Basement insulation / Discussions

Can you use an HRV or ERV for radon removal in a dirt floor basement?

I have a part concrete and part dirt floor in basement with mildly elevated radon levels. Radon mitigator told us to use a HRV to reduce it by about 50%. Shoul...

Posted by Douglas Touart March 1, 2021, 5:15 p.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 1 Responses

Should I install basement drain tile vents?

...basement drain system and the contractor wants to install vents through the concrete floor at the wall junction to drain moisture condensate from basement walls...

Posted by gary taube Dec. 11, 2019, 10:14 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 3 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a 1780 brick federal with stone foundation in New York?

...insulation, rockwool or EPS . If you are doing the exterior then you can follow the procedures for exterior insulation here in page about the best way to insula...

Posted by carole roseman Jan. 5, 2020, 2:39 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

How do I waterproof a foundation from the inside?

...basement walls and floors – insulation, vapour barrier, finishing materials, how it is assembled, etc. If your basement currently has no finished flooring, an i...

Posted by Kurt Brenner Nov. 14, 2017, 9:47 a.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

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

...basement. People get in trouble for lowering their basement without a permit. I was in a house once where the owners had done that, but an inspector came and ha...

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

What is the best underfloor insulation type for radiant floor heat?

...insulation (both underlay and overlay of the electric heating system). My main concerns and fire and offgassing. (ie; which insulation will not give off toxic g...

Posted by David Irwin July 12, 2020, 6:48 a.m. Heating and cooling 1 Responses

Why does interior insulation cause a freeze/thaw cycle- cinder block foundation?

...insulation on the interior, it loses that supply of heat, so the entire block (with enough insulation) will probably freeze completely and more closely reflect ...

Posted by P Mci July 5, 2021, 11:17 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 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 method of building a slab on grade?

...basement vs slab on grade as a good starting place– Slab on Grade vs Foundation & Crawlspace or Basement? In there you can see our slab on grade installatio...

Posted by Jay Law April 19, 2021, 3:09 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

What should I look for if I want to buy a slab on grade house?

I'm looking to buy a house build on a slab-on-grade . What should I be looking for in terms of insulation? Thanks, Terry Where is the house, and do you know ho...

Posted by terry northcott March 25, 2019, 11:02 a.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a concrete block house?

...insulation then dry wall. Thoughts? What is your climate zone? Experiencing tornadoes is a clue, but closer is better. A foil bubble wrap will for sure act as...

Posted by kent wardecke Oct. 17, 2020, 11 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses

Why insulate the walls rather than the floor joists in a crawlspace?

...basement, the most important is making sure it has insulation or a vapor barrier on the floor to prevent moisture from evaporating into the air.

Posted by Ron Monk June 2, 2021, 9:31 p.m. Crawl spaces 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

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

What is the best foam board insulation under drywall?

...insulation – Rigid insulation panels: which are best and where to use them While most insulation materials actually perform a little better the colder it ge...

Posted by Wesley Pracht Jan. 11, 2020, 8:10 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What are the options for adding Exterior Roof Insulation?

...insulation to a home have been very helpful. But in searching I have not found much related to adding exterior insulation to the roof. Our home does not have an...

Posted by Marlo Raynolds Aug. 29, 2020, 9:19 p.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 4 Responses

What Should You Look For When Buying a Slab on Grade Home?

...insulation, that would affect its structural integrity as well as its efficiency. To understand a bit about what to look for, here is a page you should check ou...

Posted by Mike Molloy Nov. 6, 2019, 7:29 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

What is the best way to stop thermal bridging between my ICF walls and my footing?

...insulation panels designed to improve the R value and efficiency of ICF walls. Another weak spot is the door thresholds, so if you have a walkout basement you c...

Posted by Walter van den Broek Sept. 18, 2020, 11:23 a.m. Foundation choices 1 Responses