LESLIE: Now we’ve got Jeff in Iowa on the line who is working on a bathroom-plumbing problem wondering why one toilet sucks water from another. What’s going on?
JEFF: Our house was built in 1978. Still had the same toilets in it as the day it was built, so we decided to upgrade to new, high-efficient toilets. We bought 1.28-per-gallon-flush toilets with a 10 flush rating. And we – our toilets sit back-to-back, basically. The master bedroom has a toilet that sits just behind the toilet in the main bathroom. When you flush the toilet in the main bathroom, it sucks all the water out of the master bedroom toilet. But it doesn’t do it the other way.
TOM: Here’s the problem with why one toilet sucks water from another. You’ve got a venting issue and there’s not enough air getting into the waste line that’s probably feeding both toilets. And so, as a result, when you flush one, you cause a draw on the other that pulls the water out. A lot easier to do when you have only 1¼ gallons of water as opposed to maybe 3 or 4 gallons that it used to have with the older toilet.
So, you need to hire a plumber in to look at this and figure out where the venting has gone wrong. There could be obstruction in the waste line venting. You could get rodents or animals that nest inside vents. But there’s not enough intake air getting into the plumbing system and that’s why you’re getting this sort of suction problem. Whenever you have this condition or if you get – sometimes you get a gurgling when you flush or when you run sinks and water goes down, it’s because there’s not enough air getting into the plumbing system. And that’s going to be what will solve this for you, OK, Jeff?
JEFF: Alright. Thank you very much.
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LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
TOM: And thank you for joining us on this, the Memorial Day Weekend, which for us means an extra day to do home improvement projects around the house. If that’s …
LESLIE: That’s true.
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LESLIE: Plus, speaking of grimy things, if you’ve got mold, the best way to deal with it is to prevent it. We’re going to share tips to stop mold cold.
TOM: And also speaking of grimy things, do you have kids that are making a mess in their room? Well, if you would like to clean up that room or perhaps redecorate it for a new arrival or update a space for kids who insist they’re not kids anymore, we’re going to have money-saving tips for easy updates, just ahead.
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Let’s get to it. Leslie, who’s first?
LESLIE: Krista in Vermont is on the line and is dealing with some very low water pressure. Tell us what’s going on.
KRISTA: I bought my house about a year ago and I’m on a shared well with my two other neighbors. And they both have great water pressure but we have really awful water pressure. It takes three hours for the washing machine to run. We cannot use our garden hose. And we’ve had some plumbers come take a look and they said that there must be some kind of restriction in the water pipes, since the other neighbors both have really great water pressure.
TOM: This is not well water. You’re on street water?
KRISTA: We’re on well water.
TOM: You’re on well water. And the well serves all the neighbors?
KRISTA: Yeah, it serves the two neighbors that live north of us.
TOM: OK. Well, I mean they’re right that there could be a restriction. The restriction could be a valve that’s partially closed. It may look open but maybe it’s really closed. It could be, if you have old pipes – do you have old pipes there? How old is the house?
KRISTA: Yeah, it’s from ‘54. Yeah, it is copper.
TOM: Old for plumbing is like 20s, 30s, 40s when they had steel pipes.
TOM: So, ‘54 is going to be copper and decent-quality copper.
So here’s what I would do. I would start testing that water pressure at different points. If you can test it close to where it comes into the house, that’d be the first place to check it.
TOM: You may have to put a tap in the pipe to do that, like an extra little valve to do that. But I would start checking it at different points and see if we can kind of narrow down where the restriction is.
TOM: You have to do a little detective work here. You’re going to find, at some point, it’s restricted. It could be the main water valve, if you’ve got one. Sometimes well systems don’t have those.
KRISTA: Right. The valve in our house was just replaced but I don’t know about the valve at our neighbor’s house, where the well head is. And we were also told by one plumber that we could put a water-pressure tank in the house to fix it. And then another plumber told us that wouldn’t work at all.
TOM: That’s not going to work. You need a – you could – there’s a booster that you could put in. But I would start trying to figure out if this is a problem at the point where the water comes into the house, because that’s going to change the discussion. It’s not your plumbing; it’s the well system. And I imagine you have some rights, since you’re sharing a common well here, to get the same pressure as everybody else.
KRISTA: Yeah. OK.
TOM: And that’s going to have to be a discussion you’ll have with the people that are involved, OK?
TOM: But you’ve got to figure out what you’ve got – you don’t know that yet – and that’s the way to do it. Does that make sense?
KRISTA: Alright. Yes. Sounds good. Thank you.
TOM: You’re welcome. Good luck with that project.
LESLIE: Dan in Virginia, you’ve got The Money Pit. What are you working on?
DAN: I’m getting ready to build a steel building. And I was wondering how thick to make the concrete, though. I’ve had different people tell me different thicknesses and everything, so I was just wanting to get you all’s opinion on it.
TOM: OK. So you’re building a steel building, like for a garage?
DAN: It’s going to be part of a garage and part barn.
DAN: It’s 30×50 and it’s 15 feet high.
TOM: And you’re going to put a concrete slab and then build the building above it?
DAN: Yeah. On top of it, yes. And in one section of it, I want to put one of those vehicle lifts in it.
TOM: So, you really need to have a foundation for that. Where do you live in the country?
DAN: I live in southwest part of Virginia: Tazewell County, to be exact.
TOM: Alright. So you do get some winter there, which means the ground is going to get frozen. And if the slab is not properly anchored with a footing underneath it, not to mention the weight of the roof and then the roof with snow and everything else, you’re going to get some – you could have some settling or some cracking.
So, you can do this one of two ways: you can either build a standard foundation out of block or you could do what’s called a “monolithic pour,” which is the concrete basically goes across the floor and then down into sort of a trench around the outside of that building. And that forms, in one piece, the footing and the slab together. And this way, you’ll be in good shape.
Now, in terms of that lift – that vehicle lift – you might even dig it out a little bit more in that area where the lift’s going to be and make that area – the slab a little bit thicker. Just make sure you have some extra support in the middle of the floor. Alright?
I hope that helps you out. Good luck with that project. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.
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LESLIE: Now we’re going to head on over to Ohio where Norma is dealing with some roof leaks. What’s going on?
NORMA: In the back of the house, near my glass sliding doors – was leaking.
NORMA: I could see the ceiling there was water coming in around the doors and leaking down into the track for – of the door. And that happened right after we had a really deep freeze here. And I believe the ice froze up, melted some and then froze back up again. And I looked it up and I think it’s called “ice jam” or something like that.
TOM: Ice dam.
NORMA: Ice dam. OK.
NORMA: That was close.
TOM: You were close, yep.
NORMA: Uh-huh. And so I called a roofing company and actually, they came out. And they told me I need a whole new roof, which is going to cost me about $20,000 because I’ve got a lot of roof.
TOM: Of course they did. How old is your roof?
NORMA: We replaced it in 2010 – 8 or 10.
TOM: Well, then that’s …
LESLIE: That’s a new roof.
TOM: Let me ask you something. You’ve got homeowners insurance?
TOM: Well, ice damming is covered by homeowners insurance. You need to call your insurance company, maybe even a public adjuster, and tell them you had ice-dam damage and it needs to be fixed. Because to fix the ice-dam damage, they have to remove the roof. So guess what? You get a new roof paid for by them.
NORMA: Oh. Even if it’s just in one spot?
TOM: Yeah. Because you can’t just fix one spot. An ice dam’s an ice dam. If it’s covered, it’s covered.
NORMA: Oh, OK. And see, the other thing they said – that the roofing around the vent thing that comes out the bathroom – you know what I mean?
NORMA: It’s a vent on top of your roof.
NORMA: And they said that the roofing was sort of – not all the way – it wasn’t laying flat around that. Because I had some …
TOM: Well, look – listen, first of all, I don’t like this roofing company because I just think that they’re telling you a tale here to try to get to your wallet.
LESLIE: To try to get more money.
TOM: I mean the roofs never lay perfectly flat around plumbing-vent flashings because the flashing is under the shingles. And it basically makes the seal between the vent and the roof. So, that’s kind of, you know, not true, alright?
TOM: So I would – first of all, I would call my insurance company, report that you had an ice dam. And if they give you a hard time, find a public adjuster because public adjusters work for you and they get a percentage of the claim. And they usually find a lot more than the insurance-company adjuster does. So they kind of pay for themselves. Let them fight the battle.
But to fix this, the roof comes off. There’s a type of roofing material called “ice-and-water shield.”
NORMA: Yes. That’s what they said I didn’t have.
TOM: It goes up about 3 feet from the edge of the roof, up into the roof, up over the sheathing. And then once that’s down, then shingles go back down on top of that.
TOM: So, that’s what causes it and that’s the fix. And the good news is that homeowners covers it because it’s storm damage.
NORMA: Yeah, it is storm damage. You’re right. OK. I never thought about it like that.
NORMA: Thank you so much.
TOM: Well, you’re very welcome.
NORMA: So I could call my insurance and get that repaired. And the second thing you said was – that I was noting, that I’ve already forgotten. What was the other thing you said?
TOM: What? About the vent – plumbing vent – or about the type of insurance adjuster to use?
NORMA: Oh, yeah. Public adjuster. Is that what you called it?
TOM: Public adjuster. Yep. Public adjuster. Correct.
NORMA: Yeah, OK. Alright. Thank you so much.
TOM: Alright. Good luck. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT. Glad we were able to help you out.
We may have saved that young lady 20,000 bucks, Leslie.
LESLIE: She was so excited. She didn’t even know.
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LESLIE: Gary in Michigan, you have got The Money Pit. How can we help you today?
GARY: We have a short circuit. Somewhere in our house, we have a wire that blows our fuse all the time.
TOM: OK. Does it happen because you’re doing anything, like running an appliance or something of that nature?
GARY: No, we just hit the circuit breaker and it goes off.
TOM: What do you mean you hit the circuit breaker and it goes off? You mean you turn the circuit breaker on and it pops right off?
GARY: Well, we pop – yes. Yeah, exactly.
GARY: We bought the house. We didn’t know about it and it’s there now.
TOM: Oh, OK. Well, you’ve got to call an electrician because the circuit breaker is doing its job. If the circuit breaker is not letting you turn that circuit back on, then that circuit is either wired dangerously or it has a bad breaker or there is something wrong with the way it’s all pulling together. So, I think that this is not something you can track down on your own, because you can’t even get the power on. The electrician is going to have to do this with the power off and see if we can trace out that circuit, see what it’s serving.
Do you know – have any idea where it’s going to?
GARY: Yeah, kind of. Yep. There’s …
TOM: Well, is there something not working? Is there lighting not working? Are there outlets not working? Where do you think it’s going? It’s not on, so …
GARY: Yeah, a whole room. Yeah, whole room, yeah.
TOM: So there’s one room. OK.
So, then, what he’ll probably do is – and they’re going to have to open up the outlets and the switches and the lighting fixtures in that room and check out every connection point and see if there’s any evidence. There could be something burning in there. You don’t know. So, you definitely need to have an electrician check it out. I would go to HomeAdvisor.com and find an electrician through there. You can pick one that’s got great ratings and schedule an appointment and see what happens.
But it’s definitely not something you should do yourself. If it was, I’d tell you but this is beyond the average homeowner’s skill set. It’s potentially dangerous and it’s important for your safety and to make sure your house doesn’t burn down. OK?
GARY: OK. Thank you.
TOM: Good luck. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Robin in Wisconsin has a question about flooring. How can we help you?
ROBIN: Hi. We’re refinishing our finished basement. And the former owners glued down the carpet on the concrete and we’re scraping off what we can. Do we need to – I want to put in vinyl-plank flooring. Do we need to sand that down or should we put a leveler or is there an underlayment that we can put under? Or is it going to matter if there’s some glue on there?
LESLIE: How much glue are we talking about? Are we talking about inches of it or just some areas of slight unevenness?
ROBIN: No, no. Just little areas of unevenness. And we’ve been sanding it [the best way of] (ph) procedure.
LESLIE: Oh, my goodness. And sanding it is only going to find – gunk up all your sandpaper and gunk up your hand sanders. It only sort of reactivates the glue. It’s kind of strange.
ROBIN: Mm-hmm. Mm-hmm. OK.
LESLIE: So, generally, with a vinyl-plank flooring, certain manufacturers might have an underlayment on the backside. Some might recommend something. Most of the times I’d say just follow the manufacturers’ recommendations, because they know what’s best for their product. But for the most part, with a vinyl plank, you’re not going to need any sort of underlayment. Those will either usually overlap and adhere to one another with a double-sided tape or they’ll click and lock. It really depends on which product you’re working with.
But I would say if it’s a thinner vinyl plank and you just get a lot of flex to it, you might see areas of more thickness of the adhesive. But if it’s a bit more rigid vinyl plank, I think you’re going to be able to go right over that and not worry about it.
ROBIN: Oh, perfect. Great. Thank you for your help.
TOM: Alright. Good luck with that project. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Bill in Michigan is on the line. How can we help you today?
BILL: My wife and I built a house about 10 years ago and we have a 2-car attached garage. And the problem is is that the floor of our garage is not level. And so, when water drops off the car from rain or more particularly, ice and snow, it drops off onto the garage floor and starts to go in different low spots on the floor.
BILL: And a lot of it goes directly towards the wall of our house.
BILL: So I’m wondering if there’s anything we can do to correct that problem without having to remove the floor and replace it.
LESLIE: Can you use something like Abatron or Abocast – I forget which one is the leveling compound – but to build up more on one side? Or will that just automatically try to go flat?
TOM: You know, I’m thinking, Leslie, it’s so much work to be able to deal with a surface this big, to try to get it level again.
I actually think, Bill, it’s frankly going to be easier to tear out the old floor. That might seem extreme but you may be surprised that with the right tool, like a jackhammer, you can have your entire floor torn out in a couple of hours. It breaks up really easily. And then you can properly level it, properly reinforce it and then repour it and be done.
BILL: I was afraid you were going to suggest that. Because the problem is is the floor is sitting on precast concrete beams, because we have a spare storage space underneath the garage. And so the water drips down there.
TOM: Ah. Oh, man.
BILL: So, I could do that, I guess, but I don’t know the likelihood of being able to take concrete off of those precast …
TOM: Yeah, that does – no, that dramatically – I was thinking it’d be over fill dirt like every other one.
TOM: But no, that does make it a lot harder. So I guess you are going to have to look into a floor-leveling compound for this. And there’s a variety of products out there that this can work with. But the key is is it’s not just more concrete; it’s a product that’s designed specifically to stick to the existing concrete floor.
TOM: Because you have the full temperature swing there in Michigan and if you don’t have good adhesion, you’re obviously going to have that second layer chip off. So, it can be done. It’s a bit of a pain in the neck but it definitely can be done.
BILL: Would you suggest a concrete contractor? Do you think they would be familiar with the options there?
TOM: You may be better off having a pro do it, because you really have to set some forms to get this leveled just right. And then you remove them as you go so that it drains (inaudible).
BILL: Oh, how much could you put on top of a floor that I described?
TOM: Oh, you could put 2 or 3 inches, easily.
BILL: OK. OK. I appreciate that.
TOM: You’re welcome, Bill. Good luck with that project. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: The best way to deal with mold is to prevent it. Kevin O’Connor from This Old House is just ahead with tips to stop mold cold.
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LESLIE: Well, moisture might be great for your skin and giving you a youthful appearance. Heck, it’s even good when you go grocery shopping for fruit and produce. But when it comes to your home, it is the last thing that you want on the inside.
TOM: That’s right. Too much moisture can cause paint to peel and mold to grow but there are ways to prevent it. Here to tell us how is the plumbing-and-heating expert from TV’s This Old House, Richard Trethewey.
RICHARD: Nice to be here.
TOM: Now, we often think of mold being a basement problem but mold is actually more common in the bathroom, isn’t it?
RICHARD: Well, anywhere you combine moisture, air and some food source – drywall or a paper – you’re going to get a mold problem. And the bathroom is a perfect candidate for that.
TOM: And one of the best ways to prevent that is to have good bath ventilation. What are some of the options to choose from?
RICHARD: Well, I think there’s really three. The most common one that we all know is that bath fan. Sometimes, it has an integra (ph) light in it and it sits right in the center of the bathroom. And it turns it on and you exhaust it to outside.
RICHARD: They also make a remote fan now, which you could put a – as the name suggests, you could put a fan up in an attic and it could be the fan for more than one bathroom. And that can be quieter and it can be energy-saving.
TOM: So it’s ducted to the individual bathrooms then but really one motor can basically run everything.
RICHARD: That’s right. And the motor’s efficient and quiet.
RICHARD: And the other thing that you see more and more in these tighter houses is a thing called an “energy-recovery ventilator” or a “heat-recovery ventilator.”
TOM: Alright. Now, how does that work?
RICHARD: Well, just imagine that all the places where you could get air that was both highly humid and filled with odor – that would be bathrooms and kitchens – that leaves through an exhaust duct through this box.
RICHARD: And as that air leaves, it will pass through this energy-recovery ventilator while at the same time, fresh air from outside will pass in the opposite direction across that stale, heated air.
Now, the air doesn’t touch it directly but the heat is transferred to that new air that’s coming in.
TOM: Ah, so we actually take some of that heat that we paid to create – in that smelly, damp, moist air – and we transfer it through this sort of heat-exchange mechanism to the fresh air coming in.
RICHARD: That’s right. That’s right. Yeah, we get the best of both worlds. We get preheated, fresh air into the building while we’re exhausting the stale air out. And with an energy-recovery ventilator, we also can transfer humidity, so we’re not going to be bringing in dry, dry air in the winter. We’ll get some of the humidity that was in the house to stay in the house.
TOM: Now, let’s talk about the switching mechanisms for these, because I think that one of the easiest ways to try to keep mold down in your bathroom and reduce that humidity is to make sure not only that you have the ventilator of your choice but that it runs long enough to do the job. Timers can play an important part there, couldn’t they?
RICHARD: Right. You need enough fresh air in a building and as the building gets tighter, as fuel goes up, people are insulating more and doing all sorts of things to keep the heat and the air in. So putting a timer for 20 or 25 minutes of every hour, to just bring some fresh air in, is actually good to keep ahead of that mold issue.
TOM: And probably the more that you can do this with occupancy sensors and things like that – where you don’t have to depend on your kid, for example, to set a timer when they step out of the shower – makes the most sense, because it’s more of a chance it’s going to actually get used.
RICHARD: I think that’s part of the future, Tom, is this remote-proximity sensor. I think in a bathroom, it should bring on the fan to bring fresh air in, it should bring on a recirc line to bring hot water to the hot-water faucet. And then more and more of that’s being done now with some of these cool home-automation systems.
TOM: Now, let’s talk about venting. Once you take that humid air out of the bathroom, it’s real important that you don’t put it somewhere else where it can do damage, like the attic.
RICHARD: We’ve seen on Ask This Old House all these years, so many times the attic is so filled with mold because the vent pipe has come off of the exhaust fan. You’ve just been dumping highly humid air into this wooden …
TOM: Which is cold and condenses and it’s wet all the time.
RICHARD: Perfect condition for mold, yeah.
TOM: Not to mention the fact that that insulation getting wet really doesn’t do its job very well, either.
RICHARD: That’s right. That’s right. We often see that flexible ducting that’s used on these bath fans also can – if it’s not supported, can provide sag points where moisture will sit in it and that really becomes a mold place.
TOM: Interesting. So it becomes almost a trap, just a plumbing trap, but it’s collecting condensation.
RICHARD: That’s right. That’s right. That’s right.
TOM: Now, what are some other things that you can do to reduce mold in the bathroom?
Specifically, let’s talk about grout or caulk, for example. That’s that one dirty area of the house that you wish you’d get clean but sometimes you just can’t.
RICHARD: Well, they have mildew-resistant caulking and that can do a good job. It’s not going to stop every bit of mildew if you’ve got high, high humidity levels. You can use paperless, mold-resistant drywall in the bathroom. You’ve got to really get rid of that food source, which is any paper or cellulose, where mold wants to grow.
TOM: And always make sure you have a paint that has a mildew-resistant additive to it, as well?
RICHARD: That’s right. That’s right.
TOM: Yeah. So, essentially, if we want to stop mold growth in our bathroom, we need to attack it on all fronts: we need to make sure we keep the humidity down; we ventilate all that warm, moist air; and then any other opportunity we have to choose something that’s mold-resistant, then definitely take that step.
RICHARD: Yeah. Water is the active ingredient that you’ve got to stay ahead of, most importantly, Tom.
TOM: Unfortunately, we need a lot of that in the bathroom.
RICHARD: That’s right.
TOM: Richard Trethewey, the plumbing-and-heating contractor from TV’s This Old House, great advice, as always. Thanks for stopping by.
RICHARD: Great to be here.
LESLIE: Alright. You can catch the current season of This Old House and Ask This Old House on PBS. For your local listings and some great step-by-step videos on home improvement projects you can tackle this weekend, visit ThisOldHouse.com.
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Just ahead, working on a child’s room can be a fun, creative adventure but it can also be an expensive adventure, too. We’ll help you save some money on your decorating, after this.
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TOM: Hey, speaking of HomeAdvisor, it was a very bad week for water heaters in the Kraeutler family and the extended family, I should mention.
LESLIE: What happened?
TOM: Well, first, I get a call from mom and she’s in Florida, you know, many, many, many miles away from where I am.
LESLIE: Right. You can’t just run over and fix something.
TOM: No. I would if I could, Mom, but I can’t because I just can’t hop in the car for the next 24 hours and drive or find a plane.
LESLIE: And imagine all the water that will be all over her house.
TOM: Right. But it turned out her electric water heater stopped working. And I figured, it’s a 12-year-old water heater, it probably had a bad thermostat and/or a bad coil. So, we had had a problem some months ago, when she was up here and the house was vacant. And she got a letter from the water company saying, “You used 10,000 gallons of water.” I’m like, “That’s not good because you’re not there.”
And it turned out it was a leaking valve that was actually leaking into the toilet, so it didn’t cause a problem. But I called – I went online to HomeAdvisor.com and I found a local plumber, a guy named Eric. He went there and he fixed it.
So I found Eric’s number again. I called him. He says, “Is your mom tech-savvy?” I’m like, “Well, not a lot but I can walk her through it.” “Just take a picture of the data plate.” That’s what we did. Got the model number. He showed up the next day. He had the exact part that we needed, changed out the coil, the thermostat. Mom’s good to go. So, problem solved, right?
LESLIE: That’s awesome.
TOM: For one day, we have no problems. Next day, my sister calls. She’s got one of these alerts on her water heater that’s an ADT thing. And it goes off if there’s water under the water heater.
TOM: And she’s like, “I’m at work and this thing went off. I’m in a meeting for two hours. I can’t get there. What should I do?” I said, “Get out of the meeting.” I said, “In the best-case scenario, it’s a slow leak and nothing’s going to happen. But in the worst-case scenario, in 2 hours your house is going to have about 2 feet of water in it if it’s got a major rupture. So, you’ve got to go over there right away.”
So it turned out her 75-gallon power-vent water heater – has one of those motors on top that sucks the exhaust out, because it’s real efficient – had leaked. Luckily, slowly. So I talked her through how to turn the water valve off, turn the gas valve off. Told her to go to HomeAdvisor. She did. And she hooked up with a company in Princeton called Abat and their plumbing team. And I thought this was funny. These are the four guys that showed up, fixed it: Frankie, Frank, Vinny and Joey. I’m pretty sure that we’re all Italian here in New Jersey.
So it’s great. They were funny guys, super professional.
LESLIE: That’s amazing.
TOM: Gave her a great price. Got it done. So both of those guys were found – one in New Jersey and one in Florida – from HomeAdvisor. So, really positive experience. Loved these guys. Great service. And if you need a contractor, I would definitely recommend you checking out HomeAdvisor.com.
LESLIE: That’s great.
Andrea from Ontario, Canada is on the line with a mold question. How can we help you today?
ANDREA: My question (inaudible) regarding black mold. And it’s behind my sink. Between the sink and the backsplash, there’s a little bit of space and this black mold settles in. There’s a lot of moisture, obviously. They’re running the water and it splashes, so – behind and around the sink, as well as around my tub.
I tried bleach. I scrubbed it. We, at one point, took out the caulking and recaulked it but it came back. So I’m at a – kind of a loss what to do with this.
TOM: Mold is going to grow any place that you have an organic material, which could be drywall. Or it could also be, believe it or not, soap scum. It can have organic matter in it and that can feed mold. And so, you have a condition there that’s going to be prevalent to mold regrowth. Even when you clean it, it’s going to come back. You’re not going to permanently prevent it unless you change the environment – the climate – that exists in that particular area.
So, with respect to the tile area, let’s deal with that first. When you retiled – when you recaulked, I’m sorry – did you pull all the old caulk out?
ANDREA: Pulled it all out. Took it all out. It was actually our contractor who said, “Keep it very dry.” “Bone dry,” he called it. And then once we had it all dried out, then he came back and put a layer of this white material. I’m not exactly sure what it was but he finished it all.
TOM: OK. So you’re not quite sure what the product is.
Here would be the steps. When you pull the old caulk out, you need to spray the joint between the tub and the tile with a bleach solution. That’s going to kill any mold spores that are left behind. Then, after that’s dry, one additional step: fill up the tub with water because it makes it heavy and it pulls it down. And then you caulk it.
And when you caulk it, you want to use a product that has mildicide in it. Now, DAP, for example, has a caulk that has an additive called Microban. And Microban will not grow mold; it will prevent it from growing. And so, if you use the right product and you take the step of treating it with a bleach solution first, before you apply it, that helps it to last as long as possible. But again, if you don’t control humidity conditions, eventually it will come back.
As for the sink, the same advice applies. You not only have to clean it, which takes away the visual, but you have to spray it with a mildicide. And so you could mix, say, a 10- to 20-percent bleach solution with water. And then let it dry and that will help prevent it from coming back.
ANDREA: I’ll try that.
TOM: Alright. Good luck with that project. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Well, if you’re working on a kid’s room – maybe there’s a new arrival or you want to update the space for kids who insist they’re not little anymore – this is a project that can quickly eat up a lot of cash.
But here’s a couple of ways to keep those costs in line. First of all, set a budget for yourself. Pay the most for what you hope to use the longest: things like neutral shelving, bookcases, an upholstered chair or a well-functioning desk. This way, they’ll be able to do their homework in there, as well. Think about using pieces for the long run and invest in those. It’s really smart.
TOM: And second, pick up a neutral paint. We’re all for repainting every few years but if you want to do that all the time, the cost is going to really add up, especially if you’re hiring it out. So if you choose a neutral color, it’s going to help reduce some of that. Plus, no matter what furniture the kids sort of morph to over the years, it’ll always look great.
For more tips on ways to save money when you’re redecorating your kids’ rooms, check out “Create a Kids Room That Will Grow with Your Child.” It’s our newest post on MoneyPit.com.
LESLIE: Up next, something is rotten in North Carolina, specifically in a listener’s laundry room. It’s not Denmark; it’s North Carolina in this case. We’re going to help hunt down that foul odor, next. It’s probably a pair of socks that – behind the washing machine. And that tends to happen.
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LESLIE: Alright. We’re here to help you with all things, like finding the right pro or working with these two pros right here to answer some questions. Pat in Macon, North Carolina writes: “I have a rotten-egg smell in my laundry room. You smell it when the water is running into the washing machine or into the laundry-room sink. Any idea what may be going on?”
TOM: Yeah. So, when you get a rotten smell or a sulfur smell with water and if it’s all over the house – so if it was in other sinks, then I would tell you that it’s in your water heater. And it’s because the sacrificial anode, which is a rod that goes into the water heater, has essentially worn out and should be replaced, which can be done. If you look at the top of the water heater, you’ll see a big hex nut. You unscrew that, you can pull the rod out, put a new one in.
However, in this case, it’s only in her laundry room, which leads me to believe it’s probably in the drains. Because you can get biogas that forms in those drains, in those traps. And if that happens, it can be awfully smelly. So what you really have to do here is you have to mix up a pretty sturdy solution of oxygenated bleach and pour it down that drain. I would start with the laundry-room sink and let it soak, let it saturate in there. You know, pour it down, let it drain down, let it sit. Put a little more, a little more, a little more until it really does a good job of killing any bacteria that’s in that space. And see if that does it; see if that deals with the odor issue.
The other thing that you might want to do is replace the rubber drain hose from the washing machine. Because if water is sitting in that, it could also grow some bacteria in that place, as well.
Give that a try and see what happens.
LESLIE: Alright. That should do the trick. I mean it’s always weird when you get those tricky odors. And also, check to make sure that there aren’t stinky socks behind the washing machine, stuck between the washer and dryer. It happens. I’ve got two boys. I find weird things all around that laundry room.
Alright. Next up, Debbie writes – she’s from North Andover, Massachusetts and she writes: “What’s the best way to get dark stains off of composite decking?”
TOM: Well, I guess it depends on what the stains are. If the stains are because you spilled a whole bunch of burger grease, that’s one thing. But if the stains are from mildew or algae, then you could use a product like Spray & Forget, where you apply it to the stain and pretty much walk away. Over the next week or two, as the sun starts to activate the Spray & Forget, it will kill that moss, that mold, that mildew, that algae, that lichen. All of those types – they’re all plant growths. And then it will lighten up and it’ll fade away and there’ll be a residual deposit of the Spray & Forget on the deck and it won’t come back.
So, if it’s grease, then you’re probably going to have to mix up something like an oxygenated bleach to try to get that grease out of it, because that’s a whole ‘nother scene.
LESLIE: Mm-hmm. And it’s interesting. Because it’s composite, you think that a stain is not going to sit.
LESLIE: But something like a grease kind of works its way into that material itself, so it’s like you really have to try to back it up out of there and get that stain out. And that’s why that oxygenated bleach or even a TSP, those are good things to do. But make sure that it doesn’t affect the color or the finish of your composite decking. Because oxygenated bleach or TSP, all those things, you never know what it’s going to do.
TOM: And listen, if that doesn’t work, you can always take the board out and flip it over because they’re good on both sides, right? And so if the …
LESLIE: But that’s interesting. With composites, sometimes you have different grains on opposite sides.
TOM: Yeah. But the color will be the same. So, yeah.
LESLIE: Color will be the same but you might have a different look. So double-check that, too.
TOM: Yep. Good point.
This is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. Hey, thank you so much for spending this part of your Memorial Day weekend with us. We hope we’ve given you some tips, some ideas for a project you want to get done now or in the near future as we all roll into this beautiful summer ahead. Remember, we’re here for you, 24/7, at 888-MONEY-PIT and online at MoneyPit.com. We’d love to hear from you, love to get a question or two. If you posted it to The Money Pit community or you called it in, we will get it.
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LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
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BRUCE: Well, we have a live that’s get cedar-shake placing on it. And it’s aged delicately but woodpeckers have recently realized that between the lower weakens, where they come together, sow flaws can slither up behind a perfectly good shingle. And they appear to drill right through that good shingle to get at that moist, little bug.
TOM: Wow. Well, that stenches. And you’re title: they’re looking for menu. That’s why a woodpecker pecks, because he’s trying to find a meal.
So, one thing might be to treat the surfacing to stop these faults from various kinds of getting in there. Another thing that are typically offices and- but it’s various kinds of harassing. And that is that if you, around the area of the siding, can hang some tin pie plates that kind of bust in the breeze, maybe in the region where they love to sort of congregate. Or the other thing that seems to scare them away is if "youre supposed to" take a black- large-hearted, black, plastic- garbage bag, like a big Hefty bag, and cut it into rows but sort of leave the pinnacle of it intact so it would sort of flit, that also will discourage them. And I think you have to break their garb, Bruce. And those two tips-off can do that.
Now, if you want to try something natural but- if you were to mix up a red-hot sauce or pick up an oversized bottle of it at the supermarket and desegregate it with some water, made it in a pump-up plot sprayer and spray down the siding- only make sure, when it’s done, it’s not going to discolor the siding- they get one preference of that, they will not go back for any more of those glitches. I can guarantee that.
So there’s a couple of ways to try to dissuade them but you’re going to have to break their garb. Otherwise, they’re going to see keep going for that easy meal right below the lip of the cedar.
BRUCE: I’m not kind of wild about establishing the house smell like a strong bouillabaisse. I’ve tried owl likeness, the fiberglass genu of replicas.
BRUCE: They’ve actually roosted on those at times, so they’re pretty tolerant of that.
TOM: “So there! ”
LESLIE: They’re so terrifying.
BRUCE: And I’ve tried some of the things gesticulating in the breeze. Do you have a suggestion for a siding medication that won’t be quite so evident to visitors to our home?
TOM: Well, sound, Bruce, if you don’t want to try the hot sauce- and I personally would establish it a shot because I think it’s going to be very inexpensive and I don’t think it’s going to stay around, impel your whole live stink like a eatery- there’s two interesting thing that you might want to think about. Bird* B* Gone has a woodpecker-repellant kit that has very good examines on Amazon. But it’s not quite; it’s kind of along the same line of the tin pie plates and the plastic Hefty bags sort of floating in the wind. But they’ve exploited different types of bags and streamers that are very shiny, which is what kind of freaks them out. But they do say that once the woodpeckers have left the siding, you can remove these. So you’re not talking about a permanent addition to being able to your house.
And there’s too some chemical repellants for woodpeckers, although I have to say that I have not visualized very good remembers on them. It seems to be 50/50 and they’re kind of expensive.
So that’s sort of where we’re at with that. You’ve got to sort of undermine that round and I think you may have to put up with some unattractive trinkets while you’re work now. But I would leave those a shot, because they’re not very expensive and you’ve got nothing to lose.
BRUCE: Well, I’ve tried squirt guns and that works while I’m home. But I’ll tell you, I guess I actually started the hertz where reference is put suet out. And it seems as though the swine started asking equal parts of suet and fiber. And they got the fiber from our cedar shingles.
BRUCE: So, we stopped doing the suet and it departed down some but it’s still here.
BRUCE: So, thank you for your opinion. I regard it.
TOM: Alright. Good luck, Bruce. Thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Donna in Tennessee has got a funky guesthouse. Let’s just call it that.
What’s going on, Donna?
DONNA: We have been in this property- on this property- for two-and-a-half years. And when we acquired the belonging, the guesthouse had holders. And they moved out a bit over a year-and-a-half ago. However, there’s a very funky odor in the house that, instead of fading over meter, is becoming more and more prevalent. The odor is best described, perhaps, as a stale cologne, so it’s not very pleasant.
LESLIE: Stale cologne. That’s interesting because, generally, when you get a funky odor in a infinite that’s not exercised that often, it usually has something to do with a subside not coming water down it and the bunker drying out and sewer gases coming back up. So you could get a funky sewer stench but cologne? Are you sure the members of this house isn’t recurred?
DONNA: We did pull up any carpeting that was in the members of this house. And there wasn’t this is something that; it was just in the bedroom and the bathroom. The remain of the storeys are lumber and tile.
TOM: Have you done any make-up hitherto?
DONNA: No. It had been- it was fairly recently covered prior to starting our purchasing the house and so I didn’t. However, after the tenants moved out, I really thoroughly cleansed the members of this house. Actually, we moved all the appliances, everything like that. But I haven’t repainted.
TOM: Well, I’ve got to tell you that sometimes when a house is empty, it is often used to get a little dank sometimes. Are you running the heating system the lane you would if somebody was living there?
TOM: Yeah. So you get more moisture and sometimes there could be odors associated with that. So unless it’s actually pervasive, I don’t thoughts I would worry too much about it. You’re doing the right things. You pulled up the carpet. If you haven’t painted and you’re going to see draw, I would suggest one added stair and that is to make sure you prime the walls. Because if there’s anything in the walls, that they are able to barrier it.
DONNA: Mm-hmm. What type of primer?
TOM: Well, you could use an alkyd primer, which is a water-based primer, or you could use an oil-based primer: something like KILZ or B-I-N or one of the Behr commodities. But the primer is kind of the adhesive that attains the paint stick and will too seal in any blots that have absorbed into the walls themselves.
DONNA: OK. So if it is the cover, then the primer could actually ...
