• I think I was conned by a homeowner :(?

    Hello everyone. A few years back (2016) I purchased a house in a gated community in Pennsylvania. At purchase, no one told me anything was wrong. We had an inspector come check the property, there were no warnings of anything forth coming. Recently, the water heater in my house broke. The entire first floor was... show more
    Hello everyone. A few years back (2016) I purchased a house in a gated community in Pennsylvania. At purchase, no one told me anything was wrong. We had an inspector come check the property, there were no warnings of anything forth coming. Recently, the water heater in my house broke. The entire first floor was flooded. Right after, once we finally got all the water out, we had an inspector come back and he told us that the first floor is basically crawling with mold, and it will cost us 1000 s of dollars to fix. If we don t fix the problem in the next year or 2, the first floor will basically cave on itself. Now, even if we got the water heater replaced, this would not have changed the mold situation. My question is, should we be the ones held accountable for the mold situation in the first floor? I do not intend to resell this house with this horrible mold situation to other tenants, this is a serious hazard. But we don t have the money to get it replaced. My question is, since this problem wasnt disclosed to us and we basically signed my name to the house under false pretenses, is there anything I can do to get this taken care of by either the previous owner or the owner of the gated community? We would sew if we have to. Thank you for reading.
    12 answers · 6 hours ago
  • Do dips in floors always mean foundational issues?

    My husband and I are searching for a home. We found the perfect one; however, there are two dips in the floor. One was right inside the front door and the other was on the second floor right before the doorway leading to the balcony. He is sure it means foundation issues, and he doesn't want to spend money on... show more
    My husband and I are searching for a home. We found the perfect one; however, there are two dips in the floor. One was right inside the front door and the other was on the second floor right before the doorway leading to the balcony. He is sure it means foundation issues, and he doesn't want to spend money on an inspector. But my heart has been set on this house, so I was wondering if dips always mean major issues with the house.
    19 answers · 4 days ago
  • My toilet is full of water and clogged?

    I tried to unclog it with the plunger but it didn't work. Then I tried the dish soap and water method and that didn't work either. I closed the thing on the wall where the water flows and waited for the water to go down to almost nothing, but after a certain point it wouldn't go down anymore so, I had... show more
    I tried to unclog it with the plunger but it didn't work. Then I tried the dish soap and water method and that didn't work either. I closed the thing on the wall where the water flows and waited for the water to go down to almost nothing, but after a certain point it wouldn't go down anymore so, I had the brilliant idea of opening the water flow and flushing. And all that happened was the toilet getting full of water again. At this point, I really don't know what to do, please help. :/ (I don't have any money for the snake thing so that's out of the picture)
    14 answers · 4 days ago
  • Carbon monoxide detector?

    I tested it and now it keeps beeping every 30 seconds or so???
    I tested it and now it keeps beeping every 30 seconds or so???
    8 answers · 3 days ago
  • Boiler issues?

    Our boiler light keeps going off we just changed the thermocouple and it still goes off. Also when we last relit the light it made a huge noise like something popped. The boiler would also make loud noises. Can anyone diagnose the issue?
    Our boiler light keeps going off we just changed the thermocouple and it still goes off. Also when we last relit the light it made a huge noise like something popped. The boiler would also make loud noises. Can anyone diagnose the issue?
    6 answers · 2 days ago
  • Furnace broken?? Urgent help needed!?

    Best answer: It sounds like a pretty basic failure. Possible faults: 1) Dead ignitor. If your furnace is less than 20 years old, it probably doesn't use a standing pilot light. More on that in a moment. Ignitors are either spark ignitors (a bit like a sparkplug) or a hot surface ignitor (HSI). An HSI is just like a... show more
    Best answer: It sounds like a pretty basic failure. Possible faults:

    1) Dead ignitor. If your furnace is less than 20 years old, it probably doesn't use a standing pilot light. More on that in a moment. Ignitors are either spark ignitors (a bit like a sparkplug) or a hot surface ignitor (HSI). An HSI is just like a light bulb: it gets so hot it glows nearly white-hot, and that ignites the flame. BUT - like light bulbs, HSIs eventually burn out, and need to be replaced. They're relatively cheap and due to their necessary occasional replacement, not too difficult to switch out.

    2) Dead pilot light. If you have a standing pilot light, it's possible that it simply went out. Read the instructions on your machine and try re-lighting the pilot if you have one. If it lights and stays lit while you're holding the switch, but immediately goes out when you let go (hold it for a long count to 15), try replacing the thermocouple. The thermocouple is a simple device that holds the pilot's valve open as long as the pilot light is keeping the thermocouple's hot end hot. Like HSIs, thermocouples eventually fail. They are also fairly inexpensive and easy to replace.

    3) Dead pressure switch. If your furnace makes a sound like a fan is spooling up, then quits, that may be a bad pressure switch. That first fan spooling up may be your draft inducer, and the pressure switch looks for a pressure change within the burner compartment to know that the inducer is working, which means there will be good airflow across the burners. That switch HAS to make before it'll allow the burners to fire. This is a somewhat more esoteric thing to test but again, the switches aren't terribly expensive and they're easy to replace.

    4) Dead draft inducer blower. The flip side of the pressure switch not working is the pressure change not happening...because the blower doesn't work. The last one I replaced cost about $250 and was fairly typical of the breed, though there is a significant range and your mileage may vary. Again, replacement isn't too hard.

    5) Failed limit switch. While this is possible, I would check the ignitor first. Some limit switches have a reset on them, in which case you should absolutely push that little button to reset the switch...then STAY there and watch while the furnace ignites, to see if you can detect why the limit switch tripped in the first place.

    I'm sorry to say it but I don't see any way around clambering under the house to go look at the furnace. All of these things are ON the furnace itself.

    I check back on my answers to see if askers need more assistance. Take good notes of what's going on, write down the manufacturer name and model number. If you have more questions, post them as Additional Information, and I'll help if I can.

    Good luck with it.
    6 answers · 3 days ago
  • How to loosen a stuck screw/bolt?

    I have a 2 stage snow blower and can t add any gear oil.
    I have a 2 stage snow blower and can t add any gear oil.
    10 answers · 4 days ago
  • Where does this leak sound like it is coming from?

    In my box bedroom the carpet in one corner is wet and all up that wall corner from the ground to the ceiling about 3 inches each way of the corner. It looks like there is a bit of extra wall built around a pipe coming from the flat upstairs (converted house) is this likely to be a leak from upstairs, a burst pipe... show more
    In my box bedroom the carpet in one corner is wet and all up that wall corner from the ground to the ceiling about 3 inches each way of the corner. It looks like there is a bit of extra wall built around a pipe coming from the flat upstairs (converted house) is this likely to be a leak from upstairs, a burst pipe (in which case is it my or the flat above responsibility) or damage under the floor which is rising up the wall?
    5 answers · 2 days ago
  • If there is rusty gutter, rusty chimney crown, damaged fascia, loose garage ceiling tape due to moisture, on a home is there plumbing issues?

    Best answer: more due to neglect of proper maintenance
    Best answer: more due to neglect of proper maintenance
    6 answers · 2 days ago
  • Does anyone have any ideas on what would cause my Reliance water heater to not stop heating the water?

    We installed a new thermostat and turned the heat all the way to low. It just keeps heating the water. It won't shut off.
    We installed a new thermostat and turned the heat all the way to low. It just keeps heating the water. It won't shut off.
    4 answers · 1 day ago
  • Why is my gas furnace not working?

    We had our old gas furnace replaced with a brand new one. I noticed the filter needed changed so I did. But I took the panel off as it was still running (as i was able to do with the old one) and now its not kicking on. I believe the panels are in the correct spot. Its a Revolv model. Is this a safety feature that... show more
    We had our old gas furnace replaced with a brand new one. I noticed the filter needed changed so I did. But I took the panel off as it was still running (as i was able to do with the old one) and now its not kicking on. I believe the panels are in the correct spot. Its a Revolv model. Is this a safety feature that shuts it off if the panel is removed while running? If so, how do I fix it? I tried resetting the breaker then the thermostat and nothing.
    7 answers · 7 days ago
  • HOW do I change light bulb, high up over stairs?

    Near the top of the stairs, between 2-3 steps to the top, is a "globe" type fixture that I will have to pull off, before changing the bulb. But ladders are all balanced legs. So how do I reach the fixture?
    Near the top of the stairs, between 2-3 steps to the top, is a "globe" type fixture that I will have to pull off, before changing the bulb. But ladders are all balanced legs. So how do I reach the fixture?
    14 answers · 6 days ago
  • I accidentally poured rust from a rusty battery that got wet to my wooden door that’s painted white. How can I remove the stains?

    Best answer: Since that contains acid you want to wash it with a baking soda and water solution to neutralize it. Then you'll need to sand and repaint it.
    Best answer: Since that contains acid you want to wash it with a baking soda and water solution to neutralize it. Then you'll need to sand and repaint it.
    5 answers · 4 days ago
  • Drainage holes in basement?

    Best answer: It may be what the other answers have suggested...that you have a partial blockage and the washer is pumping out water faster than the drain can handle. I have one other thought. Since your house is old, it may not always have been connected to municipal sewerage. Back then, it was common to take some stress off... show more
    Best answer: It may be what the other answers have suggested...that you have a partial blockage and the washer is pumping out water faster than the drain can handle. I have one other thought. Since your house is old, it may not always have been connected to municipal sewerage. Back then, it was common to take some stress off the septic system by connecting gray water (like your washer and basement floor drains) into a "dry well".....or simply by-passing the septic tank and going directly to the leach field.

    There is a possibility that when the city hooked your house to the sewer, that line was missed and your washer is still draining into an old dry well. It would be worth tracing your drainage pipes from the bathroom and kitchen to see if they all end up connected to the same line as the washer. Ultimately, there should be one line leaving the basement to connect to the municipal system. If your washer isn t connected to that line, you might consider making it so.
    11 answers · 7 days ago
  • I left my bath running! It overflowed?

    It was overflowing for about 15-30 mins and i only remembered/realised when it proceeded to rain down into my kitchen (: (: This was two days ago, I dried up all the water as quickly as possible from the bathroom and the dripping in the kitchen, left the heating on for 2 days straight as well as airing it out from... show more
    It was overflowing for about 15-30 mins and i only remembered/realised when it proceeded to rain down into my kitchen (: (: This was two days ago, I dried up all the water as quickly as possible from the bathroom and the dripping in the kitchen, left the heating on for 2 days straight as well as airing it out from time to time. It’s left water mark streaks on the ceiling and some on the wall but it’s left no cracks or bulging. It’s now all dry now and a few people I’ve asked said it will be fine now as it isn’t an occurring thing. I am just wondering if I needed to call a plumber out to assess any possible hidden damage? Or will I get away with just painting over the water stains?
    12 answers · 1 week ago