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Indoor Pollution Deadlier than Outdoor Pollution and Traffic Accidents

A recent stat by the World Health Organization is quite alarming when concerning the harmful effects of poor indoor air quality within a home. According to the Organization, indoor air pollution kills 1.5 million people annually, compared to 800,000 people killed annually by outdoor pollution or 1.2 million people killed each year by traffic accidents.Eye [...]

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Sealing Crawl Spaces a Viable Option for Basement Waterproofing Contractors

If you ask the U.S. Census Bureau's American Housing Surveyors, there are over 128 million homes in America. How many of those homes do you think have a crawl space? And how many of those are in your service area?If you happen to live in the right part of the United States, there may be [...]

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Diagnosing Foundation Wall Cracks

Diagnosing concrete foundation cracks can be tricky. You have to look at the shape, size, pattern and frequency of the crack as well as the correlation between cracks in the floors, location of the crack and other site factors to truly determine the problem.Let’s start with Horizontal Cracks. Generally horizontal cracks are either the result [...]

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Basement Waterproofing Leads to Basement Pre-Finishing

Marketing can be the trickiest part of any business. How much to spend on advertising? Where to place ads? How to get your name out there? But marketing a niche is even harder. You need to word your advertising and marketing material so your services match the needs of your customers, to inform your potential [...]

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Bowing Walls and Structural Foundation Problems

What do you do when you come across a bowing foundation wall? What system do you use to fix it? Or do you turn the work away?If you are a basement waterproofing contractor and repairing bowed walls by another means or system, or, if you are passing up these types of repairs, you need [...]

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Basement Waterproofers and Radon Mitigators: Instead of Fighting, Try Networking

Radon Mitigators and Basement Waterproofers have been butting heads for years. Radon Pros have been closing the interior drainage systems that waterproofers install to fix the radon problem but causing another water problem. In the mean time, waterproofers have been voiding their warranties after radon mitigators disturb their system and recreate radon problems when they [...]

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Home Selling: Sell Faster and for More with a Finished Basement

We already know finished basements have real world value. In the U.S., the national average shows nearly 90% of the cost of a basement remodel is recouped in the resale value of a house. But what about “finish ready” basements? We attended a regional seminar sponsored by the National Association of Waterproofing and [...]

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Understanding Stack Effect and Sick Building Syndrome

Basement Waterproofers: Is Indoor Air Quality Your Problem? Some waterproofing professionals say no; some say yes. If they understand what causes indoor air quality problems, then the answer should always be yes.Like we have said before 50% of the air you breathe in your house comes from the basement. Why is that? Basically our [...]

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A Move Towards Closed Drainage Systems?

In the spring 2009 issue of Waterproof Magazine, Steve Andras – in an article focusing on the problems resulting from iron bacteria growth – raises a very legitimate concern much bigger than iron bacteria. With what is now known regarding indoor air quality control, the author suggests that the basement waterproofing industry should seriously reconsider [...]

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Basement Re-Modeling Increase is a Win-Win for Basement Waterproofing Contractors

Despite a slowing economy and housing downturn, the basement remodeling market actually grew in 2007-2008, according to SBIReports.com. Some say it is because of the slow housing market. If they can’t sell, they remodel.Basement remodeling is projected to increase over the next five years with more families making their basements entertaining rooms, media rooms, [...]

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