Foundation leaks / Guides

Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Removing radon gas from well water 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 water you consume. While the ...

Ecohome's Kenogami House 'The Most Resilient Home in North America'
Concept and design

Resilient design features for new home construction

...foundations with sand or stone to facilitate better drainage. Slope the ground away from foundation walls a minimum of 5 degrees to prevent a infiltration from storm water. Surface drains and swales can further prevent the water table near foundations from rising. Exterior insulation will better protect against f...

Condensation on windows in our homes - why is it there? - how to stop it?
Walls and Roofs

Condensation on windows is a pain but is it a problem & how to stop it?

...leaks! – Any pipes carrying water in the house, both delivery of hot and cold or heating and evacuation, should be checked for leaks and any leaks fixed promptly. All excess humidity in a home’s structure is best removed at the source – so also check gutters, downspouts, roof coverings and rainscreening for signs of le...

Carpenter ants are a common pest and nuisance to get rid of in homes
Pest control

Removing insects and rodents from your home, safely & humanely (by preference)

...leaks and moisture damage will help with prevention, as well as well as keeping wood a safe distance from the ground to avoid saturation with moisture (at least 8 inches or more). For house durability reasons along with insect prevention, direct storm water away from your house, watch for plumbing leaks and keep humi...

Non-toxic building materials can improve home air quality
Healthy indoor air quality

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality

Mold in homes is a bad sign so how to get rid of it or prevent mold in drywall? Mold and mildew in homes develops in conditions of high humidity , most often in bathrooms, kitchens and basements, unless caused by roof leaks and other building envelope failures. Along with affecting the durability of your home, mold ...

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

Removing radon gas from basements and crawlspaces and basement situations. If you just found out you have high radon levels in your home, or you've looked at a radon map that shows your state or region as being at risk of high radon levels , don’t panic; there is virtually always a way to fix radon gas levels in a home - I should know, my house was tested t...

Solariums in cold climates won't heat homes unless carefully designed and built
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

Solariums in cold climates won't heat your home . Winter nights: depending on the amount of thermal mass in the room (stone, masonry, brick, etc.) to act as a thermal battery for storing solar heat , varying amounts of heat will be absorbed and stored when the sun is up, and released later when the sun goes down and the room begins to cool. But once tha...

A Tiny House for sale locally set me thinking, should I buy a Tiny Home?
Tiny house

ARE TINY HOUSES FOR SALE LOCALLY A GOOD CHOICE FOR A FIRST HOME? could work, because if you chose to extend your family in any way, shape or form, and if you build a Tiny Home to the principles of flexible house design on a permanent site, you could always look at extending it into a bigger home to accommodate your growing needs in the future. I think I speak for us ...

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

Basement renovations: How to prevent mold when finishing basements followed by fiberglass insulation and a vapour barrier. Notice the difference between the studs against the foundation and the studs that formed an interior division wall; the vapour barrier did not protect the exterior wall from damage and mold growth. It caused the damage by prevented the wall from drying ...