Mold in The Basement

Mold and mildews are both common problems indoors and outside your home.  Humidity in your home can be an indicator that you have water seeping into the walls and floor of your basement.  Humidity is a key component to the mold growing in your basement and causing eye irritation, stuffiness, and more serious respiratory problems.  If you have a family member suffering from asthma or other respiratory problems, the mold growing in the basement could be making their symptoms much worse.

What are some of the reasons you have water sitting on the floor of the basement of your home?

Clogged gutters

If the gutters of your home are full of debris, the water may not be finding the correct pathway and overflowing.  Ensuring the gutters are unobstructed to allow the water to flow to the right spout is just common sense, and can save you some headaches along the way.

Cleaning the gutters of your home does not take long if you do them every year.  Try to have someone to help you with the ladder and make sure you follow safety precautions before you start climbing.

Drainage

If water is just gathering around the foundation of your home with no place to go, it may be a major reason why you have water on the basement floor, and seeping through the walls.   The drainage should be taking the water about ten feet from the foundation of your home.

Flower Beds

The flower beds should have the soil sloping away from the foundation to ensure the water doesn’t find a way to your basement.  Bushes and other types of greenery should be kept trim and away from touching the walls of your home as well.

Mulch

Mulch should also be laid flat close to the foundation to avoid gathering water pools and eventually seeping into the walls of the foundation.

Driveways

Even if this is not as common, unleveled driveways can allow the water to run towards the foundation instead of away creating pools of water to seep into the walls and basement of your home.

Leaking Pipes

Indoor water leaking is also a problem if you have leaking pipes without knowing where they are. Before this problem gets any bigger, replacing those leaking pipes can be the solution to the humidity and water problem in the basement.

If you need to find a solution to the water in the basement of your home, contact us, we will be happy to talk to you and offer a solution to your problem that makes sense.


Home Inspection: What to Expect and What to Look for Before You Sign

Everyone I know is a bit skeptical when it comes down  to signing documents for home contractors, inspectors, insurance agents , etc. One of the reasons is that everyone is a bit afraid to sign.  Unless you know the contractor or home inspector, chances are you are dealing with a stranger you know nothing about.  You don’t know if they are trustworthy or competent, or whether they belong to an association where they have to follow a code of ethics. 

Asking some basic questions before you sign a contract can truly save you a lot of headaches later on.  You are the paying customer, ask them questions to make sure everyone is satisfied before the work begins.

For more about home inspectors, follow the links below.


Top home inspection deal breakers

A home inspection can be stressful for both parties. Almost every inspection comes back with at least some sort of repair and, most often, those problems are minor and easy enough to negotiate. However, there are some deal breakers that can cause buyers to run for the hills.

Mold

Erin Craft, home inspector with Destination Bay Home Inspections, says this is one of the biggest problems that can potentially kill a deal.

“We see this issue in attics, basements, or crawl spaces,” he said. “There is a lot of fear when it comes to mold, and we’ve had buyers stop us right in the middle of the inspection and say they are walking away. They see it as a huge risk, both to their health and their wallet.”

However, Craft says before ditching the deal, consider doing a bit more investigating, especially if it’s a home you really love.


Make sure you understand terms of service before paying a home inspector

I was buying a house and hired a home inspector. We went through the whole inspection, and I even paid him his fee. Then he gave me a form that indicated that he would not give me the written report unless I signed a document.

The document stated that I agreed that I could only get back the $400 I paid him in case there was a problem with the inspection or his report, or I could pay him an extra $1,500 and the cap would be eliminated. Don’t you think that he should have told me this before I hired him? He’s a member of ASHI.

We think it is highly questionable that a home inspector would spring those terms on you so late in the game. ASHI stands for the American Society of Home Inspectors, and they have a code of ethics. Among their code is a requirement for the home inspector to “act in good faith toward each client” and that ASHI inspectors should “avoid activities that harm the public, discredit themselves or reduce public confidence in the profession.”


