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Basement reno - How do I effectively insulate my basement?

...renovations and energy efficient upgrades . The honest question, is there simply is no single 'best way' to do it, so if someone tells you that, they're wrong. ...

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

How do you remove moisture and condensation from basement walls?

We recently moved into a 15 year old home and have a smell coming from the basement. We had a mold inspector test and look everywhere and found no issues. We t...

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

My basement is smelly and humid, what can I do about that?

...renovations for more information, and Best pratices for basement construction . Hi, I am reading everything about basements on your site and this answer confuse...

Posted by Jeff O. Feb. 8, 2017, 10:22 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 3 Responses

Is it OK to put 1 inch of EPS under vinyl siding with no wall insulation?

We have a cabin in the Bershires of Massachusetts ceilings and floor have been insulated, dense pack celluose in ceilings 4 in Amivic graphite EPS under floors...

Posted by Roger Smith Nov. 12, 2019, 6:34 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 7 Responses

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

...renovations should be carried out - ] How to Prevent Mold When Renovating a Basement Having to remove all the poly is probably not the news you were hoping ...

Posted by David Mitchell Aug. 14, 2018, 6:32 p.m. Basements improvements 34 Responses

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

...renovations and energy efficient upgrades. Please have a read on a few of these pages, and once you have a better idea of what you want to get done and your b...

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

Should you keep duct work out of the attic?

...renovations or is this for a new home build?

Posted by Frank Liu July 23, 2020, 8:53 a.m. Ventilation 1 Responses

What is the best way to super insulate the exterior of our 1975 four level split home?

Our idea is to 'double strap' the exterior. First, the siding is in excellent condition and is the masonite type that was fairly common in the that time period...

Posted by Dan LLC Properties Dec. 26, 2020, 4:03 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 0 Responses

What type of green flooring is best for a basement floor?

We just had a rare flash flood which raised the water table and forced water into our basement between the floor and wall. It was a finished basement with carp...

Posted by Jeff Krohn Sept. 15, 2019, 5:52 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

How do you fix a moisture problem in a finished basement?

Eight years after our house was built, we noticed that the MDF baseboards in our finished basement became discoloured and swollen from potential moisture. We r...

Posted by Margo MACFARLANE Oct. 28, 2019, 10:24 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

How do I get an assessment of heat loss for my home?

...renovations I hope you are able to find something of value, and if you find any for your region we don’t have listed please let us know so we can update it. A...

Posted by jennifer jolly Jan. 13, 2021, 7:33 p.m. Grants and incentives 1 Responses

Can you add external insulation to a brick home?

We have a 70 year old home and need to add insulation. It is painted brick and we are interested in adding insulation and recladding the exterior. Is this the ...

Posted by Rachel Kaiser April 2, 2020, 9:11 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

How do you stop air leaks in an old 1950's house?

My daughter owns an early 1950's 1 1/2 story house. What do you recommend be done to reduce air loss throughout the house. The subflooring laying on the joists...

Posted by Don Fraser Sept. 3, 2021, 3:22 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 1 Responses

How do I waterproof a foundation from the inside?

We have a self-adhesive membrane on the outside wall of our foundation but the water enters through the joint between the walls and the floor. How can I waterp...

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

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

Concrete block basement wall. Moisture issue in spring ( and I suspect fall). We get a lot of people asking about the best way to insulate a cinder block (CMU)...

Posted by Ken Gee July 31, 2019, 3:25 p.m. Basements improvements 4 Responses

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

My home in south-central Pennsylavnia was built in 2001. The unfinished basement (walls and floor) surfaces are formed of poured concrete. One side of the base...

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

What is the most comfortable heating system for a home?

...renovations for some ideas, and feel free to write back with a question on that front.

Posted by Catharine Jans Dec. 11, 2017, 11:25 a.m. Heating with electricity 1 Responses

What are the factors I should consider for choosing between a slab on grade and basement?

We are in the planning stages of designing a new home to be built to passive house standards, although not interested in certifying it. We are trying to decide...

Posted by Shaun B April 2, 2019, 6:35 a.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses