Side Note: Basement Waterproofing – Inside Strategies

By | April 22nd, 2015|Basements, Side Note|

In previous posts we've covered a few exterior options to protect your basement.  Now let's review what options you have inside!  By installing a drainage system around the inside of the basement along the wall, you can capture water at the most common point of entry - the floor/wall joint.  Capturing water from the walls can prevent [...]

Side Note: Outer Limits

By | April 22nd, 2015|Basements, Side Note|

By now we've learned that there are two types of basements - the ones that already leak and the ones that will eventually leak.  If the soil around the foundation of your home is pitched toward the foundation, it is a good idea to change the grade by adding dirt so that the soil slopes away. [...]

Side Note: Dry Basement

By | April 17th, 2015|Basements, Mold, Side Note|

Buyers expect a dry basement.  No one wants to buy a home with a wet basement.  These days most states have disclosure forms that would require the seller to details a series of questions about the of which is water in the basement.  Home inspectors are trained to find this sort of defect during [...]

Side Note: Basement Space

By | April 17th, 2015|Basements, Mold, Side Note|

Even though it may not be counted in the actual square footage of your home, your basement is VALUABLE space!  What can you do with your basement?  How about a Playroom for the kids, a Party Room or Family Room?  A home gym to keep you fit and healthy, or maybe a craft room for your [...]

Side Note: Radon Gas & Waterproofing

By | April 17th, 2015|Basements, Mold, Radon, Side Note|

Radon Gas is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that comes from radium deposits in the earth's crust.  If present in the soil under your home, it can get sucked into your house via the basement or crawl space. DON'T PANIC!  It's fairly common and easy to get rid of. Some people that know "a little", [...]

Formaldehyde Questions and Answers

By | March 27th, 2015|Additional Services, Formaldehyde|

QUESTION:  "What is Formaldehyde and where does it come from? ANSWER:  Formaldehyde is a VOC (Volitle Organic Compound) and is present in many forms and from many sources.  Processes in the upper atmosphere contribute up to 90% of the total formaldehyde in the environment. Formaldehyde is an intermediate in the oxidation (or combustion) of methane [...]

7 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Exposure to Formaldehyde

By | March 27th, 2015|Additional Services, Formaldehyde|

How to minimize risks associated with formaldehyde exposure: 1. Establish a no smoking policy in your home. Cigarettes and other tobacco products should not be used inside the home. There are many toxic effects of exposure to cigarette smoke, including exposure to formaldehyde, and evidence continues to mount concerning the health effects associated with cigarette [...]

Spring Thaw

By | March 5th, 2015|Maintenance, Seasonal Information|

Each year, Michigan homeowners and businesses are hit with the harsh reality of winter, dealing with everything from snow covered roads and pot holes to slippery driveways and the dreaded NO SCHOOL Snow Days. You can’t change the weather, but we can minimize the toll it may take by implementing a few simple safeguards.  Heating [...]

Concerned about Formaldehyde?

By | March 5th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Formaldehyde is a Volatile Organic Compound that occurs in nature and is widely used in building products, finishes, and furnishings because of its desirable properties and low cost. Nearly all products made with formaldehyde outgas to some extent, but only a few contribute significantly to indoor air problems. Formaldehyde is used to add permanent press [...]

Ice Dam Dangers

By | March 3rd, 2015|Seasonal Information|

Icicles - Winter can create some beautiful scenes...Bright white snow, glistening frost on the trees.  Even the frozen pond perfect for hockey.  But icicles forming on the edges of your home should send up a warning flag. Icicles hanging from the edges of your home are often the result of an ice dam formed when [...]