Insulating basements / Discussions

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

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 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

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

Should I put foam boards right against my basement wall or leave an air gap?

...Basements Moldy? How to Fix & Prevent Mold in Homes If you leave an air gap then you’re at significant risk of there being an air convection behind the insula...

Posted by Elijah Hargett Jan. 9, 2021, 5:31 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 4 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