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The Cost of Ignoring Basement Waterproofing

 The Cost of Ignoring Basement Waterproofing  A basement is often an overlooked part of the house, relegated to storage or housing utility equipment. However, it plays a crucial role in the overall health and structural integrity of your home. Ignoring basement waterproofing can have serious consequences, both financially and in terms of ...

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What Waterproofing Method Should I Use?

How to Choose the Right Waterproofing Method for Your Basement  Basements are prone to moisture and water infiltration, making waterproofing a critical consideration for homeowners. Choosing the right waterproofing method for your basement is essential to protect your home from potential damage, improve indoor air quality, and maintain its ove...

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5 Signs Your Basement Needs Waterproofing ASAP

 5 Signs Your Basement Needs Waterproofing Now  Your basement is a valuable part of your home, providing extra space for storage, recreation, or even additional living areas. However, it's also one of the most vulnerable areas when it comes to water damage. Recognizing the signs that your basement needs waterproofing is crucial to prevent...

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How to Winterize Your Home

Winterizing Your Home Reverse Your Ceiling Fans Ceiling fans operate on the principle of air circulation and utilize the physical properties of air and energy transfer. Here's a step-by-step explanation: Blade Rotation and Air Movement Ceiling fan blades are angled. When they rotate counterclockwise, they push air down, creating a breeze that increases evaporation from the skin and makes people fe...

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Preventing Cold-Weather Damage

Preventing Cold-Weather Damage While heavy winter accumulation is not as commonplace in the Midwest as in the northern States, cold weather can still be the bane of many homeowners in the Midwest. Side effects of cold weather, such as burst pipes and ice dams, have the potential to cause serious and costly damage to a home. Homeowners can help prevent cold-weather damage by following some simple, ...

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The Ultimate Guide to Basement Waterproofing: What Every Homeowner Needs to Know

The Ultimate Guide to Basement Waterproofing: What You Need to Know  Basements are valuable spaces in our homes. They can serve as storage areas, recreational spaces, or even additional living quarters. However, basements are also susceptible to moisture and water damage, which can lead to a host of problems, including mold growth, s...

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The Importance of Proper Egress Window Installation and Repair

Egress windows play a pivotal role in ensuring the safety and functionality of our homes. They are designed to provide an emergency exit route from basements and other lower-level living spaces. Moreover, with the increasing urbanization and construction of homes closer to streets, the phenomenon of 'street creep' has become a concern. Street creep...

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The Effects of Street Creep on Your Home

In the realm of foundation issues, 'street creep' might not be a term every homeowner is familiar with. However, its implications can be significant, leading to a range of problems that can compromise the structural integrity of a home. At Quality Waterproofing, we've encountered and addressed numerous cases of street creep, ensuring the safety and...

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How to Choose the Right Waterproofing Solution for Your Home

 Water damage is a homeowner's worst nightmare. It can compromise the structural integrity of your home, lead to mold growth, and damage your belongings. But with a plethora of waterproofing solutions available in the market, how do you determine which one is right for your home? At Quality Waterproofing, we understand the intricacies involved...

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The Benefits of Financing Foundation Repair

The foundation is the backbone of any home. It provides the necessary support and stability that ensures the safety and longevity of the entire structure. However, over time, foundations can develop issues due to various factors like soil movement, water damage, or natural wear and tear. Addressing these issues promptly is crucial, but the cost of ...

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The Benefits of Custom Egress Windows

For homeowners, ensuring the safety and functionality of their living spaces is paramount. One feature that has gained significant attention in recent years is the egress window. At Quality Waterproofing, we've been at the forefront of providing top-notch egress window solutions in the St. Louis area. But why are custom egress windows so essential?...

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Essential Guide to Sump Pump Maintenance and Backup Solutions

Properly maintaining your sump pump is crucial to avoiding costly basement repairs and restoration. Many homeowners install their sump pump and forget about the system entirely until a heavy downpour threatens to overwhelm their pump. To avoid sump pump failure, most maintenance should be conducted once every three months and should include the following: Check the pit and the inlet screen for deb...

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Waterproofing Tips for Homeowners

Waterproofing your home is one of the most critical preventive measures you can take to protect your property. It helps in preventing water damage, maintaining the structural integrity of your home, and ensuring a healthy living environment. Here are some essential waterproofing tips that every homeowner should know.   1. Identify Potenti...

