Old house / Discussions

What Should You Look For When Buying a Slab on Grade Home?

...house. Thanks in advance, Mike Buying an older home is always a tricky call, because the further you go back in time, the less and less insulated homes were...

Posted by Mike Molloy Nov. 6, 2019, 7:29 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

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

...old home, circa 1920’s, I’m currently renovating in Saskatchewan, Canada. I want to add insulation on the exterior of the home. The house is currently covered w...

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

How do I get rid of carpenter ants?

...old house and our roof was redone 10 years ago and found the roof structure was damaged by ants. We saw them a lot back then but we didn’t see any inside again ...

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

Is there any risk to a concrete foundation from adding interior insulation?

...old house near Toronto and told me that they wouldn't recommend installing any insulation in the basement because it could cause freeze-thaw damage to the found...

Posted by Drew Tozer Jan. 5, 2021, 12:57 p.m. Basements improvements 9 Responses

How do I waterproof a foundation from the inside?

...house is only 3 years old so the French drains shouldn't be clogged, though the ground does not slope away from the foundation so we know we will have to change...

Posted by Kurt Brenner Nov. 14, 2017, 9:47 a.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

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

...old small stone house a few hundred meters from the shore of Georgian Bay. It has a shallow crawl space which is about 20" deep. About 15 years ago the floor jo...

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

What kind of insulation do you recommend to put on my exterior sheet rock wall?

...house is 50 years old and I would like to add insulation to the outside of our stucco siding (concrete like material, about 3/4" thick). I was thinking about at...

Posted by Uwe Thomas May 22, 2020, 10 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

Could a ductless heat recovery ventilator be used for radon mitigation?

...old air-to-air exchanger that would change my whole house air every hour or so could be the best soultion, hooked inline with my existing system. What are your ...

Posted by Jim B Feb. 20, 2021, 4:40 p.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 1 Responses

How to fix condensation on ceilings?

...house last winter (it is a 50 year old home) and we notice condensation on the ceilings. The house also had plywood soffits with minimal ventilation. After inve...

Posted by Jessica Sadler Nov. 13, 2019, 11:48 a.m. Walls and Roofs 1 Responses

What causes moisture on a ceiling in winter?

...old? Condensation forms when humid air meets a cold surface, so if there is condensation on a ceiling then there be either thermal bridging - a lack of insula...

Posted by Cheri Banet Jan. 23, 2020, 10:22 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Which type of exterior insulation to use on a house?

...older houses when you are doing energy efficient renovations, since rarely do older homes have a proper air barrier. If those pages don’t answer all your questi...

Posted by Trevor Marshand May 26, 2020, 1:16 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

What are the pros and cons of building a house on a slab on grade foundation?

...house. 100 or more years from now will the slab still be in tact? What happens if the slab cracks and part of the house tilts? Here you have lots of old houses ...

Posted by Debra Kroening Jan. 5, 2022, 1:29 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 6 Responses

What is the best way to make a row house in Montreal Quebec more energy efficient?

...old electric baseboards, and one Samsung mini-split heat pump (sounding sick and old and noisy) at the top of the stairwell, one woodburning fireplace on the ma...

Posted by Elizabeth Brown Feb. 26, 2019, 9:09 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

Need roof repairs, insulation and new tin, are there grants available?

...old house and loking for any financial( grants) I can possibly qualify for. Work full time for in Health Field for 23 years now. During this COVID I am working ...

Posted by Ghislaine Morin Aug. 27, 2020, 12:03 p.m. Grants and incentives 1 Responses

How do insulate a basement slab that is sloped ?

Hi everyone ! I have a 30x30 basement that I want to finish (on a budget). We live in zone 5a and the house was build in 1950. Normally I would've covered th...

Posted by Louis-François Lapointe Nov. 11, 2020, 10:34 a.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

How do you do Radon mitigation when with insulating and ventilating a crawlspace?

...house flipper never removed. I bought a crawl space vent power fan attached to a humidistat but shut it off and covered the vent when the weather got cold. I ...

Posted by Cathy Gaskins Feb. 17, 2021, 3:46 p.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 1 Responses

Why is there mold on particle board outside vapor barrier on new addition?

...house had air conditioning going all summer. The mould is on the particle board on the south side of the house. I have had the building inspector and the builde...

Posted by Christine ML June 7, 2020, 1:35 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

How do you choose between a basement or slab on grade?

...old bank barn style and have my house built into a north facing hill. The main floor is accessed from the north and west, while the entire south would be window...

Posted by A. Delmas May 21, 2020, 8:59 p.m. Foundation choices 1 Responses