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

I have a crawlspace with 4' concrete walls and a cement floor, insulation between the floor joists and has 3 - vents to the outside. I am thinking of 1" foam b...

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

What is the best way to do a basement renovation?

...Moldy? How to Fix & Prevent Mold in Homes As for vapor barriers on basement walls, as you would read in the page above, that’s always a bad idea. The ground i...

Posted by BIG FOOT Nov. 18, 2020, 9:33 a.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

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

...Moldy? How to Fix & Prevent Mold in Homes Preventing mold when you insulate your basement Marmoleum : A healthy and non-toxic green flooring product...

Posted by Robert J. Pierson Oct. 17, 2019, 10:45 p.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses

Where can I find a professional to remove mold from a basement?

...Moldy? How to Fix & Prevent Mold in Homes After you look overt those pages let us know if you need any further guidance. Good luck! I think my question got ...

Posted by Lorna Fraser Oct. 29, 2021, 8:06 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

How do you insulate a crawlspace with dirt floor?

...homes, so see our pages on mitigating radon gas in basements , including how to remove radon gas from well water , in case you dig a well in the future. Venti...

Posted by sal Bellicoso Oct. 30, 2019, 4:56 p.m. Crawl spaces 2 Responses

Should I install basement drain tile vents?

...moldy - how to fix & prevent mold in homes We would love to help, and I think you could really stand for a second opinion before you move ahead, please give u...

Posted by gary taube Dec. 11, 2019, 10:14 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 3 Responses

Should I install a poly moisture barrier before the rigid foam board against a basement wall?

...Moldy? How to Fix & Prevent Mold in Homes The smart barrier sounds fine but isn’t even really necessary since you are protecting the stud wall and insulation ...

Posted by DONandCATHY Crenna Dec. 14, 2020, 2:21 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

How do you fix high humidity levels in a basement?

...moldy batt insulation in the basement has been removed and replaced with spray foam insulation; the foundation around my house on the outside surface has been w...

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

Will spray foam on basement walls prevent condensation?

...Moldy? How to Fix & Prevent Mold in Homes The short story is that concrete is wet and dirt is wet, so if you put plastic against it, condensation will form. I...

Posted by Michael Scott April 12, 2021, 9:17 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

Is it not structurally dangerous to smash a concrete floor for a drain?

...homes or renovations The concrete we suggest removing is just the floor, and is only about 3-4 inches thick of concrete so it is not that difficult to smash a...

Posted by t b March 2, 2021, 3:18 p.m. Waterproofing and drainage 2 Responses

What is the best way to install basement insulation with existing framing?

...moldy and how to prevent mold when finishing basements. To go that route, you might want to consider using mineral wool insulation rather than fiberglass as i...

Posted by Nick Trotta Sept. 20, 2021, 8:29 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 7 Responses

Can you install foam boards directly against basement walls?

...Moldy? How to Fix & Prevent Mold in Homes Preventing Mold when you Insulate your Basement Building Better Basements: How to Insulate your Basement P...

Posted by Ted Gorab Oct. 3, 2019, 6:09 p.m. Basements improvements 16 Responses

How do you remove moisture and condensation from basement walls?

...Moldy? How to Fix & Prevent Mold in Homes A dehumidifier is a good thing to have in a basement but it won’t do much to remove moisture from the other side of ...

Posted by Aaron Keating July 27, 2019, 4:51 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

Should I put foam boards right against my basement wall or leave an air gap?

...Moldy? How to Fix & Prevent Mold in Homes If you leave an air gap then you’re at significant risk of there being an air convection behind the insulation which...

Posted by Elijah Hargett Jan. 9, 2021, 5:31 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 4 Responses

Basement reno - How do I effectively insulate my basement?

...homes - Best practices for building basements in new homes Now that we got that stuff out of the way.... here are some more direct answers to your questions...

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

How can I get rid of moisture between the vapor barrier and the insulation in a basement?

...moldy . In a perfect world, yes, you would not have that interior vapour barrier, rather just drywall over the insulation and let the wall dry to the interior. ...

Posted by David Mitchell Aug. 14, 2018, 6:32 p.m. Basements improvements 42 Responses

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

...homes like yours that were built about 20 years ago start to mature and show signs of what’s going on behind the walls. What you are seeing with your rotting si...

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