Zillow Advice RSS: Question-Discussion-Guide,Maintenance,WA http://www.zillow.com/advice/WA/home-ownership-maintenance/question-discussion-guide/ Zillow Advice search results | Zillow Real Estate What kind of company should I call if my basement is leaking? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-kind-of-company-should-I-call-if-my-basement-is-leaking/472312/ There has been heavy rains and now water wells up from my basement floor. The floor is covered with peeling old tile from the 1950s and water is also coming down through a part of the brick chimney. &nbsp;My house is built at the bottom of a hill. The water does not seem to be coming from the walls One plumbing contractor suggested he could jackhammer around the inside basement foundation and then through a concrete floored garage and driveway to connect a sump pump to a drainage sewer down the hill for about $7k. I want to get another estimate, who ar pros in the Seattle neighborhood that I could call on who could fix something like this? A plumber? A basement waterproofing specialist? Both?&nbsp;<br \><br \>5 replies Fri, 28 Dec 2012 10:39:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-kind-of-company-should-I-call-if-my-basement-is-leaking/472312/ 2012-12-28T10:39:00Z can you tell me if this location was painted with lead paint? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/can-you-tell-me-if-this-location-was-painted-with-lead-paint/474806/ 4126 s park ave Tacoma Wa<br \><br \>5 replies Fri, 18 Jan 2013 00:40:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/can-you-tell-me-if-this-location-was-painted-with-lead-paint/474806/ 2013-01-18T00:40:00Z What's the best way to pay for landscaping maintenance? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What%27s-the-best-way-to-pay-for-landscaping-maintenance/449284/ I have lots of landscaping I have neglected over the years, several thousand square feet worth all around my house.&nbsp; I'm going to hire a landscaper/gardener/someone to come in and clean it up.&nbsp; How should I structure a contract?&nbsp; Hourly, fixed price?&nbsp; I expect it will be 7-10 days of work.&nbsp;<br \><br \>2 replies Mon, 02 Jul 2012 03:08:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What%27s-the-best-way-to-pay-for-landscaping-maintenance/449284/ 2012-07-02T03:08:00Z How often does house need to be painted (wood siding)? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-often-does-house-need-to-be-painted-wood-siding/378959/ I live in the Seattle area and moved into my home in 2006. I have no idea when it was last painted and have never owned a home that needed to be painted. How often should a wood-siding home be painted?<br \><br \>5 replies Thu, 30 Dec 2010 00:41:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/How-often-does-house-need-to-be-painted-wood-siding/378959/ 2010-12-30T00:41:00Z Are You Ready for Winter? Bellingham Homes For Sale http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Are-You-Ready-for-Winter-Bellingham-Homes-For-Sale/378578/ <p class="MsoNormal">Winter is one of our favorite times of the year! It's often easy to overlook your home's needs with so much going on. Here is a simple checklist of items that can save you money through the winter:&nbsp;<br/></p><p class="MsoNormal">Check for leaks and drafts around the house. Replace weather stripping and re-caulk around doors and windows. Drafty doors and windows will cool off the house and cost you money in heating bills. <br/></p><p class="MsoNormal">Inspect your attic's insulation. Heat rises so adding good insulation can keep the heat from escaping.<br/></p><p class="MsoNormal">Check your heating system. Sometimes something as easy as replacing your filter or having simple maintenance done can save on heating costs.Consider changing from standard light bulbs to energy saving bulbs. Winter uses a lot of your electricity so even saving a little here and there will help.<br/></p><p class="MsoNormal">Whether you live in a warm or cold climate, take this opportunity to inspect your home systems. You'll be money ahead in the long run!</p><br \><br \>0 replies Fri, 24 Dec 2010 21:28:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Are-You-Ready-for-Winter-Bellingham-Homes-For-Sale/378578/ 2010-12-24T21:28:00Z Free Workshop for Seattle Waterfront Home Owners-Maintain Your Shoreline and Habitat http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Free-Workshop-for-Seattle-Waterfront-Home-Owners-Maintain-Your-Shoreline-and-Habitat/349929/ <p>Thanks to King County Councilmember Larry Phillips for the heads up on a free workshop that the conservation district is putting on for waterfront homeowners this summer. This is a great starting point if you are a waterfront homeowner who wants to maintain the integrity of your property and the marine habitat at the same time. It's a free workshop in the morning and an optional lunch and "field trip" in the afternoon. Maybe I'll see you there.</p><p>---<br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.kingcd.org/pdf/new-where-water-begins.pdf">Where the Water Begins<br/></a>Land Management Practices for Marine Shoreline &amp; Bluff Properties<br/>Saturday, June 26th<br/>Discovery Park ELC, Seattle WA</p><p>9:00 - 12:30 PM (Indoor Session)<br/>12:30 - 3:30 PM (Optional Lunch &amp; Field Trip)<br/>Contact Brandy Reed for more information or to register:<br/>(425) 282-1924<br/><a href="mailto:brandy.reed@kingcd.org" rel="nofollow">brandy.reed@kingcd.org</a><br/><br/>Is&nbsp;your marine bluff or beach property eroding or<br/>jeopardizing your house? Do you want to manage<br/>vegetation to stabilize slopes while maintaining a beautiful<br/>view of Puget Sound?</p><p>The King Conservation District invites you to attend a FREE<br/>workshop developed for property owners along the marine<br/>shorelines of King County. The workshop will provide<br/>participants with an opportunity to learn about the<br/>ecological, geological, and vegetation management issues<br/>associated with owning property.</p><p>Topics:<br/>Understanding the Ecology of Marine Nearshore and Riparian Ecology<br/>Recognizing Coastal Geological Hazards<br/>Using Native Vegetation to Reduce Erosion &amp; Improve Fishand Wildlife Habitat</p><p>Who Should Attend:<br/>Landowners interested in stable natural marine shorelines &amp; in reducing the potential for erosion and landslides<br/></p><br \><br \>0 replies Fri, 14 May 2010 23:57:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Free-Workshop-for-Seattle-Waterfront-Home-Owners-Maintain-Your-Shoreline-and-Habitat/349929/ 2010-05-14T23:57:00Z Shoreline Erosion Management and Waterfront Bulkheads (Seattle and King County) http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Shoreline-Erosion-Management-and-Waterfront-Bulkheads-Seattle-and-King-County/349927/ <p>The King County Department of Development and Environmental Services (DDES) provides guidelines for the use of waterfront bulkheads to control shoreline erosion on waterfront properties. The Bulletin on shoreline erosion control is a good starting point for waterfront home owners on Lake Washington and Puget Sound to find out if there is a need for a bulkhead on your shoreline and whether or not one can be permitted.</p> <p>A geotechnical engineer or consultant will be required to assess the current beach and bluff conditions on your property, as well as the drainage and ground water levels. There are a number of other factors involved, but if it's determined that your beach/bluff erosion cannot be contained with a natural fix like vegetation or drainage control, a permit for bulkhead construction may be permitted.</p><p>The goal of the DDES is to preserve as much natural habitat for aquatic life as possible, and sandy beaches are preferable to bulkheads in terms of fish habitat. At the same time, erosion of valuable waterfront real estate is a real concern for land owners. Some jurisdictions are actually giving incentives to waterfront developers to remove old bulkheads and restore the natural shoreline.</p><p>If you were thinking about building a bulkhead without a permit, even on a remote part of Puget Sound...Big Brother is watching. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers periodically conducts aerial photographic surveys and spots unpermitted development. Penalties can be severe, financially and legally. It's not a good idea.</p><p><a href="http://www.kingcounty.gov/property/permits/publications/bulletins.aspx" rel="nofollow">King County Bulletins in PDF format</a></p><br \><br \>0 replies Fri, 14 May 2010 23:32:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Shoreline-Erosion-Management-and-Waterfront-Bulkheads-Seattle-and-King-County/349927/ 2010-05-14T23:32:00Z Can anyone recommend a reasonable and reliable plumber to replace water supply. http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Can-anyone-recommend-a-reasonable-and-reliable-plumber-to-replace-water-supply/338674/ 0 replies Mon, 29 Mar 2010 01:10:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Can-anyone-recommend-a-reasonable-and-reliable-plumber-to-replace-water-supply/338674/ 2010-03-29T01:10:00Z The City put up temporary "No parking" signs in front of my house - whom do I call? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/The-City-put-up-temporary-No-parking-signs-in-front-of-my-house-whom-do-I-call/296845/ The City left temporary "no parking" signs for 2 days next week in front of my house, so I assume they're doing some sort of electrical work or something? I'd like to call someone and ask what they're doing (what if they're like putting a phone pole in front of my house?<br/>Any ideas on whom to call?<br/><br/>I've encountered something similar before....<br/><br/>See: <br/><a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/the-scary-white-dot/2008/07/">The scary white dot</a><br/><a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/the-scary-white-dot-returns/2008/08/">The scary white dot returns</a><br/><a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/r230-mystery-solved/2008/10/">R230 mystery solved</a><br \><br \>12 replies Wed, 11 Nov 2009 06:00:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/The-City-put-up-temporary-No-parking-signs-in-front-of-my-house-whom-do-I-call/296845/ 2009-11-11T06:00:00Z