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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?

...stop that wet winter-time condensation nuisance, read more below: Top tips for getting a home ready for winter Why solariums won't heat homes in a cold climate in winter What causes ice dams & how to fix them And see more Green Building Guides for Sustainable Buildings on North America's favorit...

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!)

...stop interstitial condensation? Like we said earlier on, and as much as we hate it, Interstitial condensation has a sneaky way of creeping up on you and it doesn't usually become noticeable until significant damage has been done within walls or roofs . As with anything structural and to do with homes, the cost to rep...

Why basements flood and how to prevent that with a sump pump
Basements improvements

Why Basements Flood & How to Prevent Flooded Basements

...stop working? The most common reason sump pumps fail to pump is actually due to a power outage. The unfortunate reality is that you often need a sump pump during extreme weather events with heavy rainfall , which are also a common time to experience power outages. Another cause can be that the plug is tripped and c...

Frost Heave Prevention Helps Stop Frost Heaving Breaking up Home Foundations
New foundations and slab-on-grade

What causes Frost Heave? Preventing frost heaving is down to good foundation design

...stop it from tipping over. It’s just that dirt has always been used as insulation against frost heave, so it has been ingrained in us for centuries as essential. But, thanks to modern building practices, you can also use ‘insulation’ as insulation against frost heave! Soil has an insulating value of about R3 per foot...

How to fix noisy baseboard heaters
Heating and cooling

Fixing noisy baseboard heaters, How to stop that clicking easily !

...stop clicking noises - but be careful not to slice fingertips Loosening or tightening some screws can stop the noise from a baseboard heater Noise can be caused by insecure installation of the heating element inside the electric baseboard heater, or poor installation of the heater itself on a warped or uneven wal...

How to Build Homes & Protect Homes to Stop Wildfires
Concept and design

How to protect your home from fire - a burning need to know.

...stops in framing. Use licensed installers for wood or gas-burning appliances. And consider the cost-benefit analysis on hardwired smoke detectors and sprinklers…although a CBA is silly when we’re talking about human lives, right? Yeah... maybe I sound paranoid about fire, but it's earned. A rather dramatic incident i...

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?

Frost in Attics: why is there Ice in my roof? When a warm sunny day arrives after a long cold stretch and it seems like you have a roof leak when there isn't a cloud in the sky, it's probably Attic Icing , otherwise known as Ice Dams or Ice Damming, and the surprising thing is that it's very unlikely that the roof c...

Shaded vegetable garden success
Food production

Growing vegetables in the shade

If you're like me and you love to grow your own food but have limited access to all day sun, do not fret - a bountiful harvest is still well within your reach. Just like the gardeners that grow them, many vegetables will actually appreciate a little respite from the sun during the hottest months of the growing season....

Exterior air barrier membrane © Ecohome
Air and vapour barriers

How to install an air barrier for reduced air leakage

...stop air leakage through differences in air pressure between inside and out. A wall system should have one vapour barrier, but can have many air barriers. A vapour barrier can act as a very effective air barrier, but an air barrier does not (and should not) always stop vapour from difusing. Understanding the differen...

Warm light and dimmable LED bulbs
Lighting

All about LED bulbs - video

...stop along the way but have passed their usefullness in our opinion. CFL bulbs are more efficient than incandescent bulbs but less so than LEDs. Their life span is shorter, and in the event of one breaking, Health Canada recommends ventilating your home to remove mercury gas. LEDs are estimated to last over 20 years ...

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

Ventilation & air exchangers

...stopped the flow of moist air through walls, this of course led to a buildup of moisture in homes, and condensation on windows was common place and hard to stop . This led to a build up of mould and mildew in homes. Modern day airtight homes need mechanical assistance to stop moisture damage and protect indoor air qual...