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SO, GOT A WET BASEMENT or CRAWLSPACE. WHERE TO START?

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SO, GOT A WET BASEMENT or CRAWLSPACE. WHERE TO START?

Having a full assessment is the wisest move. Stories are rampant of building owners who have paid for extensive and expensive waterproofing systems … only to find that by making other water-control repairs they could have avoided installation of such a system.

Needed gutter repairs is a great example: The rainwater pours off the roof, around and through the deteriorating gutter system, down the foundation  wall of the building and right into the newly installed French drains. However, if the gutters had been repaired, the need for the French drains would have been eliminated.

In performing a full assessment, all sources of water are being identified, whether they are coming from landscaping issues, issues with the exterior systems of the building, or issues with the interior systems of the building. A full assessment would start with a visual walk-through of the interior, inspecting any suspect items or areas (like plumbing) that could be a source of water entry, noting areas of concern, and taking pictures where possible. The more information one has the better. All the information will be used in developing a permanent water-control plan.

This would then be followed by a visual walk-about of the entire exterior of the building and its surrounding landscape. Possible concerns noted in a visual walk-through of the interior would include:

  • Cracks in the walls and floors.
  • Peeling paint and efflorescence.
  • Movement in the foundation or footings.
  • Water intrusions in the walls and floors.
  • Buckled or bowed walls.
  • Sump-pump issues.
  • Hydrostatic pressure or high-water table indicators.
  • Visible mold.
  • Leaking pipes.
  • Water stains.

The exterior assessment would begin with identifying any issues with landscaping and grading, drainage, gutter, downspout, roofing, or windows.

When performing a full investigation, personal safety should be considered, especially in older buildings were there could be issues with electrical wiring, mechanical systems, deteriorating asbestos-containing material, or hazardous material storage. In all buildings, radon exposure should be a concern as well. In both crawl spaces and unoccupied basements, be weary of animal and insect infestations, feces and other animal waste. Precautions should be taken to protect the person(s) performing the assessment.

All of the information gathered is then reviewed and an action plan is established. The action plan may encompass a process of making repairs and then determining if those repairs were enough to eliminate the water problem. When all repairs have been made and one finds that the water has not been controlled, it is then time to move to a water-control system, aka waterproofing.

To learn more or to join our BREATHE HEALTHY Initiative, visit baxtergroupinc.com.  Request a copy of our BREATHE HEALTHY e-book.

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Seven Ways to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality During the Winter

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Seven Ways to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality During the Winter

  1. Clean your floors and carpets regularly using a HEPA-filtered vacuum.
  2. Choose non-toxic cleaning products.
  3. Avoid fragrant products.
  4. Maintain humidity around 35-45%.
  5. Introduce fresh air at least once a week.
  6. Use low-VOC materials during home improvements.
  7. Inspect your HVAC ducts and clean when appropriate.

To learn more or to join our BREATHE HEALTHY Initiative, visit baxtergroupinc.com.  Request a copy of our BREATHE HEALTHY e-book.

Providing Disinfecting Services since 2017!

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Providing Disinfecting Services since 2017!

Keep your facility healthier while saving time, money and labor.

Our innovative electrostatic sprayer with nozzle, delivers electrostatic technology & superior coverage of trusted solutions in hard-to-reach places — including the side, underside and backside of surfaces.

Our system uses 65% less solution, works up to 75% faster, and covers up to 18,000 square feet per hour.

Baxter Group, Inc.’s Disinfectant System:

  • Kills 99.9% of bacteria in 5 seconds
  • Kills cold and flu viruses, MRSA, coronavirus, and norovirus in 2 minutes or less
  • One-step disinfecting
  • Eliminates odors
  • Sanitizes soft surfaces
  • Inhibits the growth of mold and mildew for up to 7 days.

To learn more or to join our BREATHE HEALTHY Initiative, visit baxtergroupinc.com.  Request a copy of our BREATHE HEALTHY e-book.

                         

SO, WE’VE GOT A WET BASEMENT or CRAWLSPACE! WHERE DO WE START? – Part II

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Start with a visual assessment.  Possible concerns noted in a visual walk-through of the interior would include:

  • Cracks in the walls and floors.
  • Peeling paint and efflorescence.
  • Movement in the foundation or footings.
  • Water intrusions in the walls and floors.
  • Buckled or bowed walls.
  • Sump-pump issues.
  • Hydrostatic pressure or high-water table indicators.
  • Visible mold.
  • Leaking pipes.
  • Water stains.

The exterior assessment would begin with identifying any issues with landscaping and grading, drainage, gutter, downspout, roofing, or windows.

All of the information gathered can then be reviewed and an action plan  established.  The action plan may encompass a process of making repairs and then determining if those repairs were enough to eliminate the water problem.  When all repairs have been made and one finds that the water has not been controlled, it is then time to move to a water-control system, aka waterproofing.

 To learn more, to join our BREATHE HEALTHY Initiative, or to request a copy of our BREATHE HEALTHY e-book, visit baxtergroupinc.com/healthy.