Episode #1956: How to Avoid a Dusty House | Renters Insurance that Protects | Preventing Household Poisoning

TOM: Coast to coast and floorboards to shingles, this is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler.

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

TOM: Fortunate Festivities. We hope that you’ve all had a wonderful Christmas, which has just overstepped, and are planning ahead for the brand-new time. If you’ve got home improvement on your mind for the year onward, you’re in exactly the right place because we are here to help. Help yourself firstly, though, by picking up the phone and calling us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT, 888 -6 66 -3 974.

And now that we’re spending all of this time inside our residences, have you ever pictured about how healthy the air is that you’re breathing now that you’re stuck inside in all this cold weather? Well, a whole-house air filter can help if you know how to pick the best one. We’re going to walk you through that activity, only ahead.

LESLIE: And if you happen to rent your residence or even your apartment, did you know that your self-possessions might not be covered by that building’s insurance? Now, contents insurance is designed just for renters and it can help. And it’s not expensive. We’re going to tell you what you need to consider before you offset that purchase, in a bit.

TOM: And we’re going to clue you in on some astonishingly common household lethals. We’re going to tell you what they are and how to make sure they are collected properly.

LESLIE: But first, we want to hear what projects you are planning for the brand-spanking new year that’s only onward. Maybe you’ve got some holiday money that you got as a gift, that you want to put towards something. Maybe you got some brand-new tools that you’re dying to use and you need some lead. Whatever it is, 2020 is a good time to is starting on your home.

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Leslie, even though we are in the vacation week, the residence improvers are ordering up. So, who’s first?

LESLIE: Pam in Missouri is dealing with some strange irrigate sounds. Tell us what’s going on at your fund pit.

PAM: When I feed water down the kitchen sink and after I stop running the water, that kitchen sink gurgles.

TOM: Well, your problem is very simple: you have to stop running liquid and evening toilets.

PAM: Can’t do that.

LESLIE: Stop using the plumbing.

TOM: Alright, gaze, what’s leading on here is your plumbing system is stripped for air; you don’t have enough ventilation. And you know when you look at a residence from the outside and you find the plumbing tubes depositing up through the roof?

PAM: Right.

TOM: Those are vent tubes. And what they do is they tell air into the system so that when the water runs out, it’s replaced by air without gurgling. When your plumbing can’t get enough air, it gurgles like that.

And the solution here is going to be figuring out what’s erroneous with the existing plumbing-ventilation system. You may have a blockage somewhere that’s causing this. There are ways to add additional express if there is reason but you’ve got to get to the bottom of it, first, and figure out why it’s blocked.

How old is your home?

PAM: It’s 14 years old.

TOM: Has it always been this route?

PAM: I don’t think it has always been that practice. It seems like the more that we use- when I’m home on a weekend and use it a lot, it gurgles more.

TOM: I think you have to have a plumber take a look at that, because you don’t have enough air getting into the system.

PAM: OK.

TOM: Something is wrong with the venting and you may need to open that drainway’s vent pipe up somewhere else to get some more breeze in there.

Pam, thanks so much better for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Alright. Now we’re heading to Tennessee where Ty is on the line. What’s travelling on at your money crater?

TY: My wife and I had an area rug in our cavern. And it was a large area rug. We needed to oust it we are therefore picked it up and there’s sun damage where it’s faded the hardwood floors. So there’s a line of demarcation. And I was wanting to know if there was an easy way to fix that without having to sand the hardwood floors.

TOM: Yeah, era. Time will prepare it.

You know, I have hardwood floorings in my very old house and I retain once “re going to have to” do a nice significant repair where an age-old storey furnace- retain those aged floor furnaces that they are able to convene flush with the flooring?

TY: Yeah.

TOM: So I had a big, square loophole in the flooring. And I must be given to take that out and placed framing in and then replace the flooring. And I actually must be given to conclude some of this flooring, because it was an extraordinary determine. And despite my best efforts, of course, the brand-new flooring was like- it was like the difference between white and dark-brown. It was that distinct. It gaped clearly like a patch.

TY: Right.

TOM: And I had the same feeling about- well, maybe I can discolour it. But I knew that if I just let it alone it would eventually fade. And I’ll tell you what, within a year, it had faded to match the other floor perfectly.

