Last month’s article in Bizness Magazine offered readers the opportunity to submit painting-related questions. We were very happy to get so many questions — all of which received individual replies from us. In addition, we are pleased to share some of the questions and our answers with you.
Our house is in desperate need of a paint job but I have heard you cannot paint in the winter. Is that true?
Submitted by Naomi from Har Nof, Jerusalem
Years ago this was true. One could only paint in the spring, summer or fall. In addition, after applying a single coat of paint, the paint had to dry overnight. A second coat could only be applied the following day. Fortunately, paints have advanced in so many ways since the early days. Paint now dries within minutes in the summer and within an hour in the winter. This makes it possible to always start and finish a room within a day. Rooms that have mold issues require special anti-mold paint. This requires additional dry time between coats. These jobs are not done on rainy days due to the longer drying time that is required to meet the manufacturers’ guidelines to prevent mold from reoccurring.
How much would it cost to paint our 110 meter, 4-room apartment?
Submitted by Michael from Beit Shemesh
Size is only one of the numerous factors that we take into consideration when creating a price quote. Some of the other factors include: the condition of the ceilings and walls (water damage, mold, etc.), whether or not the doors and windows need to be painted, the amount of furniture that we need to move, and the list continues. We therefore are never able to give an estimate over the phone. It is only after coming to your home and looking at your particular situation that we are then able to prepare a price quote itemized by room and priced accurately for you.
Question: We purchased an apartment a few months ago which was renovated and freshly painted before we moved in. Ten inches of my walls above the floor tiles have started to peel. Is this just a bad paint job or something more serious?
Submitted by from Moshe and Devorah from Rechavia, Jerusalem
When paint on the walls peels at the bottom, it is an indication of something called “rising damp.” This refers to moisture that gets into the sand below the floor which rises up to the lower part of the walls. Your first indication of a problem is usually the symptom you described — the paint is peeling. It is therefore necessary to first find the source of the problem, fix it and then wait for the walls to dry before repairing the wall and repainting. At “Walls R Us,” we use a moisture meter to determine when a wall is dry enough to paint. We do not paint wet walls as the paint will just bubble and peel after a short time.
You should be aware, however, that it is not always simple to find the cause of the problem. A common problem is a leak that a plumber can resolve. A leak from a bathroom, kitchen sink or a radiator can cause all the sand under the floor to become wet, triggering the type of problem you described. It is also possible that rain water is the cause. If you live on the ground floor, it may be necessary to seal the walls outside or perhaps grade the ground surrounding your apartment so that all the rain water flows away from the house. Or, it could just be that the caulking around a tub needs to be replaced and resealed. This will prevent water from getting into the sand and causing the rising damp problem.
To answer your question, the peeling on your wall can be a symptom of a serious problem that should be dealt with to prevent more costly problems such as floor tiles shifting.