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Pests

Mouse peeking from hole in wall

Rodent chews hole in plumbing pipe

Published on September 24th, 2016 | by Henri

Q.  A leaking pipe from a 2nd floor toilet proved to be the work of a mouse or rat gnawing inside an elbow. The angle was too acute for metal work so our plumber fashioned an ... Read More


Roofing

Rainhandler

Replacing gutters that keep getting clogged

Published on September 23rd, 2016 | by Henri

Q.  I hate the gutters on our house. They’re typical of the gutters you see on most houses and their design is very poor. It would seem the only thing they excel at is getting clogged ... Read More


Drains

Drain, house exterior

Installing a French drain

Published on September 11th, 2016 | by Henri

Q.   How do you correctly install a French drain? A.  The proper installation of a French drain depends upon where it is to be installed. The most common use is to capture and reroute water from ... Read More


Odors

Ded rat

Dead animal odors

Published on September 8th, 2016 | by Henri

Q.  There is a bad odor in the second floor which is probably due to a dead animal. I remember hearing an animal in the wall some time ago. Anyway, the odor is quite objectionable. Do ... Read More


Roofing

Metal Roof Installation

Installing standing-seam roof

Published on September 7th, 2016 | by Henri

Q.  We have recently gotten several estimates on what it would cost to have a standing seam roof placed on our house. Most estimates included the cost of stripping the “architectural” shingles off first and then ... Read More


Siding

Checking insulation behind mopboard

Frost forms above mop board

Published on September 6th, 2016 | by Henri

Q.  Our house is 12 yrs old. The inside lower portion above the mop board, where the south wall meets the west wall on the ground floor, always frosts up during the winter months. We have ... Read More


Siding

Installing siding

Preparing a house for vinyl siding

Published on August 18th, 2016 | by Henri

Q. I am having a cultured stone exterior on the front portion of my house removed, and replaced with vinyl siding mainly due to water penetrating the interior walls during driving rain storms. It is a ... Read More


Basements

worker apply self leveling floor

Parts of concrete slab have sunk

Published on August 18th, 2016 | by Henri

Q. My home has a walkout basement with a concrete slab. A fairly large section of the concrete (10′ x18′) has sunk, but not evenly. That is, part of the concrete has hardly sunk at all ... Read More


Porches, decks

Refinishing wooden patio deck

Stains that protect a cedar deck

Published on August 18th, 2016 | by Henri

Q. We added a large deck to our home two years ago. The contractor used knotty cedar wood. I was told that the wood should be allowed to dry a bit before applying stain. The next ... Read More


Drains

WaterGuard drainage system for wet basements

Systems for drying out basements

Published on August 13th, 2016 | by Henri

Q. I have lived in my 40 year old home for over 20 years now and have been plagued by a wet basement on and off throughout those years. The last two years have been worse ... Read More


Wet Basements

Basement-stains-1

Inspector misses moist basement walls

Published on August 3rd, 2016 | by Henri

Q.  We closed on a house about a month ago  and when we moved in, we noticed these wet stains around the walls. When we had our inspection, there were shelves around them, so the inspector ... Read More


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