Water / Discussions

Which is the best basement insulation?

...water damage , so you should keep that in mind when choosing insulation for basements , along with how to design a wall so that they can dry in order to prevent...

Posted by Alex Kesheshian April 23, 2020, 12:29 a.m. Basements 1 Responses

What would a saltwater home battery bank be for solar applications?

...water batteries in production anymore than we know of. But to answer your question about battery capacity, determining the right bank of batteries for a solar a...

Posted by Jordon Morishita June 25, 2020, 11:17 a.m. Renewable energy 1 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 3 Responses

Is polyiso board or styrofoam best for insulating when finishing a basement in CO?

...water, or just high water tables?

Posted by Evan B. Nov. 21, 2019, 8 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

How do you best use polyiso insulation in a basement?

...water infiltration in basements. The part that concerns me the most within the wall assembly that you propose, is that while the stud wall won’t be touching t...

Posted by Iain Matheson Jan. 24, 2020, 7:45 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

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

...water heater etc.) that needs to be kept warm? Is there currently non membrane at all on the ground, its just dirt? Is there insulation between the joists? ...

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

What type of framing is best to reduce CO2 emissions in a single family home?

...water in summer months, so only after a full years cycle with the solar air heating panels will we know the true performance, but without a doubt it will much l...

Posted by Rachel Rodd Sept. 28, 2020, 3:04 p.m. Wood and organic materials 1 Responses

What is the best way to finish basement walls?

...water damage in case of flooding, that will also stop moisture from the concrete (in case there is no vapour barrier below the concrete) from damaging the wood....

Posted by Aram Scaram Jan. 21, 2021, 5:13 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

What are the options for radiant heat with a slab on grade?

...water temperatures, decreasing energy use (and energy bills)” Nope. And this is the part where I become suspicious, when they make claims that just don't line...

Posted by August Wehrmann Feb. 3, 2019, 6:52 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate the ceiling of my crawl space?

...water to drain into it. A sump will have a float just like in the back of your toilet. With a toilet the float will shut off the water when it is full, where a ...

Posted by Judy Mendel Feb. 17, 2020, 11:10 p.m. Crawl spaces 4 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 is your opinion about building a garage on posts (screw piles)?

...water infiltration for the length of time it takes to get a roof on. A home raised slightly off the ground can also be an attractive and nicely sheltered plac...

Posted by Les P Dec. 11, 2017, 2:21 p.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

What considerations should be made when installing a green roof on a metal building?

...waterproof roof covering , then a root barrier , and certainly for a green roof in a desert climate you would want a dimpled drainage membrane with the capacity...

Posted by Nina Flores Feb. 16, 2020, 4:57 p.m. Roof coverings 3 Responses

Can you recommend consultant for hire to optimize tiny home build?

...water out. But assuming you are planning to put wheels on it, there are a few ways you can greatly improve the performance. First I would avoid using any insu...

Posted by Felicia Hobert July 20, 2020, 5:39 p.m. Tiny house 3 Responses

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

...waterproof membrane on top fo the footing before building the foudation wall, and they put an exterior water proof membrane on the outside (both of which are hi...

Posted by David Mitchell Aug. 14, 2018, 6:32 p.m. Basements improvements 17 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

How do you get rid of mold in a bathroom?

...waterproof and it is very humid in summer. Will a dehumidifier help? The first thing to realize is that mold grows in humid environments. So along with getting ...

Posted by Sara Oct. 28, 2017, 9:50 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 1 Responses

How you vent a metal roof?

...water can drain right below the metal. We don't have a dedicated page I can reference, but here is our page about how to install siding so walls can dry , you w...

Posted by Kim jarrett July 12, 2019, 12:15 p.m. Roof coverings 3 Responses