Water leaks / Discussions

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

Combo structural sheathing, WRB and thin insulation panel in Ontario?

...water-resistive barrier coating or layer incorporated into it, eliminating the need for an additional house-wrap: Barricade Thermo Brace , and BP's R4-HP panel ...

Posted by Steve Bull Jan. 14, 2020, 6:06 p.m. Walls and Roofs 3 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

We are looking to build a slab on grade, do we need radiant heat?

...water leaks), and less equipment in the mechanical room which mitigates them becoming the hotspot. The other interesting possibility with the Legalett system is...

Posted by Scott Self Sept. 21, 2020, 10:34 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 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

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

How do you remove moisture and condensation from basement walls?

...waterproofing, will that stop the moisture from coming inside? Or is digging down and adding a waterproofing membrane and also replacing the insulation the only...

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

What is the best way to make a row house in Montreal Quebec more energy efficient?

...water to water geothermal systems, so I would recommend that route, either with new rads, or if you could check on used material sites for some old classic ones...

Posted by Elizabeth Brown Feb. 26, 2019, 9:09 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

I want to insulate the outside of my house, which type of insulation do you think is best?

...waterproof). You can read all about rigid insulation panels here . Installing insulation that acts as a vapour barrier on the outside will not serve you well,...

Posted by J. Ferguson Nov. 15, 2017, 10:34 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 12 Responses

Can you create a passive wine cellar by insulating and air sealing a crawl space?

...water vapor? The cool humid air of the wine cellar or the warmer air inside the house? The article on insulating crawlspaces makes no mention of insulating th...

Posted by JC Wong April 2, 2021, 6:50 p.m. Crawl spaces 5 Responses