Fixing Siding Damaged Vinyl Protection possible water damage leaks

Vinyl is tough , but not indestructible – it often cracks under impact. This is especially true at low temperatures =. Patch small cracks by removing the damaged piece , cleaning the crack PVC primer, and gluing a patch of scrap siding from behind with PVC cement.

If large areas are damaged , the entire piece may have to be replaced . This isn t a major undertaking, because replacement pieces are fairly easy to install. But vinyl siding does fade with time, so your patch or replacement piece may not be perfect color match at first.

It s easy to remove a damaged section because each course of vinyl locks into the course below or beside it. The siding is nailed through a flange molded into the top of the course . All you need is a simple tool, called a zip tool, to unlock the pieces. When working with vertical siding, you pull the zip tool down the seam.

Restoring Aluminum

Although siding provides good weather protection and is easy to maintain , a stray baseball or large hailstones can dent it. Slight damage can be patched the procedure for repairing dents in aluminum siding is a lot like repairing a dented car fender . It consist of pulling out the dent , sanding the area , and applying two-part auto body putty. Once the surface is dry , you can san , prime, and paint it. For minor surface imperfections , you can use steel wool . It also helps to know the manufacturer and color of the siding , because you may be able to purchase a touch up kit in the original color.

You may need need to replace areas with more serious damage , although you should try other repairs, first for two reasons. First aluminum is not as flexible as vinyl; its more difficult to weave one piece into an existing wall. Second you may not find replacement pieces that match your old siding. If the repair is in a conspicuous place, you may want to consider removing and using a piece from a less obvious part of the house and then replacing that piece with new material.

Important for water damage mold issue is the r value factor and vapor barriers between the siding drywall.
A vapor barrier is a layer of thin material , typically thin plastic sheeting and sometimes foil, that prevents moisture generated inside the house from seeping into exterior the wall and condensing . It lies over the wall frame, under the drywall. Without this barrier , which is standard in modern homes but lacking in many built in 1960, moisture working through the wall can meet a surface that is below the dew point temperature . Thats when moisture becomes water that can soak insulation , cause rot in the wall frame , and peel paint mold damage. If you are installing new siding, don t add a vapor barrier over the outside wall . It will stop moisture from escaping. And much of the damage can be hidden until the problems mushroom into major repair projects such water damage or mold remediation .

Winter Problems Ice Damming Roof Repairs Blizzard 2016

Winter Problems Roof Damage

When snow, ice, and freezing rain land on the roof where you live , chances are the coat of frozen stuff will last a while, melting and refreezing several times before finally disappearing. This is not a problem unless your roof overhangs freeze solid , creating an ice dam, which can push water underneath the shingles and cause leaks.

If you can get at the roof edge safely, break off icicles before they become heavy enough to dislodge the gutter . Some homeowners attack ice-choked gutters with a hair dryer or pour hot water in gutters and downspouts to hasten melting. Start at the critical joint between gutters and downspout. Once this area is clear, melting ice will have a drainage channel as you work backward along the rest of the gutter .

Prevent Ice Dams

There are several possible solutions to ice-dam problems. Working from the outside, you can install a strip of sheet metal over the shingles covering the overhang. This method is fairly common in the rural Northeast – it is most effective on steeply sloped roofs, where gravity and the slick metal surface encourage ice and snow to slide off the roof.

Another approach is to install heat cables in a zigzag pattern along the shingles on the overhang. The resistance wiring , which looks like a long extension cord, is attached with small clips tucked under the shingles and even can be extended into gutters to help them remain unfrozen. These cables are designed to produce enough heat to prevent freeze-ups.

Because warmth rising through the ceiling or attic is often the cause of ice dams, you can also alleviate the problem by working. from the inside to reduce the heat flow with extra insulation. In a typically constructed wood frame attic floor, for instance, the spaces between floor joists should be filled with insulation. An additional layer, even the 3 1/2 inch batting used in walls , can be set on top and perpendicular to the joist for more protection. At the same time you can increase the vent size in the attic or crack a window at each end. This will make the bottom of the roof colder and closer to the temperature outdoors, which will prevent melting, while the extra insulation will retard heat flow from living spaces below.

On new construction jobs or reroofing projects, consider installing a rubberized ice shield membrane on the roof deck. It should cover the overhang and at least a few courses of shingles over living spaces. This provides a backup barrier just in case an ice dam does form and works under the shingles.

Usually, theses membrane are made of waterproof, rubberized asphalt and polyethylene in self-adhering sheets that bond directly to the roof deck and to each other at overlaps. The material is installed beneath the shingles, and it seals itself around punctures form nails protruding through the shingles above.

Air duct cleaning Cleaner Air Help Mold Prevention

Cleaner Air

Modern houses and apartments are built to be airtight for greater heating and cooling efficiency . They are so air tight , however , that new air circulates back into house very slowly it may take hours for the air in new house to recycle itself. This creates not only stale air but a build up of indoor air pollutants not need to be cleaned the air duct vents and main return. These pollutants include irritants such as dust, smoke, mold spores, pollen, and animal dander, apply air scrubbers over 4 hour period to remove all
debris inside vents and thermal fogger to eliminate mold spore in vents . Things that can cause health problems bother lungs but clog up heating and cooling systems, computers , and other electronics equipment – but also more serious environmental hazards such as the outgassing of formaldehyde from construction materials .