TOM: Right, precisely. In detail, sometimes we tell people that when they have carpets that are very odorous, to also prime the plywood floor before they put brand-new carpet back down again.
DONNA: Hmm. OK.
TOM: Because if anything kind of immersed through the carpet and got into the floor, that’s a acces to kind of close it off.
DONNA: OK. Very good.
TOM: Good luck with that project, Donna. Thanks so much for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
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BRUCE: Yeah, yeah. I’ve went seven ferrets that are taking a hard line on my carpet. And I want to change it and I speculated, “Well, I might want to try something different.”
TOM: Seven ferrets, huh?
BRUCE: Yes, sir.
TOM: So you’re go looking for ferret-proof flooring, Bruce.
BRUCE: Something like that, yeah. Some theories, absolutely.
TOM: Sure. Well, I signify- so, you’re basically looking for a pet-resistant floor and that rules out natural hardwood and of course, carpet. But you’ll be happy to know that there are a lot of synthetic product today that are perfect.
One that comes to mind is announced “engineered vinyl plank.” It’s one of the newest flooring produces on the market. And I’ve got to tell you, this substance is really amazing because it looks just like the real thing. It looked like wood. They’ve just done so well with the technology behind attaining engineered vinyl timber that it discontinues up come through here ogling really like the real batch. And it’s also pretty cheap. So, you might want to take a look at the products that are available in that EVP family.
The other one to be considered is laminate. But I guess, if I was thinking about laminate versus EVP, I’d probably go with EVP because it’s 100 -percent waterproof. And I think it might be a bit more durable. You can go to a locate like Lumber Liquidators, to one of their showrooms, and take a look at some of the samples. I think you’ll be surprised with how good-looking this nonsense is. And it certainly would be something that could take a lot of reward. It makes the wear and tear as well as, of course, it’s not going to deteriorate in any way if it gets wet.
BRUCE: What kind of installation are we talking about with it?
TOM: It’s pretty much DIY. You could hire a pro. But it’s got a tongue-and-groove stratum. It’s sort of a lock seam, like most of those makes do. It’s floating, so you don’t is therefore necessary to glue it down. You basically extend advantage to perimeter. If "youve had" baseboard molding, I would go within about 1/4 - to 3/8 -inch of the baseboard molding, leave a bit of a gap and comprise it with shoe molding so you have some swelling and contraction.
TOM: But it’s pretty easy to do. You’ve got to make sure the floor is nice flat. If you’ve got a lot of immerses and movements in the flooring, there are certain long-sufferings that each manufacturer will specify for those commodities. And exactly make sure you’re within those indulgences. But I foresee if you take a look at the EVP flooring, that might be a good mixture for you and for your ferrets.
And I will tell you this is the first time I’ve ever go a few questions about ferret-proof flooring.
BRUCE: I feel one of the reasons I was looking at the vinyl or the laminate- I’ve discovered some the group of friends of- there’s a- think it is or not, there’s a lot of good ferret Facebook groups out there. And there’s millions of us that talk back and forth. And I reflect I’ve interpreted some folks take that vinyl or laminate and kind of heat it and leave it a little bit of a crouch up on the edges, and then placed the molding perhaps 1/8 -inch from the flooring or something and yield it almost a tub accomplish in the room.
TOM: You mean kind of have it bend up? I wouldn’t do that.
TOM: Nah, I think you’re asking questions difficulty. There’s no flooring manufacturer that’s going to see warrant that. It’s exclusively designed to be installed flat. Parties get imaginative with stuff like this but that’s unquestionably outside its scope of application to seeing how that material is designed to be used.
BRUCE: That’s what I’m thinking. That’s why I wanted to ask you guys. I figured you guys right now are aware of but it’s exactly kind of a- I is believed that people were thinking is pet-proofing or spill-proofing, shall we say.
TOM: Yep. I hear you.
BRUCE: OK. I’ll look for that. And you said Lumber Liquidators, as well, right?
TOM: Yeah, they’ll have it. It’s EVP- engineered vinyl plank. OK?
BRUCE: Resonates great.
TOM: Good luck. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.
BRUCE: Thank you, sir.
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LESLIE: Janet in South Carolina is working on a kitchen makeover. How can we help you?
JANET: I have a kitchen. It’s not a very large kitchen but the walls have been depicted numerous eras and not the best colour jobs. So, I have decided to perhaps lend some type of wood to kind of devote it a rustic feel, because I really like that, on the entire walls of the kitchen. And I was wondering, could you propose to me something I could use? I’ve had beings suggest beadboard, the wainscot-type board. Could you show to me something to give on my walls to grant it that rustic ogle?
LESLIE: Let’s talk about your wording of rustic, because there’s so many different ways to interpret that. And beadboard’s a great highway to do a actually classic, more country look, extremely if you draw it a white gloss. That merely tends to be really clean. But if you’re go looking for more something- you know, something more natural or an age-y fragment of timber, there’s ways to do that, too.
JANET: That’s it. I want to go with a illuminate, natural-looking wood. Not more light-headed because my boards are the lighter colouring of wood.
LESLIE: Well, what you can do is you can actually get- and this would have a nice finish to it. You can look at flooring- wood-plank flooring. And you can get one that has sort of a white-hot, rustic, beachy laundry to it. And you can even go with a vinyl flooring, because that’s going to be super easy to install. And you are able to install the timbers instantly to your wall. And you can do that with an adhesive, you can do that with a double-sided videotape. There’s so many different ways you can fix it to the wall, depending on the value of the product itself. And that- if you introduce that on with the timbers loping vertically or horizontally, that can give a different kind of rustic look in comparison to the beadboard.
Now, it seems to me looks just like you want to go storey to ceiling with this. Is this correct?
JANET: That’s right. I do. Now, I do have closets that do not go all the direction up to the ceiling.
LESLIE: Well, I think that’s OK, because you’re generally addressed with maybe a foot to 18 inches of cavity up there. And that’s really not terrible. You can keep that as a painted surface and precisely decorate up there with some very clean baskets or something exactly to give you a little bit of extra storage, plus to disguise that infinite a little bit. But I picture the beadboard is an excellent idea and that’s a very easy do-it-yourself project.
Using a wood-flooring commodity, whether it’s vinyl or actual wood, there’s a company- Tom, is it Timberchic, I visualize, is the specify?
TOM: Yes. Mm-hmm. That’s right.
LESLIE: And they do actual pieces of reclaimed log, almost like a veneer. And that you can attach to the walls. But I’ve done it with that VCR: that vinyl tile that looks like a lumber board. I’ve done that for an HGTV show in a variety of different finishes, horizontally on the wall. And that makes a great, rustic search. So it depends on what your rendering of rustic is.
JANET: OK, OK. Would you advocate now- would you propose to put it over the cabinets, also? Or you stated to maybe leave it only painted? Or could I report that, too?
LESLIE: You can. If you feel confident- if you’re using a wood-flooring planking concoction, you’re likely going to get two or three sections in there without having to do any slice. If you’re doing a beadboard, that’s something you’re going to have to cut down to that exact altitude and position up there. It depends on how much of it you see from the flooring and what you feel comfortable with. I think if you’re going to do it, do it full out. But if you’re not self-confident in your abilities or it’s too high or you don’t truly see it, then I think there’s other ways to disguise it with some decorative accessories.
JANET: OK. I understand. OK, enormous. Well, thank you for your ideas.
