Wet Basements

concrete basement wall and floor

Don’t paint a wet concrete floor

Published on March 16th, 2017 | by Henri

Q.    My home was built in 1937.  My cellar has both a concrete floor and concrete walls. I call it a wet cellar because after a very heavy rainfall water appears on the floor of the ... Read More


Cleaning

cleaning acrylic surfaces

Cleaning acrylic surfaces

Published on March 16th, 2017 | by Henri

Q.  Can I use Kaboom with OxyClean on acrylic surfaces? A.  Kaboom with OxyClean is recommended for use on ceramic tile, porcelain, and plastic, but is not recommended for use on marble, fabric, carpet, brass or ... Read More


Caulk

Caulking a window on a brick house

Caulking window exterior

Published on March 5th, 2017 | by Henri

Q.  I need to recaulk the outside of my vinyl windows that meet bricks. Should I use masonry caulk or window caulk? A.  The existing caulking compound must be removed and the surfaces cleaned with acetone. ... Read More


Ventilation

Dryer vent installed improperly

Dryer vent installed improperly

Published on February 17th, 2017 | by Henri

Q.  The attached photo [reproduced above] is of my clothes dryer vent. I have had to replace the wood boards on the stair landing with composite boards because the wood boards were rotting from the moisture ... Read More


Driveways, Walkways

Alligator cracks in driveway

Cracks in asphalt driveway

Published on February 17th, 2017 | by Henri

Q.  I am located in Shelburne, Vermont and I have an interesting phenomenon that takes place during the winter and spring months. I have an asphalt driveway that is about 10 years old. I have sealed ... Read More


Ventilation

Attic Access, PNW house

Attic ventilation changes with climate

Published on February 15th, 2017 | by Henri

Q. My wife and I just bought a home in the Seattle area. During our inspection the inspector noted that there was some mild mold growth in the attic and in his opinion, if the ventilation ... Read More


Crawl space

Crawl space vapor barrier

Keeping a crawl space dry

Published on February 15th, 2017 | by Henri

Q.  I have a 4-foot crawl space with a rock base. A few years ago I had insulation installed in the floor joists. There is never any water but the crawl space often smells musty and ... Read More


Air Quality

Woman suffering from shortness of breath

Hard to breathe inside condo

Published on February 2nd, 2017 | by Henri

Q.    I have a condo and we are having great difficulty breathing and we also experience headaches and feel very tired in the unit since they sealed up the condos with new insulation wrap, siding  on ... Read More


Pests

Cat on beach

Cats using beach as litter-box

Published on February 2nd, 2017 | by Henri

Q.  I have a waterfront home with a sandy beach. The cats in the neighborhood have taken to use the beach as a litter box. I have tried artificial owls and other animals to no avail. ... Read More


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