Several devices are available to clean air of tightly-sealed house. Forced-air cooling and heating systems can have electronics filters installed right inside the HVAC ducts. If you don t have these systems , buy a portable air cleaner with HEPA filter. Developed by the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission to remove almost all airborne particles. HEPA ( High Efficiency particulate-arresting) filters are widely used in hospitals. A true HEPA filter removes 99.97 percent of particles as small as 0.3 micron ( a micron is one-millionth of a meter; the period at the end of this sentence is several hundred microns across) An ultra HEPA, or ULPA, filter removes particles as small as .1 micron . HEPA filters need to be replaced periodically, typically every one to three years .

Cleaners help prevention

Electronic air filters are built into the ducts near your furnace . ) A unit can be added to existing systems by modifying the ducts) A typical electronic cleaner has a pre filter that is similar to a standard furnace filter . It traps large dust particles and can be removed for cleaning. Next in line is one or two metal boxes (also removable for cleaning) containing thin metal plates. Particles in the airflow, typically in the return duct, are positively charged on their way to the plates, The plates themselves are negatively charged to attract the particles , which are driven against the plate walls as they pass through the system. These appliances can remove over 90 percent of the most airborne pollutants, including pollen and smoke particles. The drawing back is that larger particles hitting the plates can make an annoying sound like and outdoor bug-zapper .

Things to do change the filters every 6 months , wipe down daily , bi-weekly , monthly cleaning reduce debris , particles like base boards, floors, and vacuum carpet . Have a HVAC tech come out seasonally to change over filters and maintain HVAC system for optimal cleaning levels and health.

Brick Mason Repairs Water Proofing Basements Damage

Repairing Block Walls

Usually, the first repair you ll need to make to a block structure will be repointing – using fresh mortar to replace mortar joints that have failed . This process is the same for brick ; Other simple cosmetic repairs to a block structure involve reinforcing a damaged area with a patch of repair compound ,or coating the block with paint , stucco, or mortar .

Foundations Wall Repair Water damage

If a block or brick foundation has cracked and chipped on the surface but is still structurally sound, there are several repair options, including repointing the mortar joints, replacing badly chipped units, and covering with stucco. If the bricks or blocks don t wobble in and out of line too much , you can use 1/2 inch pressure-treated plywood or foam board to bridge the nooks and crannies that let in water and moisture. Even small openings can eventually ruin the foundation s appearance and sap its strength.

To make a complete seal and create a neat line near the ground, clear away enough dirt so that the bottom few inches of the new covering can be buried, can tuck the upper edge into a liberal bed of caulking below the house siding. Although pressure-treated wood will resist rot, you might refill the small trench with gravel to encourage drainage before replacing the top layer of sod. The only trick part of simple operation is nailing the covering panels into the brick . Get an assist by lacing the backs of the covering panels with construction adhesive ; then use several hardened masonry or cut nails to lock each sheet in place. Nailing into the mortar between bricks is easiest if you can gauge the courses of brick.

For a neutral , masonry – like finish , coat the covering material with heavy – bodied gray exterior stain. From a few feet away , it will look like stucco. While you re at it, consider adding a layer of rigid foam insulating the exposed portion of the foundation.

Painting Block

If you plan to finish masonry basement walls, there are special waterproofing paints that roll or brush on thickly, like wet plaster . First, you should patch any open or leaking cracks with a cement-based patching compound or hydraulic cement . Even on rough walls , surface application look better and last longer over sound, uncracked surfaces.

For painting , opt for a heavy-napped roller , called a bulldozer by professional painter because it can be loaded with thick paint and it will push the excess along the wall just as a bulldozer pushes dirt. The thick , ragged nap is essential when working on rough masonry . It helps to work the viscous paint into surface crevices and the joints between courses of concrete foundation block .

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Drain Plumbing Water Damage Clean up Sewage Back up Problems

Drain problems causation and trouble shooting

What could cause gurgling in a rarely used wet-bar sink when water drains in the kitchen at one end of the house or in a bath at the other end? Chances are that the wet bar isn t vented or that its vent stack is blocked. You could check by looking for a plumbing vent pipe protruding through the roof above the area. It will look like the ones above kitchen and bath.

Sluggish drainage is one symptom of this problem. Sewer smell is another . When water drains in the kitchen or bath , it siphons water out of the wet bar s drain trap , which produces a gurgling noise. Without the seal provided by water in the drain trap , sewer gas can rise up through the sink and into the house .

If you don t use the wet-bar sink because of these problems , call a plumber to install an auto-vent. With this in place, the other drains won t siphon water out the trap. If you don t use it and don t really want it , have the plumber remove it and close the drain connection . In the meantime you can reduce the sewer gas smell by periodically pouring some water in the wet bar drain to keep the trap full.

Big Backups

Even with vapor venting, trap placement , and pipe sizing , drains still may be slow. This indicates a big blockage farther down the line. The best indicator that a blockage is in the waste line is sewage gurgling up through floor drains and basement fixtures. Solving this problem depends on your septic system type.

If you have a septic system with a leach field , your septic tank may need to be pumped out . This is a job for professional, but it s important to be around when the pumping concludes . Ask the pump operator if the tank was filled with enough greasy scum to cause the drain problems. If not , the pipes in the leach field itself may be the problem . Digging them up may be the only solution .

If your tied into a municipal sewage system , check to see whether any work has been done on your branch line lately . If so , it could have caused problems with your drainage , If not, tree roots may have gotten in the pipes . Hire a professional to auger the line and pull out the tree roots; thereafter , flush copper sulfate root treatment through the line twice year .

Do it yourself

There is snaking the kitchen line , clean out the pop up drain plugs hair clogged.. To access the trip waste linkage above the drain tub. If you cant get your toilet unclogged may have to remove the toilet snake it apply a new wax ring and reset it . Don t understand that process let a plumber handle it is just cheaper and safer, good luck.