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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!)

...Mildew - most frequently found as black spots on drywall, especially behind furniture. Staining coming from behind drywall and around baseboards and any junction points in walls. Corrosion of building components. Frost damage to exterior finishes, roofs or masonry. Poor performance of insulation and reduced the...

How to Choose between an HRV and ERV system
HRV and ERV

Choosing between an HRV and an ERV

...mildew in homes. Health Canada recommendations for optimum indoor air quality © Health Canada How much fresh air is enough? It is very difficult for humans to detect low levels of contaminants in their air , even when they represent a health hazard. An ideal home ventilation system woul...

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

...mildew. This is also great alternative to wood for building structures that will be continually saturated with water and moisture, such as docks or garden boxes. Finally, there are tropical woods that are very durable, such as Ipe and Teak, but the market for these woods is causing a pretty big dent in tropical rainf...

Which wood is best for framing timber frame construction in homes?
Wall assemblies - new construction

Lumber choices for wood frame construction - choosing timber for framing & building homes

...mildew-resistant phenol glues which emit a very small amount of toxic chemicals. In North America, the material providing the laminations is termed laminating stock or lamstock and the first U.S. manufacturing standard for glulam was published by the Department of Commerce in 1963. This process makes it possible to pro...

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

Basement renovations: How to prevent mold when finishing basements

...mildew and mold marks in corners or behind furniture, for peace of mind consider buying a hydrometer to measure your indoor relative humidity, which will cost you maybe $20 to $30 at most hardware stores. If you have an issue, and the humidity levels are off the scale, then chances are you've got a moldy basement even ...

Eco-friendly & Healthy Flooring is best for Green Homes
Flooring and stairs

Eco-Friendly Flooring material options for Green-Homes

...mildew. It might get vacuumed regularly but the fibres will absorb and hold any airborne contaminants and chemicals used around the home, including actual carpet cleaners. A handmade natural wool area rug is a nice compliment to a wood floor. It’s non-toxic and can be brought outside to clean. Pre-finished wood flo...

Poly vapour barriers in air conditioned houses can cause mold and rot
Healthy indoor air quality

Why you should Never Install Air-Con in a Home with a Vapor Barrier

Vapor Barrier + Air-Con = Damp Moldy Walls So here's a little known fact that most HVAC installers won't tell a potential new client for central air; Polyethylene vapor barriers in combination with air conditioning in homes can rot walls because of the condensation they may cause. This is why if you have a newer hom...