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    LESLIE: Elaine in Alabama, welcome to The Money Pit. What can we do for you today?

    ELAINE: I have a question. I had a leaky roof next to the – it was leaking next to the wall of the house, outside wall, and the ceiling is marred and discolored. I know what to do about that but my question is what can I do about the wallpaper where the water ran down the wall?

    TOM: Well, has the leak been fixed?

    ELAINE: Yes.

    TOM: OK. And the wallpaper is now water-damaged?

    ELAINE: It’s got that orangey, dirty-water look and streaks on it.

    TOM: Yeah. You know that’s – what’s happened is you’ve actually had a sort of a chemical reaction between the paper and the water that leaked through and, unfortunately, that’s not something that you can reverse. So this is a situation where you’d have to actually replace that wallpaper.


    TOM: Is that a possibility?

    ELAINE: I guess so, if I have to.

    TOM: Yeah. That …

    ELAINE: And it’s only a small amount above the sliding-glass door.

    TOM: Mm-hmm. Yeah. I mean, you could try to clean it with a little bit of TSP very, very gently but I’d also be concerned about that same cleaning solution taking the color out of the wallpaper.

    LESLIE: Mm-hmm.

    TOM: It might fade it out.

    ELAINE: OK. Alright, I’ll try that before I redo the wallpaper.

    TOM: Alright, Elaine. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.

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