A dangerous culprit is lurking in basements and crawl spaces in Omaha, NE. Unfortunately, this culprit is water. During the winter and spring months, homes are more susceptible to water damage due to snowmelt and heavy rainfall; and homes with foundation cracks are more prone to water damage. As water seeps through cracks, it causes … Continue reading Could Your Leaky Basement Be Causing Family Health Problems?
Have you noticed a strange, musty odor in your basement or crawl space? Often, these odors are due to excess moisture, compromising your home’s structure and your health. Left untreated, moisture can weaken foundations, floor joists, and cause wood rot; and in some cases, it can promote mold growth and compromise your health. If you’re … Continue reading Ways to Prevent Crawl Space or Basement Moisture
Is your home prepared to face the cold winter months? When winterizing your home, don’t neglect your foundation, crawl space, and home’s exterior. These areas are the most important when it comes to protecting your home against water damage. Look closely for foundation cracks, shifting windows/doors, voids under the concrete surface, and other settlement issues. … Continue reading Winterizing Your Home’s Foundation, Crawl Space, and Exterior
Fall is a perfect time of the year to start preparing your home for the oncoming cold weather. Most of these preparations can be performed by the homeowner, such as cleaning gutters and draining outdoor faucets. But if you choose to hire a professional, it would be well worth the cost. Regardless of where you … Continue reading Fall Preparations for Your Foundation
Too much water in your basement can be problematic. It can damage foundation walls, ruin the carpet, discolor furniture, and lead to mold growth. But the most destruction occurs when water destroys family heirlooms which include family photos and valuable antiques. If you notice water in your basement, don’t panic! It’s important to find the … Continue reading What Excess Water Can Do To Your Foundation Walls and Basement
Have you ever wondered how you would escape your basement in the event of a fire or an emergency? Many homeowners have been trapped in their basement due to the inability to escape. Unfortunately, the number of incidents continues to rise, grabbing the attention of the nation. Most basements only have one entrance and exit, … Continue reading Egress Windows
Approach 1: Install Proper Gutters and Downspouts and Correct Grading Many basement water issues can be resolved by correcting the grading of the land around your home. In doing this, you will be rerouting the runoff to go away from your foundation. By adding extenders to your home gutters and downspouts, you will further the … Continue reading Five Approaches for Waterproofing Your Basement
What is Radon? Radon is a radioactive gas that is the second leading cause of lung cancer, second only to cigarette smoking. It is odorless, tasteless, and colorless. Radon gas is released by uranium in rocks and soil. The radon gas moves through the soil freely because it is chemically non-reactive and does not combine … Continue reading What Exactly is Radon and How do Iowans Prevent It?
Radon in Iowa Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is odorless, colorless, and tasteless. Radon comes from the breakdown of uranium that is found in most rock and soil. The gas enters the home by seeping up from the ground through wall cracks, floor cracks, any spaces or gaps, and drains. It also … Continue reading Radon Is a Major Problem in Iowa
Water in Iowa and Nebraska Basements At one time or another, just about every homeowner in Nebraska and Iowa has had to deal with water in their basement. It’s been reported that 98% of all homes with basements have had some type of water problem. Although a wet basement is a nuisance, it rarely causes … Continue reading Basement Water: How’d It Get There?