Q:
I recently purchased an older home
that sat all winter without the water
or the electricity on. Now that I’m trying
to get things working again, I’m having
trouble with the older windows not open-
ing, some sink faucets that have hot water
but not cold, and doors that close on their
own right after they are opened. Is this
common? The water thing really has me
bugged because the water is turned all the
way on under the sink.
A:
When a home — old or new — sits
empty and closed with no heating or
cooling, things begin to
change in the structure of the
home. The wood framing
was dry when the home was
first occupied, and over the
years the moisture levels in
the cells of the wood would
have stabilized.
When the wood starts to
receive additional moisture
from the empty home’s envi-
ronment, the wood will swell
and may twist or bow from
its original shape. The wood
windows in an older home
are exposed to the extremes of humidity
changes and can swell to the point that
they will no longer open without a great
deal of effort.
Older-style windows that have a sash
cord and counterweight are so loose-fitting
that they are not likely to be a problem.
It’s the wood windows that have a slide
rail on either side of the sash that will
become difficult to open.
Over time, once the home is occupied
and is heated and cooled for comfort, the
wood will again shrink and the windows
should operate freely. In the meantime,
you can lubricate the side rails by rubbing
the end of a wax candle or a bar of soap
against each rail.
The doors close because the wall where
the door is hung is no longer plumb. Try
removing one of the hinge’s pins near the
top of the door, put the pin on a concrete
slab and tap it with a hammer to slightly
bend it. Once reinstalled, the slight bend
will give minor resistance to stop the door
from self-closing.
When the water has been off for a long
time, sediments build up
inside the supply pipes and
water heater. When the water
is turned on, the sediment
becomes loose and flows
through the pipes to the
faucet’s aerators or to a shut-
off valve. The aerators can be
cleaned by unscrewing the fil-
ter screens, washing the sedi-
ment out and reinstalling the
aerators.
If you have hot water but
no cold water, it is likely the
sediment is trapped in the
shut-off valve under the sink. The valve
contains a threaded valve system with
rubber washers that can be replaced.
Shut off the water to the home, remove
the cap nut of the valve and unscrew the
threaded valve body. The washers are
available at major home and hardware
stores along with a complete threaded
valve body.
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Older homes
need extra
care after
sitting empty
H
Dwight Barnett
Home
Maintenance
When a
home
— old or new —
sits empty and
closed with no
heating or
cooling, things
begin to
change in the
structure of the
home.
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