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

Basement renovations: How to prevent mold when finishing basements

...mold to grow in basements? Mold can grow on virtually any organic material as long as the moisture levels it likes and oxygen are present. Because mold eats...

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

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

...mold spores. As a freshly poured concrete foundation will take 5 years to fully dry it's hardly surprising many go moldy, and this is hoping that measures hav...

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Healthy indoor air quality

Removing dust and moisture from homes

Removing source contaminants and moisture from homes helps keep air healthy for occupants, and helps keep home humidity down. Excess humidity in houses can c...

Condensation on windows leads to mold & mildew in homes, ERV & HRV systems help
Ventilation

Ventilation & air exchangers

...mold and mildew, and they did that very well. Cost and comfort had us adding insulation, but not necessarily sealing our walls. The folly of this was quickly ...

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; Polyeth...

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

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...mold growth and rotting wall structures. The following basement insulation techniques listed here are designed to offer the most sensible and durable options ...

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Plumbing and water heaters

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

...mold, a dumpster of wet junk heading for a landfill and an otherwise unwarranted and costly basement renovation. Related topics: Future-proofing homes: building...

Slab on grade or a foundation and basement?
Foundation choices

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

...moldy basements. So those are the “pros”, and I would be remiss if I didn’t share the “cons”. Concrete is hard , and consequently not as comfortable for s...

When should you replace windows
Windows and doors

When should you replace old windows?

...mold and mildew as well. In such a case you may be wise to replace an individual window. The problem here is of course the 'slippery slope', in that replacing...

Dense-packed cellulose wall insulation
Wall assemblies - new construction

Dense-packed cellulose insulation wall systems

...mold issues and its flammability. CFI has fallen victim to the claims of safer, easier and 'better' options such as fiberglass or mineral wool batt insulation ....

Insulating crawlspaces as part of home renovation
Crawl spaces

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

...mold can establish itself. That dank air will inevitably be circulated throughout your home, providing humidity, mold spores and a pretty nasty smell that wil...

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