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Keep It Clean: 5 Things Every Homeowner Should Do To Keep Crawl Spaces Under Control

Written by PermaDry on . Posted in Crawl Space

Leaks, dirt, dust, and mold all plague the infamous crawl space stereotype. In fact, the half basement terror even inspired a horror movie, but don’t let your crawl space turn into a place you avoid at all costs. A crawl space gives you a convenient place for storage. But if you want to use this area for storage, you won’t have much luck using a messy crawl space. Which means you first have to clean it up.

Take these essential steps to get a cleaner, functional crawl space:

1. Get Your Crawl Space Checked By A Professional.

Before you try and take a sledge hammer to your basement floor, consider calling a professional. Their experience and expertise can go a long way when it comes to

Remodeling Your Basement: Questions for your Contractor

Written by PermaDry on . Posted in Waterproofing your basement

So you’re going to do it, make that cold dark unfinished basement a living and usable part of your home. This is a great idea and one of the best improvements you could make in your home. Every 1,000 square feet added living space to a home boosts the sale price by more than 30 percent, according to the 2005 study for the National Association of Realtors. But a basement remodel is more than a little framing, paint and carpet. What keeps basement remodels on track and valuable is to have a plan and ensure you check out some of the more important aspects of what could go wrong.

Who is the contractor?

Are you doing the work, acting as the general, or are you hiring a general contractor to act on your behalf? A contractor sets the schedule, gets the right people in at the right time and

The Problem with Pests: Why You Should Do Something About It

Written by PermaDry on . Posted in Pests and Rodents

With the exception of the cute, tamed rats you can find in any pet store, the common rat is not a welcome guest in your home.

These pesky pests burrow, gnaw, and squeeze into your home through the tiniest cracks, and then they wreak havoc on your home’s insulation, electrical systems, and foundation. Some species breed year-round, and if the conditions are right, a pair of rats could potentially produce a colony of 2,000 rats in a year.

If you suspect your home has rats or mice, it’s important to deal with the problem quickly before they cause some serious damage.

What Harm Do They Cause?

Rats might not be big in size (on average), but together, a colony of rats can put your health and

10 Home Repairs You Should Never Put Off

Written by PermaDry on . Posted in Foundation Cracks, Waterproofing your basement

A home is one of the largest investment people make in their lives. You should invest time and money into your home to prevent costly repairs down the line. Here are 10 home repairs that you really can’t afford to ignore.

1. Protect Your Foundation

A crack in the foundation can threaten your home’s structure and value. If your doors aren’t shutting like they used to, that’s a good sign your foundation may have moved. Inspect the foundation along the

Inspections: A Boon to Your Basement

Written by PermaDry on . Posted in Waterproofing your basement

A basement remodel is a fantastic idea. If you are reading this blog you are probably considering finishing or remodeling your basement— and we think you should go for it! After all, a basement remodel has a wealth of benefits, including:

  • Greater home value
  • More useable space
  • Higher home resell value
  • Improved home energy efficiency
  • Better home functionality

Your home will become better and more valuable once you have completed a basement remodel. But before you strap on your tool belt and get to work, slow down and consider having a

Simple Sump Pump Maintenance Practices

Written by PermaDry on . Posted in Sump Pumps

Sump pumps work hard and are a very low maintenance appliance.  They are critical to keeping unwanted water out of your basement. By checking your sump pump at least once a year, you will be able to help prolong the life of the sump and ensure it is ready to pump water efficiently when you will need it most. August and September are the perfect time of year to perform your maintenance and prevent common catastrophes caused by a failing pumps in the winter.

If you want to avoid coming home to a basement full of water, perform scheduled maintenance on your sump pump every six months. Mark it on your calendar to help you remember. If you don’t feel comfortable doing your own pump maintenance and parts replacement, you can always contact Perma Dry Waterproofing for our pump and system maintenance services.

Functional Check

Run the pump until there is almost no water left in the pit. Turn off the backup battery and unplug the pump. Remove the sump pump from the discharge pipe pipe by using a

Foundation Crack Repair In Seattle / Tacoma

Written by PermaDry on . Posted in Foundation Cracks

Foundation Crack Repairs

In the greater Seattle, Tacoma, Bellevue area, foundation wall cracks are common. Fixing them to never leak again is not as easy as slapping concrete on the inside wall.  Leaking walls can form for a variety of reasons and come from a verity of sources and not all repairs are the same or as reliable.

Wall cracks typically form when there is stress on the concrete foundation wall. Either shifts in the earth that cause the house to move or settle ever so slightly, around the bottom corners of windows, or in drop down foundations built into hill slopes.

Rock pockets (clumps of stone and rock that can run horizontally across a wall) existed when the foundation wall was built, but it was a

Crawl Space Water in Bellevue – Where does it come from?

Written by PermaDry on . Posted in Uncategorized

Prevent water build under your home with quality services from Crawl Space Professionals.

Your crawl space under your home may be the last place you would think there could be a home repair issue to deal with, but your crawl space is a major and integral part of your home. You live, sleep, and enjoy the comforts of your home over your crawl space every day.  Keeping the space dry, neat and clean  to prevent water, moisture and mold issues in your home is just as important as closing the front door in the winter time….it just makes common sense.

Where does crawl space water come from?

Crawl spaces typically take on water from only two sources; the roof drain pipes (or lack there of) or seasonal rain driven ground water.  Either the roof drainage around the

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