Complete Basement Systems Ready to Protect Denver Area Homeowners from Radon Gas

Aurora, CO – Homeowners in Colorado are exposed to some of the most dangerous levels of radon in the country and an expanding business is ready to keep people safe from this toxic gas. Employees of Complete Basement Systems have just completed expert-level training and are ready to take care of all of the area’s radon problems – a problem which kills more than 20,000 people every year.

 

A study by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) shows that Coloradoans are at a high risk when it comes to radon exposure.  Radon is an invisible, odorless gas that comes from the natural radioactive breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water.  The danger occurs when high levels of radon become concentrated in a home. When radon is inhaled, radioactive particles become trapped in lungs and decay, damaging lung cells.  Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.

That’s why Rod Martin, owner of Complete Basement Systems in Aurora, CO decided to add radon mitigation to his already basement systems business. Martin says, “Keeping families safe in their own homes isn’t just a business for me, it’s my passion. We are excited to be able to give homeowners some peace of mind and clean air to breathe.”

Complete Basement Systems offers a full range of radon services, including testing and radon mitigation systems in greater Denver.

View the study by the Environmental Protection Agency online for more information.

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Mold: Bad on bread and bad in crawlspaces but good on cheese…go figure

by: John Salmon
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Let’s face it, mold is everywhere.  Bathrooms, kitchens, basements and crawlspaces–anywhere where there is a heavy concentration of heat and moisture–can become a breeding ground for airborne mold and mildew spores.  Even newly constructed homes are not immune to the threat of mold.  Some studies suggest that as many as 30% of newly built houses will have mold.  Settling into many common building materials such as plywood, drywall, and carpeting, mold spores will begin their growth within 24 hours to 10 days (given ideal growing conditions). 


Once firmly entrenched in the warm nooks and crannies of a house mold can, at high levels, begin to affect indoor air quality  and over time become a serious health risk to homeowners.  Health issues and conditions associated with the continuous inhalation of mold and mildew spores can range from the benignly irritating to the seriously hazardous; causing allergic reactions, asthma, eye, nose and throat irritation, and chronic respiratory problems like infection and bronchitis.  A joint study by the EPA and Berkeley National Laboratory fond that: “Of the 21.8 million people reported to have asthma in the U.S., approximately 4.6 million cases are estimated to be attributable to dampness and mold exposure in the home.”

 

Keep Radon on your radar….

 by: John Salmon

A naturally occurring gas that rises from the earth, radon, is one of the densest forms of gas found on the planet.  Completely colorless, odorless and tasteless radon can accumulate in small enclosed spaces (such as basements, attics, and crawlspaces) where, due to its extreme radioactivity, its long term presence can become a serious health hazard.  According to EPA studies (and warnings from the Surgeon General) radon can be linked to occurrences of lung cancer (in areas where radon concentration is high enough) with a fatality rate of 21,000 deaths per year in the US alone making it one of the worlds most hazardous indoor air contaminants second only to cigarette smoking.

Radon enters the home through the ground.  Released naturally from the soil it is drawn into the home through cracks in the foundation (and in some cases disperses through the water supply) where it proceeds to circulate throughout the house.  If you suspect your home has radon, or are thinking about selling your home and want to have it tested to avoid a complicated home sale, you simply need to contact a Radon Measurement Specialist.  These trained technicians will provide professional service and testing as well as a prompt report on the findings of the radon test (as well as a list of options on how best to remediate the problem.)

See the links below to find out the radon levels in your area.

http://nc-radon.info/NC_counties.html

http://sc-radon.info/SC_counties.html

Humidity: Your Crawl Space’s Worst Enemy

by: Zach Stachura 
 

Myrtle Beach, SC – When humidity finds its way into your crawl space it can cause numerous problems. Not only does it have the potential to destroy your crawl space but it also has the capability to spread these problems throughout your entire house.

Humidity enters your crawl space when the air outside is warmer than the air inside. This will then cause condensation on the floor joists, insulation, beams, floor and anything else stored in the space. When this happens it is the perfect environment for mold and rot to grow which produces a foul odor. The rotting wood will attract insects, such as termites. These insects will then attract rodents that will feed off of them. 

