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

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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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What Does Mold In A Basement Smell Like?

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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What Do I Need To Do To Winterize My Window Wells?

Winter is just around the corner, and it’s time to think about preparing your home for the cold weather. You’ve checked the insulation, your HVAC system, the sealing around your windows and doors – but did you remember the window wells?

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What Is Earthbag Construction?

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Bags filled with sand and soil often make emergency floodwalls and rough shelters like military bunkers. But the same idea is becoming more popular among DIYers looking for natural building materials. A sturdy process known as “earthbag construction” is the preferred solution! Earthbag construction is getting a lot of attention as a low-cost, low-impact, durable…

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How Many Years Does A Sump Pump Last?

A sump pump doesn’t last forever. This important part of your drainage system has an average life expectancy of about 10 years. When you notice that your pump is acting up, it could be time for a replacement.

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Can You Waterproof A Basement Only From The Inside?

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Some homeowners believe that basements only need to be waterproofed from the inside. They assume that by making the walls tight when finishing the basement, they won’t have to worry about any leakage or drainage problems. This misguided thinking can lead to many problems that extend far beyond just the basement!

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Do You Have To Immediately Replace Water-Damaged Drywall?

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In the average home, most walls and ceilings are made with drywall. This is a sheet of gypsum-based plaster kept together by paper. While some types of drywall are made with materials that make it more resistant to water, average drywall can be quite susceptible to damage from even small leaks. Replacing water-damaged drywall is…

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Why Do Sump Pumps Fail?

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The sump pump is an important part of a home’s drainage system. Sitting at the lowest part of the foundation, the sump pump gets rid of excess water that can flow around your foundation and basement flooring through the French or perimeter drains. It’s often the final step in stopping water from leaching into your…

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Should You Put Rocks In Your Window Well?

The window well is an important part of the drainage system that protects your basement from moisture leakage. It’s especially important because windows are a common weak point for foundations, and  the barrier around them can wear down over time.  On many, typically older homes, these window wells are defined by a metal or plastic…

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External Crack Repair: How It Works

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Fixing external cracks in your foundation is absolutely essential. Many cracks cannot be fixed by epoxy or polyurethane injection from the inside, and require outside repairs to prevent them from getting worse. Small cracks can become major structural problems, causing the concrete to heave, contract, and crumble. If you notice a crack, have it repaired…

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