Block foundation / Discussions

Can you Insulate a Cinder block basement foundation with Rockwool?

...Block Foundation from the interior using Rockwool, here are the factors we would prioritize and how we would do it. First, the three main rules of durable bas...

Posted by Victor B June 19, 2019, 11:41 p.m. Basements improvements 5 Responses

What is the best practice to insulate a crawl space floor?

...block foundations are not as strong as poured concrete, so in very cold climates they are more susceptible to cracking if left to freeze and thaw. Hey Mike, ...

Posted by austin Fanning March 16, 2020, 8:55 a.m. Crawl spaces 4 Responses

What is your opinion on filling block foundations with concrete?

...block foundation is weaker than a poured foundation, so any cracks should be more closely examined, and block foudations are better insulated on the outside tha...

Posted by Nina Hartt March 21, 2019, 8:06 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

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

...block foundation addition. The basement is not insulated, the roof has very little insulation with vermiculite ( been tested ok) in the attic. I wanted to find ...

Posted by Bryan Squirrell Sept. 29, 2019, 3:08 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

How do you insulated a crawlspace with dirt floor?

...block foundation that slide open with a little screen. We have rigid foam panels on the concrete block walls (2 inch) The cottage is 900 square ft. To complicat...

Posted by sal Bellicoso Oct. 30, 2019, 4:56 p.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

What options are there for pre fab Passive House kit designs?

...block foundation and piers) into a garage with a 550 sq ft passive house on the main floor. Do you have recommendations for pre fab kits? I have seen the Kenoga...

Posted by Kim MacKay Dec. 27, 2019, 3:12 p.m. Planning and Design 1 Responses

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

...block foundations aren’t as solid as poured concrete , so you need to be a bit careful about insulating them from the inside, because if the wall has never been...

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

How do you apply vapor barrier and insulation to a CMU house?

...block should I apply it to? Foundation made of CMUs (aka Cinder block foundations ), are trickier to fix than poured concrete foundations . They are not nearly ...

Posted by Scott Brekke Nov. 22, 2019, 9:37 a.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Should I install basement drain tile vents?

...block foundation etc.. whatever you can tell us. And yes, putting drains through the ground could contribute to higher radon levels, here is our page about mi...

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

What is the right amount of insulation for a house?

I'm looking to build a small single level passive solar orientated house with double walls or Larson truss (either would have dense pack cellulose) on a slab f...

Posted by Ryan Gerbrandt Feb. 11, 2019, 9:57 a.m. Passive solar home design 4 Responses

Should I insulate my basement ceiling?

...block foundation since they are not nearly as strong as a poured concrete foundation. It is only held together by the mortar, so it is more susceptible to crack...

Posted by Nina Hartt March 21, 2019, 8:23 a.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

How do I get rid of carpenter ants?

...foundation and exterior cladding, and seal any cracks. • Caulk around doors and windows to block their entry points and prevent air leakage. Install mosquito ...

Posted by Shawn B Nov. 14, 2017, 10:27 a.m. Pest control 1 Responses

Should you put insulation on the outside of a cinder block wall in a desert?

...block home with a 2 foot over hang. I studed my inner wall, I put R13 fiberglass and sheet rock, then on the outside I tared the out side and filled most of the...

Posted by Michael Apodaca March 9, 2020, 3:10 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Can you use Foam boards on basement walls to stop condensation?

...foundation wall is never a perfect uniform surface, that should not be a problem. Any incidental moisture that did condense in a certain location would likely j...

Posted by Chad Johnson Dec. 21, 2019, 7:59 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

Is a vapor barrier necessary under a concrete slab with foam insulation and if so, where does go?

We're soon building a slab on grade foundation for our new cabin in Montana and I've decided to sit it on a 4" EPS foam insulation so the slab will retain some...

Posted by Grady 22 Aug. 17, 2019, 12:19 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 3 Responses

I want to insulate the outside of my house, which type of insulation do you think is best?

...block, natural based hemp insulation products . What is really important is that you don’t affect the wall’s ability to dry. For that reason if you wanted a s...

Posted by Joe F Nov. 15, 2017, 10:34 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 7 Responses