Is Your House Showing Signs?
This article will go over issues in your house, that if you have, need to be taken care of now.
Bulge in Washing Machine Hose?
A bulging washing machine hose is an emergency because it is ready to burst. It may burst next year, next week or right now. But it will fail and it won't just leak—it will gush. In just a few minutes, it can cause thousands of dollars in damage.
Your rubber hoses may have bulged because your water pressure was too high. It shouldn't be more than 80 psi. You can install a pressure gauge that hooks onto a spigot or laundry room faucet to check the pressure to your hose.
Immediately turn off the water connected to the hoses. Before your next load of laundry, you'll need to replace the hoses. Buy new braided steel hoses and while you're at the hardware store. Your rubber hoses may have bulged because your water pressure was too high. It shouldn't be more than 80 psi. If it is, install a pressure-reducing valve (PRV) before you damage other appliances and fixtures in your house. If you already have a PRV, it may be set too high or due for replacement.
Stains Around a Bath Fan?
Condensation is forming inside the duct. The stain could be caused by a roof leak, but condensation inside the duct is the most likely cause. If you live in a cold climate, there's a good chance that the warm, moist air from the bathroom is condensing inside the duct and the water is seeping back down into the fan housing. It's soaking the drywall around the fan and may be ruining your fan motor or even the framing components in your attic.
To fix the issue start by checking the damper inside the fan housing and the one on the vent outside. Vents are usually on walls or roofs, but sometimes they're in the soffits. A stuck damper can lead to heavy condensation.
A bath fan duct that's not insulated (or poorly insulated) gets really cold in the attic. A cold duct filled with warm moist air will condensate. On exceptionally cold days, that condensed water freezes and then drips back down when the temperature rises.
Even insulated ducts get cold enough for condensation to form when the fan first starts up. If a fan is run long enough, the duct will warm up and dry out. Consider replacing the wall switch with a timer switch, which will run the fan for a set period of time.
If you find that your duct work is poorly insulated you could wrap the existing duct in insulation, but it's usually easier to replace it with a duct that is pre-wrapped in insulation.
Melted Grommets on Water Heater?
Deadly gases could be entering your home. Exhaust from a gas water heater is supposed to flow through a duct and out of the house. Sometimes, exhaust doesn't flow up and out. Instead, it 'backdrafts,' spilling deadly carbon monoxide into the air you breathe. One sign of backdrafting is damaged plastic grommets on top of the water heater, melted by the hot exhaust. This shows that your water heater has backdrafted badly on at least one occasion—and you must take action.
Sometimes, the cause of backdrafting is easy to find. A vent pipe may be disconnected from a vent hood, for example, or a vent may slope downward. But even a properly installed vent might occasionally backdraft because of high winds or other unusual circumstances. So the surest way to protect your family is to install carbon monoxide alarms.
Install one on every level, outside sleeping areas, and within 5 ft. to 20 ft. of any sources of CO, such as water heaters, furnaces and fireplaces. If an alarm ever goes off, get out of the house immediately and call the HVAC repair service to correct the problem. The symptoms of CO poisoning are dizziness, headaches and vomiting. If anyone in the house is experiencing these symptoms, leave the house and call the fire department.
Decking Directly Under the Door?
Decks that are built right up to the bottom of a door often mean trouble. Rainwater splashes off the deck up onto the door. That much water is hard to keep out. Even if the flashing holds up, water may eventually find its way through the door components. This can ruin the siding, door and interior flooring, or worse, destroy the rim joist and other framing components both inside and outside your home.
If there's an overhang above the door, install gutters to divert the water that pours off the roof. Diverting the water with gutters will help. However, the bottom line is that as long as the deck boards are up tight under the door, there's a chance of water infiltration. If you plan to build a deck, install it about 4 in. below the door threshold. And never let snow pile up against the door.
Splashing rainwater can work its way through the door and leak into the house, damaging the rim joist below.