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5 Projects PERFECT for Winter!

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You’re not going to be building a deck outside during the winter so here are some great projects to do while stuck indoors.

 

1.  Flooring

Replace your floors by switching out the old with hardwoods, laminate flooring, tile and more, or install carpeting.

 

2.  The Kitchen

  • Add a backsplash
  • Re-tile the floor
  • Upgrade the appliances

 

3.  The Bathrooms

  • Install a new sink, medicine cabinet, faucets, tub and/or shower
  • Upgrade to a water saver toilet

 

4.  The Basement and Attic

If sitting on the couch next to the fireplace all winter is getting a little boring, a great idea is to finish that basement or attic. This includes everything. Framing, the electrical work and plumbing, choosing where to put the TVs, speakers, internet cables etc., installing the drywall, flooring, the door and painting.

A smaller project may be finishing the garage.

 

5.  Retrofit Fireplace Doors

Remember that fireplace? It’s possible it’s horribly inefficient. An open firebox sucks warm air right up the flue. Adding glass doors makes the fireplace much more effective at radiating heat. Doors also keep kids and pets from getting too close.

Signs of Water Leakage

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Dampness.

A musty odor.

Cracks on the walls or floors.

Discoloration or white powder on the walls.

 

Does this describe your basement?

 

These are signs of water leakage and excessive humidity.

One of the most common areas where water seeps into basements is where the basement wall meets the floor. The main cause of this water seepage is called Hydrostatic water pressure. This pressure can force water into a seam or weak point in the foundation, primarily the cold joint, where different pours of concrete meet. Because wet concrete will not bond to dry concrete, this creates spaces.

There’s a way to control that Hydrostatic water pressure. It is a simple vinyl baseboard which is bonded to the floor and sits next to the wall. In a finished home, it takes the place of baseboard trim.

This system:

1.  Affordable

2.  Non-invasive

3.  Can be installed in finished and non-finished homes.

4.  Can be painted.

5.  Only deals with seepage that enters the structure so humidity levels are not increased.

6.  Can easily be sealed if radon gas is a concern or problem.

 

The epoxy used is stronger than concrete.

It will:

1.  NOT break down over time.

2.  Set up in wet environments. Already have a wet basement? Doesn’t matter! You don’t have to wait until your basement is dry to fix it.

Have You Considered a Basement De-Watering System?

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Does your basement flood?

Does water constantly seep in?

 

Our system includes a vinyl baseboard which is bonded to the floor and sits next to the wall. In a finished home, it takes the place of the baseboard trim that surrounds the foundation walls. Our bonding agent uses an exclusive epoxy that is extremely strong.


Advantages of Our Basement De-Watering System!

  • Can be installed year-round in retail stores, law offices, dental offices, hospitals, municipal buildings, clinics and more.
  • Affordable – 1 to 2-day installation means less cost for you.
  • Non-invasive – There is almost no dust and mess since we don’t tear up any concrete floor.
  • Doesn’t disturb any landscaping.
  • Repair work is also non-invasive and the system can be visually inspected.
  • Can be installed in finished and non-finished homes.
  • No waiting until the basement is dry to install. It can be set up underwater.
  • Partial systems are available.
  • Systems can be painted.
  • Epoxy will not break down over time, and only deals with seepage that enters the structure so humidity levels are not increased.
  • Can be drained to either a sump pit or floor drain (if allowed by your local municipality).
  • The system can be easily sealed if radon gas is a concern.

Benefits of Having Our System:

  • A dry basement increase your home’s value.
  • A dry basement can be remodeled.
  • A dry basement allows for more storage without the worry of items getting wet and destroyed.

Don’t Let Your Business Flood!

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Attention Business Owners!

 

You do everything to make your business prosper. Participate in social media, sales and promotions etc.…

 

But have you ever thought about protecting the building itself?

If the building has a basement, you may want to consider Basement De-Watering.

