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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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Emecole President Lou Cole to Speak on Crack Injection at Basement Health Meeting

The Basement Health Association (formerly known as the National Association for Waterproofing and Structural Repair Contractors) just released the schedule of events for the World of Concrete and Mid-Year Meeting January 17-21, 2010.Emecole’s founder and president, Lou Cole is speaking during the convention. Lou’s seminar “Different Injection Systems and the [...]

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Concrete Crack Repair: Deciding between Epoxy and Polyurethane Foam Injection

One of the most common questions we receive at Emecole has to do with the use of epoxy or polyurethane foam for repairing poured foundation cracks via low-pressure crack injection – which material should I use?While epoxies and polyurethane foams both have their place in repairing foundation cracks, they each have unique properties which allow [...]

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Consumer Note: Mold, the Winter Shut-in

As the weather cools down we will begin to close the doors and windows of our homes sealing out the cold. The furnace will kick in and the air circulated in our homes will originate from inside. There is a fresh filter on the furnace and we may even have had the ducts cleaned, but [...]

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The Crawl Space: A Petri Dish Beneath Your Home

If your home is built on a crawl space and it is not properly sealed and ventilated, the quality of the air inside your home can be seriously degraded from exposure to moisture, mold, mildew and toxins like radon gas. Left unchecked these concerns can cause or accelerate symptoms such as allergies, respiratory problems and [...]

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Cold Weather is A Good Time for Basement Crack Repair

It has been said that there are two kinds of basements; those that leak, and those that will leak. Whether poured or block—basement foundations are at the mercy of external soil conditions like shifting, expansion and contraction.During cold weather soil freezes and contracts and the pressure from the frozen moisture tends to move vertically toward [...]

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Home Sales Impacted by Clean Looking Crawl Spaces

In a recent real estate news article, it reports that a clean looking crawl space may actually increase a home sale. When two comparable houses are on the market together, the one with the cleaner crawl space tends to sell faster. It makes sense. Even if the buyer doesn’t truly understand the energy efficiency [...]

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Home Maintenance: A Sure Bet for Basement Waterproofers and Foundation Repair Contractors

A ConsumerReports.org article lists five repairs for the home that must not go ignored. Three out of the five were jobs for a basement waterproofing or a foundation structural repair contractor. Regardless of the state of economy, there is no denying that home maintenance will never cease to exist - without addressing such issues, the [...]

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Holiday Experiment Means Basement Waterproofing Contractors May Have a Very Happy New Year

While many basement waterproofing contractors look forward to relaxing at home during the holiday season, I’ll be rolling up my sleeves and tearing apart my basement. No, I’m not Scrooge; I like to celebrate, too. But by making my home a sealing system experiment, I hope to deliver a lucrative gift to contractors [...]

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Mother Nature Screams 'Jump!' Basement Waterproofers Ask 'How High?'

At a time when people are thinking about the unemployment percentage, there is one constant that remains the same – there has always been a demand for basement waterproofing professionals. This problem is always evident after a specific area is hit by a big storm, and there are not enough waterproofers to keep up with [...]

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