Foundation Waterproofing

Posted on 15 November 2017 (0)

Waterproofing is a practice that involves coating the wall’s exterior of a foundation to prevent water vapor and water from moving through the wall. A foundation problem is the second worst case scenario to a homeowner or any residential structure, other than fire. This is the base of the house and any problems affecting it put the whole building at risk.

Foundation WaterproofingWater is the primary enemy of foundations today. Wet soil in most cases causes the soil to lose strength and swell. Another impending problem is crawl spaces and wet damp basements which make the building susceptible to mold and create an unpleasant environment suitable for pests.

Concrete is not waterproof and most of the times it is cracked. If not cracked, it would be able to prevent water from getting in but water vapor can still go through the concrete easily. A successful structure is one that ensures the foundation is kept dry at all times. This is by draining any water around the area and ensuring a dry interior space.

This is dependent on a lot of factors like climate, topography, geographic location, foundation depth, and soil/water table conditions. Any system designed to ensure the area remains dry runs on three main components, namely;

  • Wall Treatment

Routes water down the drains and prevents movement of moisture through the walls.

  • Drains

Directs water away from the foundation’s bottom.

  • Ground Surface Treatment

Located adjacent to the building and directs surface water elsewhere.

Several products and techniques employed in the market for waterproofing include;

  1. Damp Proofing

It is an asphalt-based coating brushed or sprayed on the outside of foundation walls. Damp proofing is mistakenly named as a waterproofing method which is not the case. Its main purpose is to keep out soil moisture while waterproofing keeps out both water and soil moisture.

  1. Interior Drainage Systems

This method is quite favorable as it includes minimal disruptions. It focuses on hydrostatic pressure through the walls. Drainage piping is installed to enter a sump pump system through the basement.

  1. Exterior Drainage Systems

This involves excavation in order to install or replace drainage water pipes. Sometimes a waterproof membrane is applied to the outside to avoid water infiltration. It is more expensive due to the digging down and also cause a lot of disruption to porches, driveways, or landscapes. It may also lead to clogging of French drains during the backfill process.

  1. Waterproofing Paints and Primers

These are thicker versions of your normal acrylic paint. This is something you can be able to do yourself.  Paints and primers are mostly a cosmetic fix and won’t work if the source of the problem is not addressed. It is not a sure way to stop seepage through the walls. Sometimes the paint traps condensation inside the wall. Other times bubbles can form on the wall and cause the paint to peel off.

It is extremely important to find a skilled contractor for the underground work. If done wrong the first time, it can lead to extensive damage to the structure, finishing, and furnishings. It can also lead to damage to expensive equipment, especially in commercial buildings. This leads to disrupted work, wasted money and resources, and even sometimes legal battles.

Floor Refinishing

Posted on 19 October 2017 (0)

Hardwood flooring can get dull, scratches, and dents with time, but unlike other floors, this can be corrected. A floor refinishing is all it needs. Hardwood flooring can take a number of complete sanding and refinishing jobs in its lifetime unlike other types of flooring.

If you want to save some money, you can decide to do the refinishing by yourself. However, caution must be taken with some of the tools and equipment used to avoid costly mistakes.

Here is a guide to some DIY floor refinishing practices;Floor Refinishing

  • Wear a good dust mask or respirator
  • Wear goggles and ear protectors
  • Seal doorways
  • Turn on HVAC to prevent dust circulation

Two methods are involved when refinishing hardwood floors; buffing and sanding.

Buffing

It is also called screening. It is most applicable when the scratches and wear are on the surface, and the wood found beneath the surface is in good condition. Here, the surface is restored by buffing the top coat. For this process, you will need a floor buffing tool and screen grits. The tool is easy to handle and use. Any dust between each grit should be swept or vacuumed.

Sanding

This process is most suitable for old damaged floors. It completely restores the floors and even changes the color using stain. It also has its special equipment for the process which involves a progression of grits and, a drum sander.

The problem for beginners is that a drum sander can gouge the floor if you aren’t careful. You might try an orbital sander instead. You will also need an edger for along the walls and in the corners.

Finishing

You need to vacuum and then carefully clean the floor with a tack cloth or something similar. Don’t wet it. Then you can leave it a natural color or put on a stain to change the color. Finally, you put on coats of polyurethane. For some other tips check out this article by clicking here.

Call in a professional floor refinisher, if you want to save time and energy. They are highly trained and skilled in using this equipment, and they will be efficient in their work. This way, the refinishing will be economical and will last for a couple of years.

