The Dangers of A Flooded Basement

California has for many years been dealing with droughts that year after year seem to be expected.  This year’s flooding across the Northwest has come with many unexpected surprises.  Flooding across the Northwest has affected many families, businesses, and public places. Floods are natural disasters that affect many people and cost the lives of many others.  The financial repercussion of flooding in the United States cost about $3.5 billion a year, and causes 128 deaths, reaching a maximum of 554 lives lost in 1972.

Flooding across many homes is expected.  The dangers lurking in your basement are real and you should take all precautions before you start.  Death by electrocution is a very serious matter when you are dealing with a flooded basement. If you are not sure what steps to take before  entering a flooded basement, call an expert electrician to help you.

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When Nature Attacks: Tree Roots, Earth, and Ground Water Damage

Ah, trees, Earth, and water. Our Pacific Northwest home wouldn’t be what it is without them. Green, fragrant, and oh so scenic, we all love our luscious tree friends. Of course, the earth is what we’re all here for. Mountains and hills, all rolling into scenic shores. Take one look at an aerial shot of Seattle, and you’ll see, the city’s geography is completely shaped by bodies of water. From Elliot Bay to Lake Washington to the Duwamish River, Seattle is a city defined, and complimented by its waterways. Not to mention all the rain. All of this foliage, land, and moisture, as lovely as it is, can wreak havoc on your home! Tree roots, Earth and ground water can cause serious and costly damage to your home and property. Get prepared, so you’re not caught off guard when nature attacks!

Tree Root Damage

As beautiful as they are, trees can cause some serious damage to pipes. Powerful and versatile, tree roots seek water and they will stop at next to nothing, pipes included, to get it.


Man electrocuted in flood-prone basement

A tradesman who was electrocuted on Brisbane’s southside on Monday morning is understood to have been working in a basement prone to flooding when he was killed.The man was working underneath a rented commercial kitchen at Annerley but had not been contracted by the catering company, Zen Catering.

The basement is accessed through a neighbouring property.

“It is understood a tradesman engaged by the property’s landlord was working in the basement, which is prone to flooding, when the incident occurred,” Zen Catering’s director Steve Morris said in a statement.

Police and Energex workers were at the Palmerston Street site earlier on Monday and Workplace Health and Safety officers will investigate.


Water run-off causes flooding in Spokane homes

SPOKANE, Wash. – If you live near a stream or river, flooding is probably something you’ve had to deal with before. But now, this winter is bringing unwelcome water to places you might not expect.

On the upper South Hill, something hidden beneath the soil is triggering urban flooding as well.

The homes and businesses around 57th and Regal sit on depressions in the ground called “Basalt Saucers.” When we have this much rain and snowmelt, the saucers fill up like this swale and end up in people’s basements because it can’t drain through the solid rock up here.

Out in the Spokane Valley, a different problem occurs where water can’t percolate through a bullet proof layer of ice. Up until now, only sunlight poured through Pam and Jeff Miller’s window wells in their basement. But on Thursday, it was something else.

“I came downstairs and as soon as I stepped on the carpet, water went up and over my shoe,” said Jeff Miller.
That’s when the Miller’s tasked their seven children with finding and stopping the leak.

“It was clear it was coming from the yard,” said Pam Miller, “because there was just a sheet of ice and the rain was coming down, hitting the ice, and then running off under the deck and into the window well downstairs.”


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Protecting Yourself From Scams

stock-photo-4258890-interior-abstractOne of the big scams every year concerns the elderly and cunning contractors that charge them thousand of dollars to fix their home. The work –if they do any- is poorly done and in some instances it aggravates the problem they were called to fix. In some cases these so called contractors go so far as to jeopardize the ownership of these people’s homes.   When hiring a contractor to fix your home, call the BBB to check their worthiness.  Do not sign anything before consulting and making sure you understand what you are signing, and ask them to give you references.  Protecting yourself and your loved ones from these so called contractors doesn’t take too long.  Call around and see if they are what they say they are. For more news and information, follow the links below.


Bigger’s Drainage & Waterproofing

Niagara This Week – St. Catharines

Bigger’s Drainage & Waterproofing in St. Catharines, Ontario is Niagara’s premium choice for basement waterproofing, foundation repair, drainage systems, sump pump installation, concrete cistern and swimming pool repair.

At Bigger’s Drainage & Waterproofing we offer many basement waterproofing solutions which enable you to make your basement a dry space that can be used for storage or a finished space. We are a simple professional company that doesn’t sell fancy, expensive products. Instead, we complete your project with methods which have worked for us for decades – saving time and money.

Bigger’s Drainage & Waterproofing completes both interior and exterior waterproofing and will do exactly what needs to be done for your basement. We won’t try to oversell you or give you systems which you don’t need and our services are always backed by a lifetime warranty!


Drainage Problems and Cures

Drainage Problems and Cures

Water becomes a problem in the home when there is not adequate drainage. The basic function of a drainage system is to direct water away from the home so that it does not seep into the ground directly in contact with the foundation of the home. If this does not happen then there are a number of problems which can occur around the foundation, basement and home. For instance, if water is allowed to run too close to the foundation then it can cause the walls of the basement to buckle inwards. An indication of this problem is a crack or cracks one or two blocks below the grade or the windowsill. Another problem which can be caused by inadequate drainage is that water will show the weak points in your foundation and basement. After a rain, there are a number of clues Ward construction can pick up. If there are weaknesses or leaks in your basement, and water appears a few hours after the rain then the leak is caused by surface water draining too close to the house. If however the leak only appears the following day then the water table around the home is too high. All of the problems mentioned can be cured by putting a good drainage system in place and maintaining it well.


Reverse mortgage scam targets elderly women

Tears slowly roll down the face of 88-year-old Lillie Williams as she worries about losing her home of more than 40 years.

“I know I ain’t ready to give up my house

And 64-year-old Dorothy Pruitt holds her head in disbelief as she thinks about how much money she’s lost remodeling her home.

“He scammed, he lied.”

Both women say they were the victims of this man Mark Diamond… a cunning contractor seen in this picture taken during a deposition in 20-11.  His appearance has changed since then but his tactics haven’t.

Rev. Robin Hood said “he’s a predator.”

Community activist Rev. Robin Hood is Ms. Williams’ nephew.  He first learned of his aunt’s predicament when she got a foreclosure notice this past October.

“My first thought was there was a scam played on my aunt.”

His suspicions may have merit.  In October, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed for a preliminary injunction against diamond and his company… United Residential Services & Real Estate, Inc.  In the complaint she identifies him as the central figure in an ongoing scheme to defraud consumers and calls his work shoddy, incomplete, hazardous and even life threatening.

“He needs to be stopped.”