Archive for January, 2011

  • 15% Off Spring Maintenance Checkup

    By 3rdP-ad on January 11, 2011
    Look forward to the coming spring knowing yo’re prepared for melting snow and rain by having your basement features checked and serviced now by Standard Water Control. We inspect and repair drain tile systems, sump pumps. battery back-up pumps, discharge systems, egress windows, and more. Have products not installed by Standard Water? No problem, we service competitors systems. Schedule your […]
  • January 7, 2011

    Basement Flooding Repair in Spring

    In the Twin Cities we just made it through the snowiest December on record.  20+ inches of snow on the ground causes plenty of headaches, like slippery snow packed roads and driveways. Although Spring seems like a distant dream right now, this winter may be a good time to prepare your basement for the upcoming season.  Spring rains and warmer temps can lead to massive amounts of water seeping into the ground and potentially into your basement. Melting snow can lead to flooded basements and destroyed property.  

    We’ve mentioned it before, but we’ll say it again;  basement flooding causes millions of dollars in property damage every year.  Poorly designed old homes, uneven inclines, poor basement waterproofing and inexperienced waterproofing companies can all lead to costly repairs.  When and if those repairs come up, contacting an expert in basement waterproofing is the single best step you can take. 

    As an instrumental part of the basement repair process, waterproofing at the same time of the repairs will help ensure adequate protection against any and all future flooding mishaps.  By following guidelines we previously established, including looking for NAWSRC and BBB certification, proper experience and a solid guarantee, you can make sure that these repairs will be held to highest standards.  

    At Standard Water Control Systems, we pride ourselves on a system design and installation that reflects a commitment to providing your home with the best possible protection against water seepage problems; in any season.  If basement flooding due to melting snow has happened to you in the past or is a concern for you this Spring then contact basement waterproofing expert Standard Water Control for more information on protecting your home and family.

    Learn more about basement waterproofing your home for the onslaught of melting snow in the Spring.

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  • 06 January 2011

    Happy New Year!

    January 1, 2011 by Mike
    Here’s to a prosperous and safe 2011 for you and your family!
    We look forward to serving your needs in basement water control, foundation repair, maintenance or any of our other services.
    If you ever have a question, please don’t hesitate to call on us; we’ll be here with answers that will help restore your peace of mind. You can always reach us at 1-800-978-7867.

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  • October 22, 2010 by mike

    Autumn is in full swing, but in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and the Dakotas the time between Autumn and Winter can be painfully short.

    Now is the time to take all of the necessary precautions and preventative steps in your basement.
    The best way to save money on home repair is to not have the accidents that make it necessary, so by winterizing your sump pumps and back up valves, you are helping guarantee a dry basement no matter what the weather forecast holds!
    While most people check the roof first when winterizing their home, followed by the electrical and the foundation, so often key elements like the sump pump and back-up valve are overlooked that can make or break how your home handles water emergencies, especially come spring time when the snow pack begins to melt.
    For the intrepid do-it-yourselfer, winterizing your sump pump can be done on your own.
    In the event you are a bit uncomfortable handling the ins and outs of basement waterproofing yourself, call in the winterizing experts.  Nevertheless, here is a basic primer on how to winterize your sump pump today:
    • To help remove the possibility of freezing, first remove the discharge extension as close to your home as possible.  Install the diffuser cap from the end of the pipe in its place.
    • Open your sump basin by removing all 4 bolts.
    • Check every clamp connection to make sure they are tight and then test the pump by adding water into it until it cycles. Keep in mind the water might need to be 6-8” above the pump before it will cycle.
    • Replace the batteries in your high water alarm.
    • If you have a battery backup system, check the water level in the battery.  Add distilled water if necessary.
    • If you have a free flow discharge with a heat cable, plug it in after the first snow falls.
    There you go, some very simple tips to help you winterize your sump pump and avoid costly and damaging accidents over the Winter!
    If all this is too complicated, contact the experts at Standard Water Control today to handle all your sump pump and back up valve jobs and projects!

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  • September 13, 2010 by mike

    If someone told you that by spending $4 or $5 today, you could prevent $20,000 in future expenses, you’d think it was a pretty good deal right?  When it comes to foundation damage and repair, more often than you’d ever believe this is actually quite true.  What starts as a simple fissure or dislodged downspout can rapidly turn into a massive foundation crack or at worst, an entire split and shift which can  ruin an entire home.
    Water damage and the soil erosion that water damage can cause are the main offenders when it comes to foundation cracks.  A main component in avoiding the cracks in the first place is a proper basement waterproofing plan.
    If left unchecked and unfixed, cracks that appear first on walls can rapidly spiral out of control.  Other tell-tale signs you are in need of serious foundation repair are moisture in your basement or crawlspace where there wasn’t any before, misaligned doors and windows or uneven flooring.
    Once a problem is spotted, early action is the key to saving money in the long run.  While many cracks are superficial and pose absolutely no threat to the integrity of your foundation, some are dangerous and must be treated as such.  There are a multitude of solutions to fix everything from the smallest crack to the largest split and at Standard Water Control we choose to use Carbon Fiber Straps from Fortress Stabilization Systems for all foundation repairs.  The straps are stronger than steel beams and don’t leave behind any obstructions.
    If you’re starting to notice small cracks, doors that don’t line up as they once did or uneven flooring, do not hesitate to call in the experts today.  Remember, what might be an extremely tiny fix today might blossom into the most expensive home repair you could ever have.  Don’t let it get to that point!
    If you’re ready to take the next step to protect your business or your home, contact foundation repair expert Standard Water Control for more information today!

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  • September 24, 2010 by mike

    Wet basements are more than just an annoyance.  A wet basement floor can cause damage to your home, belongings and furnishings, costing you time, money and even possessions.
    The American Society of Home Inspectors estimates 60 percent of U.S. homes have wet basements, which can seem outrageous when you consider that many preventative actions are of the do-it-yourself variety. put together a fairly comprehensive list of tips for homeowners, and we’d like to share some of the more effective ones with you below.  As basement waterproofing professionals, we can attest to their effectiveness in ensuring your home stays dry:
    • Slope your ground away from home – Lawns that are flat or slope towards your home can drain surface water downward against basement walls.  To solve this problem, slope the ground away from the outside foundation approximately one inch per foot, and extend the slope for at least ten feet.  If a large area of land slopes toward the house, work to redirect surface drainage using a drainage ditch or depression.
    • Clean, repair and install gutters and downspouts – Non-existent gutters – or gutters that become clogged – allow roof water to form puddles and wet soil against basement walls.  If you haven’t already, install gutters and downspouts.  If you already have gutters and downspouts, keep debris away by manually cleaning them.
    • Avoid planting dense shrubbery around basement walls – Dense shrubbery block ventilation around basement walls.  Make sure if you do have dense shrubbery, to trim it so that soil gets more sunlight and dries quicker.
    Of course if you’re having larger problems that preventative actions can’t solve, contact a basement waterproofing professional for help.
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  • September 10, 2010 by mike
    For most Americans, their home is not only their retreat from the world but also their largest financial investment. That investment, however, doesn’t come without maintenance and sometimes expensive repairs. Many homeowners are stuck in a limbo of either  not recognizing the repairs that are needed or are in a position where they financially aren’t able to fix  them.
    However, with new  incentive programs popping up in various places around the country, some companies are aiming to help homeowners provide their home with a little TLC.
    Currently, federal stimulus grants from the Department of Energy are finding their way to more local energy companies and allowing them to offer low-cost intensive energy audits.  The audits aim to provide homeowners with a completely detailed report of every step they can take and even some projects they can adopt to try to save energy, money and repair the things that most need repairing.  The money savings come from not having to make larger and more intensive repairs later, while energy savings come as your home will be running much more efficiently.  Which, if done properly, can help homeowners reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.
    After the audits, the grants then enable energy companies to offer rebates and tax incentives to help ease the often high financial burden of tackling energy-saving and home repair projects.  This help enables homeowners to select repair experts to help ensure the job gets done the right way the first time, every time.
    Check your local region for energy incentives just like these.  Considering the fact that a great deal of necessary repairs come with plumbing, hot water heaters and often even foundation leaks and cracks, please contact the experts at Standard Water Control for all basement water control foundation repair and other problems today!

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  • December 20, 2009 by chris
    Welcome to the new Standard Water Control Blog!
    Come back regularly for tips and advice regarding everything from how to avoid a wet basement to dealing with cracks in your foundation.
    Be sure to visit us in person later this summer at both the Minnesota and Iowa State Fair:
    Iowa State Fair:
    Booth #576
    Varied Industries Building, booth #576
    September 12th – 22nd
    9am – 9pm
    Minnesota State Fair
    Aug 26th – Sep 6th.
    Home Improvement Building

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