 

Here are some possible problems, and how Basement De-Watering can help:

 

The Building Structure:

If you live in an area with moist soil, structural problems could be imminent. Water can seep into the basement of the building causing the structure to become very unstable. Wood beams can swell and crack; concrete flooring can crack, and walls can bow.

How Basement De-Watering Helps:

Basement De-Watering will block the constant water seepage from the ground.

 

Mold:

If the building basement is constantly damp, mold will thrive. While visible mold could be contained to a small spot, microscopic mold spores get into HVAC systems and can be spread throughout the entire building. This is very hazardous to the health and the wellbeing of building occupants.

How Basement De-Watering Helps:

Basement De-Watering prevents a dry basement from becoming a wet basement.

 

Small Animals and Insects:

Rats, mice, beetles, and cockroaches. They love the damp, dank, and dark. If they decide to move in, they can get into walls and chew up electrical wiring.

How Basement De-Watering Helps:

Basement De-Watering will prevent a dank and damp environment.

 

Natural Disasters:

Hurricanes- they dump water, saturate the ground, and cause flooding. Even a good summer thunderstorm can pour down rain quick enough to cause a flood. That water will find every unsealed crack and crevice in the basement and turn it into a wet environment.

If the basement is used for storage purposes, personal and business items can be damaged. Paper business documents can be destroyed.

How Basement De-Watering Helps:

The rainwater won’t find any cracks or crevices to sneak through.

Basement De-Watering:  Protecting your building from water prevents so much more.

Baxter Group, Inc. Expansion

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Environmental company grows in response to the community’s needs

Baxter Group, Inc. is bursting at the seams after acquisition of the basement waterproofing company, Steven E. Jaymes Contracting, expanding the BGI Radon division, adding a new Indoor Environmentalist, and joining forces with a local HVAC company to improve the indoor air quality of their clients. When Jocelyne Melton, Owner and CEO of Baxter Group, Inc., heard that Steve Jaymes, a long-time friend and owner of Steven E. Jaymes Contracting, was going to retire, she immediately approached him to inquire about his plans for the business. Both parties agreed that the acquisition of Steven’s home improvement company by Baxter Group, Inc. couldn’t have been matched more perfectly. The addition of assets owned by Steven E. Jaymes Contracting to Baxter Group, Inc.’s existing resources allows the company to further accomplish their client’s needs by making more solutions available to the community. Some of the additional resources gained by Baxter Group, Inc. through the acquisition of Steven E. Jaymes Contracting include:

  • Waterproofing
  • Wall stabilization
  • Renovations
  • Home and building improvements

“We’ve been working together for a decade and have been friends for even longer. That made this venture even more exciting.” – Jocelyne Melton, Owner & CEO of Baxter Group, Inc.

Baxter Group, Inc. has also embarked on another new partnership and Building Performance Analyst, Patrick Aaron of Total Comfort, Inc., has agreed to join forces with the company to improve the indoor air quality throughout the community. After working on several projects together, Jocelyne and Patrick realized they share similar values and a strong passion for maintaining the cleanliness of the environment in which we live and breathe. Patrick Aaron stated, “Teaming with Baxter Group, Inc. provides us with the opportunity to better serve our customers. By taking a more holistic approach to a home’s indoor air quality and HVAC systems, we aim to create a much healthier and comfortable living space.” Clients are benefiting tremendously from the expanded knowledge base used in helping to identify problem areas, as well as create solutions for their indoor environmental needs.

Both residential and commercial Clients have the option of receiving a free consultation with Jocelyne Melton and Patrick Aaron to determine the best resolution for their issues.

These free consultations include:

  • In-Depth environmental investigations, testing, and remediation services
  • Recommended changes to existing HVAC systems
  • Products recommended for improving indoor air quality

Baxter Group, Inc. would like to welcome our new Indoor Environmentalist, Jason Young. His background and experience takes our indoor environmental division to a whole new level. Jason has almost 20 years of experience with indoor environmental quality and air filtration. He’s tested emission sources in oil refineries, trash to steam facilities, medical waste facilities, printing facilities etc.…

He’s tested and certified entire production facilities mostly in the Semi-conductor or pharmaceutical industries, has performed HEPA filter leak testing, Laboratory Fume hood testing, Laminar flow device and Biological Safety Cabinet testing and certification.

