Former Master Carpenter Reveals…
The Sensible, 5-Step Approach
To Eliminating Your Water Problems
And Create a Safe, Dry, “Water Free” Living Environment…
Read as a carpenter’s tale proves beneficial to
Philadelphia and South Jersey property owner’s
Who are experiencing water and flooding
In their basement or crawl space…
It was a hot and humid summer evening, and I was just home from a long, 12-hour day working in the sun. Don’t know if you’ve ever worked on a construction site, but it’s tough, physical, demanding work… and mentally exhausting, too.
And, like everyone, my job demands sometimes got the best of me.
As the skies darkened, thunderbolts roared, the rain literally came down in buckets… I was no mood for the unexpected. Water began pouring over my gutters like Niagara Falls, filling my garden beds and, most troubling, filling our outdoor basement storm entrance.
I couldn’t bail the water fast enough to keep up – and in no time – my basement was sloshing in water, lots of water. Turns out I didn’t have the right insurance coverage, so got nothing from insurance at all. And, as a young family, money was, to say the least… really tight.
I needed a waterproofing solution, and I needed it fast…
So, I searched the Internet, called in a few waterproofing contractors… and the rest, as they say, is history.
My search for a contractor was quite an experience. I heard it all… from contractors who…
• Didn’t bother to listen to my concerns – sure didn’t make me feel good about buying from or working with them.
• Never fully inspected or investigated my water issues – so, didn’t give me much confidence.
• Delivered a 3-hour, high-pressure, ‘won’t take no for an answer,’ sales pitch – which made me angry & defensive.
• Tried to sell me something I didn’t need – which made me question their motives and integrity.
• And every other trick in the book.
And of course, not having enough money to pay for anything any of them proposed… well let’s just say, my frustration levels skyrocketed.
To make a long story short, because I was a construction trades professional with years of experience doing building inspections, combined with a strong understanding of building and design, I ended up doing the job myself.
Unwittingly, I’d gotten myself into the waterproofing business…
I wanted to really understand waterproofing and make sure I was doing the right thing for my home and my family, so I did a lot of research, nosing around, and asking questions. I got to see lots of different waterproofing systems, from the very complex (loaded with gadgetry), to the most simple (purpose-driven) systems.
With that experience (and experience sometimes is the best teacher), we developed our “Sensible, 5-Step Approach to Managing Your Water Problems Forever: W-A-T-E-R.” And here’s how it works…
Step 1 – Water Intrusion Inspection…
Having inspected well over 16,000 homes, we know all to well, that water represents the most negative potential issues to your home or building. We also know our Water Intrusion Inspection is the most vital, first step to getting your problem area dry and keeping it that way.
Because if you don’t have a professional who knows what they’re doing fully investigate and identify the source of the water, you could end up spending a ton of your hard-earned money on so-called ‘fixes’ that have nothing to do with the real problem.
Is water finding its way into your basement because of drainage issues? Is your gutter system poorly designed or inadequate? And if, for example, you’re looking for a preventive system because you’re thinking of finishing your basement, is the contractor (to ensure the proper design) looking at all of the ways you could and should be managing the rain water on your property?
The way your home or building was built has a significant bearing on what you can and should do, so it should be considered during the Water Intrusion Inspection. For example, are your foundation footings poured concrete or a rubble (stone) foundation base? Are your foundation walls cinder block or poured concrete? Is the floor in your crawl space exposed dirt, or is it poured concrete?
All of these and more will make a difference in terms of possible waterproofing solutions…
Step 2 – Articulate the findings…
While you don’t need to know all the specifics of how your home or building was constructed, you should get accurate information on how and where the troublesome water is actually getting in, and the best way(s) to fix and/or manage it.
And that information should be presented to you in a clear, concise, and easy-to-understand report.
Good, well-presented information should also give you details on how water damage can cost you thousands in repair bills, and do so in ‘free-from-scare-tactics’ lnaguage – yet still be chock-full of tested and proven facts, tips and fixes.
When explained well, you should gain an appreciation for simple engineering principles – like the dynamics of water and its effect on building materials, and the role your landscape plays in managing water and keeping it away from your home or building. In other words, we’ll tell you what our inspection found, provide sensible solutions, and deliver them in a no-BS report format.
Step 3 – Treat and cure the ‘disease’…
It’s typically true that if you treat the disease the symptoms will go away. And lets face it water is the ‘disease’ that causes most of the symptoms, including damaged building materials, cracked or bowed foundation walls, poor indoor air quality (resulting from the bacteria and mold it causes), and more.
So, getting the water issues dealt with the right way, right away – the first time – using tested, proven engineered designs and approaches is absolutely critical. Properly designed and installed systems using the most appropriate building materials (not necessarily the cheapest) are the least likely to clog, fail, or mis-perform.
For example, by installing the right sump basin and sump pump, each sized for your unique requirements, will allow the pump to operate reliably, and at optimum levels.
Not treating your water issues in the optimum way the first time, would be kinda’ like putting a band-aid on a gaping wound… it’s just not going to work very well or very long, is it?
Step 4 – Expense it…
Agreed, band-aids are cheap. But, as the old saying goes,“don’t be pennywise and a pound foolish.” Remember – quality design, materials, and professional workmanship may cost a bit more in the short-term, but they can save you a bundle in unecessary service calls and repairs over time.
Unexpected water damage repairs not only hurt emotionally,
But can be really tough on your wallet, too…
Because we’ve experienced it ourselves, we’ve listened to our clients. Now, instead of dishing out (potentially) thousands of dollars from your savings, retirement account, equity line, or credit union… you can expense the necessary repairs, instead.
Through our “same-as-cash” or “0% interest loan payment” options, you can turn the potentially large waterproofing or mold repair bills into a manageable, monthly expense item. Even if you can pay for the project outright, why not use someone else’s money instead, with our true, “same-as-cash” option.
With cash flow problem-solving programs like these, you won’t have to worry about fees or costs. And, because approvals can can be given in as quickly as 10 minutes, you’ll have the peace-of-mind of knowing your project will be done without delay.
Step 5 – Renewable Warranty…
When any solution has been designed and installed, it’ll usually include a decent warranty on the performance of the drain lines themselves. But what about the mechanical components used in the solution? A quality sump pump should come with at least a one year, manufacturer’s warranty… but what happens if the float happens to stick, or an electrical storm causes mechanical damage? Are you prepared to check periodically to make sure all the mechanical ‘thingies’ are working as they’re supposed to? Will your warranty cover the components?
Let’s face it, soil will settle, landscapers can (and do) make grading mistakes, patios will settle, and gutter systems will age (and begin to fail). And since you’re not likely an expert in water management, or dealing with water intrusion issues, wouldn’t it make sense if you could have a professional inspect your system for those issues on an on-going basis? To become a little proactive?
Everything requires on-going maintenance, and your home (or building) is certainly no exception. After we’ve fortified your foundation and warranted it not to fail, our annual Water Intrusion Inspection will to help identify and prevent any new, potential threats.
With our 1-year renewable warranty, you can rest-assured you’ll have a second set of eyes looking out for your property, on a regular basis… and if something should go wrong with the pump we’ve installed… we’ll replace it. Ask us for details.
So when flooding or chronic seepage threaten the health of your home or building, remember… “W-A-T-E-R: The Sensible, 5-Step Approach to Managing Your Water Problems Forever…”
And that’s worth thinking about, right?
As always – Dedicated to providing you healthier living,
Jim & Mike Allen, Owners
Fenwick & TermiGuard Services