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Don’t build over your sump pit

Because of the type of work we do, we run into things that we know can come back to haunt you as a home owner. If you are considering finishing off the basement, which is great because of the extra space you will have, there will be one thing that you will not want to do. Please, don’t build over your sump pit. If you do you will lose access to it. If the pump needs to be replaced it will make it very difficult to get to. I always recommend to build a closet around it. That way you will have access to the pit, pump and piping should anything need to be worked on. If you do build a cabinet around it make the lid low enough so you can work on the pit while you are on your knees.  We have been to plenty of houses where the customer ended up tearing the cabinet apart to change out a pump during a storm because the were not able to work in the space they had created.

Crunch Time

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Moisture Problem Solved

Yesterday I received a call from a customer who had her system installed about 3 months ago. Her home had always had a moisture problem. Over the years that they have lived there they had invested a lot of money trying to lower the moisture in the home. They had even purchased a whole house dehumidifier that was connected to their furnace. Nothing was working. They wanted their moisture problem solved.

When I did their estimate I mentioned that our system will help with their moisture issue also. Our system takes out moisture at the source, before it’s in the home. Everything else on the market tries to treat the moisture once it’s in the home.

Well, I am happy to say that when she called she said that her moisture problem is solved, and that is with her whole house dehumidifier turned off!

With our system we guarantee a low Radon level and  lowered moisture level, so you get two systems in one. And, our system is saving them money. Our system only costs about $25 year to run, whereas the whole house dehumidifier costs that much a month.

 

Not always the best solution

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Unbelievable Day

Last Wednesday was an Unbelievable Day. I was asked to go look at a Radon system that was just recently installed. The new owner did not think it looked right. So, I went to take a look. Wow! I could not believe what I saw. This system was installed by a local, “certified” company. They broke about 6 or 7 codes and Radon venting standards. The biggest thing is that the Radon fan was in the basement. When you get certified, this is about the 1st thing you learn not to do. Among other things they did not install fire collars on the pipe in the garage, they used an electrical splitter on the single outlet for the sump pump to also plug in the fan. The flashing was not installed properly. The company then told the customer that it was  a “moisture” system, so they could put the fan where ever they wanted. (even though this was for Realty and the home had tested high for Radon) Best price? Yeah, they got what they paid for. Now the system has to be completely redone. What a great service that company is doing to the public, and they are certified. Wow, what an unbelievable day.

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