Renewing Your Deck

 

 
If you don't yet have a pressure sprayer, think about getting one. With a sprayer you can quickly handle all sorts of exterior maintenance chores, from brightening and sealing a deck to cleaning siding, screens, driveways, and patios.

 

Mix deck-brightening solution as directed by the manufacturer. Apply the solution with a pressure sprayer. Let the solution set for 10 minutes.

 

Scrub the deck thoroughly with a stiff brush. Wear rubber gloves and eye protection.

 

Rinse the deck with clear water. If necessary, apply a second coat of brightener to extremely dirty or stained areas. Rinse and let the deck dry, then apply a fresh coat of sealer or stain.

 

 
 
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Floodwater threatens the family, the home and its contents, and the community...

 

Home Has Been Flooded

For what to do if a flood is imminent. If your home has been flooded, and you have a flood insurance policy, immediately call...

 

Hurricane Threatens Home

Major hurricane is heading toward your location, bringing dangerous winds, floods, and storm surges...

 

Earthquake Threatens Home

Accurate predictions of earthquakes cannot be made. In the United States, earthquakes occur most often in the western states...

 

Home Suffers Earthquake

For what to do during an earthquake. After an earthquake has struck, be prepared for additional earthquake shocks called has struck...

 

Excessive Moisture in Home

Excess humidity causes condensation that leads to dripping on windows, wet sills, damp walls, mold, wet insulation, wood rot, and metal...

 

Air Pollution in Home

Indoor air contains pollutants that have the potential to affect your health..

 

Radon in Home

Radon gas is present in amounts large enough to cause potential health problems...

 

Excessive Lead Around Home

 Lead poisoning occurs when too much lead builds up in the body. It can cause learning, behavior, and health problems in children...

 

Home Wiring Inadequate

Excess demand on electrical system, which shows up as blown fuses, tripped circuit breakers, dim or flickering lights, or appliances that...

 

Electrical Circuit Fails

Circuit breakers and fuses act as the first line of defence when an electrical failure occurs. When a fuse blows or a circuit...

 

Home Wiring Short Circuits

If a fuse is blown, the fuse window will appear discolored and the metal strip running across the inside of the window will be...

 

Circuit Wiring Overloads

Power to a circuit is cut off because of either temporary overloads or constant over loads...

 

Electrical Plug Detective

Plug sparks when used, does not carry power to lamp or appliance, or causes short circuits...

 

Appliance Plug or Cord Defective

The detachable plug, which inserts into an appliance such as a roaster or waffle iron, becomes defective or a small appliance cord becomes...

 

Outlet Receptacle Defective

Outlet won’t work, sparks, does not receive prongs on plug, or does not grip plugs...

 

Light Switch Defective

Switch does not work, works occasionally, or must be repeatedly switched off and on to make light come on...

 

Lamp Socket Defective

The bulb flickers or will not work in a lamp, even though other lamps work using the same receptacle...

 

Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter Device Defective

When the test button is pushed, the device does not trip to indicate that it is working...

 

Doorbell Defective

The doorbell doesn’t ring at all, works only occasionally, or rings continuously...

 

Toilet Is Plugged Up

Excess material may plug up a toilet, but often nondegradable items, including children’s plastic tub toys, combs, and other items that fall...

 

Toilet (Old-Style) Runs

Mechanisms inside toilet tank allow water to continue to run after toilet is flushed...

 

Toilet (New-Style) Runs

Newer toilets and re placement kits substitute the older ball cock mechanism...

 

Toilet Flush Inadequate

If toilet tank refills, flushing problems are usually caused by the mechanism that allows water to drain into the bowl...

 

Toilet Makes Noises

Toilets that make excessive gurgling or splashing sounds, or that whine or clunk during the flush cycle, likely have defective parts or need...

 

Toilet Base Leaks

Leak develops at the base of the toilet, between toilet and the toilet flange of the waste pipe...

 

Faucet Drips

There are several types of faucets found in homes today, including the washer type, the washerless type, the spring-and-valve type...

 

Faucet Handle Leaks

Some faucets, usually old-style units, use either a washer or packing (which looks somewhat like greased yarn) to keep water from escaping...

 

Faucet Handle Leaks

Some faucets, usually old-style units, use either a washer or packing (which looks somewhat like greased yarn) to keep water from escaping...

 

Water Pipe Leaks

A leaking pipe can occur at any time, especially in older homes. Whenever a leak is detected in a pipe, first turn off the water supply to...

 

Water Pipes Are Frozen

Lack of heat, or unusually cold weather, causes water in pipes to freeze solid...

 

Water Pipes Are Noisy

Whistling, banging, humming, or chattering sounds coming from plumbing pipes are often fixable...

 

Water Pressure Is Low

The flow of water from faucets and other fixtures is not adequate or is much lower than normal...

 

Fixture Drain Is Clogged

Assuming that the plumbing for the fixture was correctly installed, most blockages occur close to the fixture’s trap—especially if the clog...

 

Drain Pipes Are Clogged

Drain pipes are clogged or drain slowly and clog appears to be beyond fixture...

 

Bathtub Stopper Defective

The stopper in the tub doesn’t operate, doesn’t seal, or causes slow drainage...

 

Showerhead Holes Are Clogged

With use, holes in showerheads can become plugged, causing water to shoot out un plugged holes with extra force, resulting in an...

 

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