Well water / Discussions

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

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 build a flat roof in Miami Florida?

I have about 1,800 sq. feet of roof here in Miami. 900 is well pitched and covered with barrel tile. The remaining 900 is more or less flat. this section was b...

Posted by Michael Langlois Aug. 4, 2019, 11:52 a.m. Roof coverings 0 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 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

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 3 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 4 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a 1780 brick federal with stone foundation in New York?

...water. Insualte inside and/or outside. 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 insulate a home from the outside?

...well, or if it had any in the first place. To that end, you need to ensure the structure is straight and solid, so if you are going down to the studs on the out...

Posted by Sylvie Gagnon Dec. 12, 2017, 11:58 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 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 1 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 Joe F Nov. 15, 2017, 10:34 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 7 Responses

What is the best way to heat an off grid home?

...well as the amount of energy it will consume during operation. The cheapest way to set yourself up would be a wood stove, but they are not the most efficient ...

Posted by Michelle Nason Aug. 8, 2018, 1:48 p.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 1 Responses

Halo Exterra rigid exterior insulation - has anyone work with it?

...water damage. There are many ‘all-in-one’ insulation products on the market, Halo rigid panels seem similar to many others, and most of the ones we see work v...

Posted by George Shannon Jan. 21, 2020, 3:39 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 3 Responses

What type of wood can be installed on a radiant floor?

We are starting construction of our new house shortly, with the basement it will be 3 stories, we will have hot water radiant floor heating on all three levels...

Posted by Colleen Blak Dec. 11, 2017, 1:59 p.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

How do you fix high humidity levels in a basement?

...well as taking steps to mitigate water infiltration into the basement. A house that old would not have any vapor barrier below the concrete floor, so even if yo...

Posted by JR Tadinac Aug. 21, 2019, 11:26 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 3 Responses

Is a vapor barrier necessary under a concrete slab with foam insulation and if so, where does go?

...well, remember that radon isn't only going to enter homes fromt the soil, but radon gas in water is another potential source that should be considered to ensure...

Posted by Grady 22 Aug. 17, 2019, 12:19 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 3 Responses

Can you install foam boards directly against basement walls?

...water, just humidity. Wow, that is a terrible idea. Your 'mold guy' is for sure in the business of growing it, not preventing it. Cinderblocks are porous, so ...

Posted by Ted Gorab Oct. 3, 2019, 6:09 p.m. Basements improvements 4 Responses

Where do I start to build a small, affordable, low-maintenance house?

...well. I currently own some solar panels and have access to a variety of machines for digging and clearing land, and I know if I can create a reasonable plan I c...

Posted by Ocean-Lynn Georgelin Oct. 22, 2019, 11:40 p.m. Concept and design 2 Responses