Is there any way to insulate basement walls without tearing the drywall down?

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Is there any way to insulate basement walls without tearing the drywall down?

Asked by Jill

Our home has a finished basement, but the walls are not insulated. Basement is heated (forced hot air) and has drop ceilings and dry wall.

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Sean Lintow Sr's picture

While one could drill holes in each bay and dense pack those areas with cellulose or fiberglass - that would generally not be a good idea.

  • The main reason for that is, if any water managed to seep in through the walls you would end up with a moldy rotting mess.
  • The only product that should be used where it would contact the exterior basement walls is closed cell foam and to my knowledge they do not have a pourable version.

If you have not done so already and want to lower your heating needs - look up and deal with the rim joist area with all those penetrations.

The next stop would be up towards the attic - air sealing and insulating those areas.

For more information:

Read "What's the best way to insulate the underground walls in our basement?" a Q&A answered by Michael Holcomb.