Basement / Guides

Why Radon maps by state or province shouldn't replace testing

Radon Levels by State & Province - Why a Radon Test is Essential

...basements and crawlspaces, which radon mitigation system is best depends on how high your levels are, how finished your basement is and whether or not you use it as living space. The only really easy DIY Radon mitigation technique is for crawlspaces or basements with dirt floors , where a passive radon stack can be l...

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...

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...

Choosing a building lot
Excavation

Things to look for when purchasing land for building a house

...basement it may still be possible to build with alternatives, such as slab-on-grade , raft-slabs or screw piles . If a lot can only handle alternative building types, then that should be reflected in the asking price and if it isn't, it should be reflected in your offer. Contacting a local geotechnical engineer would b...

Which Houseplants are Best to Clean Air & Remove Toxins?
Healthy indoor air quality

Which houseplants are best for purifying air? Ecohome investigates

...basement has high humidity levels, you have a problem that a fern isn’t going to solve. High humidity levels in basements leads to mold and mildew, and due to the natural stack effect of air flow, mold spores from your basement will find their way into the upper floors of your home. The first step to dealing with bas...

Roxul mineral wool batt insulation in LEED Homes
Insulation and soundproofing

Choosing the right insulation: the pros, cons and applications for walls, slabs & basements

...basements, stone wool is a much more suitable product for basement wall insulation than fiberglass. Hemp insulation: Hemp batt insulation © Nature Fibres Recycled content: Hemp is a natural and renewable material, making hemp batt insulation (and hemp boards) a very sustainable building material. As it is a...

Installing foam panel insulation, which is best?
Insulation and soundproofing

Rigid insulation panels: which ones to use for different applications

...basement insulation - which is the opposite of much of the information out there. XPS rigid foam insulation board © Ecohome Note: 1 perm and 60 ng are U.S. and Canadian equivalent rates of permeability, below that rate of permeability classifies a material as a type II vapour retarder, suitable for residential ...

Renovate, Remodel or Rebuild? How to choose which is Best for Homes
Wall assemblies - renovation

Should I be renovating my home or tearing it down & rebuilding?

...basement. Cinderblock basement foundation timber stud wall being demolished due to moisture damage © Ecohome Basements are better repaired from the outside if possible but can also be done from the interior if excavating to access the exterior is not an option. For cost consideration, if it doesn’t require ma...

What is a Free Home Energy Audit Canada?
Grants and incentives

Free home energy audits in Canada

...basements, seeing how it is insulated, the level of attic insulation, the quality of your windows, and a blower door test to see how much heat loss there is from air leaks . A blower door test identifies air leaks for repair to make homes more energy efficient. Are energy audits free for Canadians? Energy aud...

Cedar deck and stairs under construction cedar naturally the most durable wood
Decks, porches and gazebos

Tips for building a deck - 10 Tips to make your deck last longer

...basement, is how to prevent spring thaw basement flooding - so be sure to carefully grade surfaces under decks and the deck itself away from your property to direct snow melt away from the home and basement. The Choice for Deck Surfaces - How to Choose Wood or Composite: Cedar deck and stairs under construction m...