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Can I pop a water bubble on my wall?

We live in LA and it rains every once in awhile. I noticed recently that there is a bubble on my wall and I can actually push it around. The wall is plaster and we have latex paint on top. (There are ...
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How to fix water leaks in your apartment? [closed]

Recently bought apartment has developed water leaks. Plumbers are useless. What to do, how to fix it?
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Basement water seepage management

My house is built into a slope, with the bottom floor partially underground. See photo 1 - grey wall is a common wall with my neighbor, the white back wall is entirely underground, and the left wall ...
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Water damage to foundation

My yard is on a downward slope so when there is a lot of rain water accumulates in my yard up against my house. I have drains in my yard but they still don't seem to help. I've been told that I have a ...
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How can I determine the source of a basement flood?

My basement flooded recently and I'm trying to determine why. The basement has poured foundation walls and a slab. The slab is non-structural, and was poured after the foundation walls. There is a ...
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Small soft spot on ceiling below shower

Appreciate some help here before i spend money in calling an expensive plumber because i think the problem can just be poor caulking in my shower. I noticed a small soft spot on my ceiling today. I ...
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How do I clean mold from a leaky ICF foundation?

I have an ICF foundation on my home that water is penetrating. I don't have a sump, and I don't know what kind of drainage is installed. My main concern is my west wall, since it is in the finished ...
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Vertical crack in foundation

I live in a condo and I have a vertical crack in my foundation in my basement. A company came out twice to prime flex seal the crack which lasted for a year. unfortunately with recent rain it appears ...
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Can I shut off the water to my house and safely leave the water heater on while I'm away on vacation for a week? [duplicate]

I plan to shut off the main water supply to my 2 story house before leaving for a week on vacation. I have an AO Smith gas 'powervent' water heater in the garage that I would like to set to 70*F ...
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How to Repair Laminate Countertop Wear Near Sink

I have a laminate countertop that my kitchen sink is mounted in. I've noticed the laminate is beginning to wear away and expose the particle board where the sink meets the counter. Since this is ...
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Tile making clicking noise when stepped on and grout flaking away

I bought a house built in 1993 a few years ago. When we first moved in the tile seemed fine, recently two of the tiles right outside the shower have started making a clicking noise when stepped on and ...
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Old or new water damage on roof interior

I’ve been in this (100-year old) house 3 years, and this area of the roof has always had marks of past water damage. I looked at it more closely today as we’ve been having a lot of melting and ...
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How to quantify the extent of this water damage?

I caused my washer to leak over the weekend by not replacing the filter tight enough after removing it for cleaning. Lucky for me, I was home, noticed water building up in the washer pan, and was able ...
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How can I fix this leaky roof over a covered open air porch?

There is a small deck above this covered porch. The first picture shows right below that deck where there is small shingled roof. Below this roof is a covered but open to the air porch. When the snow ...
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What steps should I take to prepare for using a thermal camera?

I plan on renting a thermal camera to detect heat loss (e.g., missing insulation, leaks in HVAC) and water damage. Outside temperatures are getting down to freezing at night but are mid-40s during the ...
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Reparing a water damaged drywall & doorframe

I had a water leak from the toilet cistern. The bathroom is tiled and no signs of the leak showed there, however the wall in the bedroom on the other side of the bathroom became wet. Unfortunately ...
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Leaky windows, where do I caulk outside of the window?

Our house was built in 2016, shortly after moving in we noticed that all of our windows on the main floor leaked. The builder came, did something (I wasn't home), and all but one stopped leaking. It ...
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Fixing water ingress at mitred corner in roof fascia

Apologies in advance for the long question - I wanted to include all the details as I am rather unsure of what I am doing! I have a 10-year-old flat roof with a fascia facing the predominant weather. ...
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How to deal with water damage from backed up AC drain

We have a central air conditioning unit that has one part of the unit in a closet. The blower connected to the ductworks and coils in this part of the unit, while outside there is a compressor and ...
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What's the best way to secure a top mount stainless steel sink, if the supplied clips don't work?

The clips under my kitchen sink are terrible. It's impossible to get them tight, and as result it's hard to keep the top caulked, and I now have water damage. The clips in question were from a ...
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Was my home's dormer flashing installed incorrectly?

I've lived in this home for two years now. Roof is probably at least 10-15 years old, perhaps 20 years. We started noticing some water stains on the ceiling soon after moving in. On a closer look, it ...
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Water Damage Between Paint and Wall

My mini split had filled the drip pan and was not draining properly. When the wall was painted some of the paint had gotten onto the mini split and it seems like it had created a channel so that when ...
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Replacing water damaged Cresdeck D-3

I own a manufactured home and I need to replace some subflooring due to water damage. The current subflooring has a stamp on it, saying it is "Cresdeck D-3". I have some rookie questions to ask: ...
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Drying solid oak flooring after water damage

The builder didn't tighten the fresh water connection on the dishwasher in my newly purchased house. It dripped for days while I was out of town, and now an area of 2 feet by 15 feet has the TIG solid ...
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Rock Pit Drain, pumping up to neighbor

My neighbour built a new home, and a laneway home, 4 years ago. I believe he has a rock pit under the back house, and drain tile leading forward to the road (city) for the front. I have been ...
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J Channel Looks Wrongly Installed And How To Fix (Water Leak)

I recently moved homes. I am getting a pretty bad leak above a window. I assumed it was the flashing, but before I even got that far I noticed the J Channel looks very wrong (to my amateur eyes). ...
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Remove damaged flooring under edge of fiberglass tub and direction of new underlayment

I am currently living in my grandmother's old house (built ~1940 or before) where I have yet to find any previous repairs done correctly. The house is a two bedroom, one bathroom mill house type ...
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My mini fridge had a frosty back wall, so I turned it off for 24 hours. There was water on the floor through the back of the fridge, why it happened?

I know that there is a drain hole, and then that water is drained through it and then evaporated by the evaporator, and when the fridge does not work - nothing will evaporate the water. So does the ...
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How to treat damped internal walls before painting?

Kitchen sanitary inwall PVC tube from above floor melted for some unknown reason, and so water entered walls for around a 1.3 year and caused damping on the first 20cm of all walls, as a result, the ...
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Crumbling bricks behind fireplace

I had the fireplace removed in my house but the back wall bricks are in bad condition. The surface is crumbly around the area behind the opening, but seem to be ok higher up. Although the quick job ...
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How to fix this water damage to ceiling?

Please see the picture, what's the best strategy to fix this? The skin which is quite thick is peeling off but the back end is quote solid. I have stopped further water leakage. Should I be cutting ...
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OSB3 (particle board) got wet during roofing - does it need to be replaced? [duplicate]

I'm putting up a large GRP flat roof. The builder has been AWOL for a while, and so the roof has been left with just OSB3 with no waterproof covering. It's been rained on for months and swelled to ...
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T1-11 siding installed horizontally

This is my home for the last 10 years with T1-11 installed horizontally in the front. Is it "wrong" to have it like that? I am not having any water issue for a decade since. But now I am selling my ...
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Repairing Water Damage on a Window Frame?

My parent's house has had a leaking window frame for the last few years. I think that the water comes in from outside the frame. I took a few pictures from outside: And the interior: How can I ...
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Subfloor Water Damage

My wife and I are in contract to purchase a home (not a new home). The inspection revealed a few things and the seller has agreed to fix all but one thing we requested. The one thing they are not ...
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How bad is this siding?

Here is the house siding that I did not notice for many years Does it look like the whole siding is rotting here? Should I replace the entire siding? Or is it OK to replace just the bad parts? By ...
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Is there a temporary solution to alleviate wet carpet stench in the basement?

Yesterday I discovered that part of the carpet in the basement is soggy and there's a sewage-like stench. I've contacted both the water damage restoration company and the insurance company to evaluate ...
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Are pressure-treated posts that have been submerged for a few days ruined?

I dug holes for four 8' 4x4 posts, and had the posts positioned and plumbed vertically in the holes, but had to leave for a couple days before I could concrete them in. In the meantime, storms came ...
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Are These Ceiling Stains From Cigarette Smoke?

We purchased a home recently and there is a lot of discoloration on the ceiling of the living room. Can someone tell me based on the photo below, if you can tell what would have caused these stains? ...
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Fixing slow water damage at top of wall

I recently noticed that there was water damage at the top corner of an exterior facing wall in one of my bedrooms. Previously, I had thought it was electrical wiring in the wall due to the snake-like ...
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How do I repair my partially rotted subfloor?

I pulled up the tile in my bathroom and discovered that the sub-floor was partially rotted near the bathtub, under the toilet. Based on the tile/mortar, it looks like whoever did this floor last ...
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Efflorescence or something else?

In my interior wall a couple of weeks ago we noticed the paint bubbling with moisture underneath. The pattern made me think of efflorescence, and there is a fine crystalline powder in some parts. My ...
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Repairing water damage to ceiling drywall where ceiling meets wall

I have a question for how best to repair interior water damage to ceiling drywall along a wide, thin section where the ceiling meets the wall. We recently experienced slight water damage to our ...
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How can I stop an air leak behind a cabinet?

A few days after buying our house, we noticed this lovely mess inside one of the kitchen cabinets. This is the cabinet next to the dishwasher, so I'm guessing there was a water leak at some point. ...
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How to Fix this Water Damage?

The area in the photo is in the bathroom next to the shower stall. The damaged area is approximately 3.5 inches wide. The previous owner of the house had allowed a leak from the shower enclosure to ...
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Avoiding mold after machine backup

My washing machine just backed up (drain pipe is clogged). Fortunately I was home and just bought a shopvac last weekend, but a lot of water got out. Also fortunately this is an unfinished basement, ...
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How can I identify the cause of ceiling water damage?

Just wondering if there is an easy way to tell if water damage on the celing is a result of a roof leak, or condensation build up in the house. Here are some pictures: https://photos.app.goo.gl/...
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Potential issues of wet ceiling damage

Yesterday my contractor (who is in the middle of redoing an upstairs bathroom) had the outflow of his tile saw effectively draining into the space between the floor and the downstairs ceiling. I only ...
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What material is my damaged kitchen ceiling made of and how should I repair it?

I have a house built in the 1950's, 3 bedroom brick ranch in Michigan. I had a leak in my roof, which over a period of time caused the kitchen ceiling to start to fall apart, peel, and show water ...
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Moderate localized water damage that's hard to inspect from above

I have water damage in the ceiling along one end of the house. It wasn't detected for some time because it was in a room we don't often go into. There was an unpleasant musty smell, but it has abated....