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Sounds like inadequate venting for the drain lines. Could have been build this way or maybe a clog has developed in the vent pipe. Such as birds or squrrels building a nest in the vent pipe up on the roof. You should hope that it's a clog, which can easily be removed. In order for proper vent pipes to be installed the walls will need to be opened up.
Dennis D. Gehman, MCR - Master Certified Remodeler & Master Registered Plumber
Gehman Design Remodeling
Harleysville, PA 19438
There are many great door & window product lines to choose from. The most important consideration is the glass package and style. I recommend consulting with a few glass companies and door/window contractors to help with the decision. You need to choose your doors and windows based on location - cliamate zone. Marvin is top of the line, but it is extremely expensive, just like Renewal by Andersen. I recommend looking at Milgard, Jeld-Win and Andersen (not Renewal). Good Luck!
Murray Lampert Design, Build, Remodel
Direct added value to your home:
Finish out unfinished living areas
Upgrades to bathroom and kitchen
Add additional living area
All other items completed to home have negligible value added benifits in terms of Apprasial added value.
Hardi has about 30% cellulose fiber in it and the rest is cement. Hardi shrinks after it is installed so you must keep it tight to the the next board and not leave expansion gaps on either side. It definitely must have slip sheets under the joints. It must be caulked at the corner posts and openings. If you cut it, it must be doped or painted as it is installed.
LP Smartside on the other hand expands after it is installed. Approximately 3/8 of an inch. horizontally for the length of each board. They have a gauge to place between each horizontal lap to allow for expansion. Here again I would use a slip sheet behnd the lap. Both prodcts are susceptible to moisture. So here again you must dope or paint any cuts as you install if you are using a predinished product. Both Hardi and LP require you to where masks to keep from breathing in the dust. Not good for your lungs.
If you really want a good product with a superior finish, consider steel siding. Vinyl is just plastic and it breaks when hit by hail requiring it be replaced. Get a grill any where close to it when barbeciung and it melts. Steel can dent in a major hailstorm, and it normally doesn't. but it still won't leak. Hardi board and LP will cost you more to install if prefinished than steel and steel is virtually maintenance free. My house has steel on it since 1975. Most vinyls will last unitil the next big hailstorm and then you have to replace. The one drawback for steel is, it is harder to repair than vinyl. but can be done by a skilled craftsmen, without removing the whole wall.
Proper ventilation is extremely important for a long lasting roof. If you roof is sweating and creating condenstaion it can deteriorate your entire roofing system from the decking and supports to the underlayment and shingles. Also, depending on your climate, inproper ventilation will contribute to ice dams. I'd recommend cutting in a roof long ridge vent as soon as possible.
Like Jim said before, a proper attic insulation will help with lowering your electric bill as well as heat reflective roof shingles and exterior paint, ex. tex-cote. For windows we use Anlin, 100% american made using the newest heat reflective technology. GreenLiving specializes in exterior energy efficient home improvements!
Windows that have a .28 u factor or. Slightly lower, if installed correctly sealing the perimeter with foam are generally adequate for most homes. They will have low -e and argon normally in the csvity between the insulated glass. Now if you want to go for triple glazed glass and low e and Krypton glass, you can get down to .17 u. Generally the additional cost and added weight do not pay for the added expense. You may do well to also add insulation in the attic and make sure you ventilate the soffit and fascia. Heat tends to travel up. Make sure you get a good installer that know s how to insulate and do a quality install.
Hi. Hardi is a siding made of painted cement board. SmartSide is a painted wood product. Both are rigid materials and stay perfectly straight on the house. Their drawbacks are very visible seams and both require painting after about 10 years.
HardiePlank is a fiber-cement siding, whereas SmartSide is an engineered wood product. Fiber cement products do not rot as easily as wood products and most builders will recommend fiber cement over wood for that reason. If you choose either of these products, you will need to be dilligent about maintaining them (painting, checking for rot, etc.). Your other major option would be vinyl siding, which does not have the aesthetic appeal of wood or fiber cement, but is much easier to maintain.
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