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Window Wells – Do they cause leaks?

Wouldn’t outside basement window wells be a catch for water and cause leaks?

Dianne,

Good to hear from you.

Basement window wells or area ways have been a part of both residential and commercial construction for over a century. When people realized the value of the subterranean square footage and the need to provide natural light and ventilation, area ways were created.

Will water naturally pool there and cause problems?

As long as A) the grade around the windows slopes away from them and does ..read more

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Finding the Leak!

Mary,

Thank you for listening and for your great comments – please feel free to compliment us often!

Should you be concerned about a water leak that seems to come from nowhere and is causing ever greater damage.

YES!

The Inside Outside Guys often remind listeners that water and moisture are one of the biggest enemies of a house – primarily because water supports the active growth of organics such as molds that can destroy a home and contaminate the living environment.

How do you find ..read more

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Leaking Sky Light

Name: Jill City: Pleasant Ridge

Question: Do you have a repair person you would recommend to repair a leaking skylight?

Jill, Thank you for being part of the show!

For all things roofing we highly recommend Bob Knowles and Knowles Roofing.

That skylight – what some would call a roof window – is a problem waiting to happen in Midwest homes.

The Guys don’t believe in what we call “intentional and unnecessary” penetrations in roofs – such as that made by a roof window.

All too often they ..read more

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Name: Nicole City: Brownstown

Question: Is there any way to repair the flashing @ a basement window? The window seems to be leaking from above the steel brick ledge. I don’t see any evidence of a flashing material, or weep spaces. any ideas??? -Nicole

Answer: Nicole,

Thank you for listening – we appreciate you.

A leaking basement window from the TOP side of the window is likely one of two things, if it is frequent and not wind driven. 1-Water could be running under the steel lintel and finding ..read more

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Gutter Installation

Name: Patty

City: Clawson

Question: I have an old awning, but had water leakage from where two gutters meet up. The gutters were plastic, we took them down and had a few “handy men” go up on the awning and caulk it. Needless to say, we still have water going in between old aluminum siding and the wall and pouring out from behind the siding onto our cement porch. I need a professional to come out and put new gutters above the awning and all around ..read more

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Hardwood Floor Damage

Name: Devvon City: Troy

Question: I had hardwood floors installed about 7 or 8 months ago. They are buckling now. Water did get on them from a small leak in the kitchen sink, but not a lot of water and it didn’t stay on the floor long. I paid $1500 for this work; do I have any recourse with the installer? Should this wood be that vulnerable? If I have no recourse, how do I fix? Pull it all up or sand it down? The buckling started ..read more

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Water Drip Mystery

Name: Brett

Question: In March of 2010 I bought my first home, a foreclosure, which was fully inspected and passed. However, prior to my purchasing the home it was incorrectly winterized and as a result a hose split under the sink which then flooded the main floor, etc. The damage was repaired and all seemed great, but, in the last few months, (cold weather) I have heard a consistent dripping noise in more than one area of the house, though I have no signs of water (spots) ..read more

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