ASHWORTH DRAINAGE BLOG

What Does A Sump Pump Do?

January 12, 2022
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The layperson probably doesn’t know the names of every piece of plumbing technology that keeps their home functional and dry. One of these pieces is a sump pump, and if your house doesn’t have one, its absence will be noticed as soon as flood season comes around.

This lifesaver drains away the water pooling beneath your house before it can cause significant damage to your property, but it goes largely unseen. How does this miracle of plumbing work, exactly? Read on to find out.

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What Happens To A Concrete Foundation In Winter?

November 24, 2021
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Cold weather does a lot more than get you to crank the thermostat and reach for a mug of hot cocoa – it can affect the unseen parts of your home, including your concrete foundation. You might not notice the impact the cold is having on your basement and foundation until it’s too late!

When the weather gets cold, know what effects it can have on your home – here’s what happens to a concrete foundation in winter. 

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Sump Pumps: Why Does My Home Need One, And How Do I Test It?

September 13, 2021
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A sump pump can be one of the most important pieces of equipment for foundation drainage systems, but there’s a good chance you’ve never considered how well it’s working to protect your home. Why would your home need a sump pump, and how can you test how well it’s working?

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How To Repair Basement Cinder Block Wall

May 7, 2021

 

Concrete block foundations have their benefits, though these days, you’ll find them supporting older homes. Because they are rarely solid in the middle, the cinder block used for foundations can develop unique problems. How would we approach repairing this kind of basement wall?

 

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What DIY Waterproofing Solutions Can Harm Your Basement?

April 19, 2021

When it comes to many home projects, doing it yourself is a proper solution. There are many places around the house where amateur handy people can put their skills to good use. One area we don’t recommend this work is the basement. 

While it might sound like a way to cut down on expenses, DIY waterproofing solutions can do much more harm than good, costing more in the long run.

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What Is Drainage Tile And How Is It Used?

March 17, 2021

In the world of home drainage and foundation protection, sometimes the simplest solutions are the most effective. One part uses durable pipes and gravity to guide water away from your basement: drainage tiles. 

A drainage tile system can prevent water from accumulating next to and degrading the concrete of your foundation. It’s an important part of keeping your basement dry, but you can place drainage tiles elsewhere on your property, too!

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What Causes Basement Moisture?

February 22, 2021

Basements can be notorious for being dank, humid places, but don’t take the moisture as an ordinary sign – it can mean an issue exists that could affect the integrity of your entire house. From foundation shifting to hazardous mould, basement moisture can be a sign of a lot of different problems.

What causes basement moisture – and more importantly, how can you solve it? Here are five major causes of basement moisture and how you can ensure they don’t become widespread issues.

 

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What’s The Difference Between A Plumber And A Drainage Contractor?

January 15, 2021

To the average person, plumbers and drainage contractors sound like similar professions. The thing about water issues is that not all of the causes and solutions are the same – as such, the two jobs are different, too! Here’s when you should call a plumber and when you should call a drainage contractor.

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How Much Does It Cost To Put In A French Drain?

December 16, 2020

An essential part of any home waterproofing plan is a working French drain. This simple system collects water as it falls to the foot of your foundation and directs it to a storm drain or sump pump. If your home needs a system put in, or you need to replace the existing one, you may wonder about the price of a French drain installation. 

It varies based on many factors, but you may be able to ballpark it at between $2,000 and $6,000. Here’s what goes into making the final cost.

 

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What Does Mold In A Basement Smell Like?

December 9, 2020

Excess water in the basement is the biggest cause of mold growth, but the moisture may be in hard-to-see parts of this below-ground level. One way most homeowners first detect mold with their nose – the odors of mold can be easily detected. How can you pick out mold from ordinary home aromas?

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