TY: Really.

TOM: And I’m so glad that I did not try to mess with it and I is letting ultraviolet radiation and day do its thing. The same lane it protected that storey under that carpet, it will eventually fade and be the exact same coloring as the rest of the floor. So I wouldn’t do a thing.

Leslie, what do you think?

LESLIE: I necessitate it’s ever very interesting when you have a beautiful flooring and you want it to look fantastic. So, I think if you give it some time and learn to live with it, you’ll enjoy it.

TY: OK. Well, thank you because I wasn’t sure if you have been able positioned a glaze or something on the faded component to try to match the other part. We time didn’t want to have to go through the hassle of resanding that whole office and then the junk and all that material that runs along with it.

TOM: Sure. Yeah.

LESLIE: It is a big project.

TOM: It’s a very big project.

TY: Yes.

TOM: So, I genuinely think you should just pay it some time and let it fade back. And you give it some time, you’ll save all that money and season and aggravation.

TY: OK.

TOM: Because the only road to hop-skip this stair is to basically refinish the whole floor.

LESLIE: Yeah.

TOM: And there’s certainly no reason for that.

LESLIE: Or simply cover it up again with another rug.

TY: Right. OK. Yeah, that- we were thinking about plowing it up with a smaller rug but that still leaves the line of demarcation.

LESLIE: Yeah.

TY: So, we may just go back with the 8×10 again.

LESLIE: Or a 9×12 until you eventually cover the whole floor.

TY: Well, that’s true, very. OK. So, we may- we’ve lived without the carpeting on there for three or four months now, so we may just go for another year and find what it does.

TOM: There you go. See what happens. Alright, Ty. Good luck. Thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Anna in Oregon is on the line and she’s got a question about molts and critters. What’s going on?

ANNA: Well, I got a question. I was thinking of getting one of those removes that you build yourself, like from Home Depot, and you kept it in your backyard. And a neighbour of mine make that and another friend that I know did that and then they said they get rats underneath. And I’m wondering, is there any practice to prevent that trouble from happening?

TOM: Well, if you improve this in such a way where it’s corroborated up in the air so you basically have created, for lack of a better term, sort of a kind of crawlspace underneath the shed, then you could get animals that are going to nest down there. But a better behavior to do this might be to put it on a simple foundation.

And so, to do that, essentially what you’re going to want to do is dig down into the area where the foundation- where the shed perimeter is going to be and set blocks into that area. Now, you are able to put them on a simple footing and set blocks into that area, compact the grunge, positioned bricks or blocks in that area and then position the shed on top of that block organization. And this practice, it’ll be various kinds of a sealed freighter, as opposed to an open freighter. So if you introduced it on a big foundation- or the other thing you could do is you could rain a slab and then you don’t have to have a wood floor; you could just have an open floor.

ANNA: I see. Well, OK, I appreciate that suggestion.

TOM: Good luck with that job. Thanks so much for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

Hey, the rats need a sit to live, too.

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TOM: Up next, if you are a renter, did you know that your self-possessions are usually not covered under your landlord’s insurance? We’re going to tell you the one thing you to be done in order to make sure you are covered in the event of a flood, fuel or other disaster, after this.

Where home answers live, this is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler.

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

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LESLIE: Now we’ve got Nathan in Texas on the line who’s got a concrete-stain question. What’s going on?

NATHAN: Just wondering, we have a place on our stained concrete storeys that a chair has sat at and wheeled around a great deal and it’s faded all the stain away. Didn’t know if you knew of any route to make it look any better or should we just leave it alone?

LESLIE: So the floor itself is not shattered, merely that the colour has gone away.

NATHAN: Right. Just from a roll-around chair being- sitting in front of a computer, moving around a lot.

TOM: And what kind of stain color are you working with right now, Nathan?

NATHAN: It’s a rust-type brown with a little bit of- almost a kind of slight maroon-ish gradation to it.

TOM: Alright. Well, I’m glad that it’s darker rather than lighter because it seems like that might be a bit easier to match, right, Leslie?

LESLIE: Yeah. I think you’re going to have to try to mix up some brand-new stain. And I say mix up only because if you’ve got any of the original color left, you might need to add a little of a darker discoloration to it time to sort of get it to match the current color situation for the rest of your storey? And “youre supposed” enabled to sort of merge that in to make those bald-headed spots, due to lack of a better word, go away, that faded expanse to sort of come back to life.

