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Crawl Spaces That Are Unprotected Can Have A Negative Effect On Your Home Suffolk County, NY

For many years the condition of the crawl space has been out of sight and out of mind until it was determined that what is under the house ends up within the living space. This is a result of the “Stack Effect” which pulls the air up through the house. Leaking foundations, water seepage up through the ground or water flowing over vent openings creates puddles and floods. This water eventually evaporates increasing the humidity levels to near 100 percent. This damp, wet unhealthy air is then drawn into the upper levels of the house creating a damp wet unhealthy situation where people sleep, eat and live. The higher humidity levels can also contribute to the growth of destructive mold on the building components and contents. When you have a dirt crawl space, it makes sense that all kinds of critters make their home there. Almost anything can easily enter

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Water Recharge Wells, Drywells and Ground Water Drainage Systems

Is water from your roof being directed into your basement? Rainwater that falls on and around a house or building complex needs to be managed, so that it doesn’t create undesirable conditions. Water that puddles on paved areas, such as walkways, driveways and parking lots, can freeze during the winter months, creating hazards. Water accumulation in planter beds and grass areas will eventually seep into the ground and create saturated ground conditions adjacent to basements and crawl spaces. This can increase hydrostatic pressure and the possibility for interior leaks. Uncontrolled water flow from downspouts or negative pitched grading will increase the potential for erosion and damage to landscaping and hardscaping alike. That’s when site drainage, French drains or a drywell can be of assistance. Boccia Inc. can visually survey most properties and design a drywell or drainage system to manage the water flow. The discharges from roof gutter downspouts can

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Rizziero Boccia 1930 – 2020

Rizziero Boccia immigrated from Italy in 1947 with only the shoes on his feet and a second- grade education. For many this would be considered a setback, but for Rizziero his young life experience served as the baseline to build something great and eventually achieve the “American Dream.”   In 1955, Rizziero began his career waterproofing the many wet basements that existed on Long Island including installing French Drains.  At the time, French drains were not a known commodity and he had to convey to customers the science behind the drains in broken English.  But through his tireless work ethic he grew his business and earned an exceptional reputation of doing the job right. During these years, Rizziero had his young family working beside him and taught them the waterproofing trade. Rizziero built an incredible reputation on Long Island’s gold coast which was plagued by water problems. He worked for many businesses,

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Five Steps to Minimize Water Damage to Your Home Great Neck, NY

Five Steps to Minimize Water Damage to Your Home Great Neck, NY Water damage can cause a loss of possessions, structural compromise, and can severely impact your property value. And hopefully, it’s a problem you never have to encounter.    But if you suddenly spot unwelcome water in your home, there’s still time to stop it before the damage becomes permanent. If you run into the unlucky situation of a large spill, a leaky roof or, yikes, a burst pipe in your home, you can hopefully minimize your damage to keep your place livable and, well, dry. Just start by following these simple steps. Find Where the Leak Is Coming From If you notice leaking, or water pooling in a room in your home, it’s important to assess your water damage in order to plan your clean up. You’ll want to discover where the water is coming from, and find a

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Why Do Basements Flood? Garden City, NY

Buildings and homes located in Garden City New York have unique characteristics that increase their risk of basement leaks.  Saturated wet soil conditions exist under many basements within the Garden City borders. These wet soil conditions existed long before Garden City was developed into the populous county that it is now, from when it was woods and farmland. The foundations of the homes and buildings that were since developed were installed on these wet parcels of land. Unfortunately, the typical basement that was constructed is susceptible to water leaks through the floors and walls as minimal work was performed to protect against basement water leaks. Fortunately, there are means and methods to waterproof the basements of the houses and buildings in Garden City that are efficient, effective and most importantly, affordable. Sub-floor drainage systems sometimes called French drainage systems offer a long-term solution by removing the water from the soil

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Why Do Basements Flood? Huntington, NY

Long Island New York is exactly what the name implies – an Island surrounded by water. This water is one of the reasons people choose to live and work on Long Island and construct their homes and buildings. But the price they pay for living on Long Island is the water that saturates the ground underneath and around their basements. Hydrostatic pressure will build around a basement that is situated in a ground where excessive water is present. This condition is aggravated during periods of heavy rains which adds to the water in the ground. The concurrence of heavy snow and rain on saturated soil often leads to water leaks, puddles and flooding in Long Island basements, destroying furnishings and belongings and commonly leading to elevated molds that create an unhealthy environment. Wet basements in Long Island are a common occurrence causing havoc to property owners and their valuable basements.

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Cracks in Brick Houses and Buildings Manhasset, NY

From the fairy tale of the three little pigs, we have an image of masonry houses being invincible. Unfortunately, this is far from the truth.  Brick façades do not last forever and require maintenance. Steel lintels which are commonly found over most windows and doors on houses and buildings will rust when exposed to weather. When steel rusts it expands many times its original size which cracks the brickwork around it. Making the situation worse, if these issues are not addressed, the rusting steel can heave and dislodge entire parapet walls on buildings and create bowed walls on houses. It is important to address cracks in brick work and replace any elements of rusting steel lintels before conditions worsen. Brick replacement, steel lintel replacement, and brick pointing is routinely required on brick buildings to keep them in sound and safe condition.  Boccia Inc. has been building and repairing brick buildings

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