Basement construction / Discussions

How does a Passive House handle floods?

...basement that has poor drainage and no sump pump and find your basement ruined by a minor flood, but if you built a slab on grade house a foot above the surroun...

Posted by Wendy Tsao May 7, 2018, 12:46 p.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

Will spray foam on basement walls prevent condensation?

...basement is likely built the exact same way, but it's an unfortunate truth of modern home construction and finished basements. And it's not that the builder d...

Posted by Michael Scott April 12, 2021, 9:17 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

What experience do you have with techno piles?

...basements, but we always choose a slab on grade instead of a basement when possible rather than building on helical piles. It is fairly common to find expansi...

Posted by Rob DesBaillets Aug. 26, 2021, 8:49 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 1 Responses

What are the factors I should consider for choosing between a slab on grade and basement?

...basement, what are the implications of having half of the footprint as a slab, and half basement? Thanks Shaun That is a common question, and a hot topic ...

Posted by Shaun B April 2, 2019, 6:35 a.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

Can you Insulate a cinder block basement foundation with Rockwool?

...basements. Basements and basement walls work differently in summer and winter than walls exposed to air . Basement walls are always cold but touching earth ...

Posted by Victor B June 19, 2019, 11:41 p.m. Basements improvements 6 Responses

If the foundation wall has tyvek wrap will it trap moisture?

...Basement construction usually goes bad when builders mistakenly think the moisture in the air is the problem when in reality its the ground and wet concrete tha...

Posted by Hos Boss March 9, 2021, 4:42 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Can you help me decide between a foundation, slab on grade and crawlspace?

...basement. I live near a river, so maybe I'm wrong, but a basement seems like it's gonna be a constant worry, and my parents have expensive issues with needing r...

Posted by David Davenport Nov. 26, 2018, 12:57 a.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 1 Responses

Is there anything I can do about a vapor barrier on the wrong side of a basement wall?

...basement that was finished about 1999. The house itself is from 1938 with a field stone foundation. When the finished the basement they put pt wood directly on ...

Posted by Iain B Feb. 8, 2021, 2:21 p.m. Basements improvements 7 Responses

Is it not structurally dangerous to smash a concrete floor for a drain?

...basement construction techniques: Best practices for basement construction in new homes or renovations The concrete we suggest removing is just the floor, a...

Posted by t b March 2, 2021, 3:18 p.m. Waterproofing and drainage 2 Responses

For a first time buyer where do you start with renovations?

...basement - see this page on why basements are moldy and how to fix them , and also this one on Best Practices for Basement Construction and Renovations Window...

Posted by Joanne Geall Aug. 19, 2020, 3:14 p.m. Efficient home design 1 Responses

What is the best option for building our next resilient home?

...basement, please see our guide to durable and healthy basement construction , and take extra durability measures such as installing a sump pump, possibly a seco...

Posted by John Bae Aug. 27, 2019, 3:55 p.m. Efficient home design 1 Responses

Insulation on interior or exterior of frost wall - or both - for floating slab?

...basement construction Footings seated unprotected in wet ground will always absorb moisture and draw it up into foundation walls, which in turn usually delive...

Posted by Marc-Andre Roy Oct. 4, 2021, 9:20 a.m. Slab on Grade 5 Responses

The thickness of vapor retarding latex paint - Is measurement wet or dry?

...basement, there is a musty / mildew smell. I've foamed and put 6 mil poly in the open crawlspace connected to the basement and painted the bare concrete walls w...

Posted by Kim Boas July 24, 2020, 10:36 a.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

Which is the best basement insulation?

...basement construction here – Best practices for basement construction for new homes and renovations

Posted by Alex Kesheshian April 23, 2020, 12:29 a.m. Basements 1 Responses

How much insulation should I install underneath my concrete slab in my basement?

...basement floor of a new home under construction. In Manitoba, Canada, adding 2 inches of insulation below a concrete slab floor would pay for itself likely in a...

Posted by Scott Antonation Sept. 27, 2019, 1:06 a.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

Should I build a basement or slab on grade?

...Basement; Which is Best? Part of the problem with calculating the cost difference between a basement and slab on grade is comparing them accurately. The numbe...

Posted by robert baker March 27, 2020, 6:54 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 9 Responses

How do you prevent moisture from getting into a basement footing?

...basement construction may be an even more valuable read for you. Building better basements: how to insulate your basement properly In there you will see a f...

Posted by Frank Liu June 24, 2020, 9:58 a.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 1 Responses

Can you jack up a cottage and build a slab on grade underneath it?

...basement. It is wet in the spring and damp throughout the summer making the bungalow humid in all seasons. THis mostly due to the house being directly next to a...

Posted by William Rae June 6, 2021, 12:23 p.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses