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Ice dams on roofs & how to fix them
Roof assemblies - renovation

What causes ice dams and how to fix them

...Fix Them, find more Tips for Getting a House Ready for Winter , Why is there ice in my attic, and how to fix it? and the Best Energy Saving Tips for Green Homes all in the Ecohome Green Home Building Guide pages .

How to Fix a Leaky or Dripping Faucet Easily
Plumbing renos, repairs and maintenance

How to fix a Leaky Faucet for under $1 (and stop that tap dripping!)

...fixed ! image © Rj Pierson Our dripping faucet fix final checklist So, now that you've finished your DIY fix for a leaking faucet, it's time to turn the water back on and to check for any drips or leaks. I always recommend checking around carefully after carrying out any plumbing work. As I mentioned earlier, n...

How to fix noisy baseboard heaters
Heating and cooling

Fixing noisy baseboard heaters, How to stop that clicking easily !

...fixed? If the noises from the electricity and water-heated baseboards are constant and super irritating, then it’s good to know they can probably be fixed - or at the least reduced . Put simply, it may be that they are screwed on too tightly, or too loosely, and the casings (or heat dispersing fins) are of poor quali...

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

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

That musty, moldy basement smell that we have come to accept as unavoidable, is actually quite avoidable. The solution is really quite simple - stop building below grade with walls that were designed for above grade and your basement won't smell like old gym socks and potentially make you ill with mold spores. As a ...

Faulty Toilet Flappers Leak a Lot of Water - here's how to replace them
Plumbing renos, repairs and maintenance

Faulty toilet flappers are the leading cause of leaking or running toilets, here's how to fix them

...fix a leaky toilet flapper? Another of the jobs that sat on my Honey-Do-List for quite a while longer than I care to admit has been to fix the leaking toilet flapper in the bathroom at the cabin - made worse by us being off grid and only having a relatively small amount of water available in our outside rainwater cat...

Frost in Attics: What causes Attic Ice? How to Fix it?
Roof assemblies - renovation

Why is there frost in my attic? Is ice in roofs a problem & How do I stop it?

...fix it and if condensation on the windows is a problem and needs fixing, here's the guide for that . 2. Attic ventilation: Attic ventilation is essential to prevent ice in roofs, be certain that your roof ventilation is able to do its job. Next, roof ventilation - make sure your attic is properly ventilated...

What is Interstitial Condensation? (And how to stop it!)
Walls and Roofs

What is Interstitial Condensation in Walls or Roofs? (And how to stop it!)

...fix and prevent mold in homes Top tips for getting a home ready for winter Frost in attics: what causes attic ice and how to fix it? What causes ice dams & how to fix them And see more Green Building Guides for Sustainable Buildings on North America's favorite sustainable building advice website...

Blower Door Tests - What's the Cost & Who Does Them?
Air and vapour barriers

What is a blower door test? What's the cost? How do you find a company to do one?

...fix them. Fixing air leaks is ‘low hanging fruit’ in terms of improving the energy efficiency of homes under construction since you already have to buy and install air barriers in the form of 6 mil poly vapor barriers , exterior weather resistant barriers (WRBs) , tapes and caulking etc, so the cost doesn’t really go u...

How to Fasten Cement Board Facing to slab on grade insulation
Slab on Grade

Finishing the exterior of an insulated slab-on-grade floor

WATCH MORE sustainable building VIDEOS Once a decision has been made to choose between a crawlspace or a slab foundation , you need to know how to finish the edge off durably. Typically the exterior edge of a slab on grade is made of EPS foam and can be parged. Having used rigid Rockwool panels meant we needed a...

Insulating crawlspaces as part of home renovation
Crawl spaces

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

...Fixing a dirt floor crawlspace: All too often a crawlspace will have nothing but a dirt floor, and probably some un-insulated walls. The result of that is an unending source of humidity as moisture in the ground evaporates into the air and can condense on cold walls and joists where mold can establish itself. That ...

Grey water and heat recovery shower
Bathrooms

EcoVéa: recycled and cleaned shower water

...fix . After taking a moment to visualize the amount of the water and energy that is literally going down the drain while showering, it's hard not to want to run out and buy one of these pronto. Grey water heat recovery units that capture some of the heat from shower drain water have carved out their own place in the ...