The House Whisperer

A free internet archive of Jack Milne's famous House Whisperer Show radio broadcasts.

Is My Basement Wet?
The title of this show may a bit redundant, as you do currently live in your home, and every time you open the basement door, you may smell a foul odor. This show will take you through all of the steps to keep your basement as dry as possible, and if need be, install a waterproofing system. Sometimes, it's the simplest things that can be done to keep your basement "bone dry".
Rain and mold: Have You Had Enough This Summer?
As you may well remember, the summer of 2013 was particularly wet and hot. How many times did you have your gutters overflow and water infiltration into your home through all the nooks and crannies that you never knew you had? Listen in, as I explain the reasons for this water intrusion and methods that may help protect you and your home in the future.
Spring Cleaning: Let's Get Rid of the Clutter
It may be the end of January, however, when I was putting away my holiday trinkets in my attic, it gave me an opportunity to look through those items that I have stored through the years. In the old days, we used to call it "Spring Cleaning". Today, its "Let's get rid of the clutter". This show talks about revisiting those items that may not have been used for a period of time, and where to donate them. It also discusses the sensitive topic of talking with your elderly parents about the accumulation of clutter in their homes, since this depression-era generation tends to collect items rather than letting them go. I ask that you listen in for some great advice.
Email Box Revisited Vol 3
For the third time in the series I revisit the email box. It gives my listeners an opportunity to ask questions with me about revelent topics that I feel affect everybody. The show's topics touch on aging water heaters during a real estate transaction, issues with icicles; why they are formed and how to correct it, home inspections conducted during winter weather where snow may cover the roof, walk-throughs where the initial inspections have been conducted, where the house was both vacant as well as winterized, tankless water heaters vs. standard water heaters, and why vermiculite should not be disturbed.
Mold or Biological Organisms: What Should We Know and How Do We Test?
With Mike Cantor From Pest Blaster: 215-295-5555 Mike has been a regular on The House Whisperer Show through the years. I brought Mike back because now that winter is FINALLY over, it's time for us to take a look around our homes, especially in the basement where due to this past winter's snowfalls, lack of power, and overall inconvenience, there could be mold and/or biological organisms that have appeared in the dark recesses of our basements without our knowledge. Listen in, as Mike and I discuss what can bring on mold and how we should test for it.
Living Near Waterways: What Concerns Should I Have?
If you ever thought about living near a source of water, be it a retention basin, brook, creek, river, or lake, each have their own peculiarities and can affect your quality of life due to such things as the moon and unpredictable weather patterns. I ask that you listen in if you are planning on either living or retiring near a water source.
How To Build a Better Basement (Part 1): How To Prep
I have never had Part 1 and Part 2 of a radio show, however, because of the complexity of this subject, I have broken it up into two shows. It appears that finished basements are becoming a priority in a lot of our homes. Part 1 discusses how to get prepared. I talk about consulting with an architect, obtaining permits, current codes regarding egress, including either foundation windows and/or Bilco doors, and the general layout of the space. Planning an endeavor like this comes down to the minute details, because once the work starts, it's hard to go backwards. I ask that you also listen to Part 2, which will air on 9/23/14.
How To Build a Better Basement (Part 2): Let The Construction Begin
On last week's show, we talked about how to prepare for a huge endeavor like finishing a basement. This show takes you to the next step; from the arrival of the dumpster and the mechanics, to the sound of demolition and the dust accumulation around the home. I discuss installing steel studs in lieu of wood because of potential mold issues, insulation, egress, etc. Once again, if you plan to finish your basement, I would ask that you listen to both segments so that you can be fully prepared. Good luck with your project!
Trials and Tribulations of Being a Home Inspector: Part 1
Today's segment is broken into various chapters because, as you know, every house has a story. As time goes on, I will add to the book I'm about to write.
  • Chapter 1: Jack, you will walk the roof, right?
  • Chapter 2: Jack, you are going into that crawlspace?
  • Chapter 3: The investor
  • Chapter 4: Jack, you will be testing the jetted tub in the master bathroom?
  • Chapter 5: The meat salesman

    Listen in, as these are true accounts of situations that I have run across in my career as a home inspector.

    July is Safety Month: What To Check Around Your House
    On this show, I talk about items around the house that we may take for granted, but can save our lives. I touch on smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, ground fault circuit interrupters, bath fans in showers, double locking deadbolts, and cleaning that dryer vent. I don't want to give away the whole show, but I ask that you listen in and learn a few more things about your home that you may take for granted.
    How To Keep Little Critters Out of Your Home
    With Mike Cantor of Pest Blaster (215-295-5555 or Mike has been a regular on The House Whisperer Show throughout the years. With fall around the corner, I thought it would be prudent to have Mike come back on the air and talk about those pesky little varmints that can work their way into our homes, as they don't want to be left out in the cold. Listen in, because before you know it, you're going to be keeping those windows closed and raising your thermostat.

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