Insulating basements / Discussions

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 6 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

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

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 3 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

How do you remove moisture and condensation from basement walls?

...Basements Moldy? How to Fix & Prevent Mold in Homes A dehumidifier is a good thing to have in a basement but it won’t do much to remove moisture from the othe...

Posted by Aaron Keating July 27, 2019, 4:51 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

Basement reno - How do I effectively insulate my basement?

...basements properly in new homes - Best practices for building basements in new homes Now that we got that stuff out of the way.... here are some more direct...

Posted by Steve J Feb. 13, 2019, 10:25 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 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 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

What is the best way to insulate a Multi-material wall?

...insulating basements are exterior walls, and mostly involve vapor barriers trapping moisture in with susceptible materials like typical stud walls and fiberglas...

Posted by Steve J Sept. 29, 2020, 10:15 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 7 Responses

Should I test my home for radon gas?

...insulating purposes? I don't know about anyone else, but personally for $60 I'd buy a twin pack and I'd test before and after especially if I lived in a potenti...

Posted by Mary Anne S March 5, 2019, 7:46 p.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 4 Responses

How do insulate a basement slab that is sloped ?

...insulating, yes, a vapour barrier at that point would be necessary as there would not have been one with the initial construction. The sleepers would mean a b...

Posted by Louis-François Lapointe Nov. 11, 2020, 10:34 a.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate the basement of an old house?

I read your article about insulating interior basement walls, using eps or Rockwool comfort board then 2 x 4 studs with rockwool bats. I've also seen the part ...

Posted by Bryan Squirrell Jan. 14, 2020, 7:59 p.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

What is the best practice to insulate a crawl space floor?

...insulating crawl spaces or basements starts with knowing the temperatures that it will be exposed to. Important to remember is that concrete block foundations a...

Posted by austin Fanning March 16, 2020, 8:55 a.m. Crawl spaces 4 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 fix radon and water infiltration in a dry stone foundation?

...insulating stone foundations from the inside can be risky, I’d talk to a local professional about that and get it inspected first. Stone and mortar foundations ...

Posted by john flannery July 14, 2020, 4:24 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 5 Responses