Archive for April, 2012

  • A Great Report

    By 3rdP-ad on April 14, 2012
    Here’s another report about us from Angie’s List. You can see more reports about our products and services on the Angie’s List website. Samantha – St. Francis, MN OVERALL – A PRICE – B QUALITY – A RESPONSIVENESS – A PUNCTUALITY – A PROFESSIONALISM – A DESCRIPTION OF WORK: I bought a house a couple of years ago (an older […]
    The Bill has passed the Senate and the House with only one nay vote. It went to the Governor and he signed it. So, now it is official; as of August 1, 2012 waterproofing contractors will not need a plumber’s license to install a sump pump and discharge system, as long as they have a contractor’s license. This will save the industry a lot of time and headaches not to mention the cost savings for homeowners. 
    Standard Water would like to thank everybody who helped move this through the legislative process. 
    This is a great day! – mike

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  • A new bill regulating the installation of sump pumps and discharge systems passed in both the Minnesota Senate (63-0) and Minnesota House (130-1). We think the one no vote was a mistake. Be that as it may, this is great news for the entire basement waterproofing industry and a huge win for homeowners. 
    As it stood, sump pumps and discharge pipes were regulated under the plumbing code that required a licensed plumber to install. This adds significant expense to a project that’s pretty big already. And to make matters worse, the added expense offered zero improvements in fit or function of the water control system; for all the extra expense the homeowner would see no benefit. 
    For these reasons the State Plumbing Board chose not to enforce the regulation which is their right. However, at any time the Board could change it’s mind affecting thousands and thousands of homeowners negatively.
    The plumbing board supported the change, the unions supported it, the industry supported it and now Minnesota’s Congress has supported it. The bill goes next to the Governor’s desk for signing and we expect he will. 
    Here’s what it means for you, the homeowner. You will continue to get great service at a fair price and will not be charged a significant premium for something that would do you no good whatsoever.
    Standard Water Control led the charge on this bill, recruited other basement waterproofing companies and the national Basement Health Association to help. We are grateful for everything everyone has done.

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  • 11 April 2012

    EPA Map of Radon Zones

    The purpose of this map is to assist National, State, and local organizations to target their resources and to implement radon-resistant building codes. This map is not intended to be used to determine if a home in a given zone should be tested for radon. Homes with elevated levels of radon have been found in all three zones. All homes should be tested regardless of geographic location. Important points to note: 

    – All homes should test for radon, regardless of geographic location or zone designation. How do I test my home?

    – There are many thousands of individual homes with elevated radon levels in Zone 2 and 3. Elevated levels can be found in Zone 2 and Zone 3 counties.

    – EPA also recommends that this map be supplemented with any available local data in order to further understand and predict the radon potential of a specific area. For more information, contact your state radon coordinator. Click Here for a US map (where you can select your state) to see if your state has more detailed information available.

    – The map should not be used in lieu of testing during real estate transactions.

    The Map was developed using five factors to determine radon potential: 1) indoor radon measurements; 2) geology; 3) aerial radioactivity; 4) soil permeability; and 5) foundation type. Radon potential assessment is based on geologic provinces. Radon Index Matrix is the quantitative assessment of radon potential. Confidence Index Matrix shows the quantity and quality of the data used to assess radon potential. Geologic Provinces were adapted to county boundaries for the Map of Radon Zones.

    About the Map

    Sections 307 and 309 of the Indoor Radon Abatement Act of 1988 (IRAA) directed EPA to list and identify areas of the U.S. with the potential for elevated indoor radon levels. EPA’s Map of Radon Zones assigns each of the 3,141 counties in the U.S. to one of three zones based on radon potential.

    What do the colors mean?

    Zone 1 counties have a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (picocuries per liter) (red zones) Highest Potential
    Zone 2 counties have a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L(orange zones) Moderate Potential
    Zone 3 counties have a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (yellow zones) Low Potential

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  • “A wet basement is something thousands of homeowners contend with but none look forward to fixing. A wet basement can decrease a home’s value. Standing water in a basement can also pose health hazards, such as mold and mildew growth, and can prove a breeding ground for insects that like moist conditions.
    There are a number of techniques used to combat basement water issues, but waterproofing a basement is generally not a do-it-yourself job. A waterproofing company can help homeowners ascertain what method will be best for the type of water issue they have.” More>>>

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  • “If you are thinking about hiring a professional to make improvements to your homes basement, the technology around today will help make the process much more manageable. Here are some ways today’s technological tools can help during what can be an otherwise challenging task.” More>>>

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  • “Spring rains and the hurricane season, which officially starts on June 1, increase the chances for expensive home damage from rain, flooding, sewer back-ups and fallen trees. But many of these damages aren’t automatically covered under your homeowners insurance. Here are several steps to take to protect your home and your finances from storm losses.” More>>>

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