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How an Energy Audit Solved the Case of the Peeling Drywall Tape

Season 1 - Episode 13
July 30, 2023

We learn to get to the root of the problem in grade school, and it can apply to many aspects of our lives including issues around the house that don't get the correct diagnosis and reappear. I used this podcast episode to touch on a few key points related to a recent situation that unfolded between May and June 2023. The homeowner in Rockville Maryland had drywall tape peeling at the turn of the season (colder to warmer), which was happening year after year. He was fed up with the problem this time after remodeling the bathroom and hoping the problem had been fixed. He decided to have one firm out that chose not to do the complete energy audit and as a result, also misdiagnosed the issue...almost sending the customer down another wrong path. Luckily, he called me, and I insisted on the energy audit. The systematic approach of a comprehensive energy audit is what this home needed. Although the problem was complex, it makes a lot of sense as to why it would not go away.

00:00 Introduction Case of the Peeling Drywall Tape
00:23 Ready to Try Something New: Enter The Energy Audit
01:08 Confirming the Root Cause First-Hand
01:48 Full Description of the Reason for the Issue
02:28 The Improvements - Repair-Air Seal-Correctly Insulate
02:52 Got a Problem You Need Help With?

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