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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How to Control Humidity

LESLIE: Pat in Arkansas is dealing with a humid house and wants to know how to control humidity. What’s going on there? PAT: Well, I have a new heat pump and it’s not taking out the humidity. Of course, I live in a humid area but I just wondered. It’s supposed to take out the…

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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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Seal Composite Trim to Prevent Mold Growth?

LESLIE: Rick in New Jersey wants to know if he should seal composite trim to prevent mold growth. How can we help you today? RICK: When our house was built, in place of the usual wooden boards that are used to trim around the edges of the roofs and around the bottom of the house,…

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