Mildew / Discussions

The thickness of vapor retarding latex paint - Is measurement wet or dry?

...mildew smell. I've foamed and put 6 mil poly in the open crawlspace connected to the basement and painted the bare concrete walls with drylok. The floor was pai...

Posted by Kim Boas July 24, 2020, 10:36 a.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

Should you allow air flow through a crawl space with a dirt floor?

...mildew and rotting floor joists if left as is. So that was a good move to put down a poly vapour barrier on the ground, but the rest is a little suspect to me a...

Posted by Amber Murray Aug. 17, 2020, 10 p.m. Crawl spaces 3 Responses

What can I do to prevent mold and musty smells from a crawlspace with a dirt floor?

I bought a home that has a dirt floor crawl space with about 24 inches from dirt to underside of floor and it gets wet which causes the floor joists and under ...

Posted by bonna gordy May 15, 2020, 8:16 p.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

How do you prevent moisture from getting into a basement footing?

Hi this article about Mold in basements didn't mention anything about footing protection. What is your suggestion about preventing moisture from getting into...

Posted by Frank Liu June 24, 2020, 9:58 a.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 1 Responses

Does hydronic radiant cooling work?

...mildew forming. Here is a our page all about radiant floors as a starting place - Radiant floor heat - Air heated, electric of hydronic, which is best? Even...

Posted by dean c April 30, 2019, 8:01 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 Responses

Is Condensation on Windows a bad sign?

Since the recent cold snap our double glazed windows are running with water, every morning it's all over the window sills, running down the wall - in the bathr...

Posted by Greg Olmstead Dec. 12, 2019, 6:21 a.m. Walls and Roofs 1 Responses

How do you get rid of mold in a bathroom?

...mildew, first wear gloves, a respirator mask and safety glasses. We would not recommend using toxic or very strong cleaning products like bleach. For drywall (g...

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

How do you fix moisture problems in basement?

...mildew on drywall really appreciate your help on this its very hard to find good information out there. Thanks jr Hey John, My only concern would be the condi...

Posted by John rodrigues Nov. 27, 2020, 8:50 a.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

Is there a concrete admixture to prevent water leaks?

...mildew etc. I'm just a bit stumped between 'concrete wicking moisture' and 'water leaks'. Also wondering if perhaps this is a new construction or existing, as a...

Posted by Frank Liu July 4, 2020, 6:03 p.m. Waterproofing and drainage 2 Responses

How do you prevent mold in a finished basement?

We had a water leak in our basement earlier this year and when the contractors started pulling off damaged drywall we were disgusted to find that our basement ...

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

Can my husband and I build an Earthship home in Michigan & how hands-on can we be?

...mildew issues, as well as an increased heat load and uncomfortable feet. We have a full analysis of it here on this page– Do Earthships work in cold climates?...

Posted by Kirsten Rogers Hearnes Jan. 17, 2021, 11:06 a.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses

Is there anything I can do about a vapor barrier on the wrong side of a basement wall?

I have a problem with a basement that was finished about 1999. The house itself is from 1938 with a field stone foundation. When the finished the basement they...

Posted by Iain B Feb. 8, 2021, 2:21 p.m. Basements improvements 7 Responses