December 20, 2016

Why Our Sump Pumps Recently Failed

Sump pumps sometimes fail, and there are a number of reasons why it happens: old units that simply give out, power outages, and one reason that recently took me by surprise…months of dry weather can actually leave parts of your sump pump’s mechanisms stuck and not properly functioning.

During the deluge that soaked our area for nearly 48 hours a few weeks ago many water management systems failed or were overloaded, ours included.

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December 08, 2016

Easy Updates: Flor Tiles

Have you ever used Flor carpet tiles? I first used them in the tiny kitchen of my Brooklyn apartment. I know, it sounds weird, but when you combine cracked tiles and crawling babies it was actually the perfect solution. Here in Maplewood I have them in our back entry and in the pantry off the kitchen. Both are spaces that get a lot of traffic and where the floors are basically unfinished sub floor. It feels nice underfoot,

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December 06, 2016

Waterproofing: French Drains

Last week the waterproofing began downstairs in the basement of 120 Oakview. We made the decision to have French drains put in so that the basement will be dry and, more importantly, so that we can create a room for our kids and all of their stuff. The basement and its water issues have been a long time source of stress for me and just having made the decision to go ahead with the work made me instantly feel better.

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