Basement / Discussions

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

My basement is smelly and humid, what can I do about that?

...basement properly - Why basements are moldy and how to fix it It sounds like you do have problems caused by excess water infiltrating your basement walls, p...

Posted by Jeff O. Feb. 8, 2017, 10:22 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 3 Responses

What do I in my basement where new insulation meets old?

...basements, and for a few more tips you could check out this page - How to Insulate Basements Properly And to address your question specifically, in a perfec...

Posted by Steve J July 20, 2019, 10:01 p.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses

How do you best use polyiso insulation in a basement?

...basements due to their resiliency when exposed to moisture, where Polyiso can be negatively affected by exposure to moisture and there is often a lot of that, o...

Posted by Iain Matheson Jan. 24, 2020, 7:45 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

What insulation should I put on basement block walls that is resistant to mold?

Concrete block basement wall. Moisture issue in spring ( and I suspect fall). We get a lot of people asking about the best way to insulate a cinder block (CMU)...

Posted by Ken Gee July 31, 2019, 3:25 p.m. Basements improvements 3 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

How would I rectifiy problem of foundation wall cracks with finished basement?

...basement wall and eventually refinish the interior walls of the basement in a different manner to rectifiy this problem longterm? Insulating a cinder block (or ...

Posted by Terry P July 22, 2020, 7:07 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

Where do you install a weeping tile with a high water table?

...basement floor. High water table and the engineer wanted the footings on undisturbed soil. So I basically need to pour my basement wall 18 inches higher then pl...

Posted by Alex Kesheshian June 11, 2020, 11:54 p.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

Spray Foam for basements, which of the different types are best environmentally?

...basement next spring and one builder suggested using spray foam insulation as he says it's a good choice for insulating and sealing CMU basement walls and floor...

Posted by Rose Adams Jan. 9, 2020, 9:33 a.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

I have many issues with my house where should I start?

...basement and concrete block foundation addition. The basement is not insulated, the roof has very little insulation with vermiculite ( been tested ok) in the at...

Posted by Bryan Squirrell Sept. 29, 2019, 3:08 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 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

Can you use a Lunos E2 HRV System to circulate air between two floors?

Am wanting some fans that work in pairs to circulate air between my basement and main floor. Have a long 1100 sq ft house from the 60s (you know the one). Hopi...

Posted by Richard Kolla May 20, 2020, 1 a.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

Are mice droppings and urine toxic?

...basement is insulated from the ground floor with pink insulation. Over the years, there have been several mouse infestations in the basement, between the suspen...

Posted by JT Nov. 14, 2017, 4:49 p.m. Pest control 1 Responses

What's the best detector & alarm for a back flow valve that has been installed by the utility?

...basement or are finishing a basement to prevent flooding .

Posted by Tom Poe March 27, 2020, 6:38 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

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

...basement and the ceiling height is about 7 feet with above ground windows. I want to insulate from air and from water leaks. Any advice is apreciated. Insulatin...

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

Slab on Grade for House in Grand Rapids MI - Can I get Prefab form kits & Assistance easily?

...basement but the slab section, ideally with your hot air radiant heat system, would be about 1000 square feet. There is only one manufacturer of slab on grade f...

Posted by Greg Hooks Nov. 20, 2019, 3:35 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Where can I purchase non-toxic interior wall panels near Laval, Quebec?

...basements properly – Preventing mold when you insulate your basement Using non-toxic building materials will help protect your indoor air quality , but most...

Posted by Louise Goulet Nov. 30, 2019, 1:14 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses