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

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

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

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 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 4 Responses

Why is there condensation in between 1.5" polyiso board and roxul insulation?

...insulating my basement. I used one and a half inch polyiso board insulation glued to the wall with adhesive and I left a half inch Gap all around the board to s...

Posted by Tyler Norrie Feb. 9, 2021, 2:32 p.m. Basements improvements 0 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

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

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

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

How do you do Radon mitigation when with insulating and ventilating a crawlspace?

...basements and crawl spaces Some of the radon mitigation techniques could be a DIY solution, particularly having a radon evacuation stack in the floor and cove...

Posted by Cathy Gaskins Feb. 17, 2021, 3:46 p.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 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 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

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

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

How do you insulate 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 2 Responses

What is the best type of home heating system?

...insulating will help keep your costs down, but since BC bumps you up to a higher price range, if you build a super insulated home you may be able to keep your a...

Posted by Jennifer Doll Jan. 20, 2020, 11:59 p.m. Heating and cooling 3 Responses