WHAT ARE THE BLACK STREAKS ON MY WALLS AND CEILING?

Each Fall and winter, RESTORx is called to investigate the black streaks that form on ceilings and walls of homes. These calls are usually a panicked call to see if their house is “infested” with mold. These streaks normally outline the framing members of the house behind the drywall and are the sign of one …

PROPER INSTALLATION OF CERAMIC TILE IN BATHTUB/SHOWERS

Houses move. The walls move differently from each other, the ceiling moves differently from the walls, and the floor moves differently from walls. If we add weight to a tub via a person and/or water, the movement is increased. These components don’t move a lot, but the significance is that they do move. If there …

PROPER USE OF DEHUMIDIFIERS IN A HEATING CLIMATE

(a heating climate is where you spend more money on heating your home in the winter than money spent cooling your home in the summer) Dehumidifiers should be considered a necessary part of the home mechanical system, just as you would have a heating system and running water. While some older homes (pre 1950’s) may …

CRAWLSPACE VENTILATION

CRAWLSPACES – A crawlspace, especially one whose floor is lower than the exterior landscaping) should have a vapor barrier on the floor. This vapor barrier needs to be continuous and sealed to the exterior foundation wall in order to prevent water vapor or hydrostatically driven moisture from entering the interior of the home. In addition …