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    Installing French Drains in a Basement

    Installing French Drains in a Basement

    Having water in your basement can lead to a number of problems, which can be costly to fix, as well as pose risks to your health. Interior and exterior French drain systems are installed in many homes, located at the footer level, directing the groundwater into a sump pump. The job of the sump pump is to pump out the water away from the basement area, preventing potential water damage. Ideally, a French drain is installed in a home during the construction phase, however, it is possible to install one later down the road should problems occur.

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    The Benefits of a Retaining Wall

    temperamental weather of Pittsburgh winters has an effect on all of us, but nowhere is the effect felt more strongly than in your yard. From plants to trees to crumbling rock, freezing temperatures, strong winds, and heavy rain and snow can lead to soil erosion and deteriorating landscapes. Retaining walls are the perfect solution for giving your property the stability that it needs, as well as adding to its overall value. In addition, retaining walls offer additional benefits to your property, such as:

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    How Can A Retaining Wall Add Home Value?

    Retaining walls are not just a decorative option in many Pittsburgh homes, they are a necessity. Uneven landscapes, hills, and slopes can create drainage problems in many areas, as well as soil erosion. Construction of retaining walls has evolved drastically over the years, with better materials and improved methods of construction and installation. Building codes have changed as well, to ensure that retaining walls are built to a certain level of standard.

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    Signs You Need to Waterproof Your Basement

    Between the snow and the rain, there is always moisture waiting to invade Pittsburgh’s basements. Many homeowners think that it is common for basements to be somewhat damp, particularly when they are unfinished. However, a damp basement is not only unhealthy, it is a sign that there is a problem that needs to be addressed, before serious complications occur. Addressing the problem early on can save both money and hassle – and here are a few signs that your basement may be in need of waterproofing:

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    Does My Basement Need Waterproofing

    Does my basement need waterproofing?

    It is common for many homeowners in Pittsburgh to expect a damp basement, particularly in older homes. However, your basement’s very location makes it prone to problems related to moisture, which can often result in costly damage, and a damp basement is not necessarily a healthy basement.

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    Mold in My Home: What Do I Do?

    Articles below is posted on the website of the Allegheny County Health Department

     ACHD pdf screen shotMold in My Home: What Do I Do?

    This packet is meant to provide basic information to people who have experienced water damage to their home and resulting mold concerns. It describes health concerns related to mold exposure, and it also provides general guidelines on prevention, mold detection, as well as cleanup of mold-contaminated materials.

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