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

Removing radon gas from basements and crawlspaces

...into account in specifying your radon mitigation solution. Preventing mold when finishing a basement is possible, read here to find out how. Radon in Crawlspace floors that won’t be insulated: A radon barrier needs to be installed to seal off the ground from the air in the crawlspace . A DIY radon mitigation soluti...

Insulating crawlspaces as part of home renovation
Crawl spaces

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

...in, which likely won't even exist in a crawlspace. You can have it set it up to drain right into a small pit in the dirt below the membrane and it will absorb back into the ground. Removing radon gas from crawlspaces We highly recommend getting your air tested for radon gas before beginning work to determine if any...

Radon Mitigation - Installing a radon evacuation stack in a slab floor
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Mitigating radon gas in homes

...radon gas as a matter of course, but especially if you've ever heard of any reports of there being radon gas in the area. Testing Radon in Homes in Canada - Order Online Here or for Testing Radon in Homes in the US, Order Online Here Is there radon gas in water? Yes, unfortunately radon is water-soluble and...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...in the future. And it should go without saying, but be sure to make a clear map of where those features are. Plumbing durability and maintenance: electrical wires need to be in conduits under slab foundations to meet building code in most regions (we hope), but putting plumbing lines in conduits is also a good idea; ...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Crawl spaces

Should I Build on a Slab on Grade Foundation or a Crawl Space?

...in the future. And it should go without saying, but be sure to make a clear map of where those features are. Plumbing durability and maintenance: electrical wires need to be in conduits under slab foundations to meet building code in most regions (we hope), but putting plumbing lines in conduits is also a good idea; ...

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?

...indows causing mold and mildew in drywall and furniture. Condensation is bad news in multiple ways – it indicates where a home has weak spots or thermal bridges in its insulated envelope, it points to problems in humidity levels in the home – possibly coming from hidden problems in basements, crawlspaces, walls or ve...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...in the conditioned living space has the ability to absorb and store heat, greatly helping to regulate interior temperatures. Homes with significant thermal mass inside the building envelope are also easier to keep cool in summer. Affordability: Bringing a building project to the point where it is ready for main flo...

Renovate, Remodel or Rebuild? How to choose which is Best for Homes
Wall assemblies - renovation

Should I be renovating my home or tearing it down & rebuilding?

...ing the crawlspace for storage and mechanical systems, see our page on how to insulate crawlspaces . Repairing foundations & insulating from the exterior when renovating an old home © Ecohome Cinderblock, stone or cracked concrete foundation renovations: Before renovating or insulating, determine first that f...

Slab on grade or a foundation and basement?
Foundation choices

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

...Insulating under concrete floors is essential Many building codes have only recently insisted on the inclusion of insulation below concrete basement floors , and as always, it is important to realize that the requirements of building codes are the bare minimum only. Increasing sub-slab insulation to R15 or R20 (or mo...

Step by step guide for slab-on-grade home construction
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade construction: the ecoHOME A to Z Slab building guide

...in the earth's crust starts to disintegrate. The gas infiltrates houses through cracks in the slab. Radon exposure is linked to roughly 16% of lung cancer deaths in Canada, and is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. Health Canada advises taking measures to reduce radon levels when radon concentrati...