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How to fix condensation on ceilings?

...fix it! Thank you Condensation in the home is bad news for sure, but for the moment you have two subjects here. One is the condensation issues , the second is t...

Posted by Jessica Sadler Nov. 13, 2019, 11:48 a.m. Walls and Roofs 1 Responses

How do you fix high humidity levels in a basement?

...fix the problem down there and you may fix it upstairs. If you do plan to do further work, we can certainly help you choose the best course of action and if so,...

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

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

...fix your basement, you really would need to remove everything and start fresh. We have many pages on how to build basements properly (which I will link below) a...

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

When I use my stove hood I get smoke odours in my home, is that due to negative pressure and how do I fix it?

I have a single-family house built in 1961 and it has an oil heating furnace. When I renovated my kitchen I had a stove hood installed that vents directly to t...

Posted by Anonymous Dec. 11, 2017, 12:37 p.m. Healthy indoor air quality 1 Responses

My door lock keeps freezing to the point I can’t open it, any idea why this would happen?

...fix. Taking a door knob off shouldn’t be much more effort than loosening two screws. If you haven’t installed one before, don’t be intimidated but keep a clos...

Posted by AJ Nov. 13, 2016, 1:15 p.m. Walls and Roofs 1 Responses

Should I replace my skylights with solar tubes?

...fix where it’s leaking, replace it with a lightwell, or cover it altogether. Switching to a lightwell will mean needing to reframe the opening to fit it, then w...

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

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

...fixing the problem I want to insulate the basement so I’m hoping for some advice. Thank you. Reducing your home heating costs would definitely be helped solved ...

Posted by Jeff O. Feb. 8, 2017, 10:22 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses

Can you Insulate a Cinder block basement foundation with Rockwool?

...fix to CMU wall with concrete nails. Comfortbat in studs tight against comforboard Airgap of 0.25”- 1.25 due to stud location Drywall Membrain or Intell...

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

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

...fix than poured concrete foundations . They are not nearly as strong since it is only the mortar between blocks that holds them together, so freezing can cause ...

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

Should I test my home for radon gas?

...fix the problem. Wierd that Health Canada calls under 200 bq the 'safe' level. I get that you need to pick a point somehwere, and the 'X'amount of anything is a...

Posted by Mary Anne S March 5, 2019, 7:46 p.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 4 Responses

Is Condensation on Windows a bad sign?

...fix your problem, I would first recommend you get a hyrometer, which will measure the relative humidity in your home. They aren’t expensive (probably in the $20...

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

What is the best way to insulate the basement of an old house?

...fix or prevent mold in basement renovations The poly vapor barrier that you may have seen in that article is mostly to satisfy building inspectors, or to be u...

Posted by Bryan Squirrell Jan. 14, 2020, 7:59 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

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

...fix it now before you get too deep into this. Hi there! The house is located in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles. Per code the wood does touch the top of ...

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

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

...fix it . The product you mentioned won't do you much good at all, that seems to be just a thermal foil vapor barrier. Generally speaking, we are fans of Rockw...

Posted by Judy Mendel Feb. 17, 2020, 11:10 p.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

What causes moisture on a ceiling in winter?

...fix Ice dams on your roof before they cause damage ; while you may have sufficient insulation in the eyes of one contractor, unless they did a thorough investig...

Posted by Cheri Banet Jan. 23, 2020, 10:22 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Can you put hemp insulation in an attic?

I need to pull the cellulose from the attic, I have a radiant barrier on the attic ceiling and floor. I am removing the cellulose, but what non toxic insulatio...

Posted by Pamella Weatherly-Phillips Aug. 16, 2019, 11:49 a.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

How do you remove water droplets from under a crawl space vapor barrier?

...fix it . The condensation under your vapor barrier can be a little disconcerting to look at sometimes and it may seem like something is wrong, but that’s only...

Posted by Paul Racioppo Feb. 7, 2020, 3:49 p.m. Crawl spaces 3 Responses

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

...fix them. That list of questions is pretty long, and I think the best place for you to start is figuring out what your budget is to make repairs, as that is a...

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