Leak / Guides

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?

...leaky and incandescent light fittings with modern slimline LED fittings - carefully sealed against air leakage and saving energy too. Another solution that isn't very complicated (or much fun for that matter) is dealing with these leaks from above. That would be you on your hands and knees in a dark attic crawling be...

Smart sewage backup device
Plumbing and water heaters

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

...leaks and damage prevention on your devices: Inflotrolix has another flood-prevention product called the NOWA 360® that detects flooding from appliances such as washing machines, dishwashers and water heaters. As soon as a water leak occurs, the detector relays the signal to the control unit, and in less than one s...

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

...leaking toilet flapper can be really quick and easy. A leaking toilet flapper can waste a lot of water Until I looked it up, I didn't realize that a very typical old and leaking toilet flapper can waste up to 200 gallons of water per day. That could increase your water bill more than $50 per month if your water is ...

Skylights can be problematic in a high performance home
Windows and doors

Are skylights an asset or a liability?

...leak, and those that are going to leak . This is not a true statement, but it is one that is derived from a truth of sorts. No, not every skylight will leak, but a lot of them will and a lot are going to look like they are leaking even when they aren't, as they are notorious for causing condensation issues - so learn h...

Living green roof installation on the Edelwiess house
Roof coverings

DIY green roof installation video

...leak. Watch more Green Building Guide videos from EcoHome on YouTube here The most common building material used for roofing in North America is asphalt shingles, and because of their poor durability they may spend only 15 or 20 years on your roof before heading to a landfill. A properly installed green roof ...

Mixed interior room lighting

Home lighting design

...leak, and the ones that are GOING to leak. While not completely accurate, there is some truth to it. While there are many that leak, oftentimes there is a problem with condensation that is mistakenly diagnosed as an exterior leak. Since skylights protrude from the ceiling, they offer a deep cavity where warm moist ai...

When should you replace windows
Windows and doors

When should you replace old windows?

...leaks, so having airtight windows may be only a tube of caulking away. The first step would be determining from where exactly air is leaking. Keep in mind the natural stack effect of buildings - warm air rises, so in the absence of wind pressure air will leak in on the bottom floors and leak out on the top floors, so...

How to Vent Roofs - the Methods, Vent Types, Fans
Walls and Roofs

Why Roofs need to be ventilated and how to ventilate a roof properly

...leak when in fact there is none (spoiler alert – if your roof ‘leak’ happens on a sunny day, it’s not a ‘leak’). All these effects are why air barriers in homes are so important for durability and energy efficiency. Having said all this, it is worth pointing out before we get too far that there are ‘unventilated roof...

Geothermal Heating Systems
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Geothermal heating for Homes in North America - Does it work & will it save money?

...leak in the circuit, with a horizontal mat or grid style system the whole garden area has to be dug up again in search of a tiny leak that is losing the system pressure. Geothermal horizontal loop system © Alexandre Gilbert Open-loop geothermal systems use ground water pumped directly from a supply well (75 to ...

Installing Siding Correctly
Exterior cladding

How to install siding

...leak in and they install a pump. Conclusion: you can't build something that doesn't leak, so focus on making sure it can dry when it does. Now you know all about how to install siding so walls can dry . Learn more about best practices for energy efficient and durable home construction and renovations in these...

Insulating crawlspaces as part of home renovation
Crawl spaces

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

...leak through intact concrete but it is quite likely that crawlspace walls will leak air. If you have a stone foundation, old cracked concrete or cinderblocks, bringing the poly barrier up the wall and sealing it to the rim joists will provide you with an air barrier . Preparing a crawlspace for vapour barriers and in...