Humidity in homes / Discussions

How do you fix high humidity levels in a basement?

...installing an air purifying system, adding additional insulation in the attic and refinishing the walls in the basement to reduce humidity and coldness in my ho...

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

Can you use polyiso insulation on the exterior of a wall behind cedar siding on the west coast?

...ing the exterior of existing homes, since moisture moves right through it you are not at risk of trapping humidity inside the wall assembly.

Posted by Iain Matheson Jan. 28, 2020, 10:38 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

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

...into the air, raising the relative humidity in your crawlspace and increasing your risk of mold forming . Here is our page all about how to insulate a crawl spa...

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

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

...inches would certainly not be overkill, I"m glad to hear you aren't In Minnesota or Winnepeg and thinking of 1 inch of EPS.

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

What is the best way to insulate a home from the outside?

...ined here . Over that you can install a weather resistive barrier (home wrap), then strapping and siding. If you are only planning to install an inch or two o...

Posted by Sylvie Gagnon Dec. 12, 2017, 11:58 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Can you install foam boards directly against basement walls?

...in one of your articles when putting up rigid fome to Install two inches of rigid insulation board directly against concrete. A mold expert told me to put the b...

Posted by Ted Gorab Oct. 3, 2019, 6:09 p.m. Basements improvements 4 Responses

Which type of hot water pipe insulation is best?

...Insulating hot water pipe s can show a savings of up to 20% on your total water heating costs . There are a few products used for insulating water lines , lik...

Posted by Cooper Dec. 11, 2017, 2:36 p.m. Plumbing and water heaters 1 Responses

How do you insulated a crawlspace with dirt floor?

...in homes, so see our pages on mitigating radon gas in basements , including how to remove radon gas from well water , in case you dig a well in the future. Ve...

Posted by sal Bellicoso Oct. 30, 2019, 4:56 p.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

Should a Vapor Barrier be installed over Exterior Grade Plywood?

...ing the gaps between strapping will prevent water from draining as well as air flow to remove humidity. The point of the strapping (furring strips) is to CREATE...

Posted by Michael Klauck March 6, 2020, 1:24 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 1 Responses

How do I insulate my half below grade basement?

...ing in British Columbia now and as we tend not to have basements at home, I'm finding it a learning curve in building science! The building is over 100 years ...

Posted by tom mckeand Oct. 14, 2019, 11:01 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

What is the best way to reduce humidity in a basement?

...in on the other through the pony wall - bearing in mind our ambient external humidity is often quite high due to being near the coast? Thanks for your help - ...

Posted by Frank Cooper Oct. 17, 2019, 10:45 p.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses

How do I get rid of carpenter ants?

...ince then. We’re hoping to deal with this before it grows into another roof repair. In the spring and summer, it is quite common for ants to enter homes in sear...

Posted by Shawn B Nov. 14, 2017, 10:27 a.m. Pest control 1 Responses

How do you do a Vapour Barrier in a Dense Pack Cellulose Wall?

...insulated and air tight homes with interior air conditioning can create a significant differential in temperature and humidity from indoors to out compared to h...

Posted by Ian MacKay July 26, 2018, 2:48 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses