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Hey folks! Were standing in our brand-new 46 thousand square foot, state-of-the-art facility and, behind me represents 30,000 square feet of warehouse space alone. And why is that important to you and to us? Well, first of all we can now inventory all of our products and systems right here at our disposal. Which includes, as many as, 30 different patented products and systems, all on the cutting edge of technology, all here to serve you when you need them. Now, you know a lot of companies have certain products and systems for a specific problem. And you've probably heard the old expression when all you have is a hammer everything becomes a nail. Well, we have various products and systems for the same type problem based on the construction of the home. So, we may have a foundation repair problem that requires a helical pier versus a push pier, a bending wall failure that may use a wall anchor versus a power brace, or carbon fiber technology. So, we're not a one-size-fits-all. And we want our customers at the end of the day to know that when we do a job for them that the job is done right the first time, that they have a warranty that they can count on, and in our case, in most cases it's the life of the structure transferable warranty. And, you know, that's only as good as the company and the paper that it's provided on. So, when it comes to AquaGuard you know you're getting the job done right and, a company that's going to be there for the life of the structure. When you need us, we're there!
Today folks we're dealing with a very common problem we run into all the time. It's called a settling front stoop. And if you look behind me, we've got a little stoop here that goes into the front door. It just has two steps. But over the years, based on erosion and poorly compacted soil, to begin with, it has actually settled as much as three inches. So, this homeowner, when he walks out his front door actually feels like he's walking downhill. So, what's caused this problem is the soil all in front of this foundation is nothing more than fill dirt. This is a basement foundation and, when they originally dug it out, they dug down deep. But the dirt they pushed back up against the wall is just filled dirt. And over the years it has actually settled. Now, our repair method for this is a very simple one that we do. We put in some steel helical piers and our PolyLevel process. We have two of our light-duty piers on either edge of the stoop. And that lifts it back up to the position we want it, backfill, and then we are going to fill the void underneath the stoop and a small section of the sidewalk. And fill that void with our PolyLevel, which will raise that slab a little bit and put this back into a really solid position. So if you walk out your front door and you feel like you're walking downhill on your stoop, give us a call. Have us come out and give you a free evaluation. We'll take a look at things and, let you know what your options are for putting you back on solid ground.
Today folks were going to talk about roof water and the impact it has on our foundations. You know, most people don't realize that the number one reason why basements and crawlspaces the leak and foundations crack, settle, and bow are due to improperly channeled roof water. Now this home here is a great example of that. We've got this roofline that has no gutter on it. I'm not sure it ever had a gutter on it. And the impact of that over the years is we've had hundreds of thousands of gallons of water all located right in this area with no place for it to go. So as you can see a result of all that water over the years has literally created this massive sinkhole. And the type of soils we have here in Georgia are expansive soils and, what's important about that is that means that they expand when they get wet and they contract when they dry. And that constant expansion and contraction ultimately allows the soil underneath this footing, which is what's supporting this section of the house, to shrinking contract and pull away from the bottom of the footing which is what that footing is counting on to support this house. That's the reason why over a number of years this foundation is actually settled and, we're here today doing a repair job to stabilize this foundation from any further settlement. All a result of improperly channeled roof water.
Okay, folks. Here we are just another day at the office. Well, not really. If you look behind me we've got a very very interesting job we're doing here today. We've got a beautiful home that is actually built on a slab foundation. And the dirt underneath it is being supported by this retaining wall. And what has happened over the years is that the soil has become compromised. So our job is to come in here and to stabilize this with our helical pier system. Now that's gonna be a real challenge because we have to get these piers on the backside of this retaining wall, but underneath the slab of the home. So one of the real challenges here that we're running into and ready to rise to the challenge is installing conventional repair methods with very unconventional construction. So, what our plan here is to install our helical piers one at a time, starting on that end of the house, stabilizing that section of this slab. Then move over and dig another hole. We'll end up having to remove some of this retaining wall, so we can actually get behind it because it gets much tighter to the house. So, once we remove a section of the wall, we will then install a second helical pier, support that slab and then move over and continue right down this corner here. So we will install a total of five helical piers. So as you can see this is not a job for the faint of heart or just anybody who claims they do foundation repair. When it comes to your home and what amounts to your biggest investment that you may make in your life, you want to have a company that you know is going to do it right, the first time, with a warranty you can count on. And that's the advantage you get when you're doing business with AquaGuard Foundation Solutions.
Hey folks, we're here in Sandy Springs in an older home that has what we call a dug-out crawlspace. They dig a small area out that we're in right now that we can barely stand up in, and this is designed to put in the HVAC for the heating and cooling of the house. We've got a leaker here. It's leaking all around the crawlspace as well as this area here, which would be considered the basement area. And you can see obvious signs of leakage. We've got damp spots in the block wall behind me. And we have some white powdery stuff on the wall here as well called efflorescence; which is the calcium deposits left from the water once it evaporates. Laymans terms, we've got water in the wall. And when there's water in this wall, we're gonna have water in this basement and crawlspace. So once we put in our full drainage system, we're going to step it down from the crawlspace area down to this lower level here. And there's an area that we pay very close attention to which is very important. When the footing steps down from about 4 feet up down to this basement level, there is dirt underneath that footing that steps from up here down here. And when the drainage we installed comes through, it will have a tendency to accelerate the amount of erosion that's going on underneath that footing. As a result, what we do, standard procedure, is put in what we call bulkhead stabilizers; which is a block wall that runs in an "L" form and basically we fill it full of gravel. And that eliminates and minimizes the amount of erosion that will take place from that footing. And that's important because if that's not done, and that's a step that's skipped in many cases with a lot of other companies, you will ultimately undermine that footing; which will drop that side of the house. So this is a step we don't want to skip. So when we're wrapped up, we'll have a complete full-perimeter drainage system in the crawlspace area stepping down to this basement area. It'll go outside via one of our patented super sump pump systems. And this crawlspace and basement will be dried out and ready for use.
Good morning folks we're here on this beautiful Monday morning here in Midtown Atlanta, and we've got a gorgeous historic home built in the 1920s. And there are some things on this home we want you to look out for that kind of typify what it is we look for when there could be potential foundation problems. Now if you look over here, you'll notice on this brick veneer that you'll see that there's some horizontal cracking where it's actually separated right at the motor joint. And there's some more of it up there as well. And that is the symptom that this foundation is actually settling vertically, and of course, this brick being is rigid as it has no choice but to crack with it. So if you see cracks like this in your brick veneer, give us a call. These are symptoms you really want to be proactive with. Better safe than sorry. Have us come out to a completely free inspection of your foundation, and if there's an issue we'll let you know and if it's something you need to just monitor we're going to let you know that as well.
Folks, we're here today dealing with a very common problem. We have a settling stoop and a settling sidewalk. Now, these are very common problems that most people run into every day. And the big reason for the problem is the fact that this home, in particular, is built on a foundation. It's built on a basement. And when they over-excavated this lot to put this foundation in, they put all that filler back up against the foundation. They didn't compact it very well. So this concrete is built on really incompetent soil, and with time, it settles with expansion and contraction of the soil based on moisture and drought. So what we do to repair this problem is our patented PolyLevel System. We drill about a dime-size hole into the concrete, and we inject a polyurethane foam, which fills that void directly under the slab. And then it lifts and levels that concrete. Ideally, back into its original position, eliminating that very costly full replacement and repair. So if you think you're dealing with some settling concrete or have some