Re: thumbs up or down on vapor barrier
I would add to these posts that once you've allowed time for things to stabalize, check to make sure that moisture isn't still intruding. You may not see liquid water, but moisture in the form of humidity can create micro-environments on the surface of materials that encourage amplification of microorganisms (bacteria, molds, and some parasites). I've seen homes finished with various vapor barrier type systems that cover a concrete or brick wall that are not irrigated correctly (both inside and outside) to prevent wall cavity moisture problems and building deterioration. Whatever you do make sure that moisture incursion is controlled, not just covered up.
Jason Yost, CIEC, CMRS, WRT
Council-certified Indoor Environmental Consultant
Council-certified Microbial Remediation Supervisor
Water-damage Restoration Technician