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

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

...insulating them from the inside, because if the wall has never been insulated, then you will be changing the thermal conditions it is used to. Meaning, if the w...

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

Can you Insulate a Cinder block basement foundation with Rockwool?

...basements. Basements and basement walls work differently in summer and winter than walls exposed to air . Basement walls are always cold but touching earth ...

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

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

...basements and crawlspaces How to insulate a CMU cinder block foundation The best way to insulate a basement to avoid mold How to insulate an a...

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

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

...basements walls cannot dry to the exterior, so more caution must be taken in designing and building walls below grade. Also, basements flood, that’s just a part...

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

How do you insulated a crawlspace with dirt floor?

...basements , including how to remove radon gas from well water , in case you dig a well in the future. Venting a crawlspace is not a great idea since it can be...

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

Is EPS or XPS better for use in basement rim joists? Should faced or unfaced foam boards be used?

...insulating rim joists, isn't the supposed superiority of foam board insulation over mere fiberglass batting due to the observation that fiberglass is more moist...

Posted by Thomas Dispenza Sept. 8, 2019, 12:43 a.m. Basements improvements 4 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

What is your opinion on filling block foundations with concrete?

Our house is a little over 100 years old, with a cinderblock foundation walls in the basement. We’ve got a minor crack in the grout, and we were advised to fil...

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

How do you prevent mold in a finished basement?

...Basements are built wrong all the time, and many contractors want to fix moldy basements by repeating the process that caused the problem in the first place. An...

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

How much insulation should I install underneath my concrete slab in my basement?

...insulating below grade slab is not cost effective as most heat is lost through the walls. Is my situation different because I intend to do radiant heating? ...

Posted by Scott Antonation Sept. 27, 2019, 1:06 a.m. Slab on Grade 3 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

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

...basements, and for a few more tips you could check out our page on How to Insulate Basements Properly . That's an excellent 'all one one' basement insulation sy...

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

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

...insulating your basement . According to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), this part of the home is typically responsible for more than 30% of ...

Posted by Jeff O. Feb. 8, 2017, 10:22 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses