Last week, my brother started ripping his front porch apart so he could reconstruct it. Little did he realize that it was going to lead to a bunch of other major problems for his heating system. My brother was looking at how the previous owners had sistered a few joists. As he ripped the boards apart, he realized that they’d been pinned to the foundation. It’s no secret that my brother doesn’t have great heat in his house, and he was just finding out why. Even though he had wall based radiators, they’d been vented through the outside wall. I almost laughed when he told me, but he didn’t. His foundation was crumbling plus there were scary ants scurrying everywhere. My brother had a boiler proposal for his heat. There were water pipes that connected from the boiler to the radiators in his house to give off heat. When the previous owners added the home office, they took all the pipe work that should’ve gone to the boiler, and kept it on the ground. Now my brother knew why there was hardly any heat coming from his radiators. His porch ended up being a huge hassle because of the crumbling foundation under his home office, because they’d never put a base floor beneath the home office room. My brother had to rerun pipes that were covered in ant’s nests and redo his now rotting home office floor. He also had to get new pipes to run into the proposal the warm water could be heated. A part of him wishes that he’d never started the porch task.