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After the cold weather has passed, you may be noticing some unpleasant changes in the basement. Are you seeing damp spots on the walls? Are there cracks appearing in the mortar joints of your cinder blocks? These could be signs that water made it into your foundation and froze over the winter. The e...

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Are you worried about the red, slimy ‘mud’ or ‘mold’ that is growing in your basement? You may have something called, iron bacteria, that produces a biofilm capable of damaging your plumbing and appliances. This bacterium is naturally found in soil and can sometimes make its way into the home. It is...

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Holes on PVC piping can face up or down. We find many companies are still installing PVC with the holes in the downward position when installing a French drain system. Also, if you research this subject, you might find most literature states the holes should be facing down. Here is some info to help...

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When your basement develops a problem leak there are many potential solutions to keep the interior of your home safe and dry. One of the potential options is the use of French drains to move water away from the foundation and out of the home. These waterproofing systems are highly effective, but you...

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The area in blue next to the foundation wall in the above picture was once a hole around the entire foundation when the foundation was being built. The soil that is used to fill in the hole will never be as compacted as the dirt that is 5 or 10 feet away from the foundation.  You can't control...

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Quite often, I’m asked, should the holes on PVC piping be facing up or down on an interior French drain. This is a very controversial subject so I hope this post will give you a full understanding.  Installing Pipes The Correct Way We find many companies will place the holes in the downward pos...

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In this post, I would like to address the confusion some have about the structure of Basement Waterproofing Solutions and Mendola Waterproofing. Back in 1961, my dad started pioneering the Mendola Waterproofing company and in 1979 I joined forces with him. We worked this business together until his...

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There are only two times an exterior French drain will make sense:  During new construction prior to back-filling the foundation. If a house is constructed on high ground and the French drain piping can be led to daylight. This is also called a gravity drain. Why Interior French Drain...

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Why Does My Basement Leak?

Basements can be a wonderful amenity and home feature that add value to any property, whether you use it to store belongings, to do your laundry, as an extra bedroom, or for another purpose. However, if it’s leaking, a basement can quickly turn into a major problem that threatens your entire home in...

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The arrival of fall in New York and New Jersey means more than the changing of the leaves and the arrival of cooler weather; it also a signal to homeowners to start thinking about winterizing their homes. While this means different things in different parts of the country, in areas like ours basem...

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