Archive for October, 2011

  • 31 October 2011

    Road Trip!

    Unable to find a contractor to solve water problems in 15 homes the Fort Berthold Housing Authority in New Town, North Dakota called Standard Water Control. Our crews spent 3 weeks in New Town, Parshall, White Shield, Mandaree and Four Bears Village giving people peace of mind.

    Next spring those good folks in North Dakota won’t have to worry about their basements flooding and we were glad to help.

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  • 17 October 2011

    Dayton Heritage Day Parade

    Having a great time hanging out and participating in the Dayton Heritage Day parade with one of our very own employees as McGruff the Crime Dog. Great folks and fun. The kids sure loved grabbing the candy and we sure loved sharing it. Have a favorite parade or community event you make sure to catch each year?

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  • Despite years of successful installations and pleased customers, there is discussion underway regarding current Minnesota plumbing statutes being interpreted by the Minnesota Plumbing Board to include the installation of sump pumps and discharge pipes after previously declining to exercise jurisdiction over the waterproofing industry. This determination by the Board, if upheld, requires that a licensed plumber be involved on any installation.
    The challenge with this concept is that added regulatory requirements strain small companies and add cost to each job. The majority of waterproofing professionals are already licensed as residential remodelers in accordance with Minnesotalawwhich includes two or more skills in remodeling existing residential properties. Included in the list of skills with this license is work including excavation and masonry/concrete work which are defined to include trenching, drain systems, and water resistance and water proofing to cover the type of work being discussed.
    Based on these factors, we believe that having additional regulation is not improving the outcome for consumers. Instead, our focus is on better serving our customers by providing high-quality work at reasonable prices. Added regulations, when there is no risk to the public being served with the current installation process for sump pumps and discharge pipes, are needless as these projects can be handled safely without impacting potable water used by consumers.
    Standard Water Control and other basement waterproofing companies are working with the Minnesota Plumbing board toward a permanent solution that will ensure quality and safety without the burden of additional unnecessary costs. 
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  • The Minnesota Plumbing Board’s additional regulation will result in higher costs to consumers with no discernible benefit. You can read the entire article in the Basement Health News (our article is on page 10).

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  • Winter is coming and the time is near to winterize your system, at the end of the month disconnect you discharge pipe as close to the house as possible and put the diffuser cap (screen) on. For those of you that have the free flow buried discharge system there is nothing you need to do unless you have a heat cable; that should be plugged in once we have snow cover and below freezing temperatures (32º F).
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