Dear Monty: Agent tells home seller not to attend home

Q: We accepted an offer on our home. The contract is subject to a satisfactory home inspection. Our agent called to set up a time for the inspection and asked us to vacate the house. My thinking is that if there is some discovery made during the investigation that both parties observing will aid in understanding the issue. Do you agree with her suggestion?

A: Most of the states that regulate inspectors are seeking inspections that reveal “significant” material defects that negatively affect the value of the property or create a concern for safety that is not apparent at the times the buyer viewed the home. The customer can overlook the fact this is a pre-owned home. They sometimes compare a pre-owned home inspection with the “certified” used car. Most every home has a wart somewhere, which is the buyer’s responsibility unless the seller agreed to remove the wart as part of the contract. Education of all participants, which requires investing time, is a key to ensuring a home inspection goes smoothly.


 

Are You Ready For Anyhting?

Vey few people believe a catastrophe will happen to them.Very few of us protect ourselves for such catastrophes. But when something bad happens, we realize how badly prepare we were.  Before you go out and buy something nice you did not need, or click the mouse and ordered something to clutter your home, ask yourself if you are ready for an eventuality. And if the answer is no, then prepare yourself by reading the articles below.


Cramer’s 3 things you must have in place before you invest

Owning stocks can provide serious earning potential, but Jim Cramer considers it just one piece of the investment puzzle.

“There are some people, call them the 1 percent if you will, who can make enough money from their ordinary day-to-day income to become truly rich. But for the vast majority of Americans, that paycheck is simply not enough,” the “Mad Money” host said.

The key to capital preservation is knowing the importance of saving money and preventing loss. Without this, don’t even think about investing in stocks, he said.

“You can make a fortune in the market, but if you’re hemorrhaging money everywhere else, than a healthy portfolio isn’t going to do you much good,” Cramer said.

The three keys to success in capital preservation are paying off credit-card debt, having health insurance and getting disability insurance. Without these things crossed off the list, investing just doesn’t make sense.


How much homeowners insurance do I need?

You need enough insurance to cover the following:

  1. The structure of your home.
  2. Your personal possessions.
  3. The cost of additional living expenses if your home is damaged and you have to live elsewhere during repairs.
  4. Your liability to others.

The structure

You need enough insurance to cover the cost of rebuilding your home at current construction costs. Don’t include the cost of the land. And don’t base your rebuilding costs on the price you paid for your home. The cost of rebuilding could be more or less than the price you paid or could sell it for today.

Some banks require you to buy homeowners insurance to cover the amount of your mortgage. If the limit of your insurance policy is based on your mortgage, make sure it’s enough to cover the cost of rebuilding. (If your mortgage is paid off, don’t cancel your homeowners policy. Homeowners insurance protects your investment in your home.)


7 ways to protect your financial health with an annual insurance checkup

Natural disasters and other catastrophic events are not fun to talk about. But ignoring the need to insure against catastrophe doesn’t decrease the chance of them happening to you. When (let’s say if) they actually happen to you, it is much more devastating if you don’t have the right insurance coverage.

Homeowners insurance is essential. It is designed to protect your home and possessions. It also shields you from liability for accidents and such. You may think you have already had the discussion with your agent and have no need to examine the risks and coverage each year. If you think this way, carefully consider the many reasons why you need to think again.
1. Your Risks Have Changed: You may be paying for insurance you no longer need. On the other hand, you may need more coverage based on your current life. For example, do you have coverage for the current value of your home. Most homes in our area have gone up in value in recent years. If something happens, insurance based on what you paid will fall short of what you need.


 

Home Safety Tips For The Holidays

christmas-tressThe fire statistics during the holiday season is not something to take lightly.  According to the American Red Cross, approximately 47,000 fires occur during the holiday season costing more than 500 lives, 2,200 injuries and more than $500 million in property damage.  A time of joy can be turned into a tragedy if we do not take the necessary steps to make our families safe. Christmas trees, Christmas lights, and candles used during the holiday season have to be used properly in order to reduce the possibility of a fire in your home. If you haven’t check your smoke detectors lately, it is imperative to do so now.  Having a working smoke detector decreases your chances of injury in case of a fire.

For more about this and other safety tips follow the links below.


IEMA highlights safety during the holidays

SPRINGFIELD – If you’re trying to find the perfect holiday gifts for everyone on your list, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is offering ideas that will help your loved ones stay safe when disaster strikes.

IEMA is focusing on holiday safety throughout December as part of its annual preparedness campaign.

“As we saw with the flooding last December, disasters can happen at any time and without much warning,” said IEMA Director James Joseph. “Giving friends and loved ones items that will help them be better prepared for the unexpected shows how much you care about their safety.”

Joseph said preparedness gift ideas include the following:

-National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather alert radio with battery backup, a tone-alert feature and Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) technology. These radios provide warnings and critical post-event information for tornadoes and other severe weather, natural, environmental and public safety hazards.


10 SAFETY TIPS FOR PREVENTING HOLIDAY FIRES, KEEP YOUR HOME SAFE

WRONGLY USED LIGHTS OR OVERCHARGED EXTENSION CHORDS CAN CAUSE HOLIDAY FIRES.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, especially since people have started taking out their holiday decorations. While the whole holiday vibe is warming our hearts, firefighters are advising caution as during the holiday season the number of electrical fires, or holiday fires, goes through the roof.

There are a few easy tricks that will help you keep you and your family safe during this holiday season. A simple feat as knowing the difference between indoor and outdoor lights can protect you from a possible fiery disaster.

Firefighters say that the most frequent fires start because people use indoor lights to decorate the outside of the house. Manufacturers usually mention on the box if the lights can be used outdoors as well as indoors. However, if the information is not on the packed, just check the UL code. If the code is red, then the lights can be safely used outside if it is green, the lights are meant for indoor use only.


Kitchen safety: How to keep your family safe during the holidays

It’s the scene in a Rockwell painting: The family is over for Thanksgiving and the house is crawling with rug rats. Friends, family and food create a heartfelt and festive environment — a shield of warmth against the shivering temperatures outside.

But with the bustle of bodies come potential dangers. So many bodies in the kitchen can create conditions that don’t happen the rest of the year, and children often want to be where everyone else is: right around the stove.

Nobody wants to spend the last half of the holidays in the hospital, caring for the child with burns all over his body. No parent wants to even imagine little Johnny pulling the oven door down, stepping up, and causing burning grease to spill.

If you prefer to keep your family safely cocooned inside your home for the holidays, here are just a few tips to help you do just that.


 

A Safe Home For 2016

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Basic remodeling projects are a good way to keep your home “healthy” and looking nice without costing you a fortune.  Other remodeling projects you may do in your home are not as exciting or visible to the friends you invite over but, are necessary to your home.  Foundation repairs are not something you can postpone till later.  Being proactive and looking at the health of your foundation in your home is financially responsible.  If you notice a crack in the foundation of your home and do not take measures to get it fixed, eventually the cost of fixing it can be a bit more than you anticipated. Call us with any questions you may have about foundation repairs and basement waterproofing in northeast Ohio.


Small cracks can mean big problems

Most homes have doors that stick or small cracks in the walls. Even though it’s common, cracks are not something to be ignored.

Homes and the soil underneath them move with the temperature and moisture of our Louisiana weather. Given the type of soil that makes up the Red River Valley and our Louisiana weather patterns offering river flooding and drought at the same time, we have dynamic soil. This can cause serious structural damage to our homes over time.

Soil and concrete slabs are subject to temperature change, which means a house will move and “settle” throughout the year. Foundation settlement issues are standard for our area, experts and homeowners agree, but when should a homeowner be concerned that a crack is more than just a crack?

“All structures and buildings move to some extent,” said Matt Wallace, a professional engineer, registered structural engineer and president at local firm Aillet, Fenner, Jolly, and McClelland, Inc.

Homeowners should be aware of warning signs for a possible cracked foundation, such as doors failing to latch, cracks in walls – over doorways, ceilings – cracks in the flooring, or windows failing to operate properly.


Cheryl Parson: Nine tips to protect your home

BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU

We’ve been very fortunate to have an amazingly gentle entrance to our winter season thus far, so many of us have put off (or forgotten) some vital tasks around our homes. Old Man Winter can take a huge toll on the value of your biggest investment.

Here are things you should do, while it is still relatively warm, to prepare your home against his attacks!

1. The most important thing to make sure is service yourheating system. Have a certified HVAC technician inspect your furnace or heat pump to make sure your system is clean and in good repair. The service tech can also check for damage to the system that could cause carbon-monoxide leaks.

2. Almost as important as your furnace is your roof. Check and repair loose, damaged or missing shingles. Also inspect the metal flashing in the valleys and aroundchimneys. Winter storms and melting snow can destroy and cause leaks leading to costly repairs and mold.


How Much Does it Cost to Repair a Foundation?

Foundation settlement can lead to major structural problems within your home. There are ways to repair a concrete foundation without having to tear it out and start from scratch. Repairing a foundation can be a costly job, but the better educated you are about types of foundations and how best to repair your foundation, the better you can work with your contractor to find a solution you can afford.

With major foundation repairs involving hydraulic piers costing $10,000 or more, and minor cracks costing as low as $500, most homeowners will pay around $3,774 to repair foundation issues.
Here are a few things that can influence the cost of a foundation repair.

Foundation Problems

Foundations that have been built on expansive clay, compressible or improperly compacted fill soils, or have been poorly maintained can have serious damage as the foundation settles and moves.


How to Keep your Basement Free of Mold

stock-photo-22083798-water-damaged-basementIf you have a problem with mold in your home, it is necessary to find out the root of the problem.  Excess water or moisture in your basement is most likely the result of leaky plumbing or other sources of water. If your basement floods after a rainfall, it s necessary to call a waterproofing company to look at the problem and offer you solutions and the cost associated with fixing it.  Waterproofing your home not only brings you peace of mind but also can save the structure of your home.  For more about this follow the links below.


Drying out, waterproofing a basement

Jon and Alexis Sherman are expecting their first baby, and after heavy rains earlier this year, they had to hurry to waterproof and finish their basement in advance of the little one’s arrival.

“We bought the house as our first home, and we didn’t want to overstretch ourselves,” said Jon Sherman, a filmmaker at two companies in Philadelphia – Video City, of which he is president, and Expo Films, which he co-founded. (Alexis Sherman is assistant director of human resources at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.)

Although much of the basement had already been finished, there was dampness generally and the beginnings of mold. The sump pump was no longer doing its job during big storms, and water was creeping under the door of an unfinished crawl space into the rest of the basement, even under the washer and dryer.


Basement Waterproofing Is the Key To Preventing Mold and Promoting Air Quality

Mold can be a serious problem if it develops in your home. Mold will gradually destroy the area where it colonizes, and has the potential to create health problems for your home’s inhabitants.

Molds create allergens (substances that cause allergic reactions), as well as irritants and even toxic substances, called mycotoxins. Anyone inhaling or touching mold or mold spores can develop allergic reactions. Exposure to mold can irritate the skin, nose, throat, eyes, and lungs. Molds can also trigger asthma attacks in people with asthma. People with respiratory problems, allergies, or immune system deficiencies are the most susceptible to the dangers of mold. But mold can have an adverse effect on anyone.

Mold grows from tiny spores that are not visible to the naked eye but exist in both outdoor and indoor air. Mold can begin to grow indoors if it lands on a wet surface. The only thing mold requires to grow is moisture or water, and it can begin to grow indoors if it lands on a wet surface. That should tell you something about the hazards of a damp or wet basement.


Long winter, wet spring impact Western Pa. basements

A sodden spring and a sloppy start to summer has saturated the soil. But foundation experts say the problem that’s impacting homes goes back months.

“It’s really a double whammy,” said Tom Gallagher of Aquaguard Systems in Forest Hills.

He said the long winter and its variety of precipitation filled up the water table, and recent wet weather put it near the edge.

Though there wasn’t a great deal of precipitation through the end of June, basements are being tested in two ways.

The results can be simple or ghastly. Angie’s List, the subscription contractor’s clearing house, reports basement waterproofing jobs can range from $500 to $20,000.

Amber Fisher of West Newton-based Advanced Basement Solutions said her firm has received more calls about bowing walls and water coming through the floor.

Gallagher said his company received 60 inquiries about problems through May 2013. This year, he said, there have been 83 such calls. They go “about 50-50” on wall and water problems.


Basement Waterproofing News and Tips

stock-photo-4258890-interior-abstractThe average annual precipitation for the Northeast Ohio region is close to 40 inches. The Akron area gets about 39.62 inches of rainfall every year, and unless your basement has been taken care of, this amount of rainfall can cause havoc in your home. Making sure all water drainage is away from your home can save you some headaches in the long run. If you are considering having your basement waterproofed, call us, we’ll be happy to talk to you and give you a no hassle free consultation.


Westlake inspectors save woman from $20,000 basement waterproofing repair

Inspection report showed water was from downspouts

WESTLAKE, Ohio – Peggy Oliver of Westlake is desperately looking for a solution to the water issues that are attacking her basement, but she warned consumers to do their homework before signing a big contract for repairs.

Oliver told NewsChannel5 she was stunned when she started to get estimates for basement waterproofing.

I was in deep shock, I really was,” said Oliver. “Just under $20,000, and then there was another one, either $29,000 or $39,000. I said that’s out of the question.”

Oliver signed a $20,000 contract for repairs, and issued a $6,400 down payment on the job 10 days ago.

Oliver told NewsChannel5 she was comfortable with the diagnosis and the company that she hired to shore-up the water problem in her basement.


What to expect with basement waterproofing

A wet basement can be a homeowner’s nightmare.

From a finished basement that’s soaked to a basement with persistent leaks or dampness, water is no friend to your home.

If you’ve experienced leaking walls, floors or cracks in your home’s basement, it’s likely you need the help of an experienced basement waterproofing contractor.

But you’ll quickly find there are a variety of choices in basement waterproofing repairs or systems designed to tackle the problem, as well as opinions about which one is the most effective.

Start with the source


Waterproofing basement can be done any time of the year

What do you do when water shows up in your basement?

Record-breaking rains in recent days have left many homeowners asking that question for the first time.

“You can have a house for 50 years and not have a single drop in the house the entire time. But with how moist the ground is, the house can just settle and move a little bit and water can enter into the basement,” Dick LaCroix, whose company Basement Dewatering is one of several Sioux Falls area businesses that has been busy answering the phones in recent days.

Nate Proper, director of marketing and advertising at Blackburn Basement Systems, said people with flooded basements should first get any furniture and belongings to higher ground before water seeps into the basement and do what they can to stop the water from coming in, whether it be bailing or another method.

If water does enter the basement, Proper said water proofing companies can try to determine what needs to be done to prevent future flooding.


Tips to Manage a Healthy Basement

stock-photo-3413377-flood-damageWhat are some of the first warning signs that you may have a leaky basement or one that will get there? Cracks or chips on the concrete walls, or the seam where the floor meets the wall are very good indicators of water problems in your basement.  Mold or wet spots on the walls, wet spots on the corners where the walls meet or where they meet the floor are sure signs water is getting in your basement and creating havoc with the foundation of your home.  Health issues are surely to follow when you   are dealing with water in your basement due to mold and contaminated air.

For more about basement waterproofing follow the links below.


Keeping a Healthy Basement

Is your basement sick? Is it making your family sick? You probably haven’t given your basement much thought when you cough and sneeze; however, a wet basement can actually cause more respiratory and health problems then you think.

Indoor air quality is directly related to the humidity levels in the home and the environment in the basement or crawlspace. If this environment is wet, moldy, or full of pests, insects, and rodents (and all that comes with those pests), then the air in the basement is most likely filled with biocontaminants, toxins, pollutants, and allergens that can cause health problems in the air upstairs. The air in a home naturally circulates and the air downstairs in pulled up to the upper levels of the house through what is known as stack effect. Ventilating systems and air cleaners only address the symptoms of the problem when the real cause is in the basement environment itself. If you have a healthy basement environment then you will essentially have no need for air cleaners and forced ventilation systems.

Keeping a healthy basement is mostly about water control. Creating a dry basement environment will eliminate the problems. Through basement waterproofing you eliminate the water in the basement, which naturally prevents mold and pests that need water to grow and flourish.


Basement Waterproofing Warning Signs

Not sure if a basement waterproofing system is in your future?  Eventually it probably will be.  To help educate homeowners on what signs for which to look to know if one may need one soon, we put together the following infographic to illustrate some of the warning signs.

Enjoy!


The Differences Between Damp-Proofing Vs. Waterproofing Your Basement

When you hear the terms “damp-proofing” and “waterproofing” regarding your home’s basement and foundation, is there a difference? What do these terms mean?

There are differences – and the differences are significant if you want to keep water out of your basement.

Foundation damp-proofing is generally done during the construction phase to meet minimal building code standards. Damp-proofing makes use of a moisture-resistant material consisting of hot liquid asphalt and rubber coating with an insulating panel. The problem is that although damp-proofing is moisture resistant, it is not complete protection from water. Damp-proofing is only applied internally and water can still pass through the foundation externally.

Foundation waterproofing, on the other hand, will stop water seepage caused by hydrostatic pressure – which is the rising and falling of ground water under the concrete, making water penetrate the basement slab. Foundation waterproofing systems are applied externally so that water is prevented from penetrating through the foundation.


How To Avoid Flooding In Your Basement

stock-photo-17128627-unfinished-basementAfter last night heavy storms in Cuyahoga, Summit, Wayne and Portage counties many people were left without power and with flooding around their neighborhoods.  While you may not be able to do much about the flooding on the roads, you can prevent flooding in your basement and take precautions to keep it dry and mold free. Mold in your basement is not only hazardous for your health for you and your family now, but it can have repercussions later in life. Having a dry, mold free basement  for your family to enjoy in the hot summer months can be as easy as calling our company; we offer a no hassle, free consultation to talk about what we can do for your basement.


Tips for dealing with flooded basements 

Basement flooding can be a health hazard and the start of a long-term headache.

Beacon Journal homes writer Mary Beth Breckenridge has provided tips over the last several years for dealing with wet basements. Here is a compilation of that advice.

• If water is on the basement floor, be concerned about dangers that can be created by electrical cords.

• Water may have drowned pilot lights, resulting in a buildup of explosive natural gas.

• Call the utility companies to have the power and gas turned off, or contact a damage-restoration specialist to deal with the problem.

• Be aware that containers of chemicals may have leaked, contaminating the water.

• Unplug appliances if they’re near the water.

• Call the insurance company. It’s better to ascertain upfront whether the damage is covered and whether the insurance company will pay a professional to do the work.

• If possible, try to stop the flow. The problem might be as simple as a blocked intake on a sump pump. Otherwise, try to contain or divert the flow.


How to Prevent Basement Water Intrusion

After all of the rain we’ve had this week, there are wet basements all over the Twin Cities.  The most common question we get when it comes to wet basements is “how can I fix it?”

While installing drain tile, a sump basket, and a sump pump is nearly a guaranteed way to prevent basement water intrusion, the most important part of preventing basement water intrusion is to control water at the exterior of the home.  There are two very basic things that will prevent basement water intrusion in at least 95% of houses: grading and gutters.

By the way, I say 95% conservatively.  The number is probably closer to 99%.

Grading

Grading is the first thing to look at if there are water problems at a house.  I know this sounds very basic, and it is, but I inspect a ridiculous amount of houses that have poor grading at the exterior.  This means that the ground slopes toward the building or allows water to pond next to the building, rather than away.  The fix for improper grading is to change the landscaping.

Changing the landscaping to get water flowing away from the house is sometimes as easy as bringing in some dirt next to the house and getting the ground to pitch away from the house.  The slope of the dirt away from the house doesn’t need to be anything dramatic – it just needs to be enough to prevent water from sitting next to the house.  Just be careful not to pile the dirt too high against the house, because this could lead to rotting at of the wood framing.  Try to keep the grade at least 6″ below the top of the foundation wall.


Underground Downspout Lines

Roof water is the number one enemy of your foundation and it is critical for a dry basement to manage your roof water well. Clean and clear gutters with tight downspouts all working together are half the battle, the other half is where it goes once at ground level.

Pioneer Basement Solutions will install underground drainage lines to carry your roof water safely away from your foundation. We use quality solid PVC that is glued at the seams for no leaks, and no roots. Our underground downspout lines are easily cleaned out if needed and since they are smooth PVC they will not hold or grab any debris.


Basement Tips And Advice

stock-photo-4258890-interior-abstractHaving the extra space in your home for a home office, playroom, an extra bedroom, is always a welcome feeling.  The basement is always a good candidate for a finishing it and making it into a room you dare to enter. What can you do first to ensure that your finished basement won’t become a nightmare later on? Here are 3 tips for you to consider:

1. You need to make sure all leaks are taking care of, and any drainage or water seeping into the floors or walls are fix before getting any further.

2. Have a humidifier running to get the moisture out, clear the air, and stop from having a musty basement.

3. Make sure your sump pump is in working condition.

Read more about this topic by clicking the links below.


Basements: The treasure found below grade

If you’re looking for a house to buy or have recently bought one, you’re likely all too aware of how far your dollar goes (or doesn’t go) in the current real estate market. It would be fabulous if your budget got you the house of your dreams, complete with all the bells and whistles, in move-in condition, but that’s not reality for most home buyers. Cash-strapped as most buyers are, you’ll need to invest your renovation dollars to get the most impact and the best return on your investment. And with a hefty price per square foot, you’ll need to make the most of every square inch of your new abode. So let’s talk basements.


Ask the contractor: French drain can solve rainwater leakage issues

The recent heavy monsoon season has for many homeowners triggered a variety of issues: roof leaks, uncontrolled weed growth, grass growing by leaps and bounds, window leaks, roof jack leaks, erosion problems, water ponding, water infiltrating into homes, and soggy yards (not to mention cars that won’t stay clean).

Several calls have come into the office over the course of the last few weeks pertaining to the above mentioned issues, with the exception of the clean car – that is my personal issue – but rain and road dust sure do make it hard to keep the car looking good. It looks like the rains have subsided for now, so I will grab the hose the wax and the soft rags and get to work this weekend.


3 Major Benefits of Basement Waterproofing

Basement waterproofing happens to be very beneficial for homeowners, especially for those who live in colder areas where rain and snow often appears. Plus, these problems are more prevalent around the Northeast or Mid-Atlantic regions, where rain and snow always seem to hit during winter, spring, and fall. Waterproofing your basement can prevent any unexpected expenses, because they keep your home safe at all times.

There are several potential benefits that basement waterproofing can provide for your home, here are 3 of them:

Increased Home Value

Most people have noticed how a home becomes a lot more spacious when they invest in waterproofing their basement.