Basement Health Association
136 S Keowee St Dayton, Ohio 45402
Ohio City, OH 60106
US Phone: 937-424-3313

Successful regional in Ohio

It was the place to be June 2-3, 2016. The BHA spring regional meeting in Columbus, Ohio was an extremely well-attended event for the associa-tion. Over 90 gathered in Columbus for the two days of information, networking and connections. Several companies with operations in the area had meetings in conjunction with the BHA event to add to its success. Some companies offered hands-on training for their product installation, another company provided a live demonstration of their product onsite the day before, and others simply provided outstanding networking oppor-tunities. The support of those firms in the area helped to draw attendees to the BHA sessions. The BHA educational seminars brought two
safety sessions. One touching on the 2016 Silica Standard presented by Carl Moore (a favorite of BHA and previous session presenter) and the other addressing excavations as a confined space. That session was presented by Mike Hayslip, presi-dent of NESTI, mirroring his session presented at World of Concrete in 2016.
Other sessions touched on Below Grade Water-proofing for New Construction, Advantages to Social Networking, Search Engine Page Results, Foundation Wall Cracks Causes and Solutions and more.

The next BHA regional meeting is October 12-13, 2016 in Hauppauge, New York. Register at

Guarding against water: New construction waterproofing

Most builders fight the battle of quality versus cost. They fight to keep costs low and try not to sacrifice quality in the process. In this battle, basement drainage and waterproofing tend to be the first areas where cost wins and quality loses. The builders working on a high-end, 80-unit cus-tom home community in Muttontown, New York started the first phase with this philosophy. While the bare minimum code requirements for base-ment drainage and foundation waterproofing were met, it wasn’t enough. The brand new, multi-million dollar homes had wet basements. Angry homeowners were ready to file lawsuits. In phase two, the builders who acquired the project started installing drain tiles before they put in the founda-tion and focused on new construction waterproof-ing. They hired Hugo D’Esposito, CWS, CES, with A.M. Shield Corporation, as the waterproof-ing subcontractor. “Dealing with the waterproofing during construc-tion is so much easier,” D’Esposito says. “A mini-mal job in new construction waterproofing would be a $100,000 retrofit job digging up the founda-tion.” There are three interdependent techniques to a dry basement: positive slope, a good membrane, and proper drainage both on the foundation wall and around the perimeter of the house. 1. Slope: “The biggest issue with slope is when a builder doesn’t compact the backfill,” says Brent Ander-son, DBA Associates. “When the soil begins to settle,you have a negative slope.” This is something the builders can control during construction. Compact the backfill and make sure there is a positive slope away from the foundation wall. There should be a proper grade sloping away from the house at six inches for every 10 feet. With a positive slope, gravity is on your side and the overall system will function better. But, Anderson says, the next two components are more important. “You can have good drainage and a good membrane with a negative slope and still survive,” he says.
2. Membrane: A good membrane should be installed on the outside of the foundation wall. Installing a mem-brane is easier and more cost effective during new construction because you don’t have to excavate the foundation like you do installing membranes in remedial waterproofing. The two classic membrane applications are sheets or fluid-applied membranes. Sheet systems are pre-manufactured. The thickness cannot be changed. They usually come in 60 mils or 1/16 of an inch. Spray products usually turn out to be 20 mils, less than the thickness of a credit card. Between the spray and sheet membrane prod-ucts available on the market today, you can find membranes between 20-120 mils. But when it comes to building codes, no specific thickness is designated and it only specifies damp proofing for residential foundation walls unless the founda-tion is below the water table, which is an unlikely scenario in residential construction. “The code is very ambiguous,” says Anderson. “That is why builders paint the wall black or gray because paint qualifies as damp proofing. But damp proofing isn’t a vapor barrier.” John Bryant, CWS, CES, AquaGuard Water-proofing Corp., agrees. “Black tar or paint is an outdated technology for foundation waterproofing,” Bryant says. “There are so many modern procedures and materials that are more than just damp proofing.” The most important part of membrane installa-tion is protecting the membrane. After installing the membrane, you should protect it from being damaged during the backfill process. “Never install site material directly against a membrane,” Anderson says. “Every rock is going to poke through it. If you are going to spend money on a good membrane, protect it from backfill. In the commercial world, you don’t install a membrane without protection.” Anderson says the best membrane protection is actually insulation board. He says it is fantastic protection board and provides thermal perfor-mance. “One of the first things you learn as a building engineer is that a vapor barrier always goes on the warm side of the insulation,” Ander-son says. “So, if you install the vapor barrier (i.e., a good membrane) on the outside of the founda-tion wall and install the insulation over it, you’re following a basic building science rule.” However, builders typically don’t like to use insulation board on the outside of the foundation because it is hard to finish; but, it is a great op-tion for foundation performance and to protect the waterproofing membrane. If you don’t want to use insulation board, then you can use a hard board, drainage medium such as a dimple sheet or a fabric sheet. Anderson discourages using urethane board or a fiberglass board to protect waterproofing membranes. The membrane should be protected from punc-tures as well as sunlight. UV rays can damage membranes. Membranes should be installed about 6 inches underneath the ground. “Sometimes you will see a membrane just above the ground,” says Anderson. “When the soil drops, the sun attacks the membrane and it becomes brittle and cracks.” Cast-in-place poured concrete is relatively water tight except at the defects: the cracks, tie holes, and honeycombing.

Anderson says you can use the thin membrane on the bulk of the wall and beef up the system at the defects.
Put more membrane at the existing cracks and anywhere that the concrete is honeycombing or spalling.
Some say why not just spray the cracks and tie holes instead of the whole wall? Well, naturally concrete shrinks and flexes. With that movement there are going to be more little cracks in the future. Most of the membranes are made to flex and will remain intact when the concrete cracks be-hind it. Think of a rubber band. The membranes will stretch but lots of stretching and stressing in one spot will thin the membrane over time. Obviously, the membranes perform better in the manufacturer’s lab within a controlled environment and on a smooth surface. In real life, the concrete wall is not perfectly smooth and the environment may pose threats to the membrane. “Luckily, concrete is pretty water tight and we can control water with drainage systems, thanks to gravity,” Anderson says.

3. Drainage:
Hugo D’Esposito, A.M. Shield Corporation, says the number one problem he sees with new construction waterproofing is the lack of drain-age around the building. “They may have a thin coating of damp proofing, but they don’t bridge the cracks and they don’t do anything for rising water,” D’Esposito says. Adding a footing drain inside and out is less expensive and more effective when installed during new construction. Anderson agrees. He says, for new construction, he likes to see perimeter drainage around the foundation and a sump basket inside. A builder may or may not install a sump pump, but including the sump basket in the foundation construction is very cheap to do when building a house and it makes putting in a sump pump simple and cost effective after construction is finished. All the cost of installing a retrofit sump pump is in the labor of cutting the floor. If the pit is built into the foundation, it makes sump pump installation quick and easy.

Drain tiles are another very important aspect of basement drainage. Even though very few municipalities require footing drains during new construction, they are essential to guarding a basement against rising water.

Anderson says the best place to put the drain tile is at the bottom of the footing. “Get it at the bot-tom of the footing instead of the top of the foot-ing,” he says. “Yes, both will work. But if you get the drain tile at the top of the footing I would give you a C. That is a passing grade but if you get it to the bottom of the footing I would give you an A.”
The drain tile at the top of the footing means that ground water is already at the top of the slab floor. Anderson adds: “Engineering facts show that the lower the drain tile, the better at picking up the ground water quicker. Anyone who says the top placement is better only means it is simpler and cheaper to install—not better.”
Residential code doesn’t require a pipe for perimeter drainage, but an aggregate layer around the perimeter of the house for drainage. Some con-tractors backfill with gravel all around the foundation and include a geotextile fabric. Anderson recommends installing a pipe in the gravel as well drainage mats and interior drainage systems in addition to exterior waterproofing systems. Basically, the bare minimum code requirements for residential waterproofing and foundation drainage are not the same as the best practices for foundation waterproofing. This is why remedial waterproofing exists at all. If residential water-proofing was properly addressed during construction, the basement would have a better chance of staying dry in the long run.

