Radon in basements / Discussions

Should I test my home for radon gas?

...ing radon gas in homes Mitigating radon gas in water My question was- is it best to check for radon AFTER tightening the home, rather than before, if one is...

Posted by Mary Anne S March 5, 2019, 7:46 p.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 4 Responses

How do you insulate a crawlspace?

...insulating and sealing the crawlspace walls and floor instead, and having it moderately heated to keep any pipes from freezing. If insulating between the joists...

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

How do you insulated a crawlspace with dirt floor?

...radon gas in 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 fu...

Posted by sal Bellicoso Oct. 30, 2019, 4:56 p.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

Should I install basement drain tile vents?

...interviewed contractors require removing the stud wall, removing the floor up to 12 inches from the foundations wal, trenching down 8 inches, installing a drain...

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

What is the best way to insulate the basement of an old house?

...inishing the floor afterwards, yes you can, but I’m wondering if you’re in a high-risk area for radon gas, and are you considering a radon barrier ? If so, then...

Posted by Bryan Squirrell Jan. 14, 2020, 7:59 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

How do you install your own DIY radon mitigation system?

...install the pipe in utility roor or garage, and expel from the side wall (no windows on this one), intead of from the roof. Thank you! Removing radon gas wi...

Posted by Ariel Fridman Jan. 27, 2020, 10:59 a.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 1 Responses

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

...insulation so the slab will retain some passive solar heat from the south facing windows in winter, avoiding having to put too much heat in to keep stuff from f...

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

Can you Insulate a Cinder block basement foundation with Rockwool?

...int ? Code doesn’t require any vapor retarder in my area. But I am also trying to avoid getting condensation on cold foundation wall in the winter during heatin...

Posted by Victor B June 19, 2019, 11:41 p.m. Basements improvements 5 Responses

Is polyiso board or styrofoam best for insulating when finishing a basement in CO?

...inish and insulate our basement so it's easy to heat and doesn't get mold problems in the future? We're thinking of doing this job ourselves, do you think it's ...

Posted by Evan B. Nov. 21, 2019, 8 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

I have many issues with my house where should I start?

...ing that you did, and great if it came out pure. If you have determined that there is no safety risk in keeping the Vermiculite in your attic and you plan to in...

Posted by Bryan Squirrell Sept. 29, 2019, 3:08 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What insulation should I put on basement block walls that is resistant to mold?

...installing rigid insulation, a drainage matt and weeping tile. You can see a detail of that here on our page about how to insulate basements properly . Having...

Posted by Ken Gee July 31, 2019, 3:25 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

Is EPS or XPS better for use in basement rim joists? Should faced or unfaced foam boards be used?

...ints are henceforth insulated properly. I am considering installing foam board insulation with circumscribing spray foam in each rim joist (or maybe using purel...

Posted by Thomas Dispenza Sept. 8, 2019, 12:43 a.m. Basements improvements 6 Responses

How do I insulate my half below grade basement?

...ing in British Columbia now and as we tend not to have basements at home, I'm finding it a learning curve in building science! The building is over 100 years ...

Posted by tom mckeand Oct. 14, 2019, 11:01 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

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

...inches would certainly not be overkill, I"m glad to hear you aren't In Minnesota or Winnepeg and thinking of 1 inch of EPS.

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