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The importance of Cleaning HRV intakes
HRV and ERV

How to keep your HRV clean and operating efficiently

...basement that we rarely use. By no means is this an ideal set up, but it was done before radon gas showed up on my radar. I recently had my air tested and discovered that the radon levels in the basement were significantly higher than Health Canada’s recommended safe levels. Despite having an air exchanger for the uppe...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Crawl spaces

Should I Build on a Slab on Grade Foundation or a Crawl Space?

...basement, so you get most of the cost, all the durability issues and potential hassles of a basement, PLUS a sore back and bruises on your head if you try to make any functional use of it. A crawlspace requires a concrete footing, then a short foundation wall, all the insulation on the walls and floor (or crawl-space c...

Radon and vapour barrier below slab on grade floor
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Vapour / radon barriers below slab floors

...basement or home, it's reassuring to know that there's such a huge selection of SMART radon monitors available that keep a constant eye on the levels in the home. Take a look here for the best choice and prices on SMART radon monitoring equipment and their Apps. WATCH MORE VIDEOS FOR SLAB ON GRADE FOUNDATION CONSTR...

Frost Heave Prevention Helps Stop Frost Heaving Breaking up Home Foundations
New foundations and slab-on-grade

What causes Frost Heave? Preventing frost heaving is down to good foundation design

...basement construction and renovations in these pages: Building better basements: how to insulate your basement properly Preventing mold when insulating basements Crawl Space Insulation Tips for Insulating Crawlspaces Properly How much insulation does a basement need? Are Better Insulated Homes Worth the Mon...

Crawlspace radon barrier installation for radon mitigation
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Removing radon gas from basements and crawlspaces

...basement - which would be bad. Before starting radon mitigation in a crawlspace or basement: Here's a thing, if you're about to install radon mitigation in a crawlspace or basement because your radon levels are above recommended levels, then the first step to starting the work and installing a radon barrier is to v...

Smart sewage backup device
Plumbing and water heaters

Sewage backup flood prevention and water leak notification on your device - our products of the month

...basement renovation. Related topics: Future-proofing homes: building for a changing climate Slab-on-grade: flood proof frost protected shallow foundations Basement renovations - how to prevent mold

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...basement, so you get most of the cost, all the durability issues and potential hassles of a basement, PLUS a sore back and bruises on your head if you try to make any functional use of it. A crawlspace requires a concrete footing, then a short foundation wall, all the insulation on the walls and floor (or crawl-space c...

Prefab frost-protected shallow foundation insulated form kit
Slab on Grade

Raft slabs - How to build Insulated Frost Protected shallow foundations (FPSF) on problem soils

...basement can be constructed by beginning with an insulated raft slab, followed by an ICF foundation wall. This provides a continuous layer of insulation separating the concrete from the ground. The result is a very comfortable and energy efficient basement, with no thermal bridging and reduced risk of mold. Basemen...

Insulating crawlspaces as part of home renovation
Crawl spaces

How to insulate crawlspaces properly as part of renovating an older home

Crawlspace insulation - be careful to get it right A crawlspace comes with all the downsides of a basement, but it is just too low a space to be functional either beyond the folded plastic christmas tree and a couple of boxes of baubles. Unless there is a good reason for it, going through the process of pouring a fo...

Radon Mitigation - Installing a radon evacuation stack in a slab floor
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Mitigating radon gas in homes

...basements & crawlspaces: Removing radon from basements & crawlspaces is easier if prevented rather than cured, and existing homes that are found to have high levels of Radon should look at mitigation asap. Depending on the state of your basement and or crawlspace, there will be varying degrees of difficulty in mitiga...

Balanced insulation levels in a green home
Efficient home design

Insulation in Green Home Building, a balanced approach to putting it where it does the most good

...basement floor in winter. Heat moves from warm to cold seeking equilibrium, and the ground in Canada is roughly 4-7° Celsius when you go down 5 or more feet. So unless you keep your basement colder than say 7° C, you will lose heat to the ground, not gain it. And if it IS that cold down there, you should probably insul...