Concrete / Discussions

How do you fix high humidity levels in a basement?

...concrete floor, so even if you did insulate and seal the walls with a spray foam vapor barrier , it will likely continue to absorb moisture from the ground belo...

Posted by JR Tadinac Aug. 21, 2019, 11:26 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 3 Responses

Can you elevate a slab on grade foundation?

...concrete . And if you have not yet chosen a wall assembly, here is a story about that same house, which is a ‘nearly Passive House’ in Perth, Ontario. They us...

Posted by Raoul Lions July 27, 2019, 2:47 p.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

What's the best way to seal a crawl space and insulate?

...concrete, and you may then be exposing the wall to different conditions than it is used to. If the walls are in good shape – as in straight and not cracked, it ...

Posted by Steven Johnston Feb. 23, 2021, 12:35 p.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

Can you raise a garage floor?

...concrete floor. Have you considered pouring an additional concrete floor on top to raise the level? Being in the Spray Foam Industry, I would say that there may...

Posted by Anwar Chowdhury Jan. 3, 2021, 2 p.m. Concept and design 2 Responses

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

...concrete as it is only held together by the mortar between the blocks. So insulating it from the inside means you are changing the thermal conditions is has bee...

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

Why is there condensation above ground on an interior basement wall?

...Concrete is a known heatsink. It will be hold heat for a longer period but will also hold cold too as the seasons change. Exterior mechanical insulation is not ...

Posted by Barb Daluisio Jan. 12, 2021, 1:26 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Does hydronic radiant cooling work?

...concrete floor , invites moisture problems as it can cause warm humid air to condense and put you at risk of mold and mildew forming. Here is a our page all abo...

Posted by dean c April 30, 2019, 8:01 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 Responses

How do insulate a basement slab that is sloped ?

...concrete. As for finishing and insulating, yes, a vapour barrier at that point would be necessary as there would not have been one with the initial constructi...

Posted by Louis-François Lapointe Nov. 11, 2020, 10:34 a.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

What is the best way to finish basement walls?

...concrete (in case there is no vapour barrier below the concrete) from damaging the wood. This is also a good time to check and see if you have high radon gas le...

Posted by Aram Scaram Jan. 21, 2021, 5:13 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

How do you build a mold-free basement in a new construction house?

...concrete? That virtually guarantees it will develop mold so you may be best to fix it now before you get too deep into this. Hi there! The house is located i...

Posted by Charmaine Herzig Feb. 10, 2020, 7:32 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

How do I get rid of moisture with cement floor crawl space that has a vapour barrier?

...concrete floor? I’m just not sure of the positioning given that you mention joists as well, unless you’re just reporting on the general condition of the space. ...

Posted by Cindy Chatham 04 chatham Aug. 25, 2020, 4:47 p.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

What are the options for radiant heat with a slab on grade?

...concrete, no need for additional products. We have lots of pages on Radiant Floor Heating, have a look here and you will probably find all you need - Choosing...

Posted by August Wehrmann Feb. 3, 2019, 6:52 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 Responses

How do you fix moisture problems in basement?

...concrete blocks and sit it up on small 1 inch high foam blocks (one cheap sheet of EPS from a local building supply store would be all you likely need) so the s...

Posted by John rodrigues Nov. 27, 2020, 8:50 a.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

What is your opinion about building a garage on posts (screw piles)?

...concrete foundation, so there is also long-term value to consider. Whatever building type you decide on, be sure to have it designed by an engineer.

Posted by Les P Dec. 11, 2017, 2:21 p.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

What is the best way to build a slab on grade on bedrock?

...concrete poured all at one time rather than have a second costly trip by a pump truck and foundation team. You will need to do something like that anyway, but...

Posted by peter owen Oct. 31, 2019, 3:33 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

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

...concrete 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. H...

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

Can a manufactured home be retrofitted with hempcrete?

...concrete aspect of it, best to just use straight hemp that you have, since there isn't any need for structural support, so all the concrete will do is reduce th...

Posted by Chryss James Nov. 19, 2020, 9:06 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Has anyone insulated under a swimming pool?

...Concrete Forms), which not only creates the structure, it keeps the heat where you want it – in the water and not in the ground below.

Posted by Randy Minna Parent May 10, 2021, 8:28 p.m. Natural swimming pools and ponds 1 Responses