Now, as far as repairing it or procreating it most robust or sturdy, I “re saying”, for that future rolling-around on it, have you done any sort of clear coat or protective hair to the top of the stain? Or is it actually just like a dry, matte surface finish?

NATHAN: It is cool. We did have a clear coat first when we constructed the house. But what happened with that is any type of- if a dog accompanied on it, the paw etches showed and you couldn’t get them off, so we had to buff it all out.

TOM: So it never truly- it sounds like it is still tacky.

LESLIE: It never cured.

TOM: Yeah, that can happen if there’s moisture under the slab.

NATHAN: And that’s probably what happened. We had a little bit of a problem with our contractor and never actually got it right.

TOM: Well, gape, you could always try this in an unassuming province but I think if “youre supposed to” get the color right and then clear-coat it again with satin, it would stand up a little bit better. But I predict the good news is that this is obviously under a table or an area where a chair is, so it’s not “il be going” terribly palpable. But why not just settled some sort of protective matted under that chair this time, after you get it right?

NATHAN: Yeah, I agree.

TOM: Alright. Well, good luck with that programme, Nathan. Thanks so much for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Alright. Heading out to Massachusetts where Diane has got a question. What can we do for you today?

DIANE: Yes, I’m calling about my side door that I use all the time when I come in from outside. It’s terribly drafty and it’s the original opening since I’ve been in the house for 40 years. And I don’t know the best style to fix the draft rules of that’s around- I do have a storm door in front of the- my regular entrance. I don’t know- do I replace the door or can I isolate it somehow?

TOM: Well, if you’re concerned about drawings, I will tell you that, you know, uttered the facts of the case this is a 40 -year-old door, if you do change it- and you have been able replace it with a very simple fiberglass door. You can buy them at the home centers today starting at around a marry hundred horses. They’re not that expensive. And fiberglass doorways are five times more energy-efficient than grove opening and they also close extremely, very well on all of the two sides and in the different regions of the sill.

So, you could go with a replacement or if you want to try to fix the one “youve had”, it’s basically going to be a job of chasing down those drawings. And they’re going to see be coming around the seams of the door. So, when the door closes, if you don’t have a endless shut- think of it like your refrigerator. You know when you open or close the refrigerator, you have that gasket that attaches to the other side, makes a really good shut? Same thing applies to the door. If you don’t have a really good close around all boundaries of the door, as well as a sill at the bottom of that seal, you’re going to have a lot of air.

One of the things that you might do is when the door is closed, hold the back of your hand- not the breast, because the back of your hand is more sensitive- around and work it around that whole entrance seam, right? The whole outside perimeter of the door from the inside. And see if you can spot a lieu or feel a situate where air is really coming through. And if that’s the contingency, on the outside you’re going to look for those gaps that are letting it come through.

Now, the other thing that happens is sometimes the locks loosen up over term, so the door twitches a little, it doesn’t seal properly. If the door is installed right, when you close it you won’t have to- it gives you a little extra pressure so that you’re actually squeezing that seal and attaining it nice and tight.

So, really, your options are to work on trying to identify where those gaps are around the door and seal it or precisely oust it. And the good news is that the doors that are available today are just much better and much more energy-efficient than what you have and what was available 40 year ago. It might be hour for an update.

DIANE: OK. Would you recommend a opening- a solid door- this is why it haves no glass?

TOM: Well, if you used one that had glass, even the glass is going to be insulated today. Do you have a glass doorway now? So you like hearing out?

DIANE: Yes.

TOM: Well, then, by all means go ahead and get another one. The glass is going to be insulated. It will be exactly a little bit colder than if it was a solid entrance. But again, look for fiberglass doors with insulated glass bodies and I think you’ll be very happy.

DIANE: OK. So fiberglass is the way to go.

TOM: Yes, absolutely. Fiberglass. And they can look like wood doorways, as well. They don’t have to look just like aged metal entrances. There’s lots of different choices.

DIANE: Oh, OK. Thank you very much.

TOM: Alright. Good luck, Diane. Thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

Well, from the prepare to the open ignite to the space heaters, wintertime, it turns out, is the time of year when shell is most likely to break out in your home.

