Moisture / Discussions

Can you do an update on Ecohome’s new demo house?

...moisture in the tubing and therefore mold growth. In Ecohome’s new demo house, did Legalett also build the Solar Air Panels to ensure a continuation of its clos...

Posted by dean c Oct. 16, 2019, 2:04 a.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a home from the outside?

...moisture in walls so I am fairly aware of the issues but still not confident in what is the best approach for exterior insulation on the walls during renovation...

Posted by Sylvie Gagnon Dec. 12, 2017, 11:58 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Should I insulate my basement ceiling?

...moisture problems. It’s not a wet basement, but the block does get a bit of the white stuff gathering under the paint on the blocks. Thanks in advance If your...

Posted by Nina Hartt March 21, 2019, 8:23 a.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Basement reno - How do I effectively insulate my basement?

...moisture/vapour barrier laytex paint. Which EPS thickness should I go with? Concrete Slab: DMX aiflow dimple mats +(3/4" EPS, needed? ) +OSB +flooring of choi...

Posted by Steve J Feb. 13, 2019, 10:25 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses

Can a solar thermal air system be coupled to an HRV for heating incoming fresh air?

...moisture issues causing mold. The home also had tubing installed in basement concrete floor for future infloor heating (no system on the tubes yet). Existing he...

Posted by Brian Billings March 21, 2019, 2:53 p.m. Solar thermal collectors 1 Responses

What do I in my basement where new insulation meets old?

...moisture, air sealing, and different vapour methods and insulation types? (Old Poly vapour sheet and fibreglass insulation vs new Rockwool and EPS) How do add...

Posted by Steve J July 20, 2019, 10:01 p.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses

Can I put a breathable peel and stick weather (air) barrier on the inside walls and ceiling?

...moisture to dry on the inside as to not have 2 vapour barriers, but stop any air and thus condensation. There would be no problem adding a peel-and-stick membra...

Posted by Anomika Singhn Oct. 1, 2018, 9:56 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 1 Responses

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

...moisture concerns, there wouldn’t be a lot of moisture buildup in an airtight space that small even if you did tape both sides. Think about it like any section ...

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

Can you add external insulation to a brick home?

...moisture and it lets moisture move right through it, which is a very good thing to use for an exterior insulation renovation project since it doesn’t trap moist...

Posted by Rachel Kaiser April 2, 2020, 9:11 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

How do you prevent walls from rotting in humid climates?

...moisture damage when building in a wet region like yours. There may also be trees or undergrowth very close to their home to hold moisture. The wall assembly an...

Posted by Rose Alderson Nov. 5, 2018, 4:34 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

What is the best way to deal with a drop ceiling in a high humidity room?

...moisture control since it's exceptional that the humidity is only 55% in a pool room. Putting in a vapor/air barrier without ventilation could be problematic ...

Posted by steve Roberts Dec. 24, 2019, 8:01 p.m. Walls and ceilings - interior surfaces 1 Responses

How should I insulate basement Walls in climate zone 5?

...moisture unless it is protected underneath the footing as well, which I doubt. Myself I would prefer to have a membrane against the interior of the concrete w...

Posted by Chad Johnson March 25, 2019, 8:33 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Have you heard of Gigacrete and is it any good?

...moisture? What about thermal bridging from the steel ? It seems decent for a desert climate like Vegas, but not sure how it would fare elsewhere. Not to menti...

Posted by Sasha P Aug. 29, 2019, 4:21 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

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

...moisture barrier’, so if that is the one you are considering then I would for sure find out it’s vapor permeability first. In the image it looks like a foil mem...

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

Are mice droppings and urine toxic?

...moisture damage. EPS rigid foam boards or Rockwool would be a better alternative. Both are more suitable for potentially humid environments, and Rockwool in par...

Posted by JT Nov. 14, 2017, 4:49 p.m. Pest control 1 Responses

What is the best choice for me, HRV or ERV?

...moisture from exhaust air. So it's a lot about the humidity levels of your climate, and therefore in your home. As for 'lifestyle' I mean, if you live a 'humid'...

Posted by John Oakes Jan. 10, 2020, 11:04 p.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

What type of Insulation can I use on the exterior of my home?

...moisture. There are two brands that may be available in Saskatchewan, Rockwool (formerly Roxul) and Johns Manville. The other think you'll need is a weather b...

Posted by Scott Muller April 18, 2019, 2:19 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 6 Responses

Which type of hot water pipe insulation is best?

...moisture condensation on the cold walls of the pipe, which protects nearby building materials from the risk of any water damage.

Posted by Cooper Dec. 11, 2017, 2:36 p.m. Plumbing and water heaters 1 Responses