The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 7, 1997 · Page 164
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 164

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Sunday, December 7, 1997
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The New i i low I Fin ft Ml. WATER IN THE BASEMENT. "Water usually gets into basements through foundation walls," says John Molski, a waterproofing technician with UGL Labs in Scranton, Pa. "Many basement leaks can be solved by do-it-yourselfers." Cracks or open joints can be plugged with hydraulic cement. Most drainage problems can be solved by cleaning and repairing gutters. In some cases, the ground must be regraded to move water away from the foundation walls. If all else fails, application of a good-quality waterproofing paint usually will stop water penetration. If water seeps up through the floor, install a sump pump in a hole made in the basement floor. When water fills the hole, the pump moves it out. POWER FAILURE. When you lose all power, it's often the utility's fault. Turn off or unplug appliances to guard against parts being damaged when the power returns. "Store flashlights and spare batteries in one spot that everyone in the By Tom Philbin J HE HOMEOWNER c 1 aian i Know aooui me i - - - ---- - mi-mm'.- . - - R" V05 Vqci . J I cleans and dries hard floors : I quickly and easily rn ' if ' 4999 I .mt" gig "i s" Sean low Pnct ! j i ' - , RoomMats" vacuum SpV """"'"ji I ' ' Lightweight, with a ' " ' I1 " ' Jf I t revolving brushroll II, 1 tj- w ff -C"""! deep leaning. 1 ill ,. KM I" 30816 (Mfr. 084000) HI ' ' '' Headaches? Call 1-800-625-3462. roof leak," said Lance Margolin of FMS Supplies in Huntington Station, N.Y., speaking of a job he had worked on. "When we found it, household is familiar with," suggests Sally Stewart of the Arizona Public Service Co. "Chemical sticks that light up are safer than candles," says Anthony Visnesky of the Illinois Commerce Commission. If only some appliances or lights aren't working, check the circuit breakers. Unplug the appliance and switch the circuit breaker back on or replace the fuse. If that doesn't Do you have severe headaches with throbbing or pulsing pain? . No Yes TO PREVENT MAJOR REPAIR BILLS, do-it-yourselfer can handle problems before damage occurs. Are your headaches associated with changes in vision, nausea, vomiting, or unusual sensitivity to light and sound? No Yes If you answered "Yes" to any of these questions, there's a chance that you have migraine. Call us at 1-800-625-3462 to participate in a Personalized Headache Screener designed by migraine experts. Upon completion, you will receive information that will help you and your doctor evaluate your headaches. By completing this customized screener, you'll be giving your doctor the information he or she needs to help determine if your headaches are migraines, and to help you find the treatment you deserve. So don't wait. Call 1-800-625-3462 today, and take advantage of this free headache screener. : ! 1 Do your headaches interfere with your family, social, or work activities? Two tank system keeps c!ecn end 129.99 Stan Law Pnct Ultra Swivel Glide" r ........... Outstanding 1 maneuverability with swivel casters. Powerful 12 amp motor and extra long hose. 30814 (Mfr. M08410S) we had to rip out the flashing, insulation, floor and walls. It cost him about $15,000." While not all home problems have such dire consequences, some qualify as emergencies. Here's how to handle and possibly avoid a rogue's gallery of problems: LEAKY ROOF. When a roof leaks, the problem often develops at the flashing the metal used to seal joints around chimneys, pipes and vents that jut through the roof. Repairing the flashing at the source is the key to preventing big problems. "Be suspicious if you see a new stain on the ceiling or detect an unexplained musty odor," says Lance Margolin. Such symptoms may show up on walls as well as ceilings, because water travels. Ice dams are another source of leaks. In winter, warm air in the attic melts the snow on the roof. Water trickles down to the colder eaves, where it freezes into a dam. Additional melted water backs up under the shingles and into the house. Prevent ice dams by making sure the attic is insulated and ventilated. "In winter, an attic should be cold," says Michael Lamb, a technician with the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Clearinghouse in Virginia. Because a leak can be difficult to find, getting a professional to repair it may be your best option. (See PARADE, "The Smart Way To Hire a Contractor," July 27, 1997.) Yes No rate Do you live in fear of your next headache attack? work, you may have a problem with your wiring. Call an electrician. Faulty electrical systems need expert attention. NO HEAT. When the furnace shuts down, check to see if the thermostat setting is too low or in the wrong mode COOL instead of HEAT. Then check the furnace's emergency switch and its electrical circuit. If your furnace uses oil, check the fuel level. If it uses propane gas, check the feed valve to make sure it's on. If none of this works, call a serviceman. SEPTIC SYSTEM BACKS UP. First, caution everyone in the house not to use any device that requires water. Then call your serviceman. To reduce the chances of a backup, have your septic tank periodically pumped. FROZEN PIPES. "To keep ice from forming in pipes close to the outside walls, open the faucets to let a trickle of water flow, because running water won't freeze," says John Spinella, a retired plumber in Greenlawn, N.Y. Pipes can be insulated or wrapped with special tape with a wire that heats up when the pipe gets cold. Call a plumber to thaw the pipe or let it thaw naturally. Leaks may occur away from the point where the pipe froze. If you hear water running inside a wall, close the main water valve leading into your house. IS jTo order a7opy of the Consumer Information "1 I Catalog, which lists frea publications on home repairs and other topics, call 1-888-870-3253 I weekdays from 9 a.m, to 8 p.m. EDT. I No Yes Powerful vacuum squeegee f V -' Sean low Price GlaxoWellcome Sponsored by m conjunction with r mop vac , j Newl Dispenses cleaning t solution then vacuums it Please visit our web sites: up, leaving your floor clean and dry. Use on hard floor surfaces only. B081QMkMV300OJ-" If vou know someone who suffers from headaches, do them a favor and oass this information alone to her or him. 3 Thank you. Tom Philbin has written 30 books on home improvement. eiWaiawiWelkomelnc. All righl rervl. Printed in ISA. IMC207RO Come see the many sides of Sears 1 199? Sean, Roebuck ind Co. Satisfaction Guaranteed or Your Money Back. PARADE MAGAZINE DECEMBER 7, 1997 PACE 17 PAGE 16 DECEMBER 7, 1997 PARADE MAGAZINE

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