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Foundation Wall Crack

FOUNDATION WALL CRACKS

Why Do I Have Cracks in My Foundation Wall Foundation wall cracks occur for a number of reasons and can be expected to be observed in most typical basements. They are usually the result of foundation settling or shrinkage and are likely to be found in the vicinity of basement windows. Ordinarily they wouldn’t be much larger than the thickness of a dime and always travel the complete height of the wall.

Drench Warfare Down Below

Drench Warfare Down Below

By Gary Dymski No sooner did I step through the doorway of the tool rental department at The Home Depot in South Setauket than the man behind the counter said: “If you’re looking for submersible pumps, we’re all out.” This was a couple of weeks ago, when rainstorms and melting snow deposited water into many Long Island basements. Tool rental centers were deluged with customers looking to pump out their basements. “It was crazy here,” said Ed Mondini, owner of Gold Star Rental in Centereach. “Pumps were coming and going pretty quick. As fast as people returned them, we sent them out again.”

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What is a French Drain?

A French drain is the generic term often used to describe a drainage system installed at the base of the foundation wall.  Though a French drain can be installed outside, that often requires large excavations including the removal of driveways, patios and landscaping which can be very costly.  Also, piping installed outside can be damaged due to the large overlying dirt loads.  For these reasons, the interior French drain has become increasing more popular due to its tremendous success at resolving basement waterproofing problems and is the focus of this article.

What is a Hollow Kick Molding Drainage System

What is Hollow Kick Molding?

When it comes to protecting your home, you take all the proper precautions. You protect against rodents, make sure the exterior façade is tight and that the wiring is sound. After all, you don’t want anything to stand in the way of you fully enjoying one of the biggest purchases of your life. And you definitely don’t want the possessions you have inside to be damaged. But if you are one of the many homeowners who have failed to properly waterproof their basement then you may be putting your house at risk for water leaks and floods in the future which could severely damage finishings and possessions and lead to hazardous mold. Joseph Boccia of Boccia Inc., a waterproofing company in Long Island, New York, has devoted his 40 year career to keeping homes and buildings dry. To ensure that his work will provide lasting results and protection for every

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Crawl Spaces

Crawl Spaces

Houses can be built on basements which are usually a space that a person of typical height could stand comfortably in. They also can be built on crawl spaces which are characteristically what the designation implies, a space that you can’t do much more than crawl in. So with this in mind the designers and builders of old didn’t pay much intention to them other than making sure that they performed the function of holding up the house. To deal with this lack of thought and effort they installed vents to circulate the air was trapped in them.

Waterproofing Your Basement to Protect Yourself From Mold

Waterproofing Your Basement to Protect Yourself From Mold

The biggest reason to waterproof your basement is to protect your home from gathering unwanted water and moisture. Most choose to have the process done for convenience and aesthetic reasons. They don’t want to mop up water every time it rains and water stains and drips are unsightly and not the type of décor you are looking for, especially if your basement is used as a common room.

MOLDY BASEMENTS

MOLDY BASEMENTS

As the value of real-estate skyrocketed over the last few decade’s home owners looked to make the most of their properties by utilizing their basements to its fullest potential. To accomplish this they brought in wood framing, paper faced wall boards, cellulous ceiling tiles and fibrous carpeting to finish the space and make it look pretty. Then it was furnish with particle board furniture and cloth couches.

What is a Water Intrusion Survey?

Whenever you purchase a new home, it is expected that an inspector will come and search for deficiencies such as termites, foundations problems, poor electrical wiring. You cross your fingers and wait for the “okay” so that you can sign the papers and officially begin your new life in your new home. Often the inspector finds problems and will recommend further evaluation of certain aspects of the house. He may enlist the help of specialists who are specifically trained to look at only one aspect, for example, the basement. If water damage is suspected in a home or office building it could require a water intrusion survey, an investigation of the inside and outside of the structure to locate any problems. Who does it: Many people turn to Boccia Waterproofing for proper consultation from waterproofing to structural issues.  The “advice” of the seasoned waterproofing experts at Boccia may actually sway

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Don’t Do Your Own Waterproofing

Don’t Do Your Own Waterproofing

Don’t do it yourself waterproofing. Call it DDIY — Don’t Do It Yourself — it’s the opposite of a do it yourself (DIY) project. Trying to cut corners and save money is a respectable decision especially if you feel you have the knowledge and manpower to tackle jobs that a specialist would charge twice as much for. But just because you think you can do it, does not mean you should. This applies to certain more obvious aspects, like just because you took a semester of vet medicine in college doesn’t mean you’re qualified to operate on the family pet for instance. When you’re walking through the local home improvement store and see paint or spray promising to waterproof your basement for you, it can give you the false illusion that it is really that simple. If it were that easy, though, then there would be no conceivable need for

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