Melissa Morton is the BHA newsletter editor and serves as the chair of the BHA publication com-mittee and media relations. She can be reached at

New OSHA rule set regarding silica dust to protect workers

OSHA released a new silica standard to protect more workers. The standard was announced June 23, 2016 and construction companies have one year to comply to the new safety standard.

The Occupational Safety and Health  administration (OSHA) has issued a final healthy and safety standard to curb lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney dis-ease in America’s workers by limiting their exposure to respirable crystalline silica. About 2.3 mil-lion workers are exposed to respirable crystalline silica in their workplaces, including 2 million construction workers who drill, cut, crush, or grind silica-containing materials such as concrete and stone. The rule is comprised of two standards, one for Construction and one for General Industry and Maritime.

The safety standard was approved on June 23, 2016 and construction companies have one year to implement the change and comply with the new safety standard.OSHA estimates that the rule will save over 600 lives and prevent more than 900 new cases of silicosis each year, once its effects are fully realized. The Final Rule is projected to provide net benefits of about $7.7 billion, annually.Responsible employers have been protecting workers from harmful exposure to respirable crystalline silica for years, using widely-available equipment that controls dust with water or a vac-uum system. Now there is a standard and safety limitations.

Key Provisions:
•Reduces the permissible exposure limit (PEL) for respirable crystalline silica to 50 micrograms
per cubic meter of air, averaged over an 8-hour shift.
•Requires employers to: use engineering controls (such as water or ventilation) to limit worker ex-posure to the PEL; provide respirators when engi-

neering controls cannot adequately limit exposure; limit worker access to high exposure areas; devel-op a written exposure control plan, offer medical exams to highly exposed workers, and train work-ers on silica risks and how to limit exposures. • Provides medical exams to monitor highly ex-posed workers and gives them information about their lung health. • Provides flexibility to help employers — espe-cially small businesses — protect workers from silica exposure. Background The U.S. Department of Labor first highlighted the hazards of respirable crystalline silica in the 1930s, after a wave of worker deaths. The depart-ment set standards to limit worker exposure in 1971, when OSHA was created. However, the standards are outdated and do not adequately pro-tect workers from silica-related diseases. Further-more, workers are being exposed to silica in new industries such as stone or artificial stone counter-top fabrication and hydraulic fracturing. A full review of scientific evidence, industry consensus standards, and extensive stakeholder input provide the basis for the final rule, which was proposed in September 2013. The rule-making process allowed OSHA to solicit input in various forms for nearly a full year. The agency held 14 days of public hearings, during which more than 200 stakeholders presented testimony, and accepted over 2,000 comments, amounting to about 34,000 pages of material. In response to this extensive public engagement, OSHA made substantial changes, including enhanced employer flexibility in choosing how to reduce levels of respirable crystalline silica, while maintaining or improving worker protection.

More Information and Assistance

OSHA looks forward to working with employers to ensure that all workers exposed to respirable crystalline silica realize the benefits of this final rule. Please check back for frequent updates on compliance assistance materials and events, and learn about OSHA’s on-site consulting services for small business.

OSHA approved State Plans have six months to adopt standards that are at least as effective as fed-eral OSHA standards. Establishments in states that operate their own safety and health plans should check with their State Plan for the implementation date of the new standards.

For more information about the Silica dust safety standard visit

Silicosis is the lung dusease caused by silica dust particles in the lungs. OSHA just released a new silica standard to protect more workers. The standard was announced June 23, 2016 and con-struction companies have one year to comply to the new safety standard.

Why, how of BHA certification

Two people from BHA member companies earned certifications at the spring regional meeting.

Congratulations to Ron Newvine c/o B-Sure Systems, Inc., Syracuse, NY for earning his Certified Egress Installation Certification and Ben Rogers, The Real Seal, Schaumburg, Illinois for becoming the newest Certified Waterproofing Specialist.

The Basement Health Association’s certification program offers general certifications for the waterproofing, structural repair, and basement health industry. Currently, there are four exams cover-ing: waterproofing, structural repair, egress, and basement air quality. The education committee is working on a crawlspace and a sump pump certification.

The tests are not product specific and members

are certified by a body of peers with the industry as a whole in mind.

