Water leaks / Discussions

Is there a concrete admixture to prevent water leaks?

...leaks, mold, mildew etc. I'm just a bit stumped between 'concrete wicking moisture' and 'water leaks'. Also wondering if perhaps this is a new construction or e...

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

What is the best insulation Under 2" Cement flat Roof in NYC?

...water leaks? Maybe 2 layers? The base for the roof will be Metal beams. Thanks, Rafael, Brooklyn We would propose you use a rigid board insulation for a flat ...

Posted by Rafael Mor March 29, 2019, 5:19 a.m. Roof assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a 1780 brick federal with stone foundation in New York?

...water leaks. Any advice is apreciated. Insulating the outside of the foundation is a much better idea if you can do it. Insulating the interior of a stone found...

Posted by carole roseman Jan. 5, 2020, 2:39 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

Why is there mold on particle board outside vapor barrier on new addition?

...leaks in the roof, or water running down the exterior walls. We wonder whether the mould is caused by condensation between the vapor barrier and the particle bo...

Posted by Christine ML June 7, 2020, 1:35 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Should I vent the space between a block wall and vapor barrier?

...water leaks in the spots of the basement I can see and since demo it has rained and still no water. If I’m understanding you, keeping your poly vapor barrier aw...

Posted by Nick Santore Oct. 10, 2020, 2:03 a.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

What is the best way to do Stucco/E.I.F.S exterior window wraps?

...water leaks is left up to the installer, there is no certification that we know of. There are different ways to install windows that work, so one would hope tha...

Posted by Pat Estes July 17, 2020, 11:50 a.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

What materials should I use for a small plumbing job?

...leaks? And can you transition from copper to the plastic tubes? Plumbing pipes in the past were made of galvanized steel, cast iron or lead. Today these materia...

Posted by H Davis Nov. 28, 2017, 1:30 p.m. Hot water 1 Responses

How does a Passive House handle floods?

...leaks, there are a couple of easy steps you can take to prevent damage – place washing machines and water heaters on a tray with a drain and have easy shut off ...

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

What is the best way to frame window openings when adding exterior insulation?

...leaks and preventing water leaks. That means air seals around the exterior of windows and sloping window sills to make sure any water that may infiltrate can dr...

Posted by Anwas Qwelten May 30, 2019, 8:16 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

How do you seal windows from the exterior for water and air but not create a vapor seal?

I am following your technique to seal the windows from inside that is to use Rockwool to insulate the gap and tape for water, air and vapor barrier. I am conce...

Posted by Piyush Prince Nov. 7, 2018, 12:10 a.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

Does a low radon air reading necessarily = low radon in well water?

...water, but I wouldn't consider it conclusive. Here is our page on radon gas in water that would be a wise starting place – How to remove radon gas from well w...

Posted by Steve Bull Jan. 4, 2020, 1:45 p.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 5 Responses

How do you fix radon and water infiltration in a dry stone foundation?

...water ingress where the dry stacked stone meets bedrock. The p revious homeowner reported ~12" of standing water during a tropical storm and the sump losing p...

Posted by john flannery July 14, 2020, 4:24 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 5 Responses

What is the best way to deal with a drop ceiling in a high humidity room?

...leaks - and footer the present to an extent because the condensation/moisture that would be potentially trapped in there by a barrier would cycle on its own. Wa...

Posted by steve Roberts Dec. 24, 2019, 8:01 p.m. Walls and ceilings - interior surfaces 1 Responses

What is the best way to seal around windows?

I took off the trim around a sliding door during the summer in search of a pesky cricket, I found the cricket but I also found big gaps between window and fram...

Posted by Bryan Squirrell Oct. 8, 2019, 8:53 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

Rain being drawn through windows on new build.

...water penetrating the window frames causing water damage inside the house. We observed the incident and it appeared that water was bubbling in through the windo...

Posted by Kylie Bonavia Oct. 1, 2021, 8:27 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

How do I get rid of carpenter ants?

...leaks) or it could be anywhere in your walls or roof where there is either air leakage causing condensation, or a leak letting in rain water. If you regularly...

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

Where can I find supplies for a green roof?

...water out, keep the roots out, store and drain water as necessary. If you do it, let us know how it goes!

Posted by Nadia Naderi Oct. 8, 2020, 6:38 p.m. Roof coverings 1 Responses

Why is there frost on the underside of my roof overhang?

...water that drips through the tongue and groove soffitting. Please note that the soffits are non vented as the flat roof/attic area of the house is spray foamed ...

Posted by George Paul March 23, 2020, 12:10 p.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 3 Responses