Water Damage / Discussions

Which type of hot water pipe insulation is best?

...water pipe s can show a savings of up to 20% on your total water heating costs . There are a few products used for insulating water lines , like a simple foam...

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

What type of wood can be installed on a radiant floor?

We are starting construction of our new house shortly, with the basement it will be 3 stories, we will have hot water radiant floor heating on all three levels...

Posted by Colleen Blak Dec. 11, 2017, 1:59 p.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

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

...water table and forced water into our basement between the floor and wall. It was a finished basement with carpeting. We don't plan to put carpeting back in but...

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

Is Condensation on Windows a bad sign?

Since the recent cold snap our double glazed windows are running with water, every morning it's all over the window sills, running down the wall - in the bathr...

Posted by Greg Olmstead Dec. 12, 2019, 6:21 a.m. Walls and Roofs 1 Responses

How does a Passive House handle floods?

...damage – place washing machines and water heaters on a tray with a drain and have easy shut off valves installed, or include a floor drain in your laundry or...

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

Halo Exterra rigid exterior insulation - has anyone work with it?

...water damage. There are many ‘all-in-one’ insulation products on the market, Halo rigid panels seem similar to many others, and most of the ones we see work v...

Posted by George Shannon Jan. 21, 2020, 3:39 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 3 Responses

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

...damage , so it can be a bit of a canary in the coal mine in terms of basement moisture damage since it will show damage quicker than solid wood and most other p...

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

How do you insulate a crawlspace?

...water heater but no furnace, so its stays pretty cold. The most likely cause of your problem is actually the inclusion of ventilation, which is a fairly common ...

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

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

...damage and mold . This page here will have most of the answers you need – Best Practices for Insulating Crawlspaces So here are a few questions that will he...

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

How do you know when its time to replace windows?

...water damage, remove and replace the insulation, and make sure it is well-sealed against air leakage at that point. Some people use spray foam for air sealing...

Posted by Ted Dec. 11, 2017, 12:50 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

What do I in my basement where new insulation meets old?

...water damage, etc.), it’s impossible to say for sure, sorry. Without doing a full demolition of your laundry room, can you access the rim joists? That is a co...

Posted by Steve J July 20, 2019, 10:01 p.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses

Is There a Difference Between an Air Barrier and vapor barrier?

...water dripping from my interior open beam. Only lasts a few hours, I understand that my vapour barrier is compromised, and this is a result of accumulated moist...

Posted by Sherri Mccormick Aug. 17, 2018, 3:24 p.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

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

...water infiltrating your basement walls, probably by capillarity, which creates an efflorescence (white stains) on your walls. That occurs when water around an u...

Posted by Jeff O. Feb. 8, 2017, 10:22 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses

How do I get rid of carpenter ants?

We have a 50 year old house and our roof was redone 10 years ago and found the roof structure was damaged by ants. We saw them a lot back then but we didn’t se...

Posted by Shawn B Nov. 14, 2017, 10:27 a.m. Pest control 1 Responses

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

...water in the concrete foundation , which takes years to fully dry. And even that can only happen if it is protected with a membrane to prevent it from absorbing...

Posted by David Mitchell Aug. 14, 2018, 6:32 p.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses

Why do you say building on a slab is more ecological than starting with a basement?

...water to arrive at your faucet. Durability: The majority of basements you will ever go into will have some level of mold issues or water damage at some poin...

Posted by Geri P Dec. 11, 2017, 11:45 a.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

What is the best option for building our next resilient home?

...water tables, emergency service access, and close enough to a community so you could have someone on call that can attend to your home regularly. Super-insula...

Posted by John Bae Aug. 27, 2019, 3:55 p.m. Efficient home design 1 Responses

Basement reno - How do I effectively insulate my basement?

...water enters the basement. Does this create a problem within the new wall? Other questions: How do I adequately insulate around water meters, electrical pan...

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