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The Sump Pump Solution: How I Dealt With Water Damage in My House

My family and I moved into our home at the height of the California drought, and before this winter, we’d never experienced any significant rainfall while living there. After a major storm system passed through in February, we checked the crawlspace and, to our dismay, found several inches of stagnant water beneath the house. The forecast called for more rain. As the water in the crawlspace continued to rise and fall with ongoing storms, we knew we had to do something. But what would be the best solution?

There are several options for preventing water saturation in your home. In this article, I’ll review some of them and share how we came to the decision to install a sump pump.

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Installing a sump pump required removing a massive amount of dirt from the crawlspace. Photo: American Ratings Corporation (2017)

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Industry Organization Spotlight: The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)

Overview
IICRC-logoThe Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is an international nonprofit that certifies professional individuals and firms and develops certifications and standards within the inspection, cleaning, and restoration industries. Since its formation in 1972, the IICRC has been dedicated to promoting high standards of ethics, performance and technical proficiency among industry professionals. Today, there are more than 53,000 active IICRC Certified technicians and more than 6,000 IICRC Certified firms worldwide. Continue reading “Industry Organization Spotlight: The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)” »

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Be a Dry Rot Detective

Years ago, I paid for a half-baked paint job where none of the prep was done properly. It’s sad but true. According to Greg Kuzmicki, owner of Solidarity Painting, a Diamond Certified company, many painters take shortcuts, costly ones. For example, some paint right over dry rot they because they simply want to get paid and move onto the next job. The homeowner pays later when wood fungus spreads causing mildew and mold to grow. Termites live on this stuff.

It’s best to catch dry rot early. Before hiring a painter, do a little inspection yourself by checking siding, window trim and uneven surfaces. Poke in a nail or a screwdriver, and if it goes in more than one-quarter inch, repairs need to be done. That means: 1) check how widespread the problem is; 2) replace damaged areas with new wood; 3) add a moisture paper barrier; 4) fully prime and seal before installing; 5) and do the caulking last. Now you’re ready to paint!

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