Becoming certified sets BHA members apart from their competition. It builds credibility, knowledge and ethics.Consumers look for certifications and anything to set the competition apart. Alan Chandler, All Dry, Inc., Nashville, Tennessee, says the certification program shows people they have knowledge of the industry. “Basically, it is another feather in their hat; another thing to help close the sale,” he says.While the certification program builds credibility, knowledge and ethics, the continued education portion also helps build the industry.The program is designed to have the certified members volunteer and give back. “Every certi

fied specialist gives back to the industry,” he says. “Naturally, there are givers and there are takers. It is about giving back to young people and helping the industry as a whole.”

Sean Worthington, Worthington Waterproofing Systems, Exton, Pennsylvania, is a newer member of the association and is now serving on the board on the education committee.

“I have learned a tremendous amount in my short time as a BHA member, and it has revolu-tionized my business,” Worthing-ton says. “The value of this organization lies in the education it offers – both formal and infor-mal.”

Jerome Fokas, Select Basement Waterproofing, Morganville, New

Jersey, is serving on the board as well as the certi-fication committee chairman. “Our test is hard,” Fokas says. “You actually have to study and know something to pass it.” Having a difficult test makes it mean something when someone becomes certified. “The vision of the program is to lift our members above the average guy,” he says. “We wanted to offer our customers a little better con-tractor, an educated contractor.”


How to Get Certified

The BHA certifies individuals and in order to be eligible to take the certification tests one has to be employed at a company who is a member of BHA and has to personally have at least four years of experience in the waterproofing industry. The tests are based on specific study materials pro-vided by BHA and are taken in person at either the Annual Meeting in Las Vegas or during one of the Regional Meetings. However, BHA is now offer-ing proctored tests at BHA headquarters in Ohio. Members will be able to take multiple tests in one day if they come to BHA headquarters to take the test.


Maintaining Certification

Part of the BHA Certification process is maintaining certification and staying involved in continued education. To keep BHA certification, individuals need to be active members of the association by attending at least two meetings every two years.The association has the Annual Meeting in Las Vegas in conjunction with the World of Concrete and at least two Regional Meetings in different locations around the country. That means members need to attend at least two of the six meetings to keep their certification. In addition certified specialists need to earn 15 continued education credits by attending seminars, volunteering with the association, writing articles, or promoting meetings.For individuals who hold more than one certification, meeting attendance generates certification credits that apply to all certifications.BHA is developing webinars and online continued certification courses that can also count toward re-certification credits. The best way to maintain certification is to attend the BHA events and serve on committees.The next opportunity to take a certification exam will be during the fall regional meeting on October 12-13, 2016 in Hauppauge, New York.To get more information and the study materials for the exams please contact BHA headquarters at or (800) 245-6292.

Time management: Are you proactive or reactive?

By Bryan Dodge

Why do so many people put off what they need to do today? You can find the answer in the way you choose to live your life, proactive or reactive. The Good Life Rules are all based on living a better life both at home and at work. Until you change to a proactive lifestyle from a reactive lifestyle, you will always blame procrastination. Don’t get me wrong; many people suffer from procrastination and it can steal the Good Life from you.

So what are the keys that allow you to live a pro-active life?

First key: Remove guilt. You were not born with

a reactive mentality. You learned it over years of making mistakes, setting goals and not accom-plishing them, or not setting goals at all. I once heard a person say “Guilty feelings are circular, but you need to move in a straight line with one foot in front of another.” Small steps can lead to giant gains and that is exactly what you can do to counteract all the guilt.

Second Key: Don’t get distracted. Never be-fore has the human race had more distractions in their daily lives. It is important to realize that if the world keeps you distracted, you will not stop and think. If you don’t think before making your choices, you will continue to make mistakes; you

will continue that reactive mentality and continue to blame your failures on all the distractions in your life. Once you understand why the distrac-tions are in your life, controlling them gets easier. It is very important to create an environment that is more serene. You can escape to a tranquil men-tal setting by eliminating or minimizing noise and distractions, ensuring you have adequate lighting, and most importantly, living by one of my favor-ite sayings, “If you’re not in a hurry, don’t act like you are.”


Third key: Exercise. Those of you who feel fa-tigued and you just can’t get around to doing what you have to do, exercise! Ironically, when you are most tired and feel a lack of energy, exercise will provide a boost, raise your endorphins, and oxy-genate the brain to think more clearly in your day to day choices. The key word is “think.” I know from personal experience—exercise promotes focused attention.

Fourth key: The Good Life has two major components: recognizing your gifts and taking action to bring them to fruition. As great as it feels to be able to see some of the important ideas that come into your head or heart for what they are— life-changing opportunities—that’s only one part of the puzzle. You’ve got to do something about them. And to me, a 48-hour time period is the per-fect framework for taking action, because it gives you time to prepare yourself, but not enough time to procrastinate. So, always remember The Law of Diminishing Intent: what comes to your heart, you must act on it within 48-hours, or the world will distract you or steal it from you.

My wish every day is that I can find the words and energy to remind you that you are a “some-body,” not just an “anybody.” Somebodies are more proactive than reactive. Anybodies are more reactive than proactive. Somebodies understand that it is our choices that determine the course of our lives. To change our current course to a bet-ter life, you have to stop and think about your choices. To do so will change your philosophy, not your circumstances. Somebodies always take advantage of their circumstances created by their right choices.

New Members

Chris Alford  
Alford Home Solutions, Inc.
6316 MacCorkle Avenue
St. Albans, WV 25177

Len Moore
Jackel Inc.
15314 Harrison Road
Mishawaka, IN 46546

Kenneth Fox
Elgin Seasonal Services
7785 Centre Street
Fingal, ON N0L 1K0


Ruth Gravely
245 Peachtree Center Avenue Suite 2000
Atlanta, GA 30303
Gregory Grabow

Gregory Grabow
Santa Fe Dehumidifiers
Jackel Inc. 4201 Lien Road
Madison, WI 53704

Mark Forte Basic
Forte Waterproofing, Inc.
P.O. Box 921
Mishawaka, IN 46546-0921

Full-service waterproofing, finishing company joins BHA

Alford Home Solutions, St. Albans, West Virginia, is one of BHA’s newest member companies. Owner Chris Alford joined the association at the Columbus, Ohio spring regional meeting when he learned how BHA was right in line with his company’s mission statement.
Alford Home Solutions works “to provide educated solutions needed to create a happier, healthier home and work environment. Alford Home Solutions is built on honesty, family values, faith, and hard work in order to perform outstanding customer service  inside and out.” The company covers all the service areas needed to create a healthy basement or crawlspace in one company. “We can help customers go all the way from a wet basement to a finished basement,” says Brian Bateman. marketing manager. Alford offers waterproofing, foundation repair, crawlspace encapsulation, pest control, and basement finishing as well as bath remodeling, patio structures, and awnings. Alford originally started as a family-owned pest control company. Chris Alford is a third
generation business owner. Growing up in and around the business has provided him the opportunity to work in every position in the company. Chris would ride on sales calls with his father- (Tony) during the summers as a youth, which allowed him to hear
how his father interacted with customers. As Chris got older those summers were spent working in and around homes helping correct termite and pest problems. Chris worked his way through the ranks of the company from technician to sales to management and now oversees the day to day operations of the entire company. Becoming a certified Pesticide applicator was only the beginning for Chris. He now holds Pescticide Applicator
licenses in WV, KY, and Ohio and is a active board member on the West Virginia Pest Control Operators Association. He is also a General Contractor, Certified Lead Paint Renovator, BPI Building analyst, BPI Envelope Professional, and has also been awarded
a skill set in weatherization from a Kanawha Valley Community & Technical College. He is convinced that if we approach the house as a system that it will not only contribute to the longevity of the home but also to the health of its occupants. Chris has
worked hard over the last 12 years to continue to add construction related service to the company menu. They now offer basement waterproofing, foundation repair and basement finishing. Offering more services allowed for more opportunities for company
growth, diversification and more ways to better serve the customers in creating healthier home and work environments. As they added more services and departments the company continued to grow. They currently have over 60 employees, eight construction
crews and foreman, eight solution specialist sales reps, a call center, a marketing department, an in-house graphic designer, a pest control service department, and crawlspace and waterproofing crews. They have grown so much in the past few years, they
are actually moving to a new 10,000 square

foot main building where construction is almost complete.

