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Why does interior insulation cause a freeze/thaw cycle- cinder block foundation?

...freeze completely and more closely reflect the exterior temperatures. This does not mean that insulating inside will ‘guarantee’ it will freeze solid and crack,...

Posted by P Mci July 5, 2021, 11:17 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

How do you lower winter indoor humidity in a home in Guelph, ON?

...freeze shut. Why? and what more can we do to lower humidity? That is odd, since your humidity isn’t all that high ‘relatively’ speaking. Houses in cold climates...

Posted by Gary Luck May 26, 2021, 3:01 p.m. Healthy indoor air quality 1 Responses

Have you excavated under one of your slabs middle of winter?

I bet you will find frost under your FPSF in northern Minnesota end of February if you did.. I think your slabs manage frost in hard freeze areas, not preven...

Posted by Mike Kolder Jan. 31, 2021, 2:31 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

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

...freeze-thaw 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...

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

What is the best exterior insulation to put over existing double brick?

...freeze/thaw issues as well the continous insulation benefit. My main concern is around allowing the existing brick to breath. What would be the most appropriate...

Posted by Andrew T July 19, 2021, 8:19 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What is the ground temperature 4 feet down in Sudbury, Ontario?

Hi, how can I know the lowest ground temp in the Sudbury latitude up as far as temiskaming latitude? Ideally at various depths. Thanks for being there, Paul

Posted by Paul Bullock Oct. 8, 2020, 4:53 p.m. Concept and design 0 Responses

Have you heard of Gigacrete and is it any good?

...freeze-thaw can kill an unprotected wall in a season. How does it handle moisture? What about thermal bridging from the steel ? It seems decent for a desert c...

Posted by Sasha P Aug. 29, 2019, 4:21 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 3 Responses

Can you use Comfortboard mineral wool insulation as a skirt on monolithic slab?

...freeze, so we eliminated that risk by laying a poly membrane on top of it. The concern was that if it was saturated by water and froze before it completely drai...

Posted by Eric Sokol Oct. 16, 2021, 11:15 a.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Can you install a slab on grade foundation in the Fall and leave it over winter?

My fiance and I live in New Enland just outside of Boston MA. We have decided to take some eco-friendly and cost saving options to build our new home. We hav...

Posted by Matthew Gioia Sept. 21, 2020, 9:15 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Can you add external insulation to a brick home?

...freeze / thaw cycle can cause them to crack. So insulating the exterior of a painted brick wall is actually a good idea to help protect them. When insulating ...

Posted by Rachel Kaiser April 2, 2020, 9:11 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What type of batting insulation is best for kids rooms that are being remodeled?

...freeze in winter, and sometimes there is a risk that homes will now be at risk of damage to mortar from the annual freeze / thaw cycle. If the mortar between ...

Posted by HyungMi Kook Oct. 14, 2021, 8:27 a.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

Any suggestions for improving insulation of a unique concrete building?

...freeze every winter since you are preventing heat loss. This would be contrary to the advice you received to keep it warm. For typical homes in situations lik...

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

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

...freeze / thaw cycle. Look over that page and if you have more questions let us know, we’re happy to help. Emmanual, thanks for the response. I read through th...

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

What is the best way to insulate a concrete block house?

...freeze / thaw cycle can on occasion cause walls to crack. Concrete block walls are not as strong as poured concrete, since they are only held together by the mo...

Posted by kent wardecke Oct. 17, 2020, 11 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses

What is your opinion on filling block foundations with concrete?

...freeze/thaw cycle. Good luck, I'm sorry we can't help more.

Posted by Nina Hartt March 21, 2019, 8:06 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

What is the best way to Insulate the crawl space of an old home?

...freeze. As for pipes, you can tape around them, and you can see how in this video on how to create a radon barrier in a slab on grade .

Posted by Aj Jan. 21, 2020, 8:13 a.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

Can I reclaim old triple slider windows?

...freeze and that will bring issues and concerns of its own. I think the best answer is close to what you're suggesting – a heat pump water heater would help, but...

Posted by Keanan Toews Jan. 20, 2019, 1:01 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

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

...freeze and thaw and be at greater risk of cracking. Read here about what causes frost heave and how to prevent it. Last point, on humidity -get a hygrometer (...

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