Friday, July 13, 2018

Darla’s Discoveries – Home Maintenance & Patience, Patience

It’s hard to believe we have lived in our home for over twenty years. The experience has been good for the most part. A huge perk is not having loud, obnoxious neighbors stomping around over our heads. Home ownership also requires upkeep on a scale I never understood as an apartment dweller.

The constant effort to keep everyday weather, especially rainfall, from wrecking our southwest Ohio home has proved daunting. We considered brick infallible thanks to three misleading little pigs. We were wrong. Tuck pointing and sealing require regular maintenance. Otherwise, believe it or not, your home may not be blown down by the big bad wolf but can turn into a rocky sponge.

So, for this Thursday’s discoveries I’d like to recommend finding someone you trust to work on your home. Today there are countless websites where you can read service reviews. Back when our walls needed fresh paint, my art framer recommended a former classmate. Lucky for us, that fellow does all kinds of work and knows many skilled specialists.

Regardless how it happens, after you find a reliable contractor treat this person with respect and listen to suggestions. Our man Dale has a company motto: Persnickety by Nature. And he is. That means jobs get done right.

As a result, these contracts can also take a while to fulfill. Hence I mentioned patience twice. Before restoring the interior aesthetics of our cellar Dale has waited for months, wanting to verify that our exterior was sealed against future damage, every bit of resulting mildew eradicated, and inside surfaces remain dry to his specifications.

Work in Progress
This once waterlogged cellar nook supports our main floor fireplace and the chimney. Restoration included not only sealing a huge crack (the grey line is the sealant) but ripping out all damaged materials, resulting in a damaged drop ceiling track as you can see above. It's been a solid year since repairs began. Today all that remains is replacing the removed carpet. If it weren’t for limited resources, I would insist all the basement carpet be removed. It’s been nothing but a nuisance through multiple floods and leakages. ~sigh~ At least I can (literally) breathe easier.

Once Flooring is Laid, I May Install Display Shelving
Have you ever suffered flood damage or mold issues?

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10 comments:

  1. It's good to have a contractor you trust.

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    1. Yes! ~grin~ I hope you have someone reliable for such needs.

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  2. That looks great. We have some mold in the dining room, I think it is because all my plants are in their so the moisture from watering them causes it. That ceiling needs paint too, it is all bubbled, but we never had a leak.

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    1. Yikes! I bet your plants are lovely, though. This house doesn't have good enough natural lighting. ~sigh~ Be well!

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  3. Oh my gosh an entire year you've been going through that? I know people constantly under remodel and its daunting and some end up divorced. I bet you feel good with a sealed secure weatherproof place again. I've been painting the cat yard fence after finding a bargain on stain at Walmart, I mean an unbelievable there must be something wrong with it bargain. But many boards actually need replaced not repainted, but that's for another day. Two sides I've finished now, but only on the outside. And I took down the old compost pile that won't compost anything, too dry and too full of roots and did so on the hottest day of the year.

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    1. We're patient people. ~grin~ You're so industrious. Be well, my dear, and don't work too hard, especially in the heat.

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  4. "Three misleading little pigs" - made me laugh! We live near the top of a hill so we would really be in trouble if we suffered from flooding! I love the word "persnickety" - in Britain we say "pernickety" but it definitely sounds better with that extra "s". Hope your house problems are sorted soon.

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    1. So glad to have given you a chuckle. That's interesting about language, isn't it? Thank you for the kind words. We just take on each project that bothers us the most. ~grin~ Be well!

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  5. NO...with luck my home sits on a brick foundation before the wood siding starts. The brick section is where the under part of the house is. But...due to the floods in 2010 and being on a creek, I lost the air condition and I am pretty sure the water is what caused this. I however was a lot better off then so many around me during that time. Sounds like you are getting your place in order, here is hoping that you don't have anymore issues.

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    1. So glad you've never been flooded. Your creek looks so delightful. ~grin~ Thank you for the kind words.

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