Prevent / Discussions

Is there a concrete admixture to prevent water leaks?

...prevent water wicking into concrete. Do you have any suggestions? Thank you! To be able to help you solve your problem we would need a bit more info. Please let...

Posted by Frank Liu July 4, 2020, 6:03 p.m. Waterproofing and drainage 2 Responses

How do you prevent mold in a finished basement?

...prevent it all going moldy and rotten again but comply with code? Unfortunately, your situation is pretty common. Basements are built wrong all the time, and ma...

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

How do you prevent mold under flooring of a house on concrete slab?

...prevent moisture from migrigrating up from the ground where it can cause mold. A couple of questions and we can help more – Where are you building? And what is ...

Posted by Linds Cullen Dec. 31, 2020, 4:11 p.m. Slab on Grade 2 Responses

How do you prevent moisture from getting into a basement footing?

...preventing moisture from getting into the concrete wall from footing? thanks! Great question, and yes, moisture from the ground will be absorbed through the f...

Posted by Frank Liu June 24, 2020, 9:58 a.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 1 Responses

What can I do to prevent mold and musty smells from a crawlspace with a dirt floor?

...prevent mold We aren’t big fans of crawlspaces for many reasons, and a big one is the height. It is tough enough walking around hunched over, but with 2 feet ...

Posted by bonna gordy May 15, 2020, 8:16 p.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

How would I detail the connection between the wall and floating slab?

...prevent water damage and a failure of the house? If you can, a simple sketch would me leagues beyond helpful. Putting together a sketch isn't that easy as it ...

Posted by Brendon Fraser July 17, 2020, 1:24 p.m. Slab on Grade 2 Responses

How do you insulate a cottage crawlspace? It's in the Haliburton Highlands

Our cottage is on concrete piers. The cottage crawlspace is uneven ranging from 30-36 inches. Exterior of crawlspace surrounded by pressure treated plywood ski...

Posted by Beata Domanska May 25, 2020, 11:38 a.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

How do you fix moisture problems in basement?

...prevent moisture damage to the framing members. Or, check out something like this vented sill plate to reduce moisture damage on basement walls . That way you...

Posted by John rodrigues Nov. 27, 2020, 8:50 a.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

What's the best detector & alarm for a back flow valve that has been installed by the utility?

...prevent flooding .

Posted by Tom Poe March 27, 2020, 6:38 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

How do you stop wood stove smoke from entering a home?

I am very sensitive to dust and smoke. We use a wood stove for winter heat. Just the small amount of smoke from opening the stove door causes throat irritation...

Posted by Don Leaver March 24, 2020, 10:49 a.m. Wood stove and biomass heat 4 Responses

How can I prevent animals from getting behind the siding on my house?

...prevent rodents from getting into that space and using it as a highway? Siding needs vertical strapping to create an air space to allow moisture to escape and w...

Posted by Connie Curtin Feb. 22, 2020, 1:52 p.m. Pest control 1 Responses

Can houses built on screw piles move?

My 560 sq.ft. Knotty Pine Cabin sits on screw piles and rocks in high wind and a little during the stat of the spin cycle on the washing machine. Should I be c...

Posted by Pamela Douglas June 23, 2020, 1:18 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

How do you prevent walls from rotting in humid climates?

Hi there, we live on the gulf islands, building a new home as owner builders and figuring it out as we go. I worry that being in such a damp environment for so...

Posted by Rose Alderson Nov. 5, 2018, 4:34 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

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

...Prevent Mold An inch of foam on crawlspace walls is good, but 2 inches would be better. Think about the returns – you’ll be doing the same amount of labour bu...

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

How do you fix ice dams and crawl space insulation in historic homes?

House built in mid 1890s. Installed gutters with leaf screens which caused ice dams during unprecedented winter storm. How to prevent it in future? Contractor ...

Posted by Faith K Feb. 26, 2021, 1:43 p.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Can you dual-wire a house, part AC and part DC?

...prevent waste from the inverter and again at the light source. This would also allow for smaller wire to be ran to the actual light bringing forward some cost s...

Posted by Lee Watt March 17, 2019, 12:17 p.m. Solar photovoltaic 1 Responses

How do you build an air heated concrete slab?

...prevent the sun entering in the summer and allow it to shine in in the winter. I estimate sun would begin entering about 10 am and finish about 3. I would like ...

Posted by Matt Wisniewski Dec. 27, 2020, 6:27 p.m. Passive solar home design 0 Responses

Can a solar thermal air system be coupled to an HRV for heating incoming fresh air?

...prevent moisture issues causing mold. The home also had tubing installed in basement concrete floor for future infloor heating (no system on the tubes yet). Exi...

Posted by Brian Billings March 21, 2019, 2:53 p.m. Solar thermal collectors 1 Responses