Well water / Discussions

Which is best between well water vs rain water harvesting?

...well vs installing a rain water harvesting system for our water supply, as this is a small community without dedicated water lines. Can you give us an idea of...

Posted by dean c April 24, 2020, 4:40 p.m. Rainwater harvesting 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

Is it common to insulate the Plumbing lines for modern buildings?

...water runs through pipes so it's quiet, as well as for heat insulation of hot water lines. What do you think? Isn't common to insulate plumbing lines throughout...

Posted by Babak K July 17, 2020, 1:49 a.m. Plumbing and water heaters 2 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 2 Responses

What is the Kenogami House heating system?

...well did that experiment work at collecting excess heat? It was also mentioned using the radiant hydronic floor, moving purposely heated water in the radiant ...

Posted by dean c March 22, 2019, 3:46 p.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

Can a solar thermal air system be coupled to an HRV for heating incoming fresh air?

...water thermal system in to supply heat for the basement in-floor system and also pre-heat the domestic hot water tank to reduce required electricity consumption...

Posted by Brian Billings March 21, 2019, 2:53 p.m. Solar thermal collectors 1 Responses

What is the best insulation for a small energy neutral home project?

...water for water. I want the house to be as well insulated as possible so I have to generate less electricity, so I'm wondering what sort of insulation to use an...

Posted by Dan Gull Nov. 11, 2019, 6:40 a.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 4 Responses

Can my shallow crawl space be converted to a slab foundation?

...well. The house is sitting above bedrock and my neighbour who tried to dig a basement found water at about 42" below ground level. These constraints seem to hav...

Posted by Sian O'Keefe Aug. 15, 2020, 12:52 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Can you install a slab on grade foundation in the Fall and leave it over winter?

...water freezing as well as no heat source, we risk the slab being affected by frost heaves. We are also planning to polish and finish the concrete flooring as ou...

Posted by Matthew Gioia Sept. 21, 2020, 9:15 p.m. Slab on Grade 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 2 Responses

What does it take to get a water heater air-conditioner and heater mini-split?

...well as an air to water heat pump water heater? Increased efficiency with an air source heat pump and heat pump water heater working in tandem A heat pump w...

Posted by Réal Paquin May 28, 2020, 12:44 p.m. Heat pumps, geothermal and AC 1 Responses

What is the best septic system if we plan on using the hydraloop

...well water, and is there sufficient ground water where you are building? You are correct! We are planning a well. I've spoken with a few well diggers in the are...

Posted by Genevieve Brunet Sept. 9, 2020, 9:16 p.m. Greywater Recycling 2 Responses

How would I detail the connection between the wall and floating slab?

...water damage at the base of the wall. Due to the wall being so close to grade, I worry about water pooling inside the sill of the wall. What is the proper way t...

Posted by Brendon Fraser July 17, 2020, 1:24 p.m. Slab on Grade 2 Responses

How do you add an Air Exchanger to a house with Hot Water Heat?

How could I add an exchanger to a house without existing duct work? Do you mean you have hot water radiant heating in your floor and you are asking if you shou...

Posted by Bob Engelhart June 17, 2020, 10:08 a.m. Ventilation 3 Responses

What is the best heating and cooling system for a slab on grade home?

...well for a second story unless it is extremely well insulated and fairly open to above. When you install an HRV or ERV ventilation system, you could include a...

Posted by Matthew Gioia July 7, 2020, 11:03 p.m. Heating and cooling 3 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

What is the best way to renovate a basement after a flood?

...water table is high (12-18 inches below the slab). The cause of the flood was undetermined, but I suspect that a rising water table overwhelmed the 1950's era d...

Posted by Wren Toombs June 18, 2018, 10:52 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses

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

...well then you shouldn’t be experiencing a regular water fall in there. That’s just my two cents, you seem to know your way around a wall assembly so it will hav...

Posted by Trevor Prinz Nov. 26, 2019, 4:03 p.m. Walls and Roofs 5 Responses