Archive for November, 2014

  • 27 November 2014

    Transit Heat Installation

  • This is an interesting review as it comes from a nice lady who hasn’t hired us yet. We’re gratified to see she didn’t feel pressured by our representative. This is really important to us, we would prefer to deal with a customer that is fully informed and making a decision they feel is in their best interest. Word of mouth is our best advertising, and we’d like to keep it that way. ~Mike

    “August 21, 2014

    Hire Again: Yes

    Description Of Work: The bid was for the whole basement plus the sump pump.

    Member Comments: It would have costed $3700. I just haven’t had the work done. My first impression was really goodI decided not to contract with them at that moment because of personal considerationsIt wasn’t the cost of their work; they were acually pretty on par with some other companies I talked to. They didn’t try to oversell. They came in and it was pretty clear what it would cost. Their bid is not just a quote: that would be the cost. With regard to responsiveness, it took a couple of months. Everybody is getting quotes here. Everybody was several months out: they weren’t the only company.”

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  • We’ve had a much colder and snowier than expected November so far, but next week we’re supposed to see a considerable warm up. If you haven’t yet winterized your basement waterproofing system … now is the time. Keep in mind, it’s the homeowner’s responsibility to winterize the system in fall.

    Here are the correct steps:

    1. To help prevent freezing, remove the discharge extension as close to your home as possible.  Install the diffuser cap from the end of the pipe in its place.
    2. Open your sump basin by removing all 4 bolts.
    3. 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.
    4. Replace the batteries in your high water alarm.
    5. If you have a battery backup system, check the water level in the battery.  Add distilled water if necessary.
    6. If you have a free flow discharge with a heat cable, plug it in after the first snow falls.

    There you go! A few simple tips to help you winterize your basement waterproofing system 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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  • This time we were working in a basement in Saint Paul, Minnesota where the entire basement floor was cracking and crumbling, allowing water into the basement in many places. In this case, we had to remove the entire basement floor to address the problem. Complicating matters, there were several support posts in the basement that we had to replace one at a time as we worked across the basement floor, so as to not compromise the structural integrity of the upper floors of the house.

    Once the old concrete was all taken up, we laid down Delta Drainage Board. Building code requires the use of a vapor barrier under cement slabs in homes. We use Delta Drainage Board for these sorts of installations because it leaves a gap for water and air communication underneath the slab, which allows water to move sideways under the

    slab and also facilitates better air movement in the case that a radon mitigation system is needed. At this home, we worked for about 3 days from start to finish, leaving the homeowner with a brand-new basement floor that should keep their basement dry for many many years to come.

    Standard Water has over 35 years of experience tackling all kinds of basement water problems. If you have a basement water problem–no matter the size–please give us a call. We can help.

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    “After a month of wet vacuuming the basement due lo record rainfalls we needed help. We found Standard and another company on Angie’s List. We also called a local company we had seen a lot of signs for, in the yards of people. whom l assume had used their service.

    Standard, who came to the house last, came out the best in their presentation of what the would do and how they would do it. Downside, they had the highest price by about 10% and were about seven weeks out on starting work. The other company from your list, gave a less adequate explanation of what they would do and was priced about in the middle. They were about 4 weeks out on doing the lob.

    When I asked about some of the things Standard said they would do, they said well we do those things as well we just didn’t mention it. Knowing from past experience, the difference between what a salesmen will say when trying to close a sale and what the workers on site will actually do l lost faith at this point that this was indeed the case.

    The local company had the worst presentation, and the lowest price. When l asked the local about some of the things Standard said they would do, he slated “None of that is necessary, but if l wanted it done. it would cost me more money.” Turned out it was then higher than Standard. Only good thing. he could do the job in two weeks. Strike the local company.

    On the scheduled day, Standard Water Control called early to let us know they would be late due to a scheduling conflict. On arrival the foreman re-explained what and how they would do the job. They wasted no time getting started and when l asked for a completion time estimate, he said about 4 Hrs for their part of the job, it took 3 hr 45mm. including cleanup. This is a two day proœss, Demo and install day one. Concrete finishing early on day one, again about 4 hr. including cleanup.

    If not for the dark color of the new concrete, you would not have known how much work had been done. Every thing that was promised has been done. It looks great and has worked great in the two down pours we have had since it was done. We got what we paid for. l would highly recommend Standard Water Control Systems to any one.”

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