TOM: You’re welcome, Janet. Thanks so much for announcing us at 888-MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Up next, kitchen makeovers can cost you bigs but they don’t is therefore necessary to. We’re going to tell you how to get that new kitchen examine without devoting brand-new kitchen fund. That and more when The Money Pit continues.
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TOM( CALLER ): Going to have brand-new ditches put up on the house. And I’m thinking about putting gutter lookouts on. Now, the neighbours has gutter police similar to the one that I’ve decided on. But he’s got about the same lurch roof as I have- a 4/12 -pitch roof- and the gutters are the same. They slope. And he’s had real good luck with that. I’ve read it for 20 years and there’s no problem at all with foliages and stuff collecting.
Now, the salesman says you don’t requirement a descent. He said his species are flat. And I just wonder if that’s true-blue. Do you need a ascent or not?
TOM: So, the gutter cover that your neighbour has is ascent or tilted. And the one that the salesman is selling for your house is flat and not tilted. Is that remedy?
TOM( CALLER ): That’s right. I’m going to get a 6-inch size so that the back side would be 2 inches higher than the front side.
TOM: The only problem I’ve viewed with gutter covers is when you have a really strong rainstorm and the rainfall leads down the roof very quickly. And then it thumps the gutter cover and ricochets off and simply obstruct disappearing. I think that whether you have a slight pitch to that gutter cover or if it’s flat likely won’t make a big difference but I do think you need some lurch. I think if it’s thoroughly flat, it can run backwards and towards the house, maybe perhaps even get into the fascia. So I think you surely require some tar. I wouldn’t draw a big distinction in making sure you have to have a lot of pitch.
Thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Well, kitchens are one neighbourhood in the members of this house where most of us invest a great deal of time. And that’s an understatement; I feel like we’re always all in our kitchens, all the darn hour. But if you ever feel like your kitchen cabinet are dated, drab, gloomy, it’s probably not your favorite area to hang out in.
Now, the very best story is that there are some options for getting a new look without undermining the bank. Those alternatives include superseding, refacing or really refinishing cabinet ministers. We’ve got advice on all three.
TOM: Yep. So, firstly, let’s just review the difference. Replacing, of course, is really that: you snap it out, you start again. Replace when you want to reconfigure- that’s the bottom line- or when the existing boxes are actually junky and falling apart.
Now, refacing is when you just resurface the cabinets, say, with brand-new doors and drawer breasts and equipment. That can be a lot less expensive but it can really make a pretty dramatic change without smashing the bank.
LESLIE: So, how do you determine if your kitchen is a candidate for refacing? Well, you have to be happy with the existing configuration, because refacing doesn’t change the scheme or add any brand-new lockers. And cabinet ministers should be good quality, structurally speaking. For precedent, there’s no smell refacing a cabinet that’s not going to see stand up for a while.
TOM: Yep. And refinishing a cabinet is possibly your most cost-effective move, since repainting or restaining is a great DIY project that delivers good results. And with the veer in locker colorings, like gray-headed and lily-white and blue-bloodeds, depicting is an inexpensive option that can really give your kitchen a modern regard quite simply.
LESLIE: Ann in North Dakota, you’re on The Money Pit. How can we help you?
ANN: I am living in a house that is over 100 years old and it has an open staircase. The difficulty is is that there is a bedroom that is above the staircase and adjoins it at the top. And part of that bedroom is cantilevered brutally and then wholly over the open staircase. And I have a big crack that’s developing on an open locality. And that area is cantilevered out about 6 hoofs from a load-supporting wall.
And I don’t know if I can time patch it or if I need to gave a foundation rafter or jack or something underneath it, because this area is getting somewhat worrisome. I’ve got two fissures that are about 3/8 -inch and nice long.
TOM: So, Ann, are these new crannies or has it always been cracked?
ANN: It’s always been cracked but it’s been a hairline for many years.
TOM: Oh, boy.
ANN: And then we had a massive flood.
TOM: How long ago was the flood?
ANN: That was in' 97. And then the dirt has been shifting ever since. Since that inundate, the fractures have gotten bigger. That was in' 97.
TOM: When we have fractures in walls and organizations and things like that, we always like to determine if they’re active or inactive. Because, frankly, all residences have fissures. If "youre telling me" that over the last 20 or so times that this fracture has opened from a hairline to 3/8-inch, it might be active. I’m not actually convinced of that hitherto but I am concerned enough to tell you that "youre supposed to" should have it looked at by an expert.
What I’d like you to do is go to the website for the American Society of Home Inspectors; that’s ASHI- -AS-H-I-. com. And find a home inspector in your place- there’s a zip-code sorting tool there- that’s a member of ASHI. And talk to two or three of them and been identified that specializes in structural issues like this and using them to appear at it. And see if we can determine, based on such a inspection, whether or not this is an active, ongoing place or only a sound in an aged, plaster wall that needs to be fixed.
It’s not exceptional for old homes to have lots of sounds in their own homes and extremely around a staircase, because exactly the way residences were made back then is different than they would be today. And so, that’s not an peculiar range for fractures to develop. But I think we need to determine- for your own kind of stability, if nothing else- whether or not this is active and ongoing or something that’s really only historical. Does that make sense?
ANN: It sure does.
TOM: Alright, Ann. Good luck with that activity. Thank so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Hey, is your home ready for a brand-new landscape? Well, landscaping is a responsibility that’s often DIY. But if you’re ready for a landscape that’s going to totally change your home’s exterior, that’s perhap a project best left to a pro. We’re going to share some tips-off on how to decide, in today’s Pro Project presented by HomeAdvisor.com, after this.
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LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
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LESLIE: Mary in Massachusetts is on the line with a ridge-vent question. How can we help you today?
MARY: My house is 70 years old. In experience, it needed to be re-shingled. So the roofer clarified now "theyre using" crest vent-hole and they opened the center of the roof. And it( audio chink) great and I was happy with the shingles but I do not like that bank volcano( audio spread ). It’s like having an open window. Is there a road I can close that?
TOM: No. That is doing exactly what it’s intended to do and exactly what it "re going to have to" do, Mary. You know, we all grew up with homes that were grossly under-ventilated. But if your attic is freshened perfectly, it is appropriate to be the same temperature as the outside. It is not a conditioned gap; it is unconditioned. So the heat is trapped at the floor stage where you have insulation but the ridge vent is designed to let air out of the attic where it’s most likely to exit.
So, for example, if your house is cooled perfectly, the wind is going to blow over the roof, it’s going to depressurize the crest and pull air out of the attic from that seat. It attracts out moisture in the wintertime; it pulls out heat in the summertime.
And the other half of that are soffit vents at the overhang. These working in conjunction to properly freshen a roof. So you’ve really never experienced a properly cooled attic but that is exactly what ridge volcanoes are supposed to do. And I would not change them if you are do, you’re get to have a number of issues to crop up.
Number one, you’ll have moisture that will build up in the attic. And what that they are able to do is realize the insulation far less effective. If you include just 2-percent moisture to fiberglass insulation, it loses about a third of its resistance to heat loss. Secondly, in the summertime, you’ll have excess heat, which will manufacture cool the house that much more expensive. So, I wouldn’t do a thing.
MARY: Hmm. OK. I was strange. I’m not thrilled with it but I suspect I have to live with it.
TOM: Yep. Get been applied to it. It’s doing its hassle, Mary, OK?
MARY: Thank you.