LESLIE: That’s right. But prevention has got to be your first priority. But if a blaze does happen to break out in your room, you want to be sure that you’ve get insurance that you need to cover whatever belongings that “youve had” that could be damaged or ruined.

TOM: Now, therefore we have homeowners insurance. And if you own your own home, most homeowner’s programmes are going to cover this. But if you hire your dwelling, you need to be aware that there’s a very good chance your belongings are not covered under your landlord’s insurance policy, which is why renters is necessary to have their very own tenant materials insurance.

LESLIE: Now, the great thing about contents policy is that it masks more than simply fire damage.

Now, most policies protect your controls against 16 different causes and they straddle from the usual accuseds, like fire to theft to unlikely catastrophes, like explosions or detriments from an aircraft.

TOM: And the very best bulletin, though, is that renter’s content assurance can be purchased for a very small cost: as little as 10 horses a few months. It’s a very small premium to pay for peace of mind.

888-666-3974. Demonstrate us a label, right now, if you’ve got a project on your sentiment. We’d love to be discussed with you about it, give you some tips on how to take on that project, what you should do firstly, what is necessary do last-place, whether you can actually get it on yourself or need to hire a pro. All huge the subject matter of us. Call us now at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Sean in Ohio is on the line and needs some assist with a moist cellar. Tell us what’s vanishing on.

SEAN: Yes. My basement, I lastly got the outside fixed. I heard you guys say if it’s a downpour episode, it’s usually sewage. So I came that done and now there’s some kind of ceramic- or some waterproofing on the walls and it is flaking off onto the floor.

TOM: Oh, great.

SEAN: And it’s been there- the house was built in the 70 s and I was wondering a good way to clean that up or what I could put one over the walls to re-waterproof it.

TOM: OK. So, I think what you’re talking about are mineral-salt deposits. Is it kind of like a whitish, grayish, powdery essence?

SEAN: Yeah, yeah. This is like it’s been spackled on, though.

TOM: Oh. So mortal gave something on the walls and it’s releasing and falling off the block?

SEAN: Right.

TOM: Hmm. OK. What do you plan to do with these walls?

SEAN: I just want to simply waterproof them again, get the mold off of them and clean-living them up.

TOM: So, I don’t know that you have mildew on the walls. It reverberates to me like you’ve went some sort of a finish that’s separating. So, can you scrape it off? Will it release easily?

SEAN: Yeah, yeah. I simply didn’t know, being the 70 s, whether the government has might have asbestos in it or is there a good- better path to clean it up?

TOM: I would say not likely. Of direction, you could have that researched, more. But if it’s coming off readily, I would remove it and if I introduced anything on the walls at all, it would simply has become a damp-proofing material, like a Thompson’s WaterSeal.

And remember, the purpose of that is not to waterproof your walls; it’s to slow down the dispersal of sweat from the grime outside into the walls and any mineral salts that will be drawn through because of that. You’re not going to see waterproof simply by depict your walls; it only doesn’t happen that style. You waterproof by redirecting the water away from the house, which it sounds like you’ve previously attacked on the outside.

SEAN: Yeah. It took me about 15 times but I ultimately got it done.

TOM: Yeah. If it rubs off readily, I would continue to take the rest of it off. I’d clean it up, I’d placed a couple of coatings of damp-proofing paint on it and I’d call it a day.

SEAN: Oh, OK. Well, thank you very much.

TOM: You’re welcome. Good luck with that campaign. Thanks so much for announcing us at 888-MONEY-PIT.

You know, people tend to think sometimes that everything that’s black and dark is rotten and it’s not always the case, specially when you’re talking about concrete-block walls. The walls themselves don’t grow mold. It’s what’s attached to them that stretches the molding. And those residence measure gears are notoriously inaccurate and they can be misleading.

LESLIE: Well, there’s so many different kinds. I think you’re is under an obligation to get some sort of reading.

TOM: And it’s ordinary to have mold in a house. You’re ever going to have some rank of mold. So it’s- as I said, it’s particularly misinforming and genuinely should only be used in the entrusts of a professional.

