Archive for March, 2012

  • By 3rdP-ad on March 31, 2012
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    “Radon levels fluctuate throughout the year, but often go undetected by homeowners, sometimes placing residents at risk without any detectable air quality changes. Environmental Engineer Jeffrey Bradley explains that it is not unusual for radon levels to be higher in the winter months.” More>>>
  • “The routing of sump pumps outside is required under the city’s municipal code.” More>>>

































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  • “Environment Minnesota, a local advocacy group, has compiled a nifty interactive map that show how extreme the weather has been in Minnesota since 2006. They found that 4 out of 5 Minnesotans live in counties that have been affected by severe weather. In Minnesota that pretty much consists of severe storms and flooding.” More>>>

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  • Not everyone will have the experience these folks have but we want you to be aware of the radon issue. This is why we leave a radon test kit behind after every drain tile job we do. Make sure you use the kit and then talk with us about the results. If you have elevated levels of radon in your home we have a solution; don’t hesitate to call on us when you need us. -mike


    “In June, she says doctor’s couldn’t figure out why she felt numb in her foot, and after her husband’s liver and kidney failed, they told him to drink more water.

    “That’s the normal thing you would do thinking your water is healthy for you. And he started breaking out in disfiguring hives all over his face and torso that lasted eight months,” she says.” More>>>

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  • “A footer had been dug to pour a foundation for the room, leaving an open trench before any concrete is poured. This morning’s torrential rain filled up the trench, and the buildup of water produced enough pressure against the side of the house to cause the masonry block wall in the basement to collapse.” More>>>

    This is a nightmare scenario for any homeowner but we’re happy nobody was hurt. If you have questions about your foundation, we can help. Please don’t hesitate to call. -mike

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  • 17 March 2012

    Sump Pump Question

    “Q. How can I determine why my sump pump discharges water five to six times per day? Neither the water provider nor a plumber has found a leak. I have been told there are springs in the neighborhood.” More>>>

    Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2012/03/13/3488293/handyman-andy-alexander-on-an.html#storylink=cpy
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  • 16 March 2012

    Construction Floods Home

    “A massive construction project on Diamond Avenue is supposed to help the environment. Crews are putting in pipes to separate sewage and storm water. One woman living there said her basement is flooded…” More>>>

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  • “According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, floods are the second-most common and widespread of all natural disasters, affecting homeowners in all 50 states.” More>>>

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  • 14 March 2012

    Spring Cleaning

    “…when it comes to water damage from flooding, think about your sump pump and consider a battery back-up.” More>>>

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  • “the sump pit in my basement is giving off a foul odor — like rotten eggs. This started a few months ago. I called the company that put in the sump pit and pump as part of a basement waterproofing job five years ago. They did not respond. I called the County Sewer Hot Line and they were stumped about what to do since I was not having sewer drain backups. They said to check the vent pipe up on the roof. That was clear.

    I called my plumber and he had no solution nor did my neighbor who can fix anything. My son and I have filled the pit with clean water numerous times and the smell remains. I have left bleach in it to no avail. The smell still stays in the house no matter the weather, water usage or time of day. What should I do?” More>>>


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