Risk / Discussions

What is a pet proof, safe and durable wood floor sealer?

...risk of scratches to the wood and the sealer, so its more about finding one that is easier to repair when the scratches happen. Most wood floors are finished wi...

Posted by Gail Hagopian Oct. 13, 2020, 11:53 a.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

Do I need to insulate under the footings of a frost protected shallow foundation?

...risk of damage. And the way to mitigate that risk is to install a perimeter skirt insulation (where and when it is needed). This is exactly how we would build a...

Posted by Jon Piana April 15, 2019, 8:45 a.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

How do you insulate a crawlspace with dirt floor?

...risk of radon gas contamination , so venting is good for now but I would think of a longer term solution. The whole Ottawa Valley area of Ontario is unfortunate...

Posted by sal Bellicoso Oct. 30, 2019, 4:56 p.m. Crawl spaces 2 Responses

How do you install a ground loop for an HRV?

...risk of condensation forming as warm, humid air come in contact with those tubes. That, combined with any organic matter that may find its way in (which can be ...

Posted by Lee Watt July 10, 2018, 12:43 a.m. HRV and ERV 2 Responses

What is the best way to stop thermal bridging between my ICF block construction walls and my footing?

...risk of mold. Below is a shot of what it would look like, hope that helps! ICF Construction detail for continuous insulation with Insulating Concrete Forms ...

Posted by Walter van den Broek Sept. 18, 2020, 11:23 a.m. Foundation choices 1 Responses

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

...risk of bringing in hot humid air during the summer months where it can condense on cool surfaces. I would likely do the same if it were my place in order to re...

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

What is the best way to install slab on grade insulation?

...risk of cupping or warping due to any moisture left in the slab. Just be sure to check with the wood manufacturer that it is suitable. Remember that there is ...

Posted by paul fowler Aug. 26, 2021, 8:29 p.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

Which type of hot water pipe insulation is best?

...risk of any water damage.

Posted by Cooper Dec. 11, 2017, 2:36 p.m. Plumbing and water heaters 1 Responses

How does a Passive House handle floods?

...risk of flooding, but if you’re building a basement I would install a sump pump with a battery backup, a drain around the exterior, eaves troughs that take wate...

Posted by Wendy Tsao May 7, 2018, 12:46 p.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

Where can I find a professional to remove mold from a basement?

...risk with it. If the mold is extensive or if you are heavily affected by mold, I would not risk it but rather enlist professionals to do it. So there are two pl...

Posted by Lorna Fraser Oct. 29, 2021, 8:06 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

Does hydronic radiant cooling work?

...risk of mold and mildew forming. Here is a our page all about radiant floors as a starting place - Radiant floor heat - Air heated, electric of hydronic, whic...

Posted by dean c April 30, 2019, 8:01 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 Responses

In the winter should you heat a low/dirt floor crawl space with a furnace vent?

...risk area for Radon Gas ? There are two main ways to insulate a crawlspace floor, either you can separate it and keep it cool, or treat is as part of the cond...

Posted by janis hobson Dec. 11, 2019, 3:17 p.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

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

...risk area for Radon contamination? If so that can be mitigated at the same time, so we always recommend that anyone with a dirt crawlspace floor first check the...

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

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

...risk of lung cancer, so there simply is no ‘safe’ amount. Removing radon at the source is always the most effective, that’s why sub-slab depressurization is one...

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

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

...risk in keeping the Vermiculite in your attic and you plan to insulate over top of it, be sure that it is properly vented at the soffits and with a roof peak ve...

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

What are your thoughts on using large flax straw bales (4x4) to build in Saskatchewan?

...risk of insects and rodent infestations with stra w homes, but any house is only as defendable against rodents and insects as the attention to detail taken by t...

Posted by Al Birchard Nov. 11, 2019, 12:56 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 3 Responses

Should I install basement drain tile vents?

...risk area? My description was correct and quite understandable. To stop ground water seepage through the concreete at the junction of the basement floor and the...

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

Any suggestions for improving insulation of a unique concrete building?

...risk of structural damage. And above all, you are best to consult a structural engineer to come up with the best course of action. Hopefully that helps, and aft...

Posted by Andrew Hurst Feb. 25, 2021, 4:54 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses