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  • We recently ran into a very unusual situation in St. Paul, Minnesota. This picture shows an exposed footing that actually extends 6 inches above the basement floor. A previous system had been installed that directed water–via tubes–across the footing, down its face and into an open gap to be directed to the sump basket. 


    Due to holes in the exterior of the foundation walls mud was infiltrating the system and plugging things up. 
    The best solution in this case was to employ delta drainage board, like this, so we could capture the water from the holes in the block, direct it into the rigid drain tile under the floor and down to our superior sump system where it could be pumped away from the house. 

    This also meant we had to repair the holes in the exterior walls to keep the dirt and water out in the first place. When faced with an unusual situation like this we often have to employ solutions you don’t typically see. Such is the case here, as we had to flush the block of any remaining dirt and mud to ensure proper drainage. Our crew excavated around the problem area all the way down to the footing which required taking up a portion of the sidewalk. They patched the holes, added primer and a rubber membrane to prevent moisture from getting in. 

    Delta drainage board was then installed to protect the membrane. The soil was replaced, carefully tamped and the new sidewalk installed. Now this homeowner has true peace of mind knowing their basement will be dry and their water control system will run clean and clear for many years to come. 

    Unusual problems are no problem for Standard Water … please don’t hesitate to call if your have thoughts or questions. 

               

     
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  • Winter in Minnesota can be hard on your driveway. It can also be hard on people when they encounter a slippery surface at high velocity. Salt and chemicals can be a problem for the surface of your driveway or walk. Here are some tips you might consider. -mike

     

                 

     
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  • On the 24th of October we had the pleasure of installing a drain tile system, our diamond brite vapor barrier and an egress window for Leslie in Minneapolis, MN. Not only did the home suffer from a wet basement floor but water was wicking through the block walls as well. Our solution for problems like these is to install our standard rigid pvc drain tile system using our patented diamond drainage board. We also installed our diamond brite vapor barrier on the basement walls to direct water moving through the block into our system. This way all the water can be collected and be pumped away from the house via our superior sump system. As always, we installed our seamless discharge pipe that will never crack, break or leak … even if it freezes solid. This way a homeowner can finish their basement with complete peace of mind. 

    The egress window installation went smoothly and, as you can see, we installed the diamond brite vapor barrier around that site as well. So, how’d we do? Leslie gave us all 5’s for Quality, Responsiveness, Punctuality and Professionalism. She also noted that everything was done as promised and liked the way our crew took care of her things and cleaned up afterwards. If you want to remodel your basement make sure to take care of any water problems first. It’s so much easier to enjoy your new, cozy basement knowing you don’t have to worry about water any more. If you’d like a free , no obligation, estimate, don’t hesitate to contact us.



     
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