LESLIE: Alright. Thanks so much for call The Money Pit. We love examining what you are working on. Give us a order. Let us is well aware we can help with whatever is going on at your fund oppose in the new time, right now. Whatever it is, we are to lend a hand 24 hours a day, 7 days a week right here at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

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TOM: Making 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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Who’s next?

LESLIE: Now we’ve get Nathan in Texas on the line who’s got a concrete-stain question. What’s going on?

NATHAN: Just wondering, we have a place on our discoloured concrete storeys that a chair has sat at and reeled around a great deal and it’s faded all the stain away. Didn’t know if you knew of any space to make it look any better or should we just leave it alone?

LESLIE: So the floor itself is not impaired, just that the coloring has gone away.

NATHAN: Right. Just from a roll-around chair being- sitting in front of a computer, moving around a lot.

TOM: And what kind of stain color are you working with right now, Nathan?

NATHAN: It’s a rust-type brown with a little bit of- almost a kind of slight maroon-ish hue to it.

TOM: Alright. Well, I’m glad that it’s darker rather than lighter because it seems like that might be a bit easier to match, right, Leslie?

LESLIE: Yeah. I think you’re going to have to try to mix up some brand-new discoloration. And I say mix up only because if you’ve got any of the original hue left, you might need to add a little of a darker blot to it merely to sort of get it to match the current color situation for the rest of your flooring? And you should be able to kind of coalesce that in to make those bald recognises, for lack of a better parole, disappear away, that faded sphere to sort of come back to life.

Now, as far as repairing it or performing it most robust or sturdy, I should say, for that future rolling-around on it, have you done any sort of clear hair or protective coating to the top of the stain? Or is it actually just like a baked, matte surface finish?

NATHAN: It is dry. We did have a clear coat initially when we built the house. But what happened with that is any type of- if a hound gone on it, the paw engraves showed and you couldn’t get them off, so we had to buff it all out.

TOM: So it never genuinely- it sounds like it is still tacky.

LESLIE: It never cured.

TOM: Yeah, that can happen if there’s moisture under the slab.

NATHAN: And that’s probably what happened. We had a little bit of a number of problems with our contractor and never really got it right.

TOM: Well, examine, you have been able always try this in an unassuming domain but I think if “youre supposed to” get the color right and then clear-coat it again with satin, it would stand up a little bit better. But I suspect the good news is that this is obviously under a desk or an area where a chair is, so it’s not “il be going” terribly noticeable. But why not just positioned some sort of protective rug under that chair this time, after you get it right?

NATHAN: Yeah, I agree.

TOM: Alright. Well, good luck with that project, Nathan. Thanks so much for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Well, the EPA has worded indoor-air pollution as one of the top five environmental risks to public health. And they is said that indoor aura is feasible to up to 100 times more polluted than the air outside.

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TOM: OK. So, first off, you need to understand that there are basically four types of air filters. There’s your sort of generic, flat filter. These are the basic filters made from fiberglass and they typically need to be changed on a monthly basis. And while they will capture some degree of dust, they do not capture the kinds of contaminants that are in a position prepare you sad, like allergens.

Then we have lengthened media filters. Now, these utilize a particle filter and a very small, electrostatic charge to clean the aura. They do a much better job than those plain, flat filters.

Now, if you really want to move up from there, you should look at electronic filers. These exert a very high electrical bill. And that attains the machine able to capture particles just like a magnet. They are very, very effective on tiny, tiny particles and they can perform about 30 eras better than flat filters.

And if you really have no tolerance for anything in your breath that’s not fresh, then you need to look at an ultraviolet filter. These UV filters are extremely effective at captivating particles and bacteria and viruses. Now, these are the kind of filters that hospices use to prevent canker, so they are very, unusually thorough.

LESLIE: Now, when it comes to the installation, this is a job that is best left to a pro because they do need to be built into the existing HVAC plan on the return side of that arrangement itself. This practice, the aura is continually scavenged as it pass through that filter.

Now, you’re going to find that the prices will vary, depending on the type of filter that you entered into with and the size of the filter itself. But it really is well worth the investment, specially if anybody in your dwelling is suffering reactions or has any other kind of respiratory illness. And not to mention, you’re going to be doing a good deal less dusting around the house, because that filter is going to trap everything that is hover through the breeze. So you see lots of benefits, health-wise and habit-wise, as well.

