My house has a basement, and I can see the pipes under the floor, but I also have a water stain on my bathroom ceiling, and I can see icicles hanging from the roof’s overhang outside the bathroom window. Do I need a plumber?
I have a very old shower stall. It has the original single-handle mixing valve, which constantly leaks. The last plumber who looked at it said parts are no longer available and it needs to be replaced with a new mixing valve. To do this will I have to open up the wall? Any other repair ideas I can explore to solve this issue?
We live in a small home with very limited storage. We have a garage but can never get the car inside because of all the junk we have in there. We don’t have the yard area for a storage barn. I have been told that storage in the attic ruins whatever is put up there. Is this true?
Every heavy rain, we get water coming in from the top of the first-floor windows. We have had many contractors come out to do work. They have replaced some windows, replaced some roofing, and have caulked things nonstop.
I now have black mold growing in the cracks between the top of the bathtub and the tiles. I have tried mold-removal cleaners, bleach and other products, with only limited success. Any ideas how to remove this?
It is not water intrusion during heavy rains, but dampness. We don’t want to spend a lot of money to fix this problem. Some experts have suggested a new heating/cooling system. Others recommend really expensive work to create drainage along the walls
The sink does not fit tight against the underside of the granite, and it has to be caulked or it will leak. The contractor installed upright boards under the sink to hold it in place, but all that takes cabinet space and gets in the way.
Like anything else, you can get very fancy with custom brackets that need to be drilled into the shower walls or diverter valves for flow control to multiple shower heads. Or, you can just take a simple approach and install a shower cradle on the end of your shower arm pipe.
When the leaf blowers come in the fall, we get a small amount of litter on the basement floor near one corner. We have searched for this opening in the dark basement when the sun is shining on the foundation, but can see nothing. Is the sill a place where airflow occurs? If so, how can the airflow be blocked, and whom should we hire to fix it?
Using a simple test kit, available online or at major home stores, can be a lifesaver. First Alert’s Radon Test Kit is available for less than $20. Once the homeowner is aware of the rate of radon in the home, it is fairly simple to remove the gas by removing the air from under the home’s foundation and expelling it to the outside air using PVC pipes and a radon fan.
I have an area where my driveway, front walk and a shrub bed more or less meet. That area is sinking. It did this before, and our landscaper attempted to fix it by paving. Do you have any suggestions as to what is needed to repair this?
I’m a taller man and would like to have my vanity counter sink top a little higher than normal for comfort. Do I have to find someone to custom build my vanity base or build a platform on the floor? Any easier ideas are welcome.
Condensation is a naturally occurring phenomenon that can be destructive because excessive moisture can damage curtains, walls, carpets, and wooden window frames. In some cases, it leads to mold, creating health risks.
If your floor is very old, most of those stains could be there to stay. On the other hand, Armstrong, which has been making linoleum floors for decades, recommends two of its products. If you are willing to spend some money, they might work for you.
I put together a list of three of my favorite mini-makeovers that can work well for just about any bathroom. The good news is that you can do just one or two, or even all three since they are completely separate and affordable upgrades.