Insulating basements / Discussions

What is the best way to insulate rim joists with EPS and batts?

I'm trying to insulate Rim joists /cripple walls in basements have read about three methods using EPS & batt with slightly different orders. Plan to insulate c...

Posted by Steve J July 18, 2019, 3:53 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a 1780 brick federal with stone foundation in New York?

...Insulating the outside of the foundation is a much better idea if you can do it. Insulating the interior of a stone foundation can be risky due to the fact that...

Posted by carole roseman Jan. 5, 2020, 2:39 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

Spray Foam for basements, which of the different types are best environmentally?

...Insulating basements with spray foam is not uncommon , and in most cases works very well. A lot people like spray foam as an air barrier, a vapor barrier and fo...

Posted by Rose Adams Jan. 9, 2020, 9:33 a.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

Is it common to insulate the Plumbing lines for modern buildings?

...Insulating hot and cold water pipes in a home is a good idea , but isn’t as common as it should be. Your contractor could well be correct that it isn’t ‘require...

Posted by Babak K July 17, 2020, 1:49 a.m. Plumbing and water heaters 2 Responses

How do you insulate a crawlspace?

...insulating and sealing the crawlspace walls and floor instead, and having it moderately heated to keep any pipes from freezing. If insulating between the joists...

Posted by Drew Weistend Nov. 14, 2017, 9:22 a.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

How do you prevent moisture from getting into a basement footing?

...basements: how to insulate your basement properly In there you will see a few different techniques for insulating basements, whether that is insulation on the...

Posted by Frank Liu June 24, 2020, 9:58 a.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 1 Responses

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

...insulating exterior walls, but can only excavate about 50% of foundation due to concrete stairs and platforms around the exterior. Not really sure what to do at...

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

How should I insulate basement Walls in climate zone 5?

I live in climate zone 5 in USA and plan to frame basement walls roughly 3” away from concrete and then place mineral wool between the studs. I do not plan to ...

Posted by Chad Johnson March 25, 2019, 8:33 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

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

...Basements How much insulation does a basement need And for house shopping in case you ever move…. Crawlspaces or Slabs, Which is Better? How to Choose the...

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

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

...basements from flooding by maintaining exterior drains, fitting sump pumps, high water alarms and battery backups to sump pumps .

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

How would I rectifiy problem of foundation wall cracks with finished basement?

...Insulating a cinder block (or CMU) foundation wall from the inside in cold climates is risky as it can cause cracking . A cinder block foundation wall is not as...

Posted by Terry P July 22, 2020, 7:07 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

What do I in my basement where new insulation meets old?

...basements, and for a few more tips you could check out this page - How to Insulate Basements Properly And to address your question specifically, in a perfec...

Posted by Steve J July 20, 2019, 10:01 p.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses

Is polyiso board or styrofoam best for insulating when finishing a basement in CO?

...basements walls the same way they build above grade walls, without realizing that they can’t dry to the outside. So putting organic materials like wood agains...

Posted by Evan B. Nov. 21, 2019, 8 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Should I insulate my basement ceiling?

...insulating it. Many basements in older homes simply are not insulated at all, and therefore they do have higher heating bills to show for it (which is not great...

Posted by Nina Hartt March 21, 2019, 8:23 a.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

How do you fix high humidity levels in a basement?

...basements are a heat sink, so best is to make sure they are both done. The only reason to insulate the joists above your head in the basement is if you plan to ...

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

Are mice droppings and urine toxic?

...insulating, note that pink fiberglass insulation is not the ideal insulation for crawlspaces or basements, as it is susceptible to moisture damage. EPS rigid fo...

Posted by JT Nov. 14, 2017, 4:49 p.m. Pest control 1 Responses

Should I build a basement or slab on grade?

...basements, and what you calculate as the entire square footage of livable area. And more importantly, the sad reality is that very few basements are actually bu...

Posted by robert baker March 27, 2020, 6:54 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 9 Responses