In the winter months most sump pumps are not that active. There are cases where homeowners sump pumps run majority of all seasons. One of the problems can be as the outside temperatures are below freezing, the sump pump line that runs outside can freeze. This can cause all sorts of problems such as, sump […]
Adding an egress window to your basement is a large investment, with large returns. You may need to add a code required egress window as part of your basement remodel or you may know that basement living space requires emergency escape and rescue openings? Perhaps instead you simply want more light or safety for your […]
Most homeowners have no idea what happens around the exterior of their home during rain events. Next time it is raining, safely take a stroll around your home with a umbrella, (no lightning), and look at what happens. Are the gutters overflowing? Is water pooling close to your foundation? Is the water getting at least 6′ away […]
If your home has a sump pump, you should learn about it. Sump Pumps are like any other electronic appliance. They are generally reliable and should last at least 5 years and in some cases a life time. However, if your coffee pot decides to quit working the only downfall is that you have to […]
In this article, we’ll address leaks in foundation walls. We will not be addressing structural repairs in this blog. But, if you just want to learn about keeping those wall cracks from leaking into your basement, then read on! There are 3 common options that you can consider if you have a crack in your […]
The purpose of this blog is to educate you on the building code requirements for egress windows in finished basements. Kansas City and most of the local surrounding municipalities use the IRC (International Residential Code) as a guideline for building safety & quality. They have specific guidelines that the Kansas City metropolitan area follows. In […]
If you live in a home with a basement and there is not much natural light down there, you may want to consider the benefits of adding 1 or more windows. You should consider all of the facts – weigh them out and make an educated decision based on your particular situation. There is no right or […]
DID YOU EVER THINK WHAT WOULD HAPPEN TO YOU IF YOUR SUMP PUMP FAILED? DO YOU WANT TO KNOW SOME THINGS THAT YOU CAN DO TO REDUCE THE CHANCES THAT THIS HAPPENS TO YOU? If your home has a sump pump, you may want to consider some options to create a back up plan in case your […]
Get ready home owners, our homes in the Kansas City Area are on the brink of more foundation problems this year. Foundations are shifting for several reasons all across the southern Kansas City metro area – one of those reasons being minimal moisture content. This is is causing the clay to shrink making it difficult […]
When buying a home much of our attention is given to size of bedrooms, number of bathrooms, walk-in closets, types of flooring – essentially, all of the aesthetics that you look at and use day in and day out. We’re homeowners too and completely understand this excitement. However, we’re here to remind you to make […]
Proper gutter maintenance is the #1 way to prevent expensive water damage!
Especially in the Greater Kansas City metro, area homeowners depend on a properly functioning drain tile and sump pump system to keep their basement dry. Unfortunately, sump pumps are often the last thing on a homeowner’s mind – until it it too late. Just like any other machine, sump pumps should be regularly checked and […]
In the event your sump pump fails all together or can’t keep up – are you covered?
Many standard home insurance policies do not cover damages caused by overflowing from a sump pump or backing up through sewers and drains in your home’s basement.
Barbecue and gardening season are upon us. Spring brings graduation parties and the rest of summer is full of baby showers and weddings. Kansas is one of the states with the highest birthrates, most of which happen between June and August. With the influx of outdoor gatherings and events during summer months, start creating the perfect […]
As we finally begin to see the spring showers us Midwesterns look forward to, water damage becomes a real threat. Winter only brought a few heavy snow storms, so the rain is falling on pretty dry ground. Because the soil can’t absorb the moisture quickly enough, be prepared in case your basement starts to take […]