Why are basements moldy / Discussions

Is there any risk to a concrete foundation from adding interior insulation?

...Why are basements moldy" recommendation of rigid insulation board directly against the concrete and then a framed stud wall with mineral wool batts and drywall ...

Posted by Drew Tozer Jan. 5, 2021, 12:57 p.m. Basements improvements 4 Responses

How should I insulate basement Walls in climate zone 5?

...are already dry and mold free? the exterior of the basement walls has 2” of foam on them so any warmer air from finished basement would permiate through mineral...

Posted by Chad Johnson March 25, 2019, 8:33 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

How do you fix a moisture problem in a finished basement?

...are some posts from our Green Building Guide Pages that may help Why are Basements Moldy? Preventing moisture when you insulate your basement Building b...

Posted by Margo MACFARLANE Oct. 28, 2019, 10:24 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

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

...are you located? The severity of the climate you live in will play a big factor in how you want to proceed, cinder block foundations in cold climates are tricki...

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

What is the best way to do a basement renovation?

...Basements are often moldy, and unfortunately even after basement renovations are completed because people usually rebuild them in the same way , which would mee...

Posted by BIG FOOT Nov. 18, 2020, 9:33 a.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

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

...are not a factor, we are located in Uxbridge, ON. We are on well and septic. My goal is to heat/cool with an ERV and mini split system, not radiant in floor. I ...

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

Should I install basement drain tile vents?

...Why basements are moldy - how to fix & prevent mold in homes We would love to help, and I think you could really stand for a second opinion before you move ah...

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

My basement is smelly and humid, what can I do about that?

...Why basements are moldy and how to fix it It sounds like you do have problems caused by excess water infiltrating your basement walls, probably by capillarity...

Posted by Jeff O. Feb. 8, 2017, 10:22 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 3 Responses

Should I remove the plastic sheet in my cellar?

...Why basements are moldy and how to prevent mold during basement renovations If you have cut open the poly vapor barrier on the basement walls then that is let...

Posted by Justin D'Arcy Dec. 4, 2020, 12:13 p.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses

How do you remove moisture and condensation from basement walls?

...Why are Basements Moldy? How to Fix & Prevent Mold in Homes A dehumidifier is a good thing to have in a basement but it won’t do much to remove moisture from ...

Posted by Aaron Keating July 27, 2019, 4:51 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

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

...why almost all basements smell moldy - the vapour barrier. Telling you to pop out staples and cut slits in it is an admission that vapour barriers in basement...

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

Should I put foam boards right against my basement wall or leave an air gap?

...Why are Basements Moldy? How to Fix & Prevent Mold in Homes If you leave an air gap then you’re at significant risk of there being an air convection behind th...

Posted by Elijah Hargett Jan. 9, 2021, 5:31 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 4 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a crawlspace to keep humidity down and stop odors?

...are a source of moisture and mold , that’s why its so important to keep the damp down to mitigate heat loss but also protect air quality . They are also a good ...

Posted by Dave Bell Oct. 24, 2019, 3:57 p.m. Crawl spaces 3 Responses

How do you build a mold-free basement in a new construction house?

...Basements can easily be built to remain mold-free, but sadly that is not usually how they are built, and standard building practices virtually guarantee basemen...

Posted by Charmaine Herzig Feb. 10, 2020, 7:32 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

Can you install foam boards directly against basement walls?

...Why are Basements Moldy? How to Fix & Prevent Mold in Homes Preventing Mold when you Insulate your Basement Building Better Basements: How to Insula...

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

For a first time buyer where do you start with renovations?

...why basements are moldy and how to fix them , and also this one on Best Practices for Basement Construction and Renovations Windows aren’t always best to repl...

Posted by Joanne Geall Aug. 19, 2020, 3:14 p.m. Efficient home design 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate my basement?

...Why basements are moldy and how to fix them .

Posted by Chris Rogers Oct. 27, 2019, 11:23 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

Should I build a basement or slab on grade?

...basements, and what you calculate as the entire square footage of livable area. And more importantly, the sad reality is that very few basements are actually bu...

Posted by robert baker March 27, 2020, 6:54 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 9 Responses