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Fighting basement moisture can be an ongoing battle. This area of your home is surrounded by moist soil and by basement walls that do little to keep that moisture out. Usually basements have small windows to help ventilate the area, but when do these ever get opened?
Your foundation walls are designed to support the weight of your house and to resist moisture that’s surrounding them. When foundations work, you get to live in a stable and dry environment. When they crack, moisture seeps into your basement; it damages valuables like carpeting,
Rain barrels are a way some homeowners use to save money by capturing rain to water their gardens and lawns and wash their cars. But there’s another side to these containers that can cause serious headaches beyond the commonly known rain barrel problems (like roofs
If you’ve noticed seepage in your basement and are wondering what is the best way to handle it, this article is for you. With so many options to pick from, it can be difficult to sort through them to decide on the best foundation waterproofing method.
Your sump pump is the heart of your home’s ground water drainage system. If it fails you’re only one storm away from a potentially expensive flooded basement. This is why it’s important to look for the very best sump pump.
Lake Geneva, WI is well known as a friendly resort town on the shores of Geneva Lake that is a popular weekend destination for visitors from Milwaukee, Chicago and elsewhere who frequent downtown shops or enjoy golf at the Grand Geneva. Although its “population
This blog is dedicated to educating the public about basement waterproofing. In it we talk about drain tile, exterior waterproofing membranes, sump pumps, crack injection, proper yard drainage and all the other techniques, repairs and equipment that help keep your basement dry.
Today, my friends, Basement Matters achieves a milestone – this is our 100th post! That’s 100 informative, educational articles designed to make you a better, more educated consumer of basement waterproofing services, not just from my company but from any company anywhere.
So you’ve decided to take the plunge and add some badly needed living space to your home by finishing the basement. You’ve drawn up a plan, set a budget and hired a contractor. You’re all set.
OK, I realize the headline of this post sounds like the title of a new Indiana Jones movie but, sorry Indy fans; it’s just about keeping your basement dry.
Now that the film buffs have left the room, let’s talk about the Zone
A customer at a home show once told me, “I’m never going to need your company’s services.” When I asked why she was so sure, she replied “Because my house was built on a slab. I don’t have
There are plenty of good reasons to take on regular maintenance tasks in and around your home. Repairing small problems prevents them from turning into bigger problems. Staying on top of maintenance helps your home function better and maintains a healthier living environment. Regular
Given the state of the economy, everybody these days is all about saving money. I certainly don’t blame a homeowner who wants to save money when they need a basement waterproofing solution but I do want to make sure that they don’t regret being,
If you’ve cruised the aisles of Lowe’s or Home Depot lately, you’ve probably seen various “waterproofing” products offered there. I’m sure that some are fine for the right limited application but I want to explain why you
So, you’re shopping for a new home. It’s an exciting time, hunting down the ideal place in the right community with the best schools. There’s the right number of bedrooms and bathrooms to consider -- and don’t forget the
Most of the time, this blog is about basement waterproofing “after the fact” -- water problems and waterproofing solutions in existing homes. The other night while watching TV I was reminded that the smart homebuilder (or the even smarter homebuyer) can ensure freedom from basement seepage
It seems that everywhere we look, there are “how-to” articles, TV shows and websites and, yes, more than a few “how-to” blogs, of which Basement Matters is one. It doesn’t matter if you want to learn how to decorate a cake, master
In our business we provide basement waterproofing. Our goal is to keep all water completely off your basement floor so you can confidently use it for living space, storage or whatever else floats your boat (as long as it’s not in your basement!). There are
When I started this blog earlier this year, one of our most popular posts talked about common misconceptions about basement waterproofing solutions. That was fun to write because those “fact vs. fiction” topics are things we talk about amongst ourselves in the industry. The blog
Do-it-yourself home improvement is all the rage these days, thanks to the DIY Network and TV personalities like Norm Abrams and Lou Manfredini. Personally, I prefer the direct, no-nonsense approach of Mike Holmes of “Holmes on Homes” for my DIY education, but this blog is not
At the beginning of the year, we started a basement waterproofing blog called “Basement Matters”. Our main goal behind the blog was to educate homeowners by publishing fresh and original articles and videos drawing from our 55 years of experience. As a part of the project,
Not all basement waterproofing repairs are created equal. There is a big difference between a basement waterproofing professional and a general handyman who is a novice. We are not saying that someone who is mechanically inclined and has a little know-how is not capable of attempting a
Over the past 50+ years, we’ve heard hundreds of theories on what causes basement waterproofing problems and how to go about solving them. Some of them sound quite plausible to the untrained ear. And some are utterly absurd.
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