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LESLIE: Vivian in Texas is dealing with a mysterious odor in her live. Tell us what’s going on.

VIVIAN: I don’t know what’s going on. I have had three plumbers out there, contemplating they could find out what it is. But one of them “ve been told” I had a bird in my air-conditioning vent-holes upstairs, because our air conditioning-and-heating system is in the attic and it wasn’t that. And it’s merely been a year-and-a-half since I had the septic tank shot out.

TOM: Where is the odor most prevalent?

VIVIAN: When you walk in the back door.

TOM: Do you think it could be originating near the kitchen sink?

VIVIAN: I had one plumber keep telling me that, more. And he opened it- reopen the grease bait or whatever you call it outside. And he says, “No, that’s clean as a whistle.”

TOM: One of the areas in the house that is often overlooked when it is necessary to odors, and extremely sewage-like odors, are the kitchen-sink or the bathroom-sink drains and not, though, the baits themselves. But what happens is that you will get bacteria that will form around inside the pipe and actually strand the piping. And it leaves off what we call “biogas.” And biogas has an frightening odor to it and it really is difficult to track down because sometimes it’s worse than others.

So, what we would recommend that you do, before you do anything else, is to get the equivalent of a bottle graze and some bleach-and-water solution and carefully scrub the inside of the ducts of the kitchen.

Now, to do that, you might have to take that bunker off again and kind of work up. But you really want to make sure that you get rid of any debris that could be stuck to the inside of those tubes, because that’s what the biogas is built upon, so to speak. Does that make sense?

VIVIAN: Well, expressed appreciation for very much. I’m going to sure try it because three plumbers couldn’t tell me what it was.

TOM: Alright. Well, thanks much needed for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Coming up, did you know some amazingly common household products are actually genuinely, really poisonous? We’re going to tell you what they are and what to avoid, next.

TOM: Making good homes better, this is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler.

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

Give us a call at 888 -MONEY-PIT. The Money Pit is presented by HomeAdvisor. You knows where to find out what it costs to do your home campaign before you hire a pro and instantly book one of HomeAdvisor’s top-rated pros for free.

TOM: Call us, right now, with your home betterment question at 888 -6 66 -3 974.

LESLIE: Sue in Ohio needs some assistant cleansing a carpet. Tell us what’s going on.

SUE: I have a concrete sun-porch slab that has- had been covered with black carpeting. And it’s- we had a highly muggy summer this year and light-green molding started to grow on it. And though I tried bathing it off and bathing it off- and it exactly won’t take care of it. And I know that you had helped other people with mold problems, with 10 -percent bleach. But I wouldn’t dare situate bleach on that black carpet and I wondered if there’s something else that will kill that mold.

TOM: Well, how do we know it’s mold? It sounds like algae.

SUE: Could it be?

TOM: It could be, yeah. What I would do is I would just- if the carpet’s that dirty, I would simply go out and rent a steam cleaner- lease a carpet cleaner. Those carpet cleaners are pretty darn effective. I hired one myself at The Home Depot precisely a few weeks ago for a couple of rooms in an suite that we own that was getting a brand-new renter. And I’m ever stupefied with what a phenomenal errand those steam cleaners do on what was like carpet that are required to be torn out.

But when you steam-clean it with the privilege materials, use the compounds that come with the machine, it does a really good job. You’ve just got to take your time. Usually have to go over it a couple of times and it takes a little bit of make but it genuinely does a very good job. So I wouldn’t try to do this any other way.

The way the steam cleaners work is water is injected into the carpet and then almost at the same epoch, a very strong vacuum pullings that sea back out with the grunge and debris attached to it.

SUE: Oh. So the steam kills the algae.

TOM: Yes. It’ll clean-living it. And then if you dry it really well after that, it should stop it from coming back.

SUE: OK. OK. Well, that’ll help me, yeah.

TOM: Alright? And that won’t damage the color.

SUE: OK. Thank you.

TOM: You’re welcome. Good fortune. Thanks so much for announcing us.

Well, every 15 seconds in the U.S.A ., a Poison Control Center gets a frenetic bawl about an accidental poisoning. And a whopping 90 percent of those poisons happen in the home.

LESLIE: Yeah. So here are a few behaviors that you can stay safe. First of all, most adult poisoning are a result of mixing chemicals that shouldn’t be combined. So, for example, never mix scavenging chemicals and ever speak the labels about potentially deadly combinations of products.

Now, more than half of all residence poisonings happen to children under the age of six. Now, you’ve got to remember that adolescents are fast. You can’t simply keep an eye on them; you’ve got to keep those poisons out of reach and keep them locked up.

And it’s also super important to jettison old-time prescription medications immediately. You don’t want to even the prescriptions. They end up in the water supply and can damage folks in other highways that way.

But you’ve always got to prepared. Keep things out of contact, impede things locked up.

TOM: Speaking of which, let’s talk about those areas where you both task and play, like garages and cellars, removes and those styles of places. You need to recognize that scavenge commodities and solvents and paintings and automotive plies are often right next to the board games, the at-bats and the pellets. So don’t do this. Keep them separate to keep the children safe.

LESLIE: Larry in Ohio is on the line with a heating question. How can we help you?

LARRY: Yes. I’ve got a house- it’s 6,000 square paw- and they partitioned the utilities up into two separate residences. And right now, I have a hot-water tank that we use all the time and we have a hot-water tank that baby-sits on the two sides that the kitchen is on, that is only used for the dishwasher.

And I’m wondering, would I be better off to get me a tankless hot-water tank or only address the electrical? I’ve got an electric, 50-gallon one. I don’t know which one is even more cost-efficient.

TOM: So, the only thing that you’re using that spray heater for, on that line-up of the house, is the dishwasher? And that’s a 50 -gallon water heater?

LARRY: Yes.

TOM: Wow.

LARRY: But like I say, this house was actually set up to be a bed and breakfast.

TOM: If the one thing that liquid heater is serving is the dishwasher and there’s no way to get that dishwasher fed off of the other sea heater, you only need a very small water heater for that dishwasher and I represent a 20 -gallon electric or something like that. Truly small. Because there’s certainly not much ocean that it needs to heat and it would be mad to have it heating 50 gallons, 40 gallons of irrigate, 24/7, when you really don’t need it except to clean meals and I presume, to run the kitchen sink.

So a very small electrical liquid heater, perhaps even on a timer so that it simply kicks on maybe in the night hours when you’re using that dishwasher, would be the smart thing to supposed to do now and the least expensive space to both install the new water heater and to run the new irrigate heater. OK?

LARRY: OK. Actually, there’s two bathrooms that are also hooked to this but it’s simply the idea right now- we’re not use it. We’ve went two showers on the other side of the chamber of representatives, too.

TOM: OK. Well, that’s different. That’s different. If you have two showers- full bathrooms?

LARRY: Yes. Full bathrooms.

TOM: Well, then, OK, so that’s different. If there’s a full- two full lavatories- I’d asked you if it was just the dishwasher and you said, “Yes.” But if it’s two full lavatories on it, then you do need a greater water heater. And again, I would probably recommend- if you’re not using it that often, I’d probably recommend an electric water heater, in such situations, on a timer.

LARRY: OK.

TOM: But you’ll probably need more like a 40 -gallon.

LARRY: Actually, on the tankless ones, I’ve noticed the different sum of liquid per minute.

TOM: Yeah, well- but you- do you have gas? Do “youve had” natural gas?

LARRY: I’ve came propane.

TOM: You have propane? Well, you could use a tankless ocean heater. The installing payment will be a lot higher. It does deliver you 24/7 interminable furnishes of hot water. Except in that side of the house, again, you’re not really using those showers that much, so that’s not as big of a concern to you.

That’s why I’m suggesting a minimum, inexpensive electrical ocean heater for that. At least you’ll maintain your home price. Because if you didn’t have adequate- an adequate water heater to supply those two showers plus the dishwasher, your residence significance would suffer. But I wouldn’t necessarily recommend you lay in a $1,500 tankless, because I exactly don’t think it’s leading to be cost-effective for you.

LARRY: OK. That was my big question right there: would it be cost-effective( ph )?

TOM: Alright, Larry. Hope that helps. Good luck with that project. Thanks so much for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Remember to call in your home amend or your home betterment question 24 hours a day, 7 days a week right here at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

Well, snow is certainly reasonably to look at but it can cause some serious ceiling leaks if you’re not careful. We’re going to tell you how to prevent that, next.

TOM: Making good homes better, welcome to The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler.

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

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John from Pennsylvania did just that.

LESLIE: That’s liberty. John writes: “Is there a road to keep snow from assembling at the edge of my roof and crumbling the gutters? ”

TOM: Hmm. Yes, there is. What you have described here, John, is essentially an sparkler obstruction. You’re calling it “snow” but actually, it’s ice that structures at the edge of the roof.

So, first thing to understand is why that happens. Imagine that the place right above the interior of your home, when you get to the attic, that’s going to be warmer than the area of your roof where it overhangs the exterior wall. So, because your separation probably needs to be improved, a lot of that warmth from your home is going up, going into the attic gap and melting the snowfall, which is directly above that living space, at which point it runs down and starts to freeze at the roof hem. And that’s what leads to that heavy clod of frost that can bust up your ditches. And in the worst-case scenario, it can cause a disclose because the irrigate will make that sort of ice dam and it will alter and going to be home up for the purposes of the shingles and hole into your house.

So, the way you can fix this is really two things. Right now, what you should be doing is adding more insulation to the attic room. Most homes don’t have enough. If you don’t have 15 to 20 inches of fiberglass, probably need to add some more. Easy assignment. We’ve got a accomplish separation navigate that’ll walk you through it, on MoneyPit.com. Time rummage that insulation steer and you will find it on our site. Also, the overhang should be fully expressed. If you don’t have enough express in that soffit, that is necessary that that certainly could warm up and got a problem. So make sure you ventilated that and don’t block that pour with the insulation.

Now, if you don’t do any of that and you get some sparkler and turns out you get reveals, then you, your best friend, can do the fortunate dance because that means you’ve got a defect covered under your homeowners assurance. And they will pay for a ceiling permutation, at which point you could install ice-and-water shield, which is a type of roofing fabric that moves from that roof margin, at the sewer, up about 3 hoofs into your roof. It won’t help you with those troughs that are getting frozen but it stop moving any leaks from coming in the inside.

LESLIE: Alright. Next up, we’ve got now a berth from Ben who’s in New Hampshire.

Now, Ben writes: “I paid a lot of money for copper guttering. It performs perfectly but it’s turned a dirty-green color. Is there any way to remedy this? ”

TOM: Isn’t that “whats called” “charm, ” Leslie? That beautiful …

LESLIE: It’s called “patina” and it’s gorgeous.

TOM: Yeah. Yeah. Just take them off and drawing them over to Leslie’s house.

LESLIE: I think in this case- gravely. I think in this case, it’s called- is it called “verdigris”? Is when it becomes greened from its age? And it’s merely really from the oxidation of the copper itself.

Now, there are rooms that you can remove it. I believe it involves some lemon liquor and some elbow grease.

TOM: But I mean you’re talking about ditches now. There’s mile of that trash, so there’s no way …

LESLIE: Yeah. This is a lot.

TOM: There’s no way you’re going to want to clean those sewers on a regular basis. Just not be happening, so you’d better time get used to it.

LESLIE: Ah, I time remain conceiving, “Is this a brick house with a beautiful verdigris gutter?” My goodness, it must be so gorgeous.

TOM: I can’t believe you invested all that money for copper sewers and now you was intended to basically get away from the reason you bought them in the first place. They were never mean to stay that shiny.

LESLIE: No, it’s exquisite. Enjoy it, Ben. And seriously, if you do decide, there are ways you are able to overturn the oxidation. Then you can coat them with something so that it doesn’t happen again. But loved it. It’s doing what it’s supposed to.

TOM: This is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. Hey, we hope that you guys are having an amazing holiday week, you had a great Christmas and are aiming to an even more amazing brand-new time. If your brand-new time, if your 2020 “il go to” involve making your home more energy-efficient, adding some space, sprucing up the outdoors so you can get out there and enjoy it when the warm forecast smacks again or maybe only need to take on a reparation or two you’ve been putting off, we will be here to help you every step of the direction. You can always reach us at 888-MONEY-PIT for the answers to your residence improvement and decor questions.

I’m Tom Kraeutler.

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

TOM: Remember, you can do it yourself …

LESLIE: But you don’t have to do it alone.

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