Posts by Kleen Breeze

How To Insulate Ducts | Video

If your heating and air conditioning ducts aren’t insulated, you’re losing money by letting hot air leak out in the winter and cold air leak out in the summer. Luckily, insulating ducts is an easy, inexpensive project you can finish in an afternoon. Here’s what you’ll need to insulate your ducts: TOOLS & MATERIALS Tape…

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How to Prevent Bathroom Mold

LESLIE: Chris in Colorado is on the line wanting to prevent bathroom mold. Tell us about it. CHRIS: Well, I have tenants living in a rental of mine and as it turns out, I think there were several people using the shower downstairs. And subsequently, we’ve got a lot of mold on the walls. They’re…

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Musty Odor in Home on Concrete Slab

LESLIE: Mary in Virginia, welcome to The Money Pit. What can we do for you today? MARY: I’m looking to purchase a home that has a slab foundation. And when I went in, I kind of smelled a musty, mildew-y odor. And I’m just wondering, how would you know that water is coming up from…

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How to Get Rid of Cigarette Smell

LESLIE: Alright. Now we’ve got William from Texas on the line with a question about cigarette smell. William, welcome to The Money Pit. What can we help you with today? WILLIAM: Well, my daughter bought a house. And the person that she bought the house from smokes cigarettes. And the house – when you walk…

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Smell From Air Conditioner

LESLIE: Now we’ve got Jeff in Iowa on the line who’s got a smell from air conditioner. What’s going on, Jeff? JEFF: I can’t smell. The wife can smell. TOM: OK. JEFF: Yeah, we have a … LESLIE: We smell everything. JEFF: There’s a smell emanating from somewhere. I thought it was maybe the basement…

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Getting Rid of Refrigerator Odor

LESLIE: Going out to Wisconsin, right now, where Beth is dealing with refrigerator odor. Beth, you’ve tried everything. What’s going on? BETH: I’ve had the stinkiness for about a month now. I keep washing it down and the stink still stays. I put baking soda in it. Nothing’s getting rid of it. I was wondering…

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Removing Efflorescence from Walls

LESLIE: Alright. We’ve got Jerry in Massachusetts on the line who needs some help removing efflorescence from walls in the basement. What can we do for you? JERRY: I’ve got some efflorescence on the cement walls in the basement. For years, I – when I built the house, I didn’t put gutters up; I had…

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Algea or Mold: How to Get Rid of Dark Spots on Deck

LESLIE: Now we’ve got Eleanor in Virginia on the line with a question about dark spots on deck. How can we help you today? ELEANOR: We have Trex Decking on our – for our deck, which is – and also the porch – screened-in porch. But on the deck – which is not covered by…

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Do-it-Yourself Mold Removal

Finding mold in your home can be pretty scary.  But while many molds are generally harmless, some can contain mycotoxins and be harmful, which is why it’s smart to identify the source of a mold problem and take steps to remove it.  But is removing mold a DIY project or one that requires the specialized…

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Hardwood Floor Separating in Winter

LESLIE: Judy from Illinois is on the line and is dealing with a hardwood floor separating in winter. How can we help you? JUDY: Well, I have a little problem in the winter with my hardwood floor and separating. And I can kind of see down in there. And I was wondering about a whole-house…

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