Question - I have a problem that has eluded solutions for almost four years. The problem is lint throughout our whole house. This lint is swept off floors, off furniture - everywhere. It is visible floating in the air. We notice the lint only after we use the dryer.

Answer - A little more experimenting is needed. Try operating an empty dryer to see if lint builds up. Make sure the lint trap is clean for this test.

If that doesn't pinpoint the source and lint continues to accumulates in the home, you may have a problem with static electricity. Try adding a humidifier to the laundry room to bring the humidity level up to around 60 percent.

Warm air can hold more moisture than cold air, so the temperature of the home has a lot to do with the humidity levels.

Question - I have a two-story house, brick on the bottom half and frame on the top. When it rains, a great deal of water seems to come over the top of the foundation in one area only where the house sits.

There is enough water to get some of the all-weather carpeting wet on the basement floor in a 10-foot-square area. I can see the water on the basement wall heading down toward the floor. It doesn't happen every time it rains.

Because the area is to the side of the front porch and front door, I had the area caulked over and over to see if the water was getting through that area. Then I bought water seal and sprayed it on the brick and the exposed part of the foundation all around the front porch area. I even sprayed it where the brick meets the frame part of the house. That seemed to work for a while . . . and then it started again.

I'm afraid to call the area experts because I'm not sure they would know what to do and they might do something that wouldn't work and I'd be stuck.

Answer - There are only three ways water can enter the basement: over the foundation wall, through the foundation wall or under the foundation wall.

In your case, the water is coming over the foundation wall or maybe between the top of the foundation wall and the exterior brick.

Brick is porous and allows water to seep through to the foundation. Because sealing the brick acted as a barrier for a while, you know you need to permanently seal the brick that is below the ground level.

Expose the brick and foundation by removing the dirt. Clean the brick and exposed foundation and apply a water-proofing material.

Compact the soil as much as possible as you replace it. Loose dirt can be another problem area around basements.

If you need advice around the house and you are afraid of getting ripped off by unscrupulous contractors, contact a home inspector who is a member of the American Society of Home Inspectors. For a fee, the inspector will give you advice on making repairs or will check the repairs you've made to see if they meet local standards.