12:06PM | 02/15/09
Member Since: 03/05/04
301 lifetime posts
Housing and premise codes


"All foundation walls shall be maintained plumb and FREE from OPEN CRACKS and shall be kept in such condition so as to PREVENT the entry of rodents and other pests"

"...minor problems left uncorrected can become major....WATER entering the foundation THROUGH CRACKS,holes or breaks can freeze and expand,causing damage to the foundation"...

1460.18 Exterior Structure

e) foundation walls

f) exterior walls

Inside drain tile/baseboard systems do NOT repair/waterproof cracks,loose-cracked parging and other exterior openings as in pictures/links below.Inside systems do NOT REMOVE expanding-contracting clay or roots etc off the exterior wall,the wall/cracks/blocks can only get worse.Water WILL continue to enter and so too can rodents,termites and other insects.

See underground ROOT? It 'caused' the cracks,deteriorated blocks which then allowed water,insects to enter.

Termites cause about $5-6 billion dollars of damage each year,how can they enter?

-Foundation CRACKS Provide Hidden Entry Points for Termites


09:40AM | 02/18/09
Member Since: 03/05/04
301 lifetime posts
Homeowners Video,

'Basement Systems Water Guard Review'

They did NOT correctly & honestly IDENTIFY the homeowners problem which is, one or more EXTERIOR cracks/on the outside of the hollow block walls and possibly,one or more openings/gaps ABOVE grade such as open mortra joints,openings/gaps in,under,around basement windows,doors and so on.

If one doesn`t stop/ELIMINATE water then one won`t stop/prevent MOLD,EFFLORESCENCE.

..."the best way to prevent the problem is to prevent water from infiltrating the blocks...."

..."whenever WE see this problem there is usually a leak somewhere that allows WATER to ENTER the BLOCK WALL"

MOLD ..."more importantly,you need to ELIMINATE the cause". NOT continue to allow WATER to enter and divert it around perimeter! That would be incompetent/negligent. ..."Remember, cleaning up the mold is not enough.You MUST FIND the WATER source and ELIMINATE it" Hello? Knock knock. Homeowner is out over $14,000, still leaks

Let`s read what this guy says shall we?


WATERPROOFING- ...."be prepared to weed through an array of proposals from waterproofing contractors--A LOT of THEM BOGUS. Done right,basement waterproofing is an EXTERIOR operation"

RADON gas,other soil gases

How Radon Enters Your House

Among others.....See 'D'


Inside system drill HOLES in hollow block walls and leave them OPEN. They also leave a GAP OPEN along the FLOOR-WALL joint.

And, duh, they don`t go outside and repair/waterproof any EXTERIOR cracks,loose-cracked parging etc as in block basement walls

MISREPRESENTING why/where WATER enters the basement/why it really leaks and may have some mold/efflorescence on parts of basement wall and/or,why-where a CRACK/defect/flaw exists or why a wall is bowing in, is at LEAST incompetence and very often in this business,FRAUD.


Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.


type the code from the image


Post_new_button or Login_button

Even if you turn off your electronics whenever you're not using them, they continue to use energy until you unplug them. S... Filling an underutilized area beneath the stairs is a smart way to save space. Doing so with a stash of wood, however, is ... For some decorative recycling, consider burying old bottles upside down to create edging for your garden beds and walkways... Chocolate-colored walls and large window frames allow the exposed wood beams to take center stage in this small screened p... If you're not crazy about the idea of commingling plants and pool, this modern variation may be more to your liking. The s... Yes, a freestanding garage can become its own tiny house. Artist Michelle de la Vega has all the comforts of a modern resi... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... Filling an underutilized area beneath the stairs is a smart way to save space. Doing so with a stash of wood, however, is ... Like no other floor type, a checkerboard design works wonders to underscore the retro kitchen theme. Vinyl flooring, ceram... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... For the cost of a can of exterior paint , you can totally transform your porch. Paint the floor a hue that complements yo... In this urban apartment, a standard-issue patio became a serene and green perch by replacing the typical concrete with gro... If you put the washing machine in the mudroom, you can stop the kids from walking through the house in dirty, grass-staine...
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon