Air Quality

Townhouse attracts excessive dust

Published on October 29th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.    We live in a townhouse that is four and a half years old in a far suburb of Chicago. We are experiencing a tremendous amount of dust in our home. Basically, I need to dust ... Read More


Driveways, Walkways

Cleaning up spilled stucco

Published on October 29th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.    Recently we had our home re-stuccoed. Originally (15 years ago) it was coated with the stucco treatment that had a foam base. Then last summer, after finding cracks and learning that there was water damage ... Read More


Toilets

Scum in toilet tank

Published on October 29th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.  We have a four-year-old home that is served by a private well. Our water quality is very good with little to no odor and is generally very clear. We noticed soon after moving into this ... Read More


Mold, Mildew

Cleaning mold from vinyl siding

Published on October 19th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.    While we were on vacation, someone threw eggs at our vinyl-sided house. We tried several things to remove the dried mess and settled with hot water and ammonia. Now a couple of months later, we ... Read More


Chimneys

Keeping chimney clean when burning wood

Published on October 19th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.    I always find your articles so easy to understand. I have a weekend house in Davenport, NY, and have a wood-burning stove inserted in the fireplace. I try to burn only hardwood but I am ... Read More


Insulation

Ventilation of a finished attic

Published on October 19th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.    We are finishing off our third-floor walk-up attic. My concerns are ventilation in the summer and heating in the winter. I was considering a roof-mount power vent, but our contractor does not think it would ... Read More


Concrete

Cleaning stains from fireplace hearth

Published on October 19th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.    Last year we removed a wood-burning stove from our fireplace insert, and now have the original attractive fireplace wall again. However, the raised hearth is stained with black marks that are quite ugly on the ... Read More


Floors

Asbestos sandwiched into old flooring

Published on October 19th, 2012 | by Henri

Q. During the 1970s, a friend of mine had a house built. The main section had tongue-and-groove oak flooring of varied widths. It was a beautiful job when completed. The base was tongue-and-groove plywood and, in ... Read More


Water heaters

Water drips from valve on water heater

Published on October 19th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.    I have a gas water heater in my home that was installed six years ago. About four months ago it started dripping from the pressure relief valve. Thinking that the valve was faulty, I replaced ... Read More


Drains

Use washing soda to clear drains

Published on October 19th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.    My question relates to plumbing and drains that are beginning to show signs of clogging in our upstairs bathrooms. I seem to recall reading at some point in time that using Liquid Plumr or Drano ... Read More


Wood heat

Converting fireplace back to burning wood

Published on October 19th, 2012 | by Henri

Q.    I have a fireplace that was re-lined by the first owner (over ten years ago) with new terra cotta brick. The second owner converted to gas with no changes to the flue, just a gas ... Read More


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