I am passionate about this. Vinyl windows are junk. They will last 20-25 years and then need to be replaced, adding to the waste stream and necessitating consumption of more inferior windows. I regularly, during home inspections, come across vinyl windows with failed gaskets, warped frames, broken springs...etc. Your wooden windows, though not original to the building, will, with proper care, last another hundred years. For homes with windows from the late 1800's to early 1900's, these are valuable hard wood windows. Even new windows are not hard wood anymore. Old wooden windows simply need to be taken out of the frame, sanded, maybe restrung with copper chain, and put back together. There are classes to teach you how to do this yourself or people will come and do it for you. Check out windowrepair.com. They taught me and I did my own windows. The windows work/look great and it was fun!... more
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Show Name: Real Estate Talk with Scott Nelson - Basement Waterproofing
Length: 1 hr
This weeks topic we'll be discussing basement waterproofing with Rick Antonellis of King Waterproofing Associates www.kingwaterproofing.com based here in Medford, MA. We'll be talking about why basements get wet, different methods of fixing it and how to pick a good contractor and items to be aware of. With all the rain we've had these last few weeks this should be a very topical show. Hope you'll tune in and check it out.... more
Hi Rona- This is just a cursory answer and thought- sight unseen. I was a builder for 10+ years in Mass.
I can assure you that a vinyl floor, or a wall covering, is not going to stop water seepage coming in from the walls or up from underneath the floor. If the water pressure is there, almost nothing can stop it from getting through the concrete, totally. The vinyl is just a superficial thing so that they can put carboard boxes down on the floor and not have the stuff inside them get ruined. Its good for that.
If it has a working sump pump with no pipe blockages, then it should be OK, as far as flooding and major damage. Is it in an area that often gets water in the basement? Knock on the door and ask a couple of the neighbors. They would probably tell you if it always floods when it rains a lot, etc.
If I can be of any help, please contact me. Thanks,