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Tested Positive for Black Mold

We have had a positive test for Black Mold. Who can we get to re-mediate this?

Heather,

Thank you for listening – we appreciate you!

There are many different types of molds and many different types of black molds. Some are toxic to humans while others are far less so. The black mold everyone fears is Stachybotris Charterum.

If your tests did not identify a specific toxic type, you have a little less to worry about regarding your health.

Molds need oxygen, food, warmth and ..read more

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Window Wells – Do they cause leaks?

Wouldn’t outside basement window wells be a catch for water and cause leaks?

Dianne,

Good to hear from you.

Basement window wells or area ways have been a part of both residential and commercial construction for over a century. When people realized the value of the subterranean square footage and the need to provide natural light and ventilation, area ways were created.

Will water naturally pool there and cause problems?

As long as A) the grade around the windows slopes away from them and does ..read more

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Re-Circulating Pump on Water Heater Humming

I keep hearing a humming noise from our re-circulating pump – what’s going on?

Laura,

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You had a re-circulating pump installed on your water heater to create a stream of heated water to the point of use in the house.

This system loops back to the water heater to keep a steady supply of warm/hot water in the loop for whenever you demand it – a true “instant” hot water system.

It may be that the pump ..read more

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Fixing a “Negative” Grade Foundation

Theresa,

Thank you for listening and for the great comments – we appreciate both!

If the property you are looking at has a “negative” grade – one that actually appears to direct water back toward the house, it can usually be corrected.

The issue that compounds this problem is that the house is a slab-on-grade construction.

This severely limits what you can do to resolve a potentially bad situation!

You should call Terry at Blessed Assurance Home Inspections before you commit to any home purchase. ..read more

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Prepping a Concrete Floor

What do we have to do prep a concrete floor before painting?

Bob and LeeAnn,

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Reading and following manufacturer’s directions really is the way to go today for most product.

Outside we would want to pressure wash at a minimum.

In the basement, a good scrubbing with a TSP and a THOROUGH rinse might suffice if the concrete is not “hard troweled” or sealed – much like a garage floor would be.

In that case, ..read more

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Quality Home Insulation and Siding

We need our home insulated and sided. We trust your referral – can you help?

Delmar,

Thank you for listening to the Guys – we appreciate you!

Properly installed quality insulation is still one of the best true investments you can make in your home.

You can trust Ace and Sons Insulation – 888-500-4223 – to use good product and perform a quality install that does not deface your home as some amateurs might.

For the siding, call Pro-Home Improvement at 888-pro-1998. They have premium ..read more

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Wet Garage Foundation

My sister’s garage has some serious water and concrete floor issues. Who can help?

 

Doris,

Thank you for listening to the Inside Outside Guys and for taking care of your sister.

Any time water is being directed to a building you are going to have long-term and worsening problems that will not self-resolve.

Caulking the block my be a small band-aid.

Cleaning an old french drain could well lead to the discovery of larger issues with it and force the expense of replacement without solving ..read more

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Clay Tile Drain Replacement

Should we replace the clay tile sewer pipe on our house before selling it?

Steve,

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Those “clay” tiles, a vitrified, glass-like material were used for decades for weep tile systems, farm drains, leach fields in septic systems and sewer drains.

A one-way valve, often called a backflow preventer, was sometimes installed where the sewer exited the house and flowed to the main public line – usually under the street.

This valve, if installed and ..read more

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Leaking Bay Window

Norm,

Thanks for great comments and for being part of the show.

I wish we could look at every housing issue our listeners bring to us – but it is not possible.

We can, however, share with you some of the things we might consider if were able to look at the window.

The type of situation you describe – a leak around a bay window – could be from the roof or the window.

Is it constant during every rain event – or does ..read more

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Insulation as a sound deadener

I need good insulation that will also deaden road noise.

Ginger,

Thank you for listening to the show – we appreciate you.

To make your home more comfortable year-round, add value for the life of it and make it more quiet, professionally installed cellulose insulation in the sidewalls is a GREAT investment!

Few companies can install sidewall insulation well AND preserve the integrity of your siding.

Call Charlie at Ace and Sons Insulation – 888-500-4223 and tell him the Inside Outside Guys sent you.

Please stay ..read more

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