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The Concrete Raising and Leveling Process: A Step-by-Step Guide

Concrete surfaces, whether driveways, sidewalks, or patios, can sink and become uneven over time. This not only affects the aesthetics of your property but can also pose safety hazards. At Quality Waterproofing, we specialize in concrete raising and leveling, ensuring that your surfaces are smooth, safe, and durable. In this guide, we'll walk you t...

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Top 3 Myths about Foundation Repair

The foundation is the backbone of your home, providing stability and strength to the entire structure. However, foundation issues can crop up due to a variety of reasons including soil conditions, improper construction, or natural aging of the building. Unfortunately, misconceptions about foundation repair can often lead homeowners to make decision...

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5 Common Signs of Foundation Problems

The foundation of a building is its structural bedrock. It bears the weight of the entire structure, ensuring its stability and longevity. However, like all aspects of a building, foundations can experience problems, especially if they were not adequately constructed or the building is situated on expansive clay or improperly compacted fill soils. ...

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7 Steps to Help Prevent Basement Flooding

7 Steps to Help Prevent Basement Flooding Basement flooding can happen quickly without warning, and can be extremely expensive. Damages due to flooding often take days or weeks to repair. Homeowners must also worry about mold spores, which appear roughly 24-48 hours after a flood. Even small amounts of mold can aggravate asthma or cause other serious health issues. The good news: the risk of ...

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3 Main Causes of Sinking Concrete

There are several reasons that can cause your concrete to sink. You will often come across it in the form of uneven, cracked, or sunken concrete. Some companies often refer to this as slab settlement. What is slab settlement? Well, Slab settlement is the sinking or movement of a concrete slab when the soil below the slab can no longer carry the weight of it. This happens frequently on driveways, w...

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The 3 Most Common Signs Of A Sinking foundation

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The 3 Most Common Signs Of A Sinking foundation If you are a homeowner in the St. Louis area then it is likely that at some point you may experience foundation settlement issues. At times it can be difficult to identify when you are experiencing issues that may need crack repair or even foundation piering. Our experts are here to help. To learn more about how to identify foundation settlement in y...

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Tips to Prevent Flooding in Your Home

Protecting your home from the devastating effects of flooding is a top priority for homeowners, especially in St. Louis where the rain can start in buckets at a moment's notice. Floods can lead to costly repairs and may even make your home uninhabitable for a time. At Quality Waterproofing, we have several strategies that will help you keep your ho...

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Polyjacking Vs. Mudjacking

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Polyjacking Vs. Mudjacking Like all things, when we have a method it works as well as we expect it too. This was true with many inventions, such as the cell phone, the automobile, the computer, etc. They all get better and better over time as we develop them. This is no different when referring to concrete raising. Mudjacking used to be the best method to use should you need your concrete slab lif...

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Benefits of Sump Pumps

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Benefits of Sump Pumps What is a Sump Pump? Think of a sump pump as essentially being a water pump. Its task is to move water from your basement to the exterior of your home. This system is an integral part of any basement waterproofing system. Different types of sump pumps There are two different types of sump pumps; Pedestal style sump pumps, and Submersible style sump pumps, each with their own...

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Protecting Your Basement After Heavy Rain

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Protecting Your Basement After Heavy Rain So let's say it rains, and your basement takes on significant amounts of water? Nobody wants to deal with damaged valuables or large amounts of water in their basement. There are two ways that this happens. One, is that one of the components in your basement waterproofing system has gone kaput. Or two, you don't have a waterproofing system in your basement...

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Preparing For Spring - Basement Waterproofing

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Preparing For Spring Spring and Summer are finally uppon us here in St Louis. However, It is important to remember that with spring comes heavy rains and severe storms. Both last year and the year before we experienced a high level of flooding in St Louis. This flooding caused property damage, basement flooding, and even left some families without a place to call home. Our staff at Quality Waterpr...

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How Polyjacking Works

Polyjacking is a term used for a method of concrete lifting that involves the use of a poly-foam compound. In this method of concrete lifting an expanding poly-foam compound is injected underneath your sunken concrete slabs at key points to raise it to its proper level and to also provide a deterioration resistant support material underneath the slab. The process is simple and can be completed in ...

