Finished basement / Guides

Slab on grade or a foundation and basement?
Foundation choices

Choosing between a slab-on-grade or a foundation and basement

...basement construction: How to choose between a crawlspace or a slab foundation ? - Ecohome Guide Best practices for basement construction - Ecohome Guide How much insulation does a basement need - EcoHome Guide How to finish the exterior of Insulated basements and slabs - Ecohome Video Guide Why is a Slab-o...

Why basements flood and how to prevent that with a sump pump
Basements improvements

Why Basements Flood & How to Prevent Flooded Basements

...basements is very common and most times can be easily avoided. Why basements flood in the first place is pretty easy to answer – it’s a hole in the ground and the ground is wet! Basements are sometimes below the water table to begin with, but water tables rise during the spring snow melt, and without proper basement dr...

Finished basements can lead to mold and mildew
Healthy indoor air quality

Why are basements moldy? How to fix or Prevent a Moldy Basement

...basement to have any chance at doing what you want it to do without growing black stinky and unhealthy mold, it should be finished with respect to the conclusions of building scientists regarding moisture movement namely; " Vapor barriers on basement insulation will rot your walls " We put vapour barriers in baseme...

Better Basement Design on basement walls prevents mold and midlew
Healthy indoor air quality

Basement renovations: How to prevent mold when finishing basements

...basements as oulined above Ventilate using a HRV or ERV, because let's face it - fresh air improves any Man Cave! Further reading for basement mold prevention: How to choose between an ERV & HRV system for basement ventilation & Mold prevention - EcoHome Guide How much insulation does a basement need - EcoH...

Exterior damp proofing and drainage mat to protect basements from wate
Insulation and soundproofing

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...basement insulation and heat loss © Ecohome Exterior basement insulation is less common, probably due to the fact that it can be more expensive. And there are certainly less cases where insulation is installed on both sides. By insulating the exterior of basement walls we consume less interior space and preve...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...basement with much cheaper and better performing walls, though if you do need to build a basement to optimize sqft on your building plot, then learn best practice for insulating when building a new basement here , or if you have a basement and need to learn how to finish a basement & insulate correctly to avoid mold, s...

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

Removing radon gas from basements and crawlspaces

...basement pressurized, which will reduce the amount of radon that can escape from the ground below. Radon mitigation in unfinished basements: The dedicated HRV system mentioned above is also an option for removing radon gas from unfinished basements, as is sub-slab depressurization. If you have extremely high levels...

Tips for finding a reliable green home builder
How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals

How to choose a home-building contractor

...basement construction - Ecohome Guide How much insulation does a basement need - EcoHome Guide How to finish the exterior of Insulated basements and slabs - Ecohome Video Guide Why is a Slab-on-grade Foundation more Eco-Friendly than a Basement? - EcoHome Discussions

Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Removing radon gas from well water

...basement floor or behind your foundation walls, but rather high levels of radon gas in your water supply. Radon gas occurs naturally as uranium in the soil breaks down, and can seep into your home undetected as it is colourless, odourless and tasteless; it can also dissolve in well water entering your home with the w...

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...

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