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Black Mold And How To Prevent This Toxic Substance

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When you have a moisture problem in your basement, you may come across an additional problem: mold. While typically assumed as a separate entity, mold is a symptom of your moisture issues, and toxic black mold can spread quickly. The best way to remove this issue from your home is to eliminate the ability for more »

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Dehumidifiers For Summer Basement Solutions

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Michigan summer months can get incredibly hot and humid, especially when our past winter was so damp. With the higher levels of humidity in the air, crawl spaces and basement moisture can start to rise. Controlling the moisture levels in your home is a crucial part of maintaining basement waterproofing and ensuring a high standard more »

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Basement Flooding Guide

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This spring and summer has made way for ample amounts of rainfall, and possibly creating worry for some homeowners. Heavy and fast rainfall can lead to basement flooding problems and water damage. With mold, mildew, and other harmful materials growing in your basement due to water damage, the costs start adding up fast. A survey more »

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Interior Waterproofing vs. Exterior Waterproofing

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There are several common misconceptions about basement waterproofing. Here at Tom’s Basement Waterproofing, we want to clear everything up, so that you are well informed! When you’re looking into a new basement waterproofing system, to keep your walls and foundation dry, you’ll notice that there isn’t just one system that works for everyone. Let’s go more »

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Basement Waterproofing & Your Foundation

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If you’ve decided to visit Tom’s Basement Waterproofing blog, chances are you have a leakage or water issue currently happening in your home. Whether your basement waterproofing issues are a result of a leak, standing water, a buildup of moisture, or water coming through the walls, any situation needs immediate and thorough attention. With basement more »

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Taking Charge of Moisture In The Basement

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While not as prominent as a leaky basement, lingering moisture can be a detrimental problem to any home. This invisible presence can still create pockets of water, leading to issues such as pests, odors, and mold. Fortunately, moisture can be resolved and maintained. Ideally, the humidity in your basement should be kept below 50%. The more »

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History of Basement Waterproofing

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Surprisingly, basement waterproofing has been around for hundreds of years. While the techniques may not the same or as advanced, since the beginning of basements, there have been methods of preventing or eliminating water from entering the area. The first liquid waterproofing mechanisms, such as bitumen, can be traced back to the biblical era. More more »

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Do You Know What Your Sump Pump Is Doing?

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Contrary to most homeowner’s beliefs, it is not the job of a sump pump to be continuously working. A sump pump should only turn on and off, when it is necessary to keep your basement and house dry. Chances are, if your sump pump is running too often, it is overworking itself, causing the wear more »

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Basement Waterproofing Myths

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Tom’s Basement Waterproofing wants to set the record straight, and put to rest some of the most common myths about basement waterproofing. Read along to finally get the facts! Myth: Black tar paint on any foundation is really the only fix you need: Waterproof paint, or black tar paint, is not the same as basement more »

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Air Quality & The Basement Connection

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Air pollution can be just as common inside your home, as outside, and potentially worse for your health. While smog, ozone, and haze are most commonly discussed, poor indoor air quality can attribute to a multitude of problems. Illnesses such as allergies, asthma, and respiratory issues, such as lung cancer, have been linked to indoor more »

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