Leak / Discussions

How do I stop a leak from my attic?

...leaked water. I had removed snow from the roof a week earlier, and didnt see much ice.. certainly not ridges or buildup. The occupants use a humidifier three ...

Posted by Markus Duess Feb. 11, 2019, 12:42 a.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Is There a Difference Between an Air Barrier and vapor barrier?

...leaks. And think of it more as limiting air leakage rather than stopping it, even the highest quality brand new home will still leak air, it’s a fact of life. I...

Posted by Sherri Mccormick Aug. 17, 2018, 3:24 p.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

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

...leak in the drains, how would you ever know? 3. What about a hybrid - we don't need a full basement, what are the implications of having half of the footprint...

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

how do you stop wood stove smoke from entering a home?

...leak. Using an air purifier, but wondering if air exchange would help. Home is pretty air tight, built in Maine in 1986. Humidity is 50 per cent or less. Don't ...

Posted by Don Leaver March 24, 2020, 10:49 a.m. Wood stove and biomass heat 4 Responses

Should I replace my geothermal system with a gas boiler?

...leak down in the well. We called ClimateMaster to get their input, what we heard back from their tech support was that if water is leaking into the refrigeran...

Posted by Lawrence Brusnyk Oct. 31, 2018, 8:07 p.m. Heat pumps, geothermal and AC 1 Responses

Combo structural sheathing, WRB and thin insulation panel in Ontario?

...leakage I couldn't tame on the inside with a good exterior wrap. I am also aware of the slight danger in tightening up the house to the point where the leaks ...

Posted by Steve Bull Jan. 14, 2020, 6:06 p.m. Walls and Roofs 3 Responses

How do you prevent mold in a finished basement?

...leak in our basement earlier this year and when the contractors started pulling off damaged drywall we were disgusted to find that our basement wall framing was...

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

How do you seal windows from the exterior for water and air but not create a vapor seal?

...leaks, as warm humid air leaking out in winter will deposit moisture in that very spot you are concerned about. Again, that’s why we are more confident in the t...

Posted by Piyush Prince Nov. 7, 2018, 12:10 a.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

My door lock keeps freezing to the point I can’t open it, any idea why this would happen?

...leak in on the lower levels and leak out on the upper levels, and as warm humid air leaks out, it condenses and freezes. Air may be coming in through the base...

Posted by AJ Nov. 13, 2016, 1:15 p.m. Walls and Roofs 1 Responses

How do you know when its time to replace windows?

...leaking a bit of air. You may be able to take care of that with a tube of caulking. The problem could also be that they are not well-insulated between the win...

Posted by Ted Dec. 11, 2017, 12:50 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

How do you get rid of mold in a bathroom?

...leak of some sort that is causing the mold, but the smart money would lay odds on the lack of a fan, so deal with a fan first and then see if there is a problem...

Posted by Sara Oct. 28, 2017, 9:50 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 1 Responses

I have chronic illness from the air quality of my home, can you help determine if I need to replace the HVAC system?

...leak in the bottom of a home and leak out the top, so if air from the attic is leaking down into the conditioned space then your home may be depressurized due t...

Posted by Niki Harrison Sept. 6, 2019, 4:32 p.m. HRV and ERV 2 Responses

Is it possible to reconcile installing a wood stove in a airtight, super-insulated house?

...leakage. And yes, you are correct that the chimney section that passes through the roof will constitute one of the weaker points in your envelope, but it will n...

Posted by rick seward Dec. 23, 2018, 2:49 p.m. Wood stove and biomass heat 1 Responses

How do I get rid of carpenter ants?

...leaks) or it could be anywhere in your walls or roof where there is either air leakage causing condensation, or a leak letting in rain water. If you regularly...

Posted by Shawn B Nov. 14, 2017, 10:27 a.m. Pest control 1 Responses

Should I replace my skylights with solar tubes?

...leaking up top, then you had best do something more significant about it, either find and fix where it’s leaking, replace it with a lightwell, or cover it altog...

Posted by Elizabeth Brown Nov. 30, 2018, 9:32 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses