Leaking windows, mildew smell, possible attic problems cathedral ceilings?

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Topic by Jim Reeves posted 01-26-2011 04:57 PM 5459 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jim Reeves

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01-26-2011 04:57 PM

Hi my name is Jim, l live in Ontario, Canada l need the advice of experts for below problems in a home my father inlaw gave my wife.
The house was built in l think the 1960’s all windows are single pain glass, each room has 2 windows size 41’’ wide x 50’’ high .
One window has in the bottom aluminum sliders 12’’ high x 41 inches wide then above sliders is a pc of none opening glass 41 wide x 38 high.
Beside each window with sliders is another window same size all solid glass doesn’t open.

There are 8 windows as discribed above plus 2 single pain 36×39 aluminum sliders, a picture window 5’ x 6 ft with a single row of the insulated glass blocks on bottom at floor level and a 41’’ x 50’’ window of those insulated glass blocks. what l am wondering is if there is video online that would show me how to safely remove above windows and install new windows with a helper?
The house for years has had a musty smell on the furniture and could smell on my inlaws when they came here or smell in house when going there.
Trying to find out what would cause this mildew smell so l can start checking things and eliminating process until find problem area?

oWere removing all carpets and buying 2 dehumidifiers to remove any mositure any other idea’s that l can do please email me at [email protected] thanks

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01-26-2011 11:58 PM

I believe that the removal of your carpets and the de-humidifier are the best ways to start.

Next, what kind of foundation do you have?

If a crawlspace/basement/cellar, look there for moisture problems. It may be that you need to address this first, as sitting water in this area can make you deathly ill with mold.

It may be that you have to install something to remove water, existing and in the future.

Also, check for ventilation in these areas. Improper ventilation can and will cause moisture issues. Adding vents or venting fans may be necessary.

I will get back on here soon with some more ideas.

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Jim Reeves

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01-27-2011 05:19 AM

Thanks dfletcher, really glad you replied thanks, sorry don’t know your first name.
For sure carpets are a problem, my father inlaw went into the home a few days before christmas his wife has been there 3 years as of March/2011.
I am removing all rugs which are in every room, throwing out all clothing, furniture with material on it and removing all trim.
Plus removing drywall below the 12 windows to see which windows are leaking into wall below them the 2 aluminum sliders are for sure have to replace right away.
Estimates so far for 3 doors and 12 windows range between $ 13,000 – $ 16,800 waiting for 1 more.

Foundation is crawling space is under all rooms except kitchen and living room, dinning room those 3 rooms must have to crawl under have to check it out.
It does have a few issues first one being a dirt floor, and my father inlaw for 15-20 years killed chickens to eat.
And he poured the bloody water etc in sink which drained into the sump pump hole, then is pumped outside.
Here in ontario, the laundry sink water is to be pumped to septic but my father inlaw years ago took drain from sink re directed it to sump pump which is now an illegal hook up inspector when l get reno permit likely to make change back which l want to do as the dirty wash water soap etc plus bloody water from hundreds of chickens went into sump pump hole like smelling place up or adding to it.

He has 2 vents in cralw space but were never opened properly in the spring summer months.
The garage ceiling is open the hallway and bathroom were dropped to 7 ft height so cold air from garage goes over the 22 ft long hallway bathroom and maybe both bedrooms, needs to l think be closed off from garage above these rooms and insulated do you think?
The gas furnace is in garage would this contribute, also has big ice cubes hanging from eve trouph was ready on home furbishers today that meant possible heal loss in attic.
Going to have a engery home consultation done to see where loosing etc etc attic being a catherderal ceiling dropped to 7 ft in some area’s may not have proper attic vents or insulation and may be 40 plus years old plan to at once if need to or if smell goes away remove drywall insulation from complete house re insulate re drywall as drywall is my trade

I look foreword to your future replies thanks so much

The office room is a room that opens to hallway but was built in garage floor of office is concrete and as in rest of house has a carpet.

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02-23-2011 12:18 AM

Jim: As for the window replacement I will recommend to you as I have others.
Google “Ehow – Replacing windows.”
Good series of videos for this. Good luck
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03-01-2023 06:59 PM

It looks like this property may have some significant issues to take care of. Leaking windows can lead to damage to the interior of the house, as well as a possible mildew smell that could be difficult to remove. Additionally, the cathedral ceilings could be indicative of possible attic problems. diamond rings It’s important to be mindful of these issues when considering this property.

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05-11-2023 07:16 AM

As an expert in home maintenance, it’s clear that Jim is dealing with a number of issues in his father-in-law’s home. The leaking windows and musty foods to avoid with gout smell could be due to a variety of factors, including possible problems with attic ventilation. While it’s commendable that Jim is taking steps to remove moisture and eliminate potential sources of mildew, it’s best to seek the advice of professionals for safe and effective window replacement.

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