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Should I replace my skylights with solar tubes?

...mitigate the heat and condensation issues? That’s a very hard call to make, and one that only you can make, but we can give you some things to think about to he...

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

Can my shallow crawl space be converted to a slab foundation?

...mitigate radon gas – How to insulate crawl spaces properly How to remove radon gas from basements and crawl spaces

Posted by Sian O'Keefe Aug. 15, 2020, 12:52 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Where should I put a vapour retarder?

...mitigate a very minimal risk, so the big question really is about whether or not you will have A/C, and where you live. No air conditioning. North shore of la...

Posted by Jeffrey Connell March 14, 2020, 4:25 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 4 Responses

How do you fix radon and water infiltration in a dry stone foundation?

Gosh, do I need help w this one. It's a 1820s house with a largely stone foundation and backed against a small mountain. The "root cellar" with mechanicals and...

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

Do I need to insulate under the footings of a frost protected shallow foundation?

...mitigate that risk is to install a perimeter skirt insulation (where and when it is needed). This is exactly how we would build a slab, so we rely on insulation...

Posted by Jon Piana April 15, 2019, 8:45 a.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

How do insulate the outside of a log home?

...mitigate air leakage , log homes are not known to be particularly airtight. But as for where you install the house wrap, you can’t go really wrong either way, b...

Posted by Michael Hickey Aug. 2, 2018, 6:03 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Does a low radon air reading necessarily = low radon in well water?

...mitigate radon gas exposure (at my home the basement isn’t living space so the higher levels down there is not a major concern). The air flow of the HRV is se...

Posted by Steve Bull Jan. 4, 2020, 1:45 p.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 3 Responses

Do you have recommendations for radon sealing basement concrete & installing new flooring?

...mitigate radon gas if your concrete floor has any cracks . As for installing flooring, if you don’t have a vapour barrier your concrete would always remain we...

Posted by M N Sept. 1, 2020, 2:20 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a crawlspace to keep humidity down and stop odors?

...mitigate heat loss but also protect air quality . They are also a good source of questions for us! This page below is a good place to start for you - How to I...

Posted by Dave Bell Oct. 24, 2019, 3:57 p.m. Crawl spaces 3 Responses

Is sealing basement concrete floor against radon a good idea?

Now that I have removed everything from my basement, I have this nice pristine unfinished concrete floor and walls. I have heard of a product called radon bl...

Posted by Tim Hanrahan Sept. 18, 2020, 3:11 a.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 3 Responses

How do you fix high humidity levels in a basement?

...mitigate water infiltration into the basement. A house that old would not have any vapor barrier below the concrete floor, so even if you did insulate and seal ...

Posted by JR Tadinac Aug. 21, 2019, 11:26 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 3 Responses

When I use my stove hood I get smoke odours in my home, is that due to negative pressure and how do I fix it?

...mitigate the influx of flue gasses, we would advise you to limit the use of your stove hood, or at the very least open a window when it’s operating until you co...

Posted by Anonymous Dec. 11, 2017, 12:37 p.m. Healthy indoor air quality 1 Responses

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

...mitigate that with drainage and sump pumps with battery backup systems in case of power failure during storms, but it is impossible to predict levels of precipi...

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