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Here is a collection of materials that will be helpful as you start to plan a remodeling or repair project for your home.

RENOVATE RIGHT and HOME REPAIR: KNOW YOUR CONSUMER RIGHTS are documents that the law states must be presented to all homeowners before work can begin. It will be important for you to read these carefully, as you will be required to sign an acknowledgment of receipt whenever you begin a project with anyone.

Going the extra mile towards a dry basement  

      One of the lesser joys of home ownership is that of home maintenance. Good maintenance over the years can help keep your home’s value up and your family safe and healthy. No place is this more true than in your basement. A flooded basement is destructive to belongings and to the house itself, and is every homeowner’s worst nightmare.
    Knowing this, you’ve done your due diligence. You have a sump pump and maybe even a backup pump with batteries. A dehumidifier helps, but you still have wet floors, walls or a lingering odor of dampness. It may be that the walls are leaking. If you think you have basement walls seeping moisture, masonry leaks or any cement walls leaking, the first step is to do some testing. A visual inspection can reveal cracks from settling and if this is why your walls leak, cement can help. Filling in obvious cracks and voids is a good start, but sometimes the leaking is less obvious.
    For homes with a cinder block or split block foundation moisture can sometimes pass directly through the porous surface of the blocks. Split block testing can reveal cement walls seeping water by measuring the rate at which water is absorbed by the cinder blocks. This source of basement wall seepage can occur behind paneling and go unnoticed except for the tell tale dampness and water that seems to creep in at the base of the wall. Split block repairs range from filling obvious cracks and other masonry repairs to sealing whole areas of foundation wall with an appropriate sealer. Trenching around the foundation is required for this sealing but is well worth the effort and can put a stop to excess moisture passing through a porous cement block foundation.
    Basement wall seepage can also lead to problems with mold. Mold inspection & removal is very important to the continued good health of your family and can rid your basement of damp, musty odors. Always check for mold in conjunction with repairs of this type, and consult a mold remediation specialist if you do find mold, because simply wiping it off and washing it down won’t keep it away. Remember, a dry basement is a happy basement.

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