The newest addition to the Alford family is a franchisee for Basement Finishing System by Owens Corning. The basement finishing system is a great way to offer customers the ability to add  additional space to their home using products that will stand the test of time (and moisture).

BHA is proud to welcome Alford Home Solutions.

Andrea Mackey
Wise Cracks Concrete
Technologies Inc.
31 Glendale Avenue, Unit B
Sackville, NSB4C3J4

Derek Veselich
Ground Up Builders, Inc.
4743 Veterans Parkway
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
(615) 624-150

Tina Souza
Foundation Repair of CA
1813 Rutan Drive
Livermore, CA 94551

Eric Leach
Midstate Basement
Authorities Inc.
233 Cherry Street
Ithaca,NY 14850

Mike Craft
MI Dry Basement Inc
3355 Tomlinson
Mason, MI 48854

Australian National University developed a new waterproofing membrane coating that repels water and oil, is anti-corrosive and self-cleaning.

John Bryant


Andre Lacroix

Vice President

Jason Weinstein


John BryantBill Crawford


Alan Chandler


Hugo D’Esposito


Jerome Fokas


Dave Hill


Dan Jaggers


Sean Worthington


Robert LanFrank


Luke Secrest


Jeff Roberts

Association Executive

Melissa Morton

Newsletter Editor Media relations

Basement Health Association 2016-2017 Board of Directors & Committees


John Bryant, CWS, CES

AquaGuard Waterproofing Corp. 6820 Distribution Drive Beltsville, MD 20705

  • (301) 595-9670


Jerome Fokas, CWS, CSRS

Select Basement Waterproofing

279 Route 79

Morganville, NJ 07751


(732) 526-7770

EDITOR Basement Health News

Melissa Morton

5621 195th Place East Bonney Lake, WA 98391

  • (253) 473-0133

Vice President

Andre Lacroix

EZ Breathe Healthy Home Solutions, LLC 349 Highland Road E. Macedonia, OH 44056

  • (330) 468-6500


David Hill

Spruce Environmental/RadonAway

3 Saber Way

Ward Hill, MA 01835

  • (800) 767-3703


John Bryant (President)

Andre Lacroix (Vice President)

Jason Weinstein (Secretary/Treasurer)


BUDGET COMMITTEE Alan Chandler (Chair)


Jason Weinstein, CWS, CES


Budget Dry Waterproofing 158 Route 81 Killingworth, CT 06419


  • (203) 421-8560


Dan Jaggers, CSRS, CFRS

CL Support Services, LLC

8400 N. Sam Houston Pkwy W.

Houston, TX 77064


  • (281) 664-8443


Hugo D’Esposito (Chair), Andre Lacroix, Sean Worthington




Robert Lanfrank (Co-Chair) and Rick Frack, Ed Stolba, Marc Weinstein





Luke Secrest CWS


Rhino Products USA, Inc.

1633 Thornwood Drive


Heath OH. 43056




Sean Worthington, CWS

Worthington Waterproofing System 404 Edgewood Drive Exton, PA 19341


  • (610) 280-777





President, Vice President, Treasurer




Melissa Morton (Chair), Dan Jaggers


Alan Chandler, CWS, CSRS

All Dry, Inc.

P.O. Box 148266

Nashville, TN 37214


Robert Lanfrank, CWS

Healthy Way Waterproofing & Mold

Remediation, LLC

1901 Route 71, Suite 2D

Wall, NJ 07719

  • (732)741-1103



Bill Crawford




Alan Chandler (Chair)



Tara Hoey (Chair), Cynthia Keegan


Hugo D’Esposito, CWS, CES

  1. M. Shield Corporation 33 Albertson Avenue Albertson, NY 11507


  • (516) 294-8400


Bill Crawford, CWS

Rainmaker Internet Marketing 217 South Main Street Wheaton, IL 60187


  • (630) 929-7246



Marc Weinstein





Bryce Skeeters (Chair)

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