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Water damage to Garage ceiling and wall

I live in a row/townhouse (in Toronto Canada) with my house being last one. We have balconies instead of backyards. During one of the windstorms, the divider between balconies broke and caused water ...
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Roof Leak without any Visible Shingle Damage or Issue

We recently discovered a leak manifesting itself with stains in our ceiling. It likely happened a few days ago when we had about 2-3" of rain overnight. We have never had a leak before, and the ...
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Cracks and holes in tile floor grout. How urgent is this to fix?

This is related to What to do about holes in tile grout?, but it involves a whole-house tile floor rather than a shower, and my question is not about how to repair it, but how urgent the repair is. ...
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Basement walls in bad repair?

We recently bought an older home built in the late 30’s. Previous owner painted the basement cement walls.. bad move. They look like this. Attached is a wall where the other side is the exterior of ...
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Prime and paint fascia before or after hanging?

I'm replacing a couple pieces of wooden fascia that have partially rotted, but am a bit unclear on the order of operations for successful water/rot resistance. The boards will be a couple lengths of ...
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Water Damage to Bathroom Vanity [duplicate]

I think some water damage around our sink has caused the wood in the vanity to swell and split. It’s relatively new (a couple of years) and we’ve only been living in the house for a few months. Is ...
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Little gear inside sink's faucet: what is it and what does it do?

This little gear fell out of our faucet (the house is ~ 11 years old). It's about 1cm (0.4 inch) in diameter and 0.5 cm (0.2 inch) in height. The other faucet in the same bathroom seems to have same ...
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Spidweb crack on wall the looks to have gapping where to start to find the cause?

Wall above kitchen door way center of the house looks to be sticking out dry to touch house is brick ranch on a slab and built in the early 60’s Is there a way to verify no water/foundation issues? ...
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The drywall under a window looks gouged, what are my next steps?

We had a leak about 8 months ago on our roof, which a roofer addressed sealed with silicone. I very recently found the damage in the below images. It's between a windowsill that is about one inch ...
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Advice on injectable silicone-based damp-proof course

I have a 140-year-old house of heavy masonry (bluestone/basalt) construction. It is built into the side of a hill with about 25% of the "basement" actually below ground level: You can ...
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Leak from contractor work on toilet damaging plaster ceiling below (US)

We had a full bathroom renovation start while we were out of town. We just came home to discover that our contractor installed our toilet with the supply line leaking. The tile floor beneath the ...
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Fixing plaster damage that has been painted over

I recently bough a new house and it came with a fair bit of plaster damage in the walls. The biggest problem area is this patch of water damage where the gutter leaked down the exterior wall. This ...
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How can I fix a cold and damp extension room?

We recently bought our first house, a rather old 3-bed terraced house. The adjacent house has been empty for 4 years. The 3rd bedroom in my house is a single room extension I'm using as an office and ...
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Replaced Tub Spout, now water pressure in the shower is weaker than before. Is there a water leak?

I hired a handyman to replace my Tub Spout with this one here: https://www.homedepot.com/p/DANCO-5-1-2-in-Decorative-Tub-Spout-in-Brushed-Nickel-10316/202562828#product-overview. Now the water ...
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Rain caused the core of patio door to expand. Can this door be fixed and how do I prevent this in the future?

I have this door to our patio, which seems to have a cheap core (i.e., it's not solid wood). It's been raining a lot lately, and I think the core of the door somehow absorbed a lot of water. The core ...
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How to mitigate the dammage due to water running along the wall?

First time poster here. Please apologize if the wording is not 100% correct I am not a native speaker and I am not super familiar with DIY terminology. I have a water leakage problem in my flat. The ...
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Cement holding tank

I have a new 1000 gallon cement holding tank with no plumbing or drains hooked up yet I went to the property today and it is completely full of water. Is it broken? Thanks for any help.
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Where is this water stream under the gutter coming from?

I have a stream of water going under my siding from the gutters. The gutters are new and completely clean, no debris. Also, the roof has vented drip edge extending into the gutters about an inch. I ...
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Exhaust fan from ceiling is dropping water, but the roof might show a bigger problem

I'm living in the Northeast coasts, and I saw my exhaust fan from the ceiling is dropping water this morning. So this afternoon, I access my attic to see the inner roof and see a potentially bigger ...
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What is this yellow gummy substance in our cabana walls?

Lower end of the inside walls of a redwood cabana - the black discoloration/mold has been there (where the wood gets wet from drips/spray from rain). We had rains a week ago and went to clean the area ...
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Temporary washing machine installation

I had a plumbing leak that took out my laundry room floor. I had a custom ceramic tile floor that had a drain in the middle to catch leaks. Now the floor is removed and I'm left with only the ...
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Is there any easy and cost effective way to build inhouse water treatment facility

My apartment produces approx 1800 litre of grey water per day. So I'm thinking may be I could build my own ( DIY ) water treatment facility which will remove the dirt and remove the smell so that I ...
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Dealing with water between concrete basement floor and wood 2x4 framing

New homeowner here, just had our first sewer drain backup. There is a wall separating the finished part of our basement from the unfinished part. The wall rests on a 2x4 on top of the concrete ...
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cracks/marks on basement wall

While cleaning my basement today i saw these cracks/marks on the wall. When i touch it its dry and not wet. Since its the basement the other side of the wall is exterior under ground. Any idea what is ...
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How far should cement ring well be from building wall

I have a Residential building(India) which has no space in both front and back yard. It's a newly built two storey building( 3 houses ). There is 5 feet space available parallel to building wall. As ...
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Mildew smell, sink ran over

I just found out my wife left a sink running and it run over the floor for a while before it was shut off. Now there is a mildew smell pretty noticeable in the laundry room where this all happened. It ...
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Dark water stains on wood

How do I get dark water stains out of wood? Do I have to sand it? I accidentally left a cup on this Antique wooden buffet and it left a dark round mark that also is kind of white. I'm currently hiding ...
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What could cause the drywall behind the baseboard to crumble and allow interior of wall to fill with dirt?

