Water quality

Water softener

Disposing of water-softener brine

Published on June 20th, 2018 | by Henri

Q.  Seeking your advice on how to safely and effectively dispose of water-softener brine after regeneration. Initially brine was plumbed through the septic system. Due to the very high mineral count of my water and deterioration ... Read More


Caulk

Caulking crack around fireplace

Caulking around fireplace

Published on June 8th, 2018 | by Henri

Q.  The cold weather over the past winter caused a great draft from the space between the brick fireplace and the abutting wood. The wood is part of the shelving. What would you recommend as a ... Read More


Wet Basements

condensation on basement window

Water in basement from window wells

Published on June 8th, 2018 | by Henri

Q.  We remodeled a 60-year-old ranch style home four years ago. We enjoy the house immensely except for water issues in the basement. After installing a sump pump and redirecting downspouts we thought the issues were ... Read More


Siding

Mold on siding

Black mold and rotting wood under vinyl siding

Published on May 18th, 2018 | by Henri

Q.  I have a serious black mold problem that has caused structural damage and I don’t know where to begin. About two years ago I started noticing some small signs something was going on (a small ... Read More


HVAC

Cold chimney

Ice forms around furnace flue

Published on May 18th, 2018 | by Henri

Q.  I am having frost and icing up problems. My furnace is two years old and several HVAC guys out and a contractor have not been able to figure out the problem. I am wondering if ... Read More


Floors

Oxy-Boost

Cleaning grout

Published on May 17th, 2018 | by Henri

Q.  What’s the best way to clean the grout in my ceramic tile floor? A.   If you wish to do it yourself, as opposed to hiring a professional, you can mix an oxygen bleach powder, such ... Read More


Caulk

Mildew-resistant caulk

Replacing mildewed caulk

Published on May 17th, 2018 | by Henri

Q.  What is the best way to remove caulking that has mildew underneath it and to redo it after? A.   The caulking is most likely silicone, known for mildewing. You should be able to release ... Read More


Bathroom fans

Installing bathroom fans

Published on May 6th, 2018 | by Henri

Q.  Do you have a bathroom fan that you like? I’ve got a late 1950s ranch. Two full baths back up to one another – both 8×8. We have not yet remodeled yet, but plan to ... Read More


HVAC

Cleaning floor vent

New furnace causes whistling noise and dust

Published on May 6th, 2018 | by Henri

Q.  My husband and I recently had a high-efficiency furnace installed in our home and are having issues with the cold-air return system. First was a loud whistling, which we solved somewhat by removing the grates ... Read More


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