House Cleaning Services

Posted on 12 October 2017 (0)

The last thing anyone wants to come home to after a long day at work is a dirty house. And yet sometimes, this is the scene that often greets you when you get home. Families are getting lesser time to tend to house chores and this can become quite stressful if not taken care of. Piles of dirty laundry, dirty dishes in the sink, the musty smell in your living area, etc., should not overwhelm you.

Sometimes you are hosting a party or a special event and are pressed on time so you need special attention to your house. The good thing is that professionals in house cleaning services are just a call away. The best thing about hiring a professional is that the services are customized for your needs and those of your family. They are also more efficient and use the right products and equipment to get your home looking and smelling fresh.

General Maintenance Tips for a Clean HouseHouse Cleaning

  • Clean the dishes daily and wipe off messes from the countertops
  • Mop the kitchen floor at least weekly
  • Dust the living area weekly
  • De-clutter the living area on a daily basis
  • Wipe tabletops
  • Clean your bathtubs weekly
  • Remove content from cabinets after every six months and wipe down the shelves. Get rid of all the unnecessary stuff in there
  • Make your bed first thing in the morning
  • Keep dirty clothes in the laundry basket immediately

Don’t forget to regularly clean these areas that are often overlooked;

  • Doorknobs
  • Telephones
  • Ceiling cobwebs
  • Baseboard dust
  • Behind and under major appliances

Homemade Cleaning Solutions

Apart from the common tools that we mostly use for cleaning in the home like vacuums, mops, brushes, rags, gloves, etc., there are some efficient homemade solutions that can be used for effective cleaning.

  • Hot water and lemon juice to remove garbage smell
  • Water and lemon juice mix for mirrors
  • Lemon juice and olive oil as furniture polish
  • Salt into a fireplace to loosen soot
  • Vinegar and baking soda for clogged pipes and drains
  • Vinegar and baking soda for deodorizing the kitchen sink
  • Vinegar and water for fresh floors
  • Vinegar, salt, and flour as a polish for metal surfaces

Residential cleaning services are affordable and they can be a weekly or a monthly thing. Ensure that the company is licensed and insured. Trust is important since they mostly clean your house while you are at work. Don’t be afraid to ask questions on what their cleaning will entail. Different cleaners will have different methods and so consistency is important if the service was satisfactory.

 

 

 

Why you need to get three bids for your construction project

Posted on 01 October 2017 (0)

When you have a construction project at hand, you should make sure that you get at least three bids from different contractors. Most people who accept the first bid claiming to be in a hurry end up regretting their uninformed decision. You should ensure you have proper time to seek competitive bids from contractors. If you only seek a bid for one company, the company may put their price very high. Regardless of the size of your construction project, you should have proper knowledge on how to make a hiring decision. If you only talk to one contractor, how will you know if the bid being offered is a “good” price? Below are reasons why you should get 3 bids for your construction project.

You have no means of comparison

When buying commodities, you can shop for prices in the local stores and get to buy from the store with an affordable price. However, this is a construction project which you need a company that will be able to complete it safely, within a specified time and a good price.

Can you know if a price is too low with only one bid? Definitely, it is not easy. When a company offers a very low price, it could be an indication that the company uses inferior materials, inferior workmanship or both. Inferior workmanship and inferior materials on your project is the last thing you want on your project. Look out for three bids so as to have a point of reference when choosing a company to work with.

If the price is too high would you know it with only one bid? It is almost impossible to if you’re being ripped off if you only have one bidder with no competition. You can easily be ripped off and get inferior workmanship as well as substandard materials in your project. Your construction project may be completed only to realize it does not meet the federal construction regulation causing you to incur more expenses.

Reasons for variation in quotes from different contractors

When you consider the advice and get three bids from three different contractors, don’t rush into accepting the lowest bid. You should closely examine the detailed quotes of each contractor to ascertain what each bid includes. Check the quality of materials to be used and the services to be offered. At times, the variation in price could be as a result of a misunderstanding of the project requirement. Ensure the standards observed in the bid are as per the building codes.

It is therefore recommended to have at least three bids so as to know the general price range as well identify the outliers.  You will avoid being overcharged as well as being enticed into a low bid that could result in poor quality work.

While price is an important factor to consider before choosing a contractor, the decision shouldn’t solely depend on this. Ensure the company you hire has a good reputation, is insured and offers guarantees and warranties.