flood, mold, starting over
We had refinished our basement 10 years ago and felt confident, as there were no moisture problems, We flooded slighly during the hurricane this past summer (NJ) and in hindsight now realize we should have been more aggressive with the drying out effort.
The result was we had to tear it all down and start over. There was mold which had started on the bottom and worked it's way up and impacted some of the ceiling joists. We are scrubbing and treating with vinegar and borax as we have read that is effective.
In planning our re-build we don't want to have the same problem again. The concrete block walls seem dry, but We are still going with steel construction instead of wood. And for the insulation against the wall we are going to use the EPS.
The temperature is not a problem so I don't want to use any FG. We used it in the ceiling more for noise and the mice thought we did it for them to nest in. Also I think it trapped moisture which is why the ceiling joists have mold.
Is this the right approach? Can we use the EPS against the block and then just do the steel with the paperless drywall?
If we keep it dry will the mold come back anyway?
Thanks for any help - Pam