Tag: waterproofing

No Vacancy: Preventing Basement Bugs and Rodents

There are two reasons that sealing your foundation prevents basement bugs and rodents. One obvious reason is that when there are no open vents, foundation cracks or exposed dirt, there is no entrance for insects and rodents to get into your basement and crawlspace. Open vents and cracks are an easy way for insects and…

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Moisture Linked to Insect Infestations

Waterproofing and foundation repair go hand in hand with pest control. Removing the water and sealing cracked foundations is the first line of defense for preventing pests in basements and crawlspaces. Advanced Energy’s 2005 crawlspace research study was the beginning of closed crawlspaces.  Their research helped people understand the importance of closing a vented crawlspace….

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Two Pump Books Released

Pump Selection and Troubleshooting Field Guide, by American Water Works Association (AWWA),  is a handbook specially written to provide operators, engineers, and maintenance staff with a quick reference on selecting, operating, troubleshooting, and maintaining all types of pumps. Pumps and Pump Systems, by the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) is a handbook is a valuable…

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How to Determine Condensation from Water Penetration on a Wall

There is a very simple test to determine whether or not the wetness on a wall is from external water penetration through the wall or from condensation depositing moisture on the wall.  If you encounter a situation where you need to determine what caused a wall to be wet you can follow the below steps:…

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Understanding Condensation

Understanding Condensation bad credit loans 5000online payday loans no fax instant approvalWWW.WHOLEFAMILYLAW.COM/JS/W/best cash advance loans Water in the basement in any form can lead to problems. This brings up the concern of condensation. What exactly is condensation? Condensation is the conversion of water from its gaseous state into its liquid state. There is always some…

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17 Waterproofing Companies Awarded BHA’s STAR Award

BHA Awarded 17 companies the STAR Award for 2013.  These companies received at least 20 consumer reports with an average score of 3.5 or higher for quality of work, responsiveness, professionalism, and punctuality. A. M. Shield Waterproofing Corporation ACM Basement Waterproofing Advanced Basement Solutions All Dry, Inc. AquaGuard Waterproofing Corporation Basement Cracks & Leaks Metro…

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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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