Whole-House Humidifiers Harm Houses (still)

- If you have an automatic humidifier, make sure it’s installed to operate in automatic mode. . There needs to be a temperature sensor installed outside the house, and the unit needs to be set to automatic mode ..More

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Water in sub-slab ductwork

- The other option, repair, consists of two steps.  If that has already been addressed but hasn’t solved the problem, the home might need to have an unusually deep drain tile system installed. This will probably require the services of a basement waterproofing company. . It must be deeper than the sub-slab ductwork. First, the source of the water needs to be corrected. Most importantly, the obvious stuff like exterior water management would need to be addressed first ..More

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Egress requirements and the two-opening myth

- The City of Bloomington has a nice handout on Egress Requirements explaining these requirements. . This handout also has some nice diagrams, which I’ve copied below ..More

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Are combustion air ducts needed for large basements?

- . Hence the reason that 6″ combustion air ducts end up getting installed in a large percentage of Minnesota homes ..More

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What’s faster: vented or unvented drains?

- Here it is, enjoy! . I said I’d follow up with another test using a real drain and a clear trap. . I demonstrated this in a recent blog post and video, but I had a number of people suggest that I wasn’t conducting a valid test because I was only using small, clear tubing ..More

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