Moisture / Discussions

What should I look for if I want to buy a slab on grade house?

...moisture damage. I would also ask for any building details that may be available; and if it has a radiant floor I would personally want to see the utility bil...

Posted by terry northcott March 25, 2019, 11:02 a.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate rim joists with EPS and batts?

...moisture way better than fiberglass.

Posted by Steve J July 18, 2019, 3:53 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

How do you apply vapor barrier and insulation to a CMU house?

...moisture movement is the same. Is there any efflorescence (moisture stains) on the walls? South Carolina can have a bit of a range of climate zones, so exactl...

Posted by Scott Brekke Nov. 22, 2019, 9:37 a.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

What is the best way to renovate a basement after a flood?

...moisture and in turn the wood will continue to absorb moisture as well and begin to rot. I get the idea of the Blueskin to protect the wood from wetting, but it...

Posted by Wren Toombs June 18, 2018, 10:52 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses

Is a vapor barrier necessary under a concrete slab with foam insulation and if so, where does go?

...moisture does not pass through the butted joints if you are only installing single sheets. Some building certification programs such as Passive House will hav...

Posted by Grady 22 Aug. 17, 2019, 12:19 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 3 Responses

Can you put hemp insulation in an attic?

...moisture . Is the radiant barrier you mention a ‘foil barrier’ on the floor of the attic as well as the underside of the roof deck? That would be a vapor barr...

Posted by Pamella Weatherly-Phillips Aug. 16, 2019, 11:49 a.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

How do you insulate a crawlspace?

...moisture problems , it will add to them as warm and humid summer air can condense on the cooler surfaces. Another possible cause of the moldy insulation is if y...

Posted by Drew Weistend Nov. 14, 2017, 9:22 a.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

How do you do a Vapour Barrier in a Dense Pack Cellulose Wall?

...moisture levels, so it looks just like the poly that inspectors like to see but it also allows some moisture to escape if needed - or check out this vapor perme...

Posted by Ian MacKay July 26, 2018, 2:48 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 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

I'm looking at installing rigid insulation the exterior of My Double brick 1880s

...moisture, you’re best to install something like Rockwool mineral wool insulation that will let moisture move right through it, which will allow your walls to dr...

Posted by Gordon CASWELL Dec. 13, 2019, 11:38 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Does hydronic radiant cooling work?

...moisture problems as it can cause warm humid air to condense and put you at risk of mold and mildew forming. Even in the appropriate climate it is a fairly co...

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

4" air pipe quality for air heated floor?

...moisture test to perform to ensure it is dry before installing the permanent heater. Their attention to detail and the support is really what makes this such an...

Posted by Israel Sword March 28, 2020, 6:26 a.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate the ceiling of my crawl space?

...moisture, and it doesn’t impede the movement of moisture either. you can read more about thermal foil and rockwool on our choosing insulation guide page . But l...

Posted by Judy Mendel Feb. 17, 2020, 11:10 p.m. Crawl spaces 3 Responses

Can I add Larsen Trusses and cellulose to 1920s House in Minneapolis?

...moisture inside walls. What you read about installing a poly vapor barrier on the outside of a building is not a wise. I’m wondering if perhaps you misread that...

Posted by Ken Traefald Feb. 17, 2020, 2:30 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses