Water / 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

Should I be considering 66 or 80 gallon heat pump water heater?

...water heaters But speaking even just for your domestic hot water needs, I would suggest the bigger one. The thing about a hybrid heat pump water heater is tha...

Posted by Greg Anderson Dec. 19, 2018, 5:44 p.m. Plumbing and water heaters 1 Responses

What is the best solar water heating system?

...water heater (or heat pump water heater for that matter) with your PV panels . That way when there is no requirement for water heating , your system will still ...

Posted by Geri Rhodes July 6, 2018, 3:35 p.m. Solar thermal collectors 2 Responses

How do you install grey water recycling in a tiny house?

...water recycling system that you referred to in your article on grey water recycling. Also, we are installing an incinerating toilet which will deal with black w...

Posted by Grace Schock June 21, 2018, 3:23 p.m. Plumbing and water heaters 1 Responses

Should I install two small electric hot water heaters - ones or big one?

...water heater. Here are our pages about home water efficiency , choosing low-flow fixtures and toilets , water-efficient showerheads and heat pump water heater...

Posted by Shaun B June 28, 2019, 2:14 p.m. Hot water 1 Responses

How do you remove water droplets from under a crawl space vapor barrier?

...water droplets from under my crawl space vapor barrier? Water is acculating on the dirt side of the vapor barrier. If I crawlspace has water droplets forming ...

Posted by Paul Racioppo Feb. 7, 2020, 3:49 p.m. Crawl spaces 3 Responses

Would you recommend Legalett over water radiant floor heat for a backyard studio in Toronto?

...water heater and water or gel radiant floor heating, or the air system that Legalett uses. I am also wondering how much rebar should be in a slab on grade floor...

Posted by Christine Pountney May 2, 2019, 1:22 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 Responses

Can I see details about the heating and domestic hot water systems of the Edelweiss house?

...water is a heat pump as well, we used an AO Smith air-to-water hybrid heat pump . The water heater sucks in the air from the home (which with the heat pump is g...

Posted by August Wehrmann March 10, 2019, 9:26 a.m. Heat pumps, geothermal and AC 1 Responses

Is the ZIP sheathing system good or bad for water control?

...water management is that we have questions about its permeability as part of a complete system depending on how and where you use it. so, can you tell us - what...

Posted by Trevor Prinz Nov. 26, 2019, 4:03 p.m. Walls and Roofs 4 Responses

Can an incinerator toilet and grey water treatment system like Hydraloop replace a septic tank?

...water processor like Hydraloop would replace having a septic tank? Best, Alex

Posted by Alex Cadilla Feb. 10, 2020, 4:30 p.m. Greywater Recycling 0 Responses

Can I use a solar thermal water heater to heat my pool in the summer and the floor of the garage that I am going to build?

...water heater with a coil of black PVC Pipe. That is a rather simple matter of having a coil of tube facing south to pump water through and then return to your...

Posted by Bill Loucks Oct. 5, 2019, 9:48 p.m. Solar thermal collectors 1 Responses

Do you have any tips to unclog a sink with standing water?

...water does not clear from the pipes. Water stands in the sink and, the clog doesn't move. I have done small repair such as changing out the washer and replacing...

Posted by Laura Tom Jan. 7, 2019, 2:06 a.m. Plumbing and water heaters 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 3 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

Where can I find non-toxic outdoor material to use for carcuses for BBQ joinery?

...waterproof (or water resistant), mould proof and able to be used as shelving

Posted by Ros Young Jan. 7, 2020, 6:47 p.m. 0 Responses

Can you recommend an HVAC contractor in Vancouver?

...water for hot water uses and the water that flows through floor pipes providing radiant heating. The floor heating is the only space heating we have. I would ...

Posted by Jennifer Smith March 18, 2019, 5:58 p.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

How does a Passive House handle floods?

How would a “passive” or airtight house fare in a flood incident, either from inside (burst water tank) or from outside (like New Brunswick’s spring floods)? ...

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