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Removing Unwanted Junk and Debris
Project: Basement Finishing and Family Space, Episode 1, Part 2
In Melrose, MA, a family with two young sons needs extra room and looks to Bob and his team to repurpose their damp basement for expanded living space. Homeowner Sarah Monzon shows Bob the backyard of the 1921 gambrel with a stone retaining wall they created to manage the slope for the kids’ play yard. She explains how the exterior has water intrusion and moisture buildup problems. Inside, Cyrus Beasley rips out the under-stair closet and assesses the stair support required while the plumber disconnects the old soapstone sink. The Monzons then clear out years of junk and demolition waste before calling 1-800-Got-Junk to stack, sort, and dispose of everything to donation centers, recycling sites, and the dump for a set price. Larry Janesky of Basement Systems reviews the exterior drainage problems of the home with Bob and then explains how they will reduce moisture on the inside. The crew breaks up the concrete floor to create an interior drainage trench, applies Clean Walls to isolate the stone walls and send moisture runoff to the drainage trench and sump, installs Thermal Dry radiant barrier behind finished walls to prevent moisture transfer, and creates a hole for the sump.
- Part 1: Touring a Neighborhood in Melrose
- Part 2: Removing Unwanted Junk and Debris
- 1-800-GOT-JUNK removes all the basement junk and debris, including construction waste, old appliances, and a 400-pound, 80-year-old set-stone sink that had deteriorated to the point of being unusable. Discarding old, unused property is the cheapest way to add space to a home. The environmental benefit is that the junk removal service's recycling and reuse efforts help reduce the amount of material sent to local landfills.
- Part 3: Fixing the Home's Gutter System
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