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Natural Odor Elimination

The odor eliminating products are made by Fresh Wave and they are great. They are available at Bed Bath and Beyond, Ace Hardware, Whole Foods, The Container Store and on their website. I think you will like them as I do. They are made of plant extracts that remove...

Mold on Basement Insulation

Great question! We are very passionate about proper vapor barrier methods for this very reason, and it is our belief that the plastic is an incorrect method for our region. According to section 318 of the 2006 IRC code our zone (4) being St Louis and surrounding...

Aluminum Wiring and Radio Static

I urgently advise you to get your aluminum wiring checked for arcing and fire risk, NOW. The static on your AM radio may be a warning of wiring problems. This is serious and may be a fire warning for you. Aluminum wiring is a problem at the connections to the devices,...

Tuckpoint Mortar & Tips

The mortar mix you see in those bags or tubes is probably not going to match your existing mortar in color and strength. This is especially true if your house was built prior to the 1950’s. Houses built prior to the 1950’s “usually” used site-mixed mortars...

Mold Behind Pictures on Wall

The reason mold accumulates only behind pictures on the exterior walls is due to condensation caused by the interior of your home being cool with a relatively high humidity level and the exterior being warm during the summer months. It works in exactly the same way...

Evaluate a Home You Want To Buy

Yes, we offer the consultation service to help you determine if a home you’re interested in buying is a good fit for you. There are so many variables to consider when making such an important decision, and we take into consideration your current lifestyle,...

Homeowner Rules for Lead Paint

Currently there are federal laws that mandate the proper removal of paint containing lead which affect contractors, landlords, and child care providers, but not individual home owners, specifically. We are required by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to...

Vinegar in Toilets

FOR FLUSHING ISSUES Turn off the water to the toilet, flush the toilet to minimize the water in the bowl, and pour in a gallon of vinegar to remove scale and mineral deposits. Leave the vinegar in the toilet for 24-48 hours. This may improve the flushing. The goal is...

Insulating a 1950s Brick Home

I would automatically assume that there is probably not any insulation in the walls. If there is, it is probably vermiculite granules which settle over time, leaving a large void at the top of the walls. This was somewhat common in that era. The easiest way to see...