Daily Home Energy Savings Tip #310 – Heating – Place Area Rug On Cold Floor

Editor’s Note: To view all the 530+ different energy and water conservation tips for the home, simply access our Free Energy and Water Savings Guide, 3rd Edition +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Number 310, Area Rug on Cold Floor. Especially on unfinished poured concrete basement floors, consider placing an area rug, or broadloom remnants on top. While the ground beneath the basement floor is not frozen, it is still cold which causes your bare basement floor to be cold. … [Read more...]

How To Prepare Tiled Floor For Re-Tiling

Front Foyer Old Tile - View From Kitchen

How do you properly prepare an already tiled floor for new floor tiles? Well, personally I don't. However, last summer I had a tile company come and install the oversized 24 inch by 24 inch porcelain floor tiles in our front hallway and adjoining laundry room. Here is a picture or two of the starting point. The front hallway already had 23 year old original floor tile which came with the house. In the adjoining laundry room there was linoleum flooring. So, what steps were … [Read more...]

Sealing The Basement Floor Opening

Mixing Concrete

In our last article within this series focusing on the repair to the foundation wall crack in our basement, we saw the use of the CactusBoard material on the top of the opening in the basement floor. This opening is where the backup drainage was installed should any water over the years seep through the initial urethane sealant applied into the foundation wall crack. Today, we see the closing of the basement floor opening as part of this overall home maintenance project. At this point in … [Read more...]

Completing the Basement Systems’ FlexiSpan Crack Repair System

FlexiSpan Urethane Sealant Overlay

In the last article in this series about the repair of the water leak in our basement, we saw the start of the FlexiSpan crack repair system being applied. Today this approach to stopping future water leaks through the crack in our basement's foundation wall is completed. Now, as we saw previously the FlexiSpan crack repair system from Basement Systems begins with properly applying urethane sealant into the crack in the wall. This is then followed by applying the FlexiSpan Foam Drain … [Read more...]

Confirming the House Foundation Wall Water Leak Area

Fitz Arriving

Yesterday I described the approach to be taken by Clarke Basement Systems to fix our finished basement water leak. Today the project starts. Two days before the scheduled date Fiona contacted me to confirm that the time and date were still good for us and to inform me that Fitz would be the professional who would be coming over to our home to undertake the repair. Very nice. Then about 8:15 the morning of the project Fitz called to advise that he was on his way and would be at our home … [Read more...]

Fixing Home Air Leaks Around Cold Cellar Door – 1

Cold Cellar Door

The past few weeks has seen us attempt to seal air leaks in our home which were uncovered during the recent home energy audit. This included: Sealing air leaks around the outside of the fireplace Sealing air leaks around the outside of the house Today we take a look at a very common place for air leaks in the basement of homes, specifically around the door between the cold cellar and the rest of the basement. In the past I had thought that having a door sweep at the bottom of the … [Read more...]

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