Take Care of Pesky Leaks

When you have a new roof installed you breathe a sigh of relief knowing that you are leak free for twenty plus years. And all is good for a couple of years, until you have one of those rain storms that “blows a gale.” The next day you are walking into a room and notice a dark stain on the ceiling. You call the roofer, he comes out, he says he fixes it, and all is good. Well it’s all good until the next blowing rain comes through your town and you see that same dark stain on the ceiling. Sound familiar?

Finding a small leak is difficult because where the leak shows up inside the house may not be where it is on the roof. It may roll down one area to show up in another. And that’s what is great about Through the Roof!. You just brush it on in the general area and the product will search out the leak and seal it. Through the Roof! comes in a brushable quart and gallon plus a thicker formula in a caulking tube. The caulk formula works well around the flashing on chimneys, sealing up guttering, and sealing around plumbing exhaust pipes that go “through the roof.” And that’s how this product got its name.

The next time you have a pesky roof leak, don’t let your roofer apply a black tar roof cement. Ask him to brush on Through the Roof! ….its seals up but doesn’t show up. 

Enjoy 20% off your purchase of Through the Roof! by using the code TTR05815-21.

Now to the email….

Question: I have an extreme sensitivity to smells. Most toilet bowl cleaners leave me gasping for air because of the smell. Is there a way to clean off the hard water stains and mildew that forms on our toilets without the fumes?
Answer: Flexi Scour is a flexible screening material that is infused with pumice. Most pumice cleaners come in a block form. I don’t know about you, but there nothing square in my toilet. It’s all round. And that’s what is great about this screen. You can easily clean under the rim of your toilet because it’s flexible. It will remove the ring that forms at the water line, and you won’t have to use any strong cleaner.

Question
: We have a smoke stain on the brick around our fireplace. We have used several cleaners but the stain is still there. Is there a cleaner that works on the smoke stain that will not harm the color of the brick?
Answer: The best cleaner is possible one of the oldest cleaners, and that’s TSP. Tri Sodium Phosphate is a super strong cleaner that looks like a powdered laundry detergent. But it’s a very tough cleaner, and you need to wear gloves when cleaning with it. Follow the directions and use hot water. Apply it to the brick with a stiff brush and clean. Rinse with clear water.

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: We have some small scratches on our hard wood floors. On the transition strip that goes between our dining room and the kitchen the color has just worn off. Is there an easy way to fix this myself without calling a flooring company? It’s a dark wood and the discoloration really stands out.
Answer: There are a couple of products that are easy to use and will make the floor look good again. For the scratches, use Howard's Finish Fixer. It comes in seven colors ranging from light maple to dark walnut. Take the Finish Fixer and rub it over the scratch. Channel your inner kindergartener and rub vigorously – don’t worry about going outside the lines of the scratch. Finish Fixers are soft enough to go into the smallest abrasion but firm enough to stay where you use them. Fill in the scratch and then buff. For the faded areas, use Restore-A-Finish. Put a small amount on a rag and blot it on the faded areas. Let it dry and if you need apply a second coat.