This humidity can have effects that go beyond the crawl space walls. Humidity can cause things like drywall cracks and uneven floors throughout your home. This is a common scenario we see, but luckily we have a solution for it. 

To solve your crawl space problems we use a 5 step process to permanently remove humidity from your crawl space and home. 

•    First, we install door and vent covers. This is to stop the cycle of humidity and moisture that has been entering your home in the past.

•    Second, we remove any standing water sources by installing a crawl space drain and sump pump system. 

•    Third we repair any sagging or areas damaged by mold and rot of the crawl space. This is the step in which we would install crawl space support jacks to restore the structure to its original position

•    Fourth, we encapsulate and insulate the crawl space. This stops the moisture from passing through the floors and concrete walls. We use a durable crawl space liner which will not only keep moisture out but will also be able to be used as storage space.

•    Our Fifth and final step is to install a dehumidifier. We install energy efficient, self draining crawl space dehumidifiers that will suck any remaining moisture out of the air. We also can install crawl space fans that vent air from your home into the crawl space. This will help keep crawl space humidity to a minimum.

CleanSpace of the Carolinas is a locally owned and operated contractor that has been serving the residents of North and South Carolina since 1962.  We specialize in basement waterproofing, crawl space repair and mold removal in Lancaster, SC and surrounding areas. Visit CleanSpace of the Carolinas online for a free basement waterproofing, crawl space repair, or mold removal estimate in SC.




Basement Waterproofing: Is it for the Experts?

by: Donna Kshir
 

Most newly constructed homes come equipped with a finished basement and the benefits are quite rewarding to the homeowners. These homeowners have little issues with dampness, wetness, mold, mildew and foul smells. However, many people prefer the choice of an older home that offers the look and feel they desire, but a lot of older homes do not have a waterproofed or finished basement. A damp basement can be a nightmare, but a dry, clean basement is a homeowner’s dream; as it greatly increases the amount of storage and living space, and the value of a home.

Your basement can be used for storage and redesigned as a home office, bedroom, or family room or playroom for your children; but first it should be waterproofed.

Why is Basement Waterproofing Important?

Water leakage is a very common problem among homeowners, but this dilemma can be solved by hiring the right contractor and following a few easy steps.

Basement waterproofing is a positive measure used to prevent, and hopefully stop, water from entering into the basement of your home. In order for waterproofing to be successful, the space must be properly drained and sealed.

Although basement waterproofing is common, there are areas of your basement that are more prone to flooding than others, especially where there is a buildup of ground water. 

Can I Waterproof My Own Basement?

Many homeowners try to take matters into their own hands and try to solve their water issues, but many times these homeowners resort to over the counter waterproofing methods. Paints and sealants may be cheap, but their effect is very short term and end up costing the homeowner more time and money in the long run.

How Does a Leaky Pipe or Slow Drip Affect My Basement? 

A leaky pipe, big or small, or a slow but steady drip can and will rob your home of a comfortable, dry basement. Experts suggest performing monthly maintenance or regularly scheduled inspections, checking all areas of your home, especially those that are exposed to water; the kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, and basement. 

Keep in mind; even the smallest of leaks or drips has the tendency to create concrete-eroding puddles. These puddles can occur in a short amount of time with very little effort from the water source.

Make sure to fix all drips or leaks immediately. For those not familiar with plumbing, it is best to contact a professional plumber who can evaluate the situation, give his expert opinion and tell you the best method to take to prevent any structural damage to your foundation. It is best to fix the problem before it becomes too large and costly.

Even More Benefits

A waterproofed basement prevents water damage, bad smells and odors, and mold and mildew. A wet basement can cause side effects and health issues; breathing difficulties, topical skin irritations, and allergies in some adults and children.

Solution

A good waterproofing expert will examine your basement and recommend the best and most cost efficient way to solve the problem. Some waterproofing contractors give a free estimate, discuss your options, and give plenty of time to make the best decision.

The experts at Basement Systems Vancouver are the specialist for you! They offer free estimates for basement waterproofing in Vancouver BC and nearby!