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Aluminum wiring! Asbestos! Termites! Are they a big deal? What to do?

First-time homebuyers under contract for a 60-year-old house-- how serious/expensive are these problems: aluminum wiring, friable asbestos insulation, termites, undisclosed window leak causing water damage? Along with original plumbing and an old HVAC, is this a pretty standard situation that falls under the umbrella of "all houses are going to have some problems, no house is perfect" and is this the kind of stuff they mean when they say you'll be spending 1%-ish of your home value on this kind of stuff every year? Or are these costs and issues on the high side, and this is probably on top of another 1%-ish every year on other repairs and maintenance? Help us put this in perspective! (We need to decide whether to give the sellers' relocation company the right to cancel our contract by requesting repairs. And we need to figure out what we should fix and how much it'll cost if we go ahead and buy the house without repairs.) [more inside]
posted by EmilyClimbs on Mar 20, 2014 - 30 answers

Plumbing woes

I'm asking this Q for a friend and I really hope someone will be able to help. We moved into our house about two years ago. We've had problems with our sprinklers in the past and when we had them repaired, a sprinkler expert told my wife there was "something wrong" with how we get water to the front since they couldn't shut off the water. That didn't make sense to me, but now that I've tried to fix the sprinklers in the front myself, I've encountered the same problem. When I turn off the shut off valves near the water meter (what I think are the main valves), nothing happens, though it does turn off the water to the backyard. When I need to repair plumbing inside the house, the valve close to the house does the trick, but again, I can't shut off water to the front sprinklers. I have no idea how the sprinklers were installed, but it is getting frustrating and I'd like to know how to go about troubleshooting this. Is there any way to identify where a valve might be to shut off the water to the front sprinklers? Here's a simple diagram I drew. Thank you!!!
posted by BitterYouth on Feb 17, 2014 - 17 answers

Can anyone help me identify this weird water pipe in my yard?

I rent, and tonight I heard the sound of running water in my yard. I went outside to investigate and saw that water was spurting upwards out of this black pipe in the yard that is about 8" in diameter and sticks out of the ground about a foot (link to picture inside). The pipe has a cap on it that has a hole in it - it looks like an intentional hole that water is supposed to come out of. However, I've lived here for years and I've never seen or heard this happening. It rained today, and I live in SoCal where it hardly rains, but again, this seemed new. The water coming out was substantial and flooded a bit of my (very small) yard. After a while the water flow petered out. Since then, it's been going on and off at random intervals. I've tried to see if me running the water or flushing the toilet is connected to this, but I'm not sure that there is a correlation. The water coming out looked clear, but smelled a little funky and may have emitted a little steam (I didn't want to touch it to check the temp). The pipe is located less than a foot away from the side of the house and is next to my water heater that is located outdoors in some sort of locker thing. I've left a message for the landlord but wanted to see if anyone has any insight as to what this thing may be, and if this is unusual. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by emily37 on Dec 20, 2013 - 13 answers

Water quality testing

I have previously posted that my water appliances like hot water pot and coffee machine quickly descaled when i moved into my home. I never could figure out why. If one were to get home water tested, is it necessary to know what I am testing for? Anyone know of any reliable testing outfits?
posted by dougiedd on Aug 25, 2013 - 5 answers

Water Alarm System For Crawlspace

I'm looking for a water detection system with a wireless alarm. [more inside]
posted by shew on Dec 25, 2012 - 3 answers

I'm drowning in sorrow, water, frustration...

I have been battling with the sprinkler system at my house for almost a year (previously on MeFi) and I am about to give up as it appears that it has gotten the better of me, here is a brief history... When we moved in the outdoor watering system was a mess, there were drip lines on 24 hours a day, many of the sprinkler valves were not working properly, etc. I have spent many hours fixing, replacing and getting a better understanding of what is going on out there, I found multiple system and wiring all dead from neglect, quite a mess. [more inside]
posted by silsurf on Jun 16, 2012 - 9 answers

Can I water my lawn this way?

A question about the lifting capacity of sponges, gravity, pvc tubing and whether my lawn can be irrigated. [more inside]
posted by otto42 on May 23, 2012 - 9 answers

Choosing a mold remediation contractor

What questions should we ask while taking estimates from mold remediation specialists? [more inside]
posted by Orinda on Mar 28, 2011 - 2 answers

Water, Water Everywhere And Not A Drop To Drink

After having drainage and a sump pump installed in our basement, we’ve noticed an unusually large amount of groundwater being pumped out into the connecting dry well. We’d like to determine the source of this water, but, as usual, there are some unusual details…. [more inside]
posted by Rewind on Mar 12, 2011 - 7 answers

Mystery leak in the basement

Where did the mystery water come from? There were huge storms in the Twin Cities tonight. We returned home to find a puddle of water surrounding the furnace, which is located in the middle of the basement. There is no evidence of any water near the walls, or any leak from above. Where could this water have come from? [more inside]
posted by violettie3 on Jun 25, 2010 - 10 answers

Power-vented water heaters -- what say you?

Replacing a water heater... to power-vent or not to power-vent? That is the question. [more inside]
posted by sesquipedalia on Nov 4, 2009 - 15 answers

Shade-tolerant plant that will prevent bank erosion?

Looking for a shade-tolerant plant that will prevent bank erosion that I can grow in North Carolina's triangle region. [more inside]
posted by jeffmshaw on Nov 5, 2008 - 3 answers

Do-My-Kid's-Homework-Filter

There is one sure way to keep water from comng into your home. What is it? [more inside]
posted by LoraxGuy on Aug 26, 2008 - 10 answers

Swamp thing/you make my heart sing

Home Drainage Filter: What can I do about a corner of my yard that develops standing water for ~36 hours after a good rain? [more inside]
posted by hecho de la basura on Apr 7, 2008 - 14 answers

water damage detection and repair

Help me identify and fix a possible water intrusion / water damage near my sliding glass door. [more inside]
posted by escher on Apr 7, 2008 - 3 answers

Why would room temperature water be coming out of the faucet when I turn on the cold water tap?

When I turn the cold water tap, the faucets in my upstairs bathroom are putting out room temperature water. How do I fix this? [more inside]
posted by ND¢ on Aug 23, 2007 - 15 answers

Moldy Walls

My family has mold growing on the lower portions of inside of the walls in the central area of our 15-year-old home. We're getting the house sprayed, but the price the contractor gave us seems extremely high. What should I expect? [more inside]
posted by silasjones on May 9, 2007 - 8 answers

Can I make my own delicious Aquafina water at home?

I love Aquafina bottled water. There's something in it that makes it taste much different than other bottled waters. Still, it gets expensive. What's in it that makes it taste so nice and can I make my own at home? [more inside]
posted by redteam on Feb 21, 2007 - 31 answers

water heater pilot light won't stay lit

Our water heater pilot light won't stay lit. Is it time to call a repair man? [more inside]
posted by MrMoonPie on Sep 20, 2006 - 9 answers

Water damage on a wood floor--hurry, it's still damp!

I just discovered a bottle of water has leaked onto my hardwood floor. What can I do to minimize the damage while the floor is still damp? [more inside]
posted by werty on Sep 3, 2006 - 10 answers

Where can I find a very accurate water heater?

Where can I find a very accurate water heater? [more inside]
posted by nickerbocker on Oct 11, 2005 - 13 answers

Who's Zooming Who?

Am I being ripped off? And by whom? [more inside]
posted by archimago on Mar 9, 2005 - 9 answers

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