Jason is here to help with all your indoor environmental quality needs. He’ll work with you to identify the problem and provide the proper remediation resources.

Services offered:

  • Global Harmonization Establishment and Maintenance
  • Odor Investigations
  • Comprehensive Indoor Air Quality Assessments
  • Testing for TVOCs, PCBs, formaldehyde, benzene, toluene, dichloroethene (ethylidene chloride), carbon tetrachloride, asphalt fumes, ammonia, ethanol, nicotine, new rug odor, total petroleum hydrocarbons, silica, endotoxins, mycotoxins, PCR – ERMI, bacteria, and so much more.
  • Dust Sampling
  • Drinking Water Analysis
  • Testing for Sick Building Syndrome
  • HVAC Cleanliness Inspections
  • Preventative Maintenance Programs

While the collaboration ventures were in the works, spring rolled in and the home-buying season took off. Baxter Group, Inc. has now begun working on new construction projects as an addition to the company’s existing radon measurement and mitigation services already being provided to both residential and commercial clients.

The rapid expansion of Baxter Group, Inc.’s radon division was proving to be quite overwhelming for the staff and the addition of personnel dedicated to the division was necessary for ensuring that the company was able to continue delivering quality customer service to their clients. Our client’s loyalty has allowed Baxter Group, Inc.’s radon division to double in size over the past three years.

Jarret Rine and Alex Cox have joined Baxter Group, Inc.’s radon division as part of the field crew, while new employee, Mark Delaney, manages the administration. This group of individuals work hard daily to extinguish all client concerns regarding the presence of radon within their homes and or businesses, while providing top-notch customer service that is nothing short of exceptional.

Baxter Group, Inc. sends a huge “thank you” to each one of its employees dedicated to ensuring the success of the company’s radon division for surviving an incredibly overwhelming transition period, and to each and every one of our clients. We appreciate the support we received from everyone during this painful, yet exciting growth period and we look forward to providing our clients with the highest quality service for many years to come.

National Healthy Homes Month

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Celebrate National Healthy Homes Month!

 

June 2017 is the Second Annual National Healthy Homes Month.

Indoor Air Quality has been identified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as one of the five most urgent environmental risks to public health. HVACR manufacturers, distributors, and contractors are installing more indoor environmental products noticing that IAQ plays a large role in employee health and performance.

People spend most of their time indoors; National Healthy Homes Month offers concepts and tips for keeping those inside spaces healthy and safe.

The theme for this National Healthy Homes Month is Everyone Deserves a Safe and Healthy Home. Each week in June; NHHM will focus on the “Principals of Healthy Homes” with associated set of activities:

  1. Childhood lead poisoning prevention
  2. Residential asthma intervention
  3. Injury prevention
  4. Smoke free public housing
  5. Safe indoor pest control
  6. Radon Safety
  7. Disaster Recovery

A series of webinars will also be happening throughout the month.

For resources and activities updates, visit the Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes.

Download the NHHM Planning Guide from the Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes

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Baxter Group, Inc. Expands Damage Restoration Division

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When Baxter Group, Inc. owner and CEO Jocelyne Melton heard that Steven E. Jaymes, owner of Steven E. Jaymes Contracting, was retiring, she instantly called her friend to ask what he was going to do with the business. The two agreed that Steven would sell his home improvement company to Baxter Group, Inc. Acquiring the home improvement resources allows Baxter Group, Inc. to further accomplish the clients’ needs by adding more solutions, including:

  • Waterproofing
  • Wall stabilization
  • Renovations
  • Home and building improvements

Jocelyne Melton stated, “We’ve been working together for a decade and have been friends for even longer. That made this venture even more exciting.”