panels were tight to the foundation wall. This year it's very noticable how the panels have kind of ponied up in spots, broken, and there is dirt, grass, etc. that's accumulated in the new spaces. FWIW I have water in the lower back yard (never in the basement) and a terrible chipmunk problem this year. I know these panels are important for insulation and keeping moisture away from the concrete, so I know not to just pull them out and discard them (which my neighbor did). How can I restore them to what they're supposed to be? Is this a major weekend project or do I even have to get a professional to do the job?
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Old 06-28-10, 07:10 PM
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The best thing to do is dig to the footing & replace the styrofoam with the proper membrane. It's labor intensive. The cost of the materials isn't bad.

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