Damage / Discussions

How do you fix moisture problems in basement?

...damage to the framing members. Or, check out something like this vented sill plate to reduce moisture damage on basement walls . That way you keep your stud w...

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

How would I detail the connection between the wall and floating slab?

Hello all, I am an architectural designer who, personally, love slab on grades. However, one big worry I often have is water damage at the base of the wall. ...

Posted by Brendon Fraser July 17, 2020, 1:24 p.m. Slab on Grade 2 Responses

What is a pet proof, safe and durable wood floor sealer?

...damage. Want to have a super durable and safe sealor, probably satin finish most likely. Thank you, Gail The healthiest floor sealer and the easiest to maintain...

Posted by Gail Hagopian Oct. 13, 2020, 11:53 a.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

Rain being drawn through windows on new build.

...damage inside the house. We observed the incident and it appeared that water was bubbling in through the window frames and under the window and door seals, almo...

Posted by Kylie Bonavia Oct. 1, 2021, 8:27 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

Should I replace my skylights with solar tubes?

...damage with paint bubbling up around it. And they let in a lot of heat in the summer. I'm on board that solar tubes are the better choice energy wise -if I were...

Posted by Elizabeth Brown Nov. 30, 2018, 9:32 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

Why do you shim up basement walls?

...damage to basements including situations of high moisture and water damage requires a series of steps. What we are proposing is that you shim walls up slightly ...

Posted by t b March 2, 2021, 3:17 p.m. Basements improvements 4 Responses

Any suggestions for improving insulation of a unique concrete building?

...damage. For the past 20 years it has served as a museum and is closed for the winters. The past 15 years it has been unheated in the winters, but we have been...

Posted by Andrew Hurst Feb. 25, 2021, 4:54 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Is there any risk to a concrete foundation from adding interior insulation?

...damage to the foundation. Their stance was that these old houses like to "breathe" so it's better to avoid any changes because it's lasted this long as-is. I ...

Posted by Drew Tozer Jan. 5, 2021, 12:57 p.m. Basements improvements 9 Responses

What is the most cost effective way to build a rain screen wall assembly?

...damage to the interior cavity of the wall system. Thanks!

Posted by Jess Glowacki June 22, 2021, 7:55 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 0 Responses

What’s the best insulation system for a brick/masonry basement foundation wall?

...damage. Home is 100 years old and was finished previously but no insulation, just studs against the brick and drywall. We have installed a drain tile and dimple...

Posted by Ryan Essex Nov. 29, 2021, 8:17 a.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses

Should I insulate a crawl space from the outside?

...damage, waterproof and then insulate from the outside. As I need to replace the french drains excavation doesn't really add any costs. My concern here is the gi...

Posted by Ryan Argente March 7, 2021, 5:07 p.m. Crawl spaces 0 Responses

Where does a vapour barrier go when building a shed in southern Ontario?

...damage in this type of environment. I have chosen a combination of 4 ft of drywall above a wainscotting made from skid wood. Back to my quierie, I am in secti...

Posted by Charley Nelson Nov. 5, 2020, 10:09 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

Is Condensation on Windows a bad sign?

...damage in the form of black mold on your window frames. In order to be able to fix your problem, I would first recommend you get a hyrometer, which will measu...

Posted by Greg Olmstead Dec. 12, 2019, 6:21 a.m. Walls and Roofs 1 Responses

Is moisture a problem in an unvented cathedral ceiling under a vented attic?

...damage at the peak of the ceiling? Ceiling fans would alleviate it if so, and often times- now at least and with well-thought out home designs, you will often...

Posted by Kyle Burgmeier Oct. 25, 2021, 11:06 p.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Do I need to insulate under the footings of a frost protected shallow foundation?

...damage. And the way to mitigate that risk is to install a perimeter skirt insulation (where and when it is needed). This is exactly how we would build a slab, s...

Posted by Jon Piana April 15, 2019, 8:45 a.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Is There a Difference Between an Air Barrier and vapor barrier?

...damage. Many times when this happens the homeowner has no idea until there is a structural failure or the insulation has been rendered useless. To find and fi...

Posted by Sherri Mccormick Aug. 17, 2018, 3:24 p.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

How do you fix a moisture problem in a finished basement?

...damage , so it can be a bit of a canary in the coal mine in terms of basement moisture damage since it will show damage quicker than solid wood and most other p...

Posted by Margo MACFARLANE Oct. 28, 2019, 10:24 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

In the winter should you heat a low/dirt floor crawl space with a furnace vent?

...damage and mold . This page here will have most of the answers you need – Best Practices for Insulating Crawlspaces So here are a few questions that will he...

Posted by janis hobson Dec. 11, 2019, 3:17 p.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses