We live on the 3rd (top) floor of a 100 year old 6 flat on the north side, near Wrigley Field (Go Cubs!) see details.... [more inside]
I am looking for information about leaky roofs and ceilings. Our roof has water leaks in the rain. The ceiling is made of acoustic tiling and the tiles are starting to pull apart and crack. The ceiling is stained with water damage and leaks when it rains in three locations in the house. How long will it be before the ceiling collapses or the tiles start to fall? If you've ever been in this situation, what was the timeline and what different events occurred as the ceiling went from "OK" to "On the Floor"?
A week ago our upstairs neighbor's water heater started raining water down into our bathroom, hallway and kitchen. Miraculously, there was no personal property damage. But my apartment manager, the owner of the complex and the maintenance crew are being very laissez-faire in their approach to repair and don't want to do mold testing. What can I say or do to get them to take this situation seriously? [more inside]
Water (a couple spoons, tops) got into my one-month-old MBP. How screwed am I? [more inside]
My belongings are going to be boxed and stored in a family member's extra bedroom for several months. I know how to wrap everything so that it won't chip or shatter, but should I be doing more? [more inside]
Husband just dumped a glass of water over the keyboard of his MacBook Air. It immediately shut itself off/ went dead. There is water dripping dripping out of the ports on the right side. What do we do?
Own a condo; extensive water damage to ceiling from upstairs renters and I need to get the elusive owner of that unit to pay for repairs. But he's a jerk, so how do I do it? [more inside]
On Sunday afternoon (my birthday), there was a fire in the rooming house where I currently live. My room wasn't burned, but this morning I noticed a couple of spots on the hardwood floor where it looked like water had seeped / was beginning to seep down through the walls. A construction worker neighbor of mine confirmed that this is indeed what looks like has happened and now I’d like some advice as to how to go forward. [more inside]
After my water bottle spilled in my bag two days ago, my iPad was functioning normally, but had water spots on the screen. So I spared you folks and asked Google what to do. It's been sitting in a bag of rice for almost 24 hours. Now, the screen turns on (via both the power and home buttons) but doesn't respond to touch. And there's rice lodged in the headphone jack. I don't have any warranty or insurance on it. What do I do now?!
I just gave all of my personal electronics an (accidental) bath. Are they all ruined? [more inside]
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]
I was up in the attic the other day, putting away some stuff, and I noticed a delightfully large amount of mold going down either side of on section of the roof. Joy. The question now is exactly what to do, with a roof that obviously needs repair, in February, in New England. [more inside]
A few days ago, my Nexus 7 wasn't switching on. Taking off the back showed there was water inside it - though I hadn't dropped it in water. Left it to dry and it works again - save two 'water stains' on the screen. Does this mean it's likely to remain functional? And can I remove these water marks? [more inside]
Our finished basement flooded thanks to a backed up sink and the iron filter discharge running. As far as we've been able to discern, our insurance does cover this. We've had a cleanup crew sent out by the insurance company. However, I've got some concerns on how it's being handled, specifically that not enough and not enough of the right work is being done. [more inside]
I thought my old phone had drowned, so I ordered a waterproof Virgin Mobile "ZTE Reef" phone. Old phone has now sputtered back to life. Should I keep the Reef or return it? [more inside]
Cracks in our concrete condo ceiling are leaking water from the channel to the dryer vent. Can we patch the concrete? [more inside]
Firefighters put out a fire 2 floors above my apartment this week. Thankfully the fire didn't spread but my apartment suffered some water damage from the fire hoses. The water was smelly and brown, and got on some possessions. What can be cleaned and kept? What should be thrown out? [more inside]
Strategies for fixing a water-damaged piece of antique furniture? [more inside]
Friend lives in a Philadelphia row home. His neighbor's house was sealed by the DA. Neighbor broke back in & flooded the basement intentionally. The water also flooded my friend's basement and he is now concerned about potential mold problems. Neighbor does not have insurance. How should he proceed so as to both deal with potential mold & mildew before they become a problem and not cause his own homeowner's insurance to increase.
Just how bad is this water damage a roofing contractor caused to my house? And what should I do about it? [more inside]
About three weeks ago, we moved into a fantastic new apartment; we are renting. Last Friday, the water heater in the apartment across the hall burst causing extensive damage to our apartment. What are our rights with respect to rent and reasonable expectations regarding quality of life following this incident? Extended explanation inside. [more inside]
I have a beautiful old book of poetry by Yeats but, at some point in its past, the binding has been badly water damaged. A few years ago, to my great excitement, I noticed that it was signed by Yeats. I am not intending to sell the book, but I want to look after it. What should I do? Will getting the book properly restored reduce its value?
What questions should we ask while taking estimates from mold remediation specialists? [more inside]
Crappy New Year! What to salvage when returning to an apartment that has post-fire water damage? Give me some tips! [more inside]
What strategies do I have to keep legal fees down and reclaim expenses from a neighbor's negligence in producing some water damage to my home? A lawyer has been contacted, but I am surprised at the information related. [more inside]
Yet another iPhone/iPod Touch in water question. But wait, this one is different! [more inside]
We just closed on our house 3 days ago but just found some old water damaged walls. What options do we have? [more inside]
What treatments, if any, are available to a homeowner whose basement has been flooded with sewage? [more inside]
Wireless provider says my phone has water damage--it never touched water/liquid. What to do next? [more inside]
Do you think my boyfriend and I are liable for water damage to our downstairs neighbors ceiling caused by our air conditioner ? [more inside]
Can my phone's water-damaged screen be saved? [more inside]
I returned home from a week-long vacation to discover a hole in the ceiling of my apartment and water dripping onto my futon. Should I ask my landlord to pay to replace my damaged furniture? Or, since I don’t have renter’s insurance, am I just out of luck? [more inside]
Should I be getting a break on my rent because my kitchen pipes are clogged? [more inside]
How long should my friend wait before turning the PS3 on? [more inside]
My bathroom ceiling fell down today, only to reveal a huge water leak and an even nastier mould farm. Help! [more inside]
Will having "water damage" on our homeowners insurance record mean they drop us next time we make a claim?
Will having "water damage" on our homeowners insurance record mean they drop us next time we make a claim? [more inside]
A book that is very personal and valuable to me got damaged due to a leak in a car which allowed rainwater in. The book cover acted like a sponge dragging up the water as well as dirt from the upholstery. I've talked to two book repair places, but I have my reservations. Any suggestions? Even more desired: anyone have EXPERIENCE with book repair shops? [more inside]
So apparently my ceiling leaks, and consequently my MacBook has been sitting in a small puddle all day. [more inside]
I'm renting a home that recently had an indoor water leak. We tired to get it all, but now water is coming up through the floors. Are we at risk for mold? [more inside]
Its midnight on Friday. My roof is leaking. Its supposed to rain all weekend. My house is 3 1/2 stories and the leaky part of the (gabled, Queen Anne-style) roof is not easily or safely accessible to without special equipment that I don't have. Assuming that I'm not going to be able to get anyone to fix this before Monday at the earliest, is there anything I can do to to at least mitigate the damage? [more inside]
Is there any hope for a couch that sat in the rain overnight? [more inside]
Moldyinstrumentfilter: How can I save an accordion from near-certain death? [more inside]
My husband's work-issued cellphone just went through the washing machine. He is required to be reachable by cellphone 24 hours a day. Can we dry it out ourselves and make it work? Details inside. [more inside]
Is this mold? I just leased an apartment and then found standing water, a leak, and what looks like a lot of mold. I want out. Property manager obviously doesn't want to let me out without lots of money. [more inside]
My apartment had some minor flooding last night. Is it unreasonable to ask for a month of free rent? Or, have I lost my security deposit? [more inside]
Did my keyboard try to kill my computer? [more inside]
Our kitchen floor is wood that was last painted at least 12 years ago. Gradually, with years of hard use, the paint has flaked off in patches, exposing the bare, splintery wood underneath, which is warped and uneven (old building). Can I cover the floor with click-together non-adhesive rubber tiles without having to seal/finish the floor first? [more inside]
Lovely vase of spring daffodils, inquisitive feline. Spilled water splashes lovely Toshiba Portege 3500 tablet PC. [more inside]
A couple of days ago, I noticed something very odd in my bathroom - something seemed to be growing out of the wall. It looks kind of like a plant sprout than anything else I can think of, but it doesn't really behave like one - for one, it shriveled up after about two days. [more inside]
Clean energy filter! I just ran a pair of rechargeable AA batteries through the wash. On the top ends, there is a black plastic or paper ring or collar that is under the plastic label and which appears to tuck beneath the edge of the nubby positive metal pole. Compared to an unwashed pair, this black material is warped, probably swollen from water. The washed batteries do not perceptibly weigh more than a never-washed pair.
Should I toss 'em or risk the Chernobyl-like consequences that may result from using them? Are they toast?
Should I toss 'em or risk the Chernobyl-like consequences that may result from using them? Are they toast?