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  • What happens when laminated floorings get wet?

    Any wood product will expand when it gets wet, some worse than others. Today we have a wide variety of wood or wood like flooring products.Massive HardwoodFirst you should understand that even massive hardwood, if allowed to stay wet or overly humid for too long will swell up and potentially buc...
  • Can I drill holes in the sides and the bottom of a sump pump pit?

    Ken in Winnipeg wants to know if he can modifiy his sump pump pit.There are really two kinds of sump pump pits.One is an underground container or catch basin designed to receive water from the perimeter drain tiles and any other basement spillage or back-up and pump that up and out of the house.T...
  • Toronto's Healthy House System -- total water re-use

    How about a house in the middle of Toronto that gets its water from the sky, not from a city water connection, not even a well. Then it gets rid of the waste water into the garden, not a connection to the city, not even a leaching field. Although it may be considered by many to be an experiment...
  • When I flush the toilet, water squirts up and onto the floor.

    Janice from Clarenville, Newfoundland has a toilet that has a mind of its own. Setting aside the possibility that it is not a toilet at all but rather one of those strange European bidets, my best guess on this one is a partial blockage that is interfering with one of the jets of water that serv...
  • Why do bricks fall apart on the bottom row of a wall?

    One viewer was asking why the bricks on his commercial building were falling apart on the bottom of the wall. In the photo you can see another viewer's problem from last year where her bricks fell all apart after pouring a concrete porch right up to the brick level. In her case, the concrete sl...
  • Septic systems for problem lands.

    In a previous show we saw the actual installation of a Waterloo Biofilter Septic System at a cottage where there simply was not enough room, nor enough soil (because of bedrock) for a traditional leaching field. In this segment we visited with the geological engineer Craig Jowett who left Waterl...
  • Pressure washing the siding has caused condensation inside the windows.

    Valerie has a large living room with two storm windows, those kind that are two separate windows with a space in-between. Ever since she pressure washed the siding in preparation for painting, there is a lot of condensation between the windows.Water could have gotten between the windows directly...
  • A trench to divert water inside the basement.

    Brian from Cornwall, Ontario just bought a house and when it rains heavily, it flows in the basement. Someone recommended that he dig a trench inside the basement to drain the water away.First of all, see if simply landscaping sloping away from the house, and rain gutters and downspouts away fro...
  • Child safety around water.

    Here is a great gadget for protecting small children around water.This little turtle bracelet clips onto the kids wrist and cannot be taken off except by the parent's plastic key. When it gets wet, a loud alarm inside the house immediately sounds off, and won't stop until you turn it off.You ins...
  • Can I replace one large hot water tank with two small ones?

    Todd wants to "replace our 175 litre water tank with two smaller size tanks. We think we could hook up one just for showers and the other to look after some household needs. Is this a good idea?"Actually the 175 litre or 40 Imperial gallon tank (46.25 US gallons) is considered standard if not s...