Old house / Discussions

Is installing a venting skylight to release hot air from my a home a good idea?

I own a 100-year old two story semi in Toronto. The attic is very well insulated and vented. The second story builds up heat during the night. We only use the ...

Posted by Fred Velsen Aug. 28, 2021, 11:10 a.m. Ventilation 1 Responses

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

...oldy? 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

Can you spray foam a house from the outside?

...older parts of the house, with fiberglass and interior vapour barrier in the new parts? Yes you could do spray foam if you're removing the sheathing and exposin...

Posted by Joan Lawrence July 11, 2019, 7:17 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

How do you fix radon and water infiltration in a dry stone foundation?

...old stone houses and foundations we sort of steer people towards super efficient heat sources rather than trying to insulate if there is any risk at all of stru...

Posted by john flannery July 14, 2020, 4:24 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 5 Responses

How do you fix high humidity levels in a basement?

...oldy insulation and re-insulate, as well as taking steps to mitigate water infiltration into the basement. A house that old would not have any vapor barrier bel...

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

How do you prevent mold in a finished basement?

...old behind the vapor barrier. The scariest part is that our house was only built in 2007! Now we've managed to strip all this smelly mess out, we tried to get...

Posted by Brian Cole Nov. 22, 2019, 10:22 a.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

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

...oldy? 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 f...

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

Can you put hemp insulation in an attic?

...house will smell like an old sheep and it takes a long time to dissipate! I do have a couple of questions to help us come up with the best solutions for you: ...

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

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

...house is underground. My question is should I apply 2 inch foam board to the inside of the wall or leave a gap for air? I understand mold will not grow on the b...

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

Can I spray foam insulate from the outside?

...old timer home on Gibsons, BC and the siding needs replacing. I want to use the opportunity to seal up and insulate the wall cavity once exposed. I expect to se...

Posted by Kurt Klischuk June 6, 2019, 8:56 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

How do you remove moisture and condensation from basement walls?

...old home and have a smell coming from the basement. We had a mold inspector test and look everywhere and found no issues. We took down our insulated wall panels...

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

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

...old 2x4 wall home that I’m told by the previous owners originally had no insulation, then it had loose fill cellulose insulation added decades ago between the s...

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

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

I have a problem with a basement that was finished about 1999. The house itself is from 1938 with a field stone foundation. When the finished the basement they...

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

Can you install foam boards directly against basement walls?

...old expert told me to put the board on top of the framing, not directly onto the concrete wall so the house can breath. What is the right course of action? Than...

Posted by Ted Gorab Oct. 3, 2019, 6:09 p.m. Basements improvements 15 Responses