Flood / Discussions

What is the best way to renovate a basement after a flood?

Hello, I'm in the midst of a post-flood basement renovation and have been doing some reading on your website only recently. I'm realizing that I may have made ...

Posted by Wren Toombs June 18, 2018, 10:52 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses

What is the best flood prevent system for a home?

...flood measure, see this page - 'Smart' sewage backup and flood prevention devices And as for ground water infiltration check this page – Flood prevention, pum...

Posted by Dawn Wlezien July 15, 2021, 10:30 p.m. Waterproofing and drainage 2 Responses

How does a Passive House handle floods?

...flood incident, either from inside (burst water tank) or from outside (like New Brunswick’s spring floods)? That’s more of a durability issue than wall perfor...

Posted by Wendy Tsao May 7, 2018, 12:46 p.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

What type of green flooring is best for a basement floor?

We just had a rare flash flood which raised the water table and forced water into our basement between the floor and wall. It was a finished basement with carp...

Posted by Jeff Krohn Sept. 15, 2019, 5:52 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Can you replace an old slab foundation with an air heated slab?

...flood prone areas of Texas after hurricane Harvey. I don't think I would have to go that high though. Anyinsight is appreciated. Thanks, Mike It’s possible ...

Posted by Mike Molloy Nov. 7, 2019, 8:44 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Where can I purchase non-toxic interior wall panels near Laval, Quebec?

...flood, before you start shopping for low VOC wall panels , make sure you don’t end up in the same situation again. Have you installed a sewage backup check valv...

Posted by Louise Goulet Nov. 30, 2019, 1:14 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Is it not structurally dangerous to smash a concrete floor for a drain?

...flood damage. That is a suggestion we make for cases where there is a history of or risk of flooding and no exterior drain or water protection. See here for inf...

Posted by t b March 2, 2021, 3:18 p.m. Waterproofing and drainage 2 Responses

How do can I insulate an existing basement floor from 1906?

...flooding? It would be smart to install a sump pump to avoid basement water damage before you install a new floor. And as for best technique, see this page her...

Posted by Cathy Gaskins Feb. 18, 2021, 11:24 a.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

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

...flood or is it just high humidity? If you get bulk water then you would be wise to install a drain. If it's not a finished floor then you could smash the concre...

Posted by Ken Gee July 31, 2019, 3:25 p.m. Basements improvements 4 Responses

What are the factors I should consider for choosing between a slab on grade and basement?

...flood plain, you will never have to worry about it flooding. 2. Access for mechanical - I can't get my head around having to embed drains, plumbing, electrica...

Posted by Shaun B April 2, 2019, 6:35 a.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

Does the basement construction information on this website apply to the climates in Canada?

...Flooding - Flood Prevention, Pumps & Alarms

Posted by BIG FOOT Nov. 17, 2020, 9:34 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

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

...flood prone areas by being off the ground. They may also allow construction on soils that lack the bearing capacity needed for a footing and slab floor (a raft-...

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

How do you prevent mold in a finished basement?


Posted by Brian Cole Nov. 22, 2019, 10:22 a.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

How well do Legalett slab on grade floor forms work?

...flooding entering the furnace. I'm planning drains near the water heater and washing machine for any mishaps, but what's to prevent any water from seeping into ...

Posted by Steve Sykes Aug. 18, 2019, 3:21 p.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

Why do you shim up basement walls?

...flooding. What do you mean by that? Are you saying don't put the studs all the way down to the floor? Because water needs to be able to get behind the wall?...

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

Can you help me decide between a foundation, slab on grade and crawlspace?

...floodplain . A slab would for sure be the safest route, since crawlspaces also invite the same risks of water infiltration , and they add cost for very little b...

Posted by David Davenport Nov. 26, 2018, 12:57 a.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 1 Responses