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Asthma Awareness and its Relevance to Basement Waterproofing

In April, we wrote about the rising number of people suffering from allergies in recent years. This month, we observe Asthma Awareness Month. The Environmental Protection Agency has released event planning information for individuals interested in either planning or attending local events to build asthma awareness in their community. In addition, the EPA has outlined [...]

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Strongest and Weakest Markets for Economic Recovery

The country’s economy is slowly recovering. Some markets are stronger than other.In a recent market analysis, MetroMonitor ranked the strongest markets primed for an economic recovery as well as the weakest and everything in between.Albuquerque, New Mexico was ranked as the strongest city ranked for an economic recovery, followed by Augusta, GA; Austin, Texas and [...]

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Rim Joist Sealing with Open or Closed Cell Spray Foam

There is an ongoing debate as to the use of a closed cell foam or an open cell foam to seal the rim joist area of a basement or a crawl space. It is Emecole’s position that an open cell polyurethane spray foam works well in this application. The major difference in the properties of [...]

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30 Years in the Making: Number of People Suffering from Allergies on the Rise

Friday’s Chicago Tribune included a story about the increased amount of people suffering from allergies today versus 30 years ago. Citing data from the National Association of Home Builders Research Center, the story concluded that many of our allergy problems have to do with poor indoor air quality within our homes.An important note from the [...]

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A Green House Starts with the Crawl Space

Tom Saucier, the CEO of the Crawlspace Doctor has written an article about how a properly sealed and insulated crawl space is a game changer for the entire home. An unconditioned crawl space allows humidity to enter during the hot summer months, while allowing cold air in during the winter. This results in increased use [...]

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New York City’s Safe Housing Act Expansion Includes Focus on Critical Indoor Health Concerns

The idea of whole home health improvement is becoming more of a priority to not only homeowners, but our government as well. One example is New York City’s Safe Housing Act, which was expanded by the city’s council last week to add focus on health related issues such as mold, asthma, insects and rodents. According [...]

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Mold Removal and Prevention are Key for Reducing Mold Allergies

With the holidays behind us and the dead of winter upon us, many homeowners tend to stay busy by turning their attention to various indoor projects around the home. A project worth thinking about for the new year is whole home health improvement.We’ve often discussed how the damp conditions typically present in basements and crawl [...]

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Knowing Your Battery Backup Sump Pump System: AC Power vs. DC Power

Emecole President Lou Cole has written a piece discussing the difference between AC and DC power for when choosing a battery backup sump pump system. While ensuring that the basement stays dry is is obviously important, understanding how the particular backup system in your basement performs is a fundamental key towards keeping the basement free [...]

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Energy-Efficient Home Improvement Tax Credit Extension in the Works?

We have been anticipating, along with the EmeSeal System contractors and the home improvement industry, that the Residential Energy Efficiency Tax Credit on qualified energy-efficient home improvement projects would expire at the end of this year. However, after coming across an article last week from Replacement Contractor Magazine’s website, there is reason for some optimism. [...]

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Basement and Crawl Space Hazards

The November 2010 issue of Basement Health News (formerly Foundation News) includes two important informational articles in regards to whole home health - the first article pertaining to trouble spots associated with indoor air quality, the second about safety hazards within the crawl space.The article "Air Quality issues in finished basements" [...]

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