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Monthly Archives: September 2011
My heater vibrates and is noisy when it runs. It is located in the attic and I can hear it all around the house. My heater is only about 4 years old and it does not seem like it should need to be replaced yet. What should I do?
Usually the blower being dirty or not balanced causes this. It could also be worn or damaged bearings. Replacing or repairing the blower can easily repair this. Any reputable service company should be able to take care of this for … Continue reading
I was in my attic last night and found that the outside of my water heater is all rusty. There are some areas where there are holes through the metal. I did not find any water in the pan under the water heater so it does not seem to be leaking now. What should I do?
Generally the corrosion is due to two possible causes. First possibility is there was leaking in the past either form the roof or the connections on top of the water heater. Second possibility is from condensation forming in the insulation … Continue reading
In this week’s “Home Inspector Tip of the Week”, we’ll talk about how to protect your home from termite damage, by monitoring and controlling vines, vegetation, and other plant life that attaches-to and grows on the exterior of your home. … Continue reading
Last Christmas I had problems with my outside lights causing the breaker on the outlet to go off. Sometimes when I would push the reset button it would just go off again. Is there any way to keep this from happening?
The outlet you are describing is called a GFCI or Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter. The sole purpose of this outlet is to keep you from being electrocuted. If it is tripping either there is a shot in the lights, they … Continue reading
Sometimes when I open my dishwasher there is dirty water in the bottom of the dishwasher. I can’t figure out where it is coming from because it is not there when I emptied it the day before. I am at a loss as to where it comes from.
The most likely cause of this is back flow from your sink drain or disposal. There are two ways to fix this. There should be a loop in the drain line from the dishwasher that goes above the bottom of … Continue reading
The tub drain in my master bathroom is very slow. I have poured drain cleaner in the drain several times but it does not seem to help. Do you have any suggestions other can calling a plumber?
The drain is likely clogged with hair or debris from original construction (depending on the age of your home). Usually drain cleaners will not do much to open this type of clog. There is a plastic drain cleaner sold at … Continue reading
In this week’s “Home Inspector Tip of the Week”, we’ll talk about how to protect your doors, windows, and trim from rotting and termite damage. Now, if you own a home in the Baton Rouge area, one item that you … Continue reading
I have a large older home and have a very high electric bill. I am looking into the foam insulation that is sprayed on the underside of the roof. The insulation is fairly expensive and I am not sure how well it works. Do you have any experience with this type of insulation?
I actually do have experience with this type of insulation I can share with you. I recently had the insulation sprayed into the attic of my home. The difference in the temperature in the attic and comfort level in my … Continue reading