TOM: Good luck with that assignment. Thanks so much for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.
LESLIE: Well , now that we’re outside more, are you detect that your home is ready for a brand-new landscape ? Well, landscaping is a undertaking that’s frequently DIY. But if you’re "re ready for" a landscape that’s entirely going to see transform your home’s exterior, that’s a project that’s best turn left to a pro. We’re going to share some tips on how to decide, in today’s Pro Project being submitted by HomeAdvisor.
TOM: Well, whether you’re moving into a new room or informing the reasons for his your home that you already lives in, landscaping clearly can dramatically change the glance of both your house and your asset. And it can add some value.
Now, if it’s well done, of course- and according to the True Cost Guide, which is on HomeAdvisor.com, landscaping costs are going to see vary pretty widely. But most homeowners are going to report expending between $1,414 and $5,299. So, that’s a big range.
LESLIE: Yeah, that is a big collection but I signify landscaping is thoroughly transformative. Now, before you call the pros, here’s a few things to think about that’s going to see significance the cost of the project.
First of all, the single biggest taken into account in the costs of the new landscaping facility is the size of your quality. If your house sits on a huge fortune, you might want to tackle it in slice rather than all at once. There’s actually a strategy to approach this, too.
Now, professional landscapers can advise you on what weeds take the longest to grow and will have you plant those first. They’ll help you come up with a plan to sort of spread this out over time.
TOM: This style, it’ll all "re coming" delightful and dark-green at the same time.
Now, you also have to decide if you miss a lawn. Now, a lawn’s not expensive to put in initially but it can take more coin in the long run, in terms of irrigate, duration and strive. And the same runs for gardens. It’s best to embed that seat now- it’s best to mean that infinite now, I should say- so you don’t end up embed a lawn that are able to later need to be torn up for a plot. That would just be kind of a wasted effort.
LESLIE: Now, other options is xeriscaping. Now, this is a style of landscaping that utilizes plants, shrubs, groundcovers and rocks that need very few irrigate to thrive. The cost of install an xeriscape yard is often more than simply embed grass and heydays, because you’re getting specialized floras and things. But the maintenance and liquid costs are kept low and that’s by design.
TOM: Now, it’s also important to plan space for terrace or decks, even when you don’t improve them right away. Outdoor living, it’s never been more popular. So now is definitely the time to decide what your future outdoor-living room might look like, even though they are building it out is, say, a year or two off.
LESLIE: Mm-hmm. It’s ever good to be thinking what that next pace is for that outdoor space.
And finally, perhaps the most important thing for a health future of your countryside is liquid and irrigation. Now, this is the time to install a automatic sprinkler. You can level the soil to shunned runoff. And planning which seeds, shrubs or blooms are going to get more or less water are all precautions that may take more age and coin in the short term. But these are the things that’s going to give your lawn and garden-variety the best chance to thrive.
TOM: And by the lane, if you find meaning all this out is various kinds of immense, one thing you could consider doing is to hire a landscape architect.
Now, just like an inventor that designs a home, landscape architects do the same thing for sceneries and they could be well worth the small investment. When we moved into our residence, it had been in the family for countless, many years but my family before me didn’t genuinely do a whole lot of landscaping. And we kind of wanted to accompanied it all together, so I employed a landscape architect. And I’ve got to tell you what, 20, 25 years later, it still ogles as good as the day we set it down. So I got a lot of value out of getting that good planning advice up front.
And that’s today’s Pro Project being submitted by HomeAdvisor.com. With HomeAdvisor, you can get is compatible with top-rated home work pros in your arena, speak verified reviews and diary appointments online, all for free.
LESLIE: Up next, accommodation and municipality living doesn’t mean you’ve got to miss out on homegrown fruits and veggies. We’re going to see tell you how you’ll be able to enjoy your own bountiful harvest, with tips on apartment gardening, next.
TOM: Forming good residences better, this is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
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LESLIE: And intelligence on over to MoneyPit.com where you can upright your questions about whatever it is that you are currently tackling at your region. And I’ve got a post here from Jack who writes: “We own a 1920 -era tract residence with floor-structure issues in both the bath and the kitchen. The house is in need of a complete and major remodel with new kitchen and soap. What are the best steps to take to ensure we plan for the right work to be done the right way?”
TOM: Well, that looks just like a very cool campaign. You’re remedy to be worried about starting this and discontinuing it the right way. Since there are some concerns about such structures, I think your best first step is to get the help of an architect.
You know, designers are very good the resources necessary used to help laying out the seats of the project. And this space, when it is necessary to hiring the contractor, you already know what it is the project’s going to see entail. What most people do is the reverse: they bring in the contractor first and then they get all sorts of different ideas and they get mystified and all the contractors are bidding on different projects. And it genuinely utters it hard to sort of compare apples to apples.
And the inventor can also be used used to help prepare the way for those tricky infinites, as well as those areas like kitchens and soaks. And they’re going to have some good the recommendations on how to proceed with any work who are in need of structural matters, including checking by a civil engineer.
A good region to start perceiving an architect is with professional organizations like, say, the American Institute of Architects, which provides for specific certifications in many areas for its members.
So, a very cool assignment. Good luck and is ensured to share the finished work with us.
LESLIE: Jack, can’t wait to see that. Good luck, Jack.
TOM: Well, it’s that time of year when we get to trading in our blizzard scoops for a smooth and get to work on a garden-variety. But if you’re short on seat, there are still ways to rehearsal that green thumb. Leslie has some details, in today’s copy of Leslie’s Last-place Word.
LESLIE: Yeah. This is a trend that I enjoy and I’m seeing these vertical-wall gardens sounding up everywhere: airport sofas, shopping malls, diners, Tv depicts, nightclubs. They’re everywhere and they’re gorgeous.
Now, wall garden-varieties, they can help soothe an apartment that maybe has a rough periphery to it or might feel too modern. You can also use a trellis or a grid and weed any kind of vine to give you that same wall-climbing vertical garden.
Now, here’s another idea: their home communities garden-variety. Being are changing unused pieces of country in their vicinity into gourmet gardens of fresh cause. It’s a great nature to get to know your neighbors, because everyone takes a turn at tending to the garden-variety. And everybody derives the wages of the glean. Lots of ways to feel like you’re sort of a gardener/ outside party in an urban environment.
Roof plots are also gaining notoriety. Not simply are they a great behavior to create city microclimates but they likewise can create an oasis in the city.
Finally, hanging bowls are back. If you ask me, they never vanished anywhere; they’ve just sort of changed in their wording and the type of flowers that you put in them. But these hanging potted weeds are likely to be hung on a balcony or a hall. And you are able to settle anything in them, like strawberries, tomatoes, beautiful buds, vines. All things are dazzling. And if you can bring any sort of light-green outdoorsy-ness to your apartment cavity or your insignificant, little outdoor gap in whatever apartment-living place you are in, we’re happy to help you do so.
If you require some more thoughts, really intelligence on over to MoneyPit.com. You’re going to find an archive full of gardening thoughts for homes and apartments.
TOM: This is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. Coming up next time on the program, do you want a shaded formation that accompanies vogue and relaxation to your backyard scenery ? Well, a pergola is a perfect is planning to do only that. We’ll have some gratuities and advice on how to get that done in your backyard, on the very next volume of The Money Pit.
I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.
TOM: Remember, you can do it yourself ...
LESLIE: But you don’t have to get it on alone.
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