Moisture / Discussions

How do you Insulate a 3 season cottage?

...moisture movement in winter and the ensusing risks don't really apply to a 3 season cottage, that doesn't have air conditioning nor would I say do the performan...

Posted by Terry Skindilias April 23, 2019, 9:27 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

How do you install a ground loop for an HRV?

...moisture. This will offer minor benefits in terms of dehumidifying the air. Systems such as this are not terribly hard to Jerry-rig yourself, but you can also...

Posted by Lee Watt July 10, 2018, 12:43 a.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

Followup to the question How do you install Larsen Trusses on a home in Minneapolis?

...moisture. When you say, strip the walls, install a plywood sheathing. Do you mean to strip off the sheathing boards? If so, is it instead possible to nail the p...

Posted by Ken Traefald Feb. 27, 2020, 1:49 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 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

How do I get rid of carpenter ants?

...moisture. Remove stumps, dead trees, branches and any other rotting vegetation close to your home. Check the condition of the foundation and exterior clad...

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

Should I replace my skylights with solar tubes?

...moisture from accumulating in the cavity, it would also make them lose a bit less energy. You could also point a fan at them, either or both of those moves woul...

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

What is the best way to reduce humidity in a basement?

...moisture, so the source of the moisture is not something like a washing machine, it is the porous concrete floor and walls absorbing moisture, which then migrat...

Posted by Frank Cooper Oct. 17, 2019, 10:45 p.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses

Can you provide Crawlspace Insulation Design Assistance?

...moisture from the ground will be a constant source of humidity in the air. Humid air not feels cooler, but heating humid air requires more energy than heating d...

Posted by Randy Christensen Dec. 10, 2019, 12:17 p.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

How do I insulate my half below grade basement?

...moisture from the ground which will then migrate into the wall, so we like that rigid insulation against the wall to keep the moisture out. You have probably ...

Posted by tom mckeand Oct. 14, 2019, 11:01 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

What is the best way to finish a concrete floor?

...moisture over time and possibly cause problems, meaning they may start to bubble and flake over time. They will likely have toxins in them as well (though no wo...

Posted by Steven P. Aug. 17, 2017, 3:04 p.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

Is it normal that condensation forms on the windows of my new home?

...moisture you generate in the home (through washing, cooking and bathing) increases the overall level of humidity. New buildings often take a bit of time to dry ...

Posted by Kevin Newman April 19, 2017, 10:30 a.m. Ventilation 1 Responses

What is the best way to Insulate the crawl space of an old home?

...moisture in the soil is drying into the air, and that humidity will find its way into the main floor of your house. Do you have a hydrometer for testing the rel...

Posted by Aj Jan. 21, 2020, 8:13 a.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

Can you help me choose between a slab on grade and pressure treated wood foundation?

...moisture will always be rot. So building a house on wood buried in the ground is not something we have or ever would recommend. And a slab on grade is an alte...

Posted by Margot Simonot May 20, 2019, midnight Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Can you use a vapour retarder paint on the ceiling instead of using a poly vapour barrier?

I saw in your wall video that you advise to use a vapour retarder paint along with an outside air barrier. Can you do this for the ceiling as well, thereby tak...

Posted by Anwas Qwelten June 8, 2019, 3:56 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 2 Responses

Can you use Foam boards on basement walls to stop condensation?

...moisture on the walls is not able to evaporate into the air. Installing EPS foam boards against the concrete would be wise, and though there would be minor amou...

Posted by Chad Johnson Dec. 21, 2019, 7:59 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

What is the best way to seal around windows?

...moisture well. I would suggest you pull out any thing that is currently in there, Crickets etc :). Then install the mineral wool but try not to jam it too tig...

Posted by Bryan Squirrell Oct. 8, 2019, 8:53 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate embedded joists in a basement Montreal Home?

...moisture movement coming through the concrete, so they could rot, leaving you with a big problem. Its not often that we recommend ‘not’ insulating portions of a...

Posted by Emil Idf Jan. 7, 2020, 8:34 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

What is the best practice to insulate a crawl space floor?

...moisture in the ground. Are you by chance laying down any new flooring on it? Wondering if you had a plan for an air and vapor barrier between your conditione...

Posted by austin Fanning March 16, 2020, 8:55 a.m. Crawl spaces 4 Responses