Fixing Dirt Crawlspaces: Liners or Poured Concrete

Over 25 million homes in the U.S. are built over exposed dirt crawlspaces. The U.S. Department of Energy and independent building science research groups have found exposed dirt crawlspaces cause moisture problems, pests, and high energy bills. Basically, what is under the house should be treated as part of the house. The environment under the…

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Wisconsin Waterproofer’s Kindness Saves Cops-N-Kids

Summary: The $30,000 bill to fix the leaky basement would have bankrupted the nonprofit reading center, if it wasn’t for one generous waterproofing contractor. The Basement Health Association is proud of our members. They are good, honest business people who pride themselves in customer service and integrity. Just by the work they do every day,…

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Closed Waterproofing Systems are Good Choice for Finished Basements

The EPA recommends taking care of moisture problems in the basement before you finish your basement and convert it to living space. One of the BHA contractor members told a sad story of a customer who installed an open drainage system before he finished the basement. Hugo D’Esposito, owner, A.M. Shield Waterproofing, Albertson, NY, recalls…

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BHA Members Choose the Customer by Installing Only Closed Waterproofing Systems

On our sister website www.basementhealth.org, there is a forum where homeowners and contractors can talk and discuss issues within the industry. There was a discussion about closed vs. open drainage waterproofing systems.  For decades, it was common practice to install an open drainage system.  Now, we have learned that open drainage systems are a pathway…

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Open or Closed Drainage Systems?

Interior drainage systems are typically installed along the perimeter of a foundation footing or at the lowest point on the foundation wall under the basement slab. This procedure generally requires pipe, stone, pump and re-cementing of the floor.  If foundation moisture problems are present, some basement waterproofing contractors may choose to install a form of…

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BHA Waterproofing Certification Program

For the most past, the waterproofing industry is a self-regulated industry.  At this point anyone with a contractor’s license can install a waterproofing and drainage system.  While manufacturers and contracting companies may offer installation training, most regions do not require official certifications or licenses (beyond a contractor’s license) for waterproofers.  Waterproofing and structural repair contractors…

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Understanding FEMA Assistance for Homeowners

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is the government relief program for the U.S.  Most people know FEMA as a household name but until your area is hit with a disaster where the damage is so widespread that it is declared a federal disaster (the declaration must come from the governor, a federal agency director…

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