Hidden Causes of Water Damage in the Home

Written by Ed Bishop

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For those who live in warmer climates, water damage can occur within your walls because of poorly designed air conditioning systems.

Systems that are oversized (a larger capacity than necessary)will not remove enough humidity which leads to high moisture levels that condense on cooler surfaces.

Duct systems that are imbalanced can draw outside humidity through walls that can produce water inrepparttar walls.

Mitigating these problems requires a professional.

Repairingrepparttar 100054 attic problems listed above may seem simple enough, but trying to do it yourself doesn’t guarantee you really fixedrepparttar 100055 problem and can sometimes lead to other problems.

Hiring an insulation expert who specializes in building science (also known as a building performance specialist) will ensurerepparttar 100056 job is done properly and safely.

These specilaists come equipped with tools such as blower doors, pressure guages, etc. to quantifyrepparttar 100057 measures taken forrepparttar 100058 repairs.

The same goes forrepparttar 100059 air conditioning specialist, he should have duct diagnostic tools to test your ductwork to be sure it is properly designed and performing efficiently.

If you are unable to find someone in your area, go to www.energyconservatory.com.

They are manufacturers ofrepparttar 100060 required testing instruments and they will have contractors in their database they can recommend.

In addition to taking care ofrepparttar 100061 water damage, your home will be more comfortable, you’ll save money on your energy bills and improve your indoor air quality.

Ed Bishop is founder and president of Enhanced Living Inc., a Troy, NY-based design-consulting and contracting company. contracting. Trained in the “House Is A System” approach to HVAC design. He was formerly a building analyst instructor, providing certification training for New York's Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® program

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Installing Vinyl Siding - Making It Simple

Written by Colin McDougall

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Code-compliant flashing should be integrated withrepparttar weather resistant barrier and applied around windows, doors, and other openings. Flashing should also be applied to inside and outside corners, andrepparttar 100053 intersection of walls and roofing to prevent water seepage throughrepparttar 100054 joints.

Once your outside wall has been covered with sheathing to provide a smooth flat surface, and your windows and doors have had flashing installed to channel any incidental water from collecting, you may now installrepparttar 100055 starter strip. This strip is an accessory applied directly torepparttar 100056 surface ofrepparttar 100057 building atrepparttar 100058 lowest part ofrepparttar 100059 wall to be sided, and is used to securerepparttar 100060 first course of siding torepparttar 100061 home. This course will need to be checked for level as it is whatrepparttar 100062 rest ofrepparttar 100063 job relies upon for evenness.

With aluminum, galvanized steel, or other corrosion-resistant nails, you may now start installingrepparttar 100064 vinyl siding. As each style of panel may be different refer to installation instructions supplied. Cutrepparttar 100065 panels to length with a circular saw and trim with tin snips. As you nailrepparttar 100066 panels in place, be sure to leave aboutrepparttar 100067 thickness of as dime betweenrepparttar 100068 nail head and wall to allow for shifting. Check every 5th or 6th course for horizontal alignment. When portions overlap you must have about 1" to sealrepparttar 100069 joint.

The basic installation of vinyl siding is quite simple, but since there are codes governing how certain aspects are handled, you should inquire with a professional for specific trimming tasks and other more complicated vinyl siding installation practices.

All in all, you will findrepparttar 100070 task of re-siding your home manageable with only a few frustrations to contend with. Butrepparttar 100071 reward will be well worth it.

Article provided by the editors of http://www.vinyl-siding-n-windows.com - an online service providing free contractor referrals. To locate a vinyl siding contractor in your area visit vinyl-siding-n-windows.com.

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