Basement Bathroom Ceiling Vent

Basement Bathroom Ceiling Vent

In an effort to achieve maximum energy savings, one must look for opportunities; by opportunities, I am referring to air leaks which can be sealed. Our basement is around 90% finished thanks to the prior owners. However, as we have written about numerous times, when it comes to energy savings and energy conservation, they left us with a lot of opportunities. I just need to look to find them. Here is one. The above picture is of the ceiling two piece bathroom in our basement. It is … [Read more...]

Directional Air Vent Register

Opening to Basement Stairs

Last year we wrote a series of articles on the selection and installation of a solar air heater to help heat the basement of our home, as shown in the picture immediately below. When our daughter would be home from attending university, we would use the air heated by the sun to help heat her basement bedroom. On those occasions, which was most of the time, when she was away at college, we wanted the air to help heat the rest of the basement and possibly rise up to the main … [Read more...]

Exterior Toilet Leak – Part 1 – Will The Madness Never End?

Stained Ceiling Tile

Two weeks ago we wrote about a leak that we had within our less than 1 year old toilet. Well, we are back again. This time it is a completely different leak How did I find it? Well, on the weekend I was about to make a trip to my local hardware / building materials supply store to purchase more ceiling tiles as I had run out replacing all of the basement ceiling tiles that been damaged by the water leaking from the en suite shower which was installed less than a year ago in our major … [Read more...]

Basement Ceiling Leak – Part 6 – Investigation

Removed Drywall at Base of Floor With Mold

In Part 5 we described how we placed more silicone caulking over the remaining areas of our master bedroom en suite bathroom to stop the leak that was going into the basement drop ceiling tiles without success. So, we called Bennett  and asked if he could spare a couple of hours to do a detailed investigation of our situation. We have to get the leak fixed. We all know that a constant leak means that water is going somewhere. First water will permeate the wood sub-floor, then the wood … [Read more...]

Basement Ceiling Leak – Part 3 – Not The Drain Pipe

Built-in Shower Bench Without Caulking on Edge

In Part 2 of our basement ceiling leak series, I described our initial attempts to fix the leak apparently coming from the en suite shower. The day after I resealed the shower drain as described in yesterday's article, we proceeded to take two showers. Once done, I then checked the ceiling tile in the basement. A new water stain had emerged in the same place as the previous water stain. When I removed the ceiling tile, I confirmed that it was the same pipe from which the water was … [Read more...]

Basement Ceiling Leak – Part 2 – Initial Correction Attemps

Shower Train Cover Removed

Yesterday we discovered the water stain in one of our basement's drop ceiling tiles. We had just contacted Bruce, our contractor for his guidance. After being informed that the pipe in question was an air pipe, I then asked if it was possible that the leak originated from the roof where the pipe extended out beyond the roof's shingles. Bruce said not likely. The reason, which makes sense to me, is that before be purchased the house the room which now contained our en suite was a small … [Read more...]

Basement Ceiling Leak – Part 1 – The Discovery

Freshly Stained Ceiling Tile

The other day my wife and I were in our basement and I happened to notice that a few of the ceiling tiles in our drop ceiling were exhibiting different types of water stains. One ceiling tile had a large brown circular water stain on one side, while another had a brown water stain along one side. I was surprised as I thought I had replaced all of the ceiling tiles which were either already stained before we moved into the house. So, I preceded to replace those ceiling tiles and moved on to … [Read more...]

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