I noticed a vertical crack in the wall from the baseboard up to the window above it, so I pulled off the baseboard to investigate. I saw that the drywall under the baseboard had cracked and crumbled ...
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Getting rid of ants in exterior wall

While doing maintenance on an exterior wall near an inside corner, I pulled off rotted cedar shingles and the backing underneath to find scurrying black ants. They were small, not like I imagine ...
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Water damaged butcher block and repair

I have butcher block countertop in my kitchen. I had a dish rack on top and water seeped onto countertop bowing the wood and I'm not sure what to do. This is a rental and I need an easy fix. The ...
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How do I install flashing about an existing window?

I have two windows on one side of my house, with one directly above the other as pictured below. During rain storms, water rolls directly off the top one on to the bottom one. Water gets into the ...
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Inspecting water damage to ceiling around air boot

Last night my second-floor walk-in shower backed up and overflowed while I was in another room waiting for the water to heat up. The water ran along the faux-wood laminate floor to the bedroom doorway,...
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Leaking AC duct

I bought a house back in March and haven't noticed any issues with the house until last week. About a week after Henri made landfall in CT, I noticed the carpet in the basement was a little damp. Upon ...
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How do I prevent exterior water from seeping into interior moulding?

Heavy rains from Hurricane Henri happened overnight. In the morning, I noticed the bottom of the door moulding on the inside was wet. How do I prevent water coming in from the exterior of my front ...
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Wall damage above window

We have a house built in the 1950s that has no overhang on the front (above the front door and window). This has led to water damage above the window from ice building up on the roof. We will be ...
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How bad is this damage and how do i repair it?

I live in a house owned by a housing association that is absolutely terrible with maintainance and so I wish to take matters into my own hands with a bathroom that is in truly a terrible state. We are ...
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Water Damage sides of the shower

Anybody know if this is just a patch job or should I get a professional to look for further damage? I peeled off the existing primer/ paint then this is what I got. Can I just remove the mold and ...
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How do I refurbish this exterior door?

I want to refurbish this exterior metal garage door, which is rusting because the previous owner had the sprinkler spraying the door. 🤦‍♂️ What kind of prep do I need to do before I paint? What kind ...
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What causes this odd pattern in the paint on a block foundation wall?

My basement is having some water issues. I am working to resolve that, but in the meanwhile: can you guess what is causing this pattern in the painted cinder blocks near the bottom right corner (some ...
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Good water heater Had air conditioning dripping slowly on it need product to repair

Our water tank is in perfect condition however we had a drip from our air conditioner that was falling on our hot water heater in one specific area that we were unaware of. once we realize what was ...
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Contractor work caused a water leak in the house - UK

I’m renovating a kitchen, together with small hallway and a cloak room toilet. I hired a company to do all the work although I now realise I don’t have a formal contract with them, only with their ...
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Is it sufficient to add metal flashing to shed roof to prevent further water intrusion?

Just bought a house in Kansas, and the shed out back looks to be homemade, with an asphalt roof, but not shingles. Both sides show evidence of water rot where the edge of the asphalt doesn’t extend ...
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How to replace basement floor that has begun to rot? [closed]

The home I am moving into has a basement that seems to have a rotting wood subfloor. (Not sure if this is the correct term). There is a concrete base, and some inches above, what I suspect to be wood. ...
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Water damage on paint beneath sink: is this a water leak?

I recently installed a DIY sink as a temporary solution while waiting for a new bathroom cabinet and sink to arrive. Over the course of the past few weeks I've been noticing strange bubbles appearing ...
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Drying out my flooded kitchen

I came down this morning to see that a water pipe burst underneath my sink and there was an inch of water covering the whole of my kitchen floor. Oh no! I think it must have been spilling out water ...
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Are the joist repairs in my home safe and correct?

As the title says, I recently bought a home and am in the early stages of finishing the basement. However, after tearing down the old ceiling tile, I found that my floor had experienced water damage ...
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Repair water damaged side of vanity

I have 2 cabinets to repair, both were damaged by water. One, I need to replace the wood at the kickspace. It is about 1/4 inch thick. The other cabinets had had enough water to damage the veneer on ...
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Need help to determine if load bearing wall and or how to fix

[![enter image description here][2]][2]I am remodeling my upstairs bathroom and removed the shower pan and floor was rotted. The plywood extends under the wall into my bedroom. My question is how can ...
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Can I use a floor patch over this small area of slightly damaged subfloor?

I have this small corner of floor next to the tub in my bathroom where water got in at one point (very long ago it seems), so I’ve peeled back the VCT and vinyl floor layers to reveal that the top ...
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Should I repair this very small area of minor water damage on my bathroom floor?

I’m getting ready to install LVT over existing VCT in my bathroom, and when I pulled up the shoe molding I discovered that the corner of the floor next to the shower has a slight soft spot at the very ...
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