DEAR TIM: My house is now twenty-five years old. It’s covered with vinyl siding. Every summer I have mold and mildew that develop on the north side of my house. Every few years I remove it. Is there some coating I can apply to the siding to stop the mold and mildew from reappearing? It’s Read More »
Efflorescence Damage Concrete - Not Usually a Problem Efflorescence is a white powder created when saltwater evaporates from a masonry surface like concrete. It's a very common problem in cold climates on garage floors. Rarely will it cause a problem inside of your garage. The first thing to remember is cars carry in snow and Read More »
"Moss, mold, and mildew need food to survive, just like you and me. The food sources can be an assortment of things..." Patio Moss Mold and Mildew Prevention Checklist Moss, mold, mildew, and algae feed off invisible food and water Pressure washing can damage precast colored pavers and brick WATCH the copper sulfate video below! Read More »
Mold growth is a major problem, which thousands of people are experiencing due to a number of factors. Mold takes root partly due to poor workmanship, a limited understanding of the dynamics of water and water vapor movement, and lack of adequate training for builders. Toxic mold concerns rarely happened in old homes. Stopping black mold and other mold types before they begin can be done, but your builder must be well versed in how to keep water at bay with modern building materials and proper construction.
Algae can grow in a number of places. It grows on roof shingles, shaded decks and steps. Do you know how to remove algae? Oxygen bleach is an easy way to remove algae and it is safe for the environment.
My guess is it's in your home. Not one place, but several. The first place I'd look if I was a guest is behind your shower curtain. Then maybe I'd look over your shoulder as you open your refrigerator. If I was an appliance repairman, I'll bet you've got it in your washing machine too. Read More »
Judy Lazo has basement walls that are flaking away in Haddon Township, NJ. She can tell the story better than me; "I own a home that my ex and I bought in 1997. There was never a problem with water in the basement and still isn't. There is a french drain and sump pump. Around 1999, Read More »
Mark has an ice buildup and ice leaking out of his soffit where his dryer vent exits his home. It's pretty severe. Here's his story: "I am getting icicles on the side of my house near the dryer vent. This happens in Nebraska sub-zero weather. This side of my house faces the northwest. I made sure Read More »
DEAR TIM: We have a L-shaped basement storage area under our front porch. There's a metal ceiling in this space that supports the concrete porch slab above. There are no cracks in the concrete porch. This space has no ventilation and everything stored in this area becomes damp and then moldy. We installed a small Read More »
Jason Paragon, lives in a house in Columbus, OH that appears to have a concrete block foundation. He's also got some mold inside. Here's Jason's story and he's sticking to it: "I have a serious mold and water problem in my basement. I had an EverDry contractor come in and do a free quote of $20K Read More »