Water / Discussions

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

Is Condensation on Windows a bad sign?

...water, every morning it's all over the window sills, running down the wall - in the bathroom it's even making a puddle on the floor tiles. Now I noticed the sea...

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

Do natural swimming pools need retaining walls?


Posted by Michael Applegate Sept. 21, 2020, 12:17 p.m. Natural swimming pools and ponds 1 Responses

Does paint work instead of a poly vapour barrier?

...water proofing’ walls, or at least making it water resistant. Oil paint on plaster walls or drywall will prevent moisture from absorbing into the wall cavities ...

Posted by Bill Fletcher May 6, 2020, 1:46 p.m. 1 Responses

What materials should I use for a small plumbing job?

...water feeds to your faucets, copper replaced lead decades ago, and what you are seeing now are PEX pipes ( cross-linked polyethylene). The joints of copper pi...

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

What is the best deck material?

...water from damaging the deck joists you can often leave them in place when a deck is in need of repair and only replace the top decking boards.

Posted by Babak K July 17, 2020, 2:10 a.m. Decks, porches and gazebos 1 Responses

Should I install basement drain tile vents?

...water is a sensible idea if you have a high-water table or regular water infiltration into your basement. If 7 of your 12 contractors recommend removing the s...

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

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

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

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

How do I stop a leak from my attic?

I'm getting water dripping down the inside walls of two opposite exterior walls. I checked the attic and found 1) frost of the underside of the roofing plywood...

Posted by Markus Duess Feb. 11, 2019, 12:42 a.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What is the best material for flooring?

...water than in living areas. Here is our page about choosing flooring to see the options- How to choose eco-friendly, healthy, durable and beautiful floors S...

Posted by Babak K July 17, 2020, 2:09 a.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

Should I replace my geothermal system with a gas boiler?

...water is leaking into the refrigerant that is a pretty significant and costly failure, if refrigerant is leaking into water than is less serious and can probabl...

Posted by Lawrence Brusnyk Oct. 31, 2018, 8:07 p.m. Heat pumps, geothermal and AC 1 Responses

Can hydronic radiant heating be a complete heating solution for a home?

...water heat pumps so that I may enjoy radiant heating and cooling. And to answer your questions, the answer is yes to both. It is a new construction on a foundat...

Posted by Jeremy Peters Dec. 16, 2019, 1:13 a.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 3 Responses

Can you Insulate a cinder block basement foundation with Rockwool?

...water management, insulation, and airtightness. Our first suggested assembly for interior basement insulation would be a vapor barrier membrane directly again...

Posted by Victor B June 19, 2019, 11:41 p.m. Basements improvements 5 Responses

What windows should you use when trying to build a Passive House?

...water. And we always take the opportunity to recommend people to source triple-pane windows. They are much better than double pane for performance, they resul...

Posted by Raoul Lions Jan. 25, 2019, 2:18 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

What insulation should I put on basement block walls that is resistant to mold?

...water then you would be wise to install a drain. If it's not a finished floor then you could smash the concrete with a sledge hammer around the edge , dig it ou...

Posted by Ken Gee July 31, 2019, 3:25 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

What are the factors I should consider for choosing between a slab on grade and basement?

...water feeds and electrical lines, they should be put into conduits (a sleeve), so if there ever was an issue you can pull them out and replace them. HRV ducting...

Posted by Shaun B April 2, 2019, 6:35 a.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

What is the best type of home heating system?

...water heater, lighting, heating) comes to just over $500 per year. Read more about the LEED Platinum Edelweiss house heating and electrical systems here . If ...

Posted by Jennifer Doll Jan. 20, 2020, 11:59 p.m. Heating and cooling 3 Responses

How do you install a ground loop for an HRV?

...water to drain out. To now address the fluid ground loop portion of your question: This involves running a ¾ pex loop through the ground (with a glycol mix ...

Posted by Lee Watt July 10, 2018, 12:43 a.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses