A relative’s recent experience with the twenty year old home she just moved into taught us a few facts worth sharing. Water started appearing in her home along one side of her home. Her floors are large marble tiles as she lives in Florida where they are common. When water started seeping up in between the tiles when stepped on, she went on high alert and got a plumber in pronto. After probing for a good long while, he found water standing under the house. This eliminated the sprinkler system surrounding the exterior or a completely broken pipe that would have gushed. A slow leaking hot water pipe was discovered behind the drywall in the office. Once capped off, it stopped the leak but further work will have to find the other end of the pipe to finalize the repair and make sure there are no other contributing spots.
We are in the process of updating our 20 year old home to get it ready to go on the market. The effect of four dogs at various times and many kids traipsing in and out in earlier years hit our happy home full force. Flooring was the hardest hit. When we bought our house in 1996, pickled oak was a leading trend. We paired the oak flooring with a green/aqua carpet that I thought made it look a little Scandinavian. I grew to hate the carpet – but not enough to replace it until now.