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Large gap between neighboring units

I'm living in a townhouse, and I recently discovered there's a large gap between between my unit and my neighboring unit. I want to get this sealed up so I can keep the moisture out due to the ...
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How can I remove water stains from a wooden counter top? [duplicate]

There is a portion of wood next to the sink that must not be treated properly or over time the treatment has worn down due to water damage. What is the best way to treat / deal with this? I was ...
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Can a dripping overflow pipe damage foundations

Our neighbours have a dripping overflow pipe that is right up against the side of our property. I have mentioned it to them but they don't seem concerned and are not in a hurry to get it fixed. I ...
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Basement flooding due to a hole/gap along the exterior wall

Just found there is water mark and mold in the basement in a 6 feet by 6 inch area near the baseboard. After a quick check and some photo comparison it seems that it is due to a hole near the ...
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Does the white cement between tiles absorb water

Our roof is covered with white color cooling tiles and we have cemented the gaps between the Tiles with white cement. Whenever the tank in the terrace overflows , it falls on the terrace tiles,runs on ...
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Wall rot going on near the shower

There appears to be water damage outside the shower near the floor. I'm not sure what is causing it. I could use some advise as to exactly what kind of research and/or repair is needed for next steps....
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My upstairs neighbor keep flooding me. What should I make my walls out of?

I live in a pre-war building with plaster-covered masonry walls. My upstairs neighbor has a tendency to flood my kitchen. After the latest incident, I figured that since I had to take the upper ...
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Is this case of paint detaching a sign of water damage?

Living in and administrating a condo building, I recently noticed some of the paint had started detaching from the ceiling, nearby the front entrance. See pictures below. I fear it might be a sign of ...
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Water Leak, Plaster Wall

thanks in advance for your thoughts. I recently purchased a 1920s house that suffered water damage to a third floor (attic conversion) bedroom. The slate roof has been repaired--the chimney is on the ...
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What is an air bleeder valve, and how does it winterize pipes?

I found this message attached to a pipe in the first house I bought Caution Winter Drain Instructions: Close valve in October before winter freeze Open air bleeder valve on side of main valve Open ...
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How to fix wall with internal water damage

We had some work done in our home and we had the attic exposed, with a window open, and the AC running all day long. This caused one of the ducts, which lacked insulation, to sweat and drop all the ...
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Can water percolation affect RCC column and footer

There's water percolation around the building due to dry wells which were installed for waste water. I worry whether this water percolation affect the RCC column and footer which is my foundation ? ...
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How to protect Building foundation from Dry wells

We have installed 6 dry wells around the building as there was no empty space for drainage water. We did this as per the engineer's advice. Sand texture: It's clay Water table 5 feet Ground water is ...
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Is this black mold? Do I have to vacate my home?

I am tearing out some wet ceiling in my kitchen. I found this on the underside of the drywall. Am I looking at black mold? If so, do I need to evacuate my family and pets from the house? For ...
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Looking to replacing rusty basement ceiling beams [closed]

I have a basement of 9 feet high and on it is my driveway. I had significant water leaks and then discovered that the metal beams of the basement ceiling are all super rusty. I want to resurface my ...
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What is the function of this dado-like groove on the inside-face of this strip of wood on the window

I am removing the punky exterior casing trim and part of the sill of a window that a woodpecker attacked. There is a vertical piece of wood about 3/4 x 1 on left and right partially below the casing ...
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Water damage to Garage ceiling and wall [closed]

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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