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Basement Waterproofing - Job Site Photos

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Take A Look At Some Of The Work We Have Done Recently Protecting your basement from the potential of water damage is an important part of owning any home. Most recently we installed a sump pump system and basement drainage in a house off of Mason Rd. in St Louis. Take a look at our installation process for several of the services we do. Our trained staff will quickly and neatly remedy any basement...

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Structural vs. Non-Structural Foundation Cracks

Structural vs. Non-Structural Foundation Cracks Seeing cracks in your foundation walls or floor? Cracking can be the result of site conditions, building history, normal curing processes, changes in temperature, foundation settlement, or applied loads, among other issues. While care needs to be taken in diagnosing these cracks, your foundation may not be in such dire straits as you think. Shrinkage...

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How to Create an Awesome Outdoor Space

How to Create an Awesome Outdoor Space Make It Cozy Buy cushioned seating, big chairs, and extra padded lounge furniture for your outdoor space. Your outdoor space should be just as inviting as your indoor space, so don’t skimp on the throw pillows and indoor-outdoor rugs for a little extra dimension and color. Consider building a fire pit, which will enhance the coziness of your space, especially...

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Smell Musty? Time to Breathe Easy

Smell Musty? Time to Breathe Easy Many basements, even basements in newer homes, have trouble with mustiness and poor air quality. Reasons for this can include excess moisture, lack of air circulation, lack of cleaning, and mold and mildew growth. Moisture is the most common issue that causes musty odors and poor air quality. The excess water that comes into your home due to poor drainage, leaking...

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Gardening Tips for the Clueless Gardener

Gardening Tips for the Clueless Gardener Confession time: I don’t have a green thumb. I have killed cactus. I can easily imagine that plants shudder in horror when I get too close. Until this past year, the only plant that has survived while in my care was a Golden Pothos plant, a hardy little vining plant that requires a drought, a swarm of locusts, and a bazooka to kill. Though I have since boug...

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The Signs of Poor Yard Drainage

The Signs of Poor Yard Drainage 1. Clogged Gutters Clogged gutters are a tell-tale sign of problems to come. Clogs force water that should be draining down the downspouts to flood over the edge of the gutter and pool too close to the foundation – potentially ruining sliding and paint in the process. Clogged gutters are obvious in a downpour; other signs include streaks of dirt on the outside of gu...

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Making Your Basement More Livable

Making Your Basement More Livable Let’s face it - sometimes finishing the basement just isn’t in the budget. Instead of leaving the basement empty or utilizing the whole basement as a large storage area, consider expanding your living space with these simple fixes. Area Rugs – Area rugs are a much cheaper option than carpeting the entire floor. Area rugs define a space and give it a cozier feel. H...

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Gutter Cleaning and Maintenance

Gutter Cleaning and Maintenance While checking off all those items on your spring cleaning list, don’t forget to clean out the gutters as well. Gutters that aren’t properly maintained allow debris to build up in the gutters, which can cause water to pool up against the fascia boards or overflow too close to the foundation below. Prep for Cleaning Make sure that it hasn’t rained in a while, as clea...

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DIY Leak Detection

DIY Leak Detection In most cases, the amount of water running into a home is measured for utility billing. Sudden increases in the water bill may not actually be due to price increases, but a leak somewhere in a home’s water supply lines. Even a slow, seeping water leak wastes gallons of water and has the potential to create high utility bills and damage over time. Though water leaks are often due...

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Basement Flooding Clean-Up

Basement Flooding Clean-Up Homeowners typically understand that water infiltration and leaks can be expensive, but many may not be aware of how expensive it can be. Even with just an inch of standing water, carpets, flooring, hard wood, drywall, baseboards, electronics, and furniture can be destroyed. Mold grows rapidly in moist environments, and can produce health concerns such as asthma and othe...

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Basement Water Infiltration: The Basics

Basement Water Infiltration: The Basics Water infiltration is a concern for many homeowners. Water can push up under the foundation at the seams between the floor and the wall, or through cracks in the walls themselves. These conditions are often due to a high water table, hydrostatic pressure, and the normal shrinkage of concrete. In geological terms, the water table is the level below which the ...

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