Dirt floor / Discussions

What is the best way to insulate a crawlspace to keep humidity down and stop odors?

...floor, insulation between the floor joists and has 3 - vents to the outside. I am thinking of 1" foam boards on the walls, sealing the floor. There is no moistu...

Posted by Dave Bell Oct. 24, 2019, 3:57 p.m. Crawl spaces 3 Responses

Can I use a Legalett slab in Florida if I don't want floor heat?

...floors. but somewhere I did hear someone mention that this type of foundation supports the house evenly and did not need a lot of fill dirt. What is my best opt...

Posted by Harry Dickinson March 25, 2021, 10:21 a.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

What is the best method of repairing joists in a low crawl space?

...floor and not dirt that is a good thing, and if you used something like an LVL (laminated veneer lumber) that could span the whole length, could you get a jack ...

Posted by deb bino Sept. 1, 2021, 9:56 p.m. Crawl spaces 3 Responses

How do you stop wind from blowing under a house on piers?

...floor joists with 0.5in. foil faced foam board nailed to the bottom of the floor joists. I have not removed this insulation. Is this a problem waiting to rear i...

Posted by Robert Boyle Oct. 17, 2021, 12:11 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

What do I do if my heat from my electric furnace isn’t working?

air will come through the floor vents but the heat stopped working. it's an electric furnace The most common problem when a furnace blows cold air, and first t...

Posted by karen gurney Dec. 22, 2021, 6:32 p.m. Heating and cooling 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate the ceiling of my crawl space?

...floor is very cold in the winter and in the summer we don't really have to use air conditioning because of the crawl space temperature. It is a wood floor on th...

Posted by Judy Mendel Feb. 17, 2020, 11:10 p.m. Crawl spaces 4 Responses

Should I bother testing for radon in a gutted and uninsulated house?

...floor, is it dirt or poured concrete? I would assume it is not insulated nor would it have a vapor barrier, so just doing a vapor barrier itself puts you halfwa...

Posted by Luba Sharapan March 27, 2021, 12:04 p.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 3 Responses

Will spray foam on basement walls prevent condensation?

...floor and no smells. It was by accident that I noticed it. It is in a corner of our house and after opening up the walls it dried up. I reinsulated and and a ne...

Posted by Michael Scott April 12, 2021, 9:17 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

Is it smart to lay plastic under a pier and beam cottage and should I close it in?

...floor joists if you just go for the vapour barrier on the dirt solution. That will save you energy and make you much more comfortable.

Posted by b port Oct. 31, 2021, 3:19 p.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

Can you Insulate a cinder block basement foundation with Rockwool?

...floor floor boards as there will defiantly be air leakage thhru the floor down to the basement. Foam board would be ideal but it is out of question because of t...

Posted by Victor B June 19, 2019, 11:41 p.m. Basements improvements 6 Responses

What is the best way to make a row house in Montreal Quebec more energy efficient?

...floor have wood floors that I don't intend to change. Stone foundation. Basement floor is a cement pour in the 70s or 80s? Each floor is about 20'x40'. Total of...

Posted by Elizabeth Brown Feb. 26, 2019, 9:09 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

How do you install a radon barrier in a crawlspace with an uneven floor?

...dirt, which also acts as the radon barrier. Radon gas is heavier than air, so keeping it contained underneath a polyethylene barrier is a great first step, and ...

Posted by Reinhart Bigl Nov. 29, 2021, 4:01 p.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 1 Responses

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

...floor too. The rest of the house is double brick with minimal to no insulation in the walls. Is that a safe option or is there something to their "don't fix i...

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

How do you improve an old block foundation with no insulation or exterior moisture barrier?

...floor insulated, is it concrere or dirt, and do you use it as living space or just storage? Hi, thanks for your attention to this. Since first contacting you, I...

Posted by Wilhelmina Lange March 11, 2021, 4:19 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses

What are the foundation options for a prefab house?

...floor construction. It would seem from the options you’ve laid out that its all open to you, so I’ll just go over your pros and cons list a bit. Firstly, there ...

Posted by Richard Bowie Nov. 20, 2020, 3:40 p.m. Foundations and Basements 2 Responses

How can I get rid of moisture between the vapor barrier and the insulation in a basement?

...Floors: As for the floors, we would like to put cork flooring directly on the concrete. The cork floor company says that is fine but that we will need the cemen...

Posted by David Mitchell Aug. 14, 2018, 6:32 p.m. Basements improvements 45 Responses

What is the best way to install basement insulation with existing framing?

...dirt it sits in, the problem is not moisture generated inside the home. So, vapor barriers on basement walls make no sense at all. Without one, any moisture ins...

Posted by Nick Trotta Sept. 20, 2021, 8:29 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 7 Responses