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  • Posted in thread: Leaky Basement install sump pump or French drain? on 08-23-2011 at 07:59 AM
    Hi jmcActually, a typical home would need both the french drain and the sump pump. The french
    drain's job is to collect the ground water around the foundation, thus relieving the
    hydrostatic pressure ...

  • Posted in thread: Calculating Cost vs Benefit Ratio on Renovations on 06-13-2011 at 10:58 AM
    Hi Inspector D,I did mistakenly post the 2001 (yeah, I need better glasses) link but these
    reports are published annually and there is a 2011 version as well. I completely understand
    your concern abou...

  • Posted in thread: Calculating Cost vs Benefit Ratio on Renovations on 06-08-2011 at 07:48 AM
    Remodeling Magazine's 2001 Cost vs. Value Report can help you calculate that.It gives you an
    idea of the average cost for some of the main improvements, and how much you can expect to get
    in added val...

  • Posted in thread: Light mold in the attic on 06-02-2011 at 08:01 AM
    Here's one more thing for you to look into. The moisture in your attic might be due to humid
    air from the conditioned area and your basement (or crawl space), leaking into the attic due to
    the "stack ...

  • Posted in thread: House Sinking? on 03-02-2011 at 02:35 PM
    Even if you plan to sell the house "as is" it is a good idea to get a professional written
    estimate. For a number of reasons: - As InspectorD said, you will have to disclose it and if
    you do not you w...

  • Posted in thread: House Sinking? on 03-02-2011 at 09:11 AM
    I agree with InspectorD.It does look like you have sinking slab problem, which is unfortunate,
    specially since you've only owned the home for 3 years!But you shouldn't be alarmed at this
    point. It can...

  • Posted in thread: Basement Still Leaks AFTER Weeping Tile Repair on 09-28-2009 at 08:27 AM
    The problem with the drain tile configuration you have is that it will rely on gravity to
    discharge the collected water into the storm sewer system, if the pitch isn't just right
    towards storm drain, ...

  • Posted in thread: Carpet soaked, now brown spots and foul smell on 09-11-2009 at 11:34 AM
    According to the US Center for Disease Control, if the carpet was wet for more that 48 hours,
    it should be removed and discarded, because of mold concerns. In other words, that is how long
    it takes fo...

  • Posted in thread: Looking for more Foundation Repair ANSWERS on 08-10-2009 at 07:41 AM
    Hello Blue...A friend of mine wrote this nice book on Foundation Repair which she made
    available online and for free. It has a lot of useful information about types of soil, common
    causes of foundatio...

  • Posted in thread: mold/fungus in bathroom on 07-31-2009 at 07:36 AM
    According to the EPA and the Center for Disease control, there is no safe or effective way to
    remove mold from porous and organic materials. These need to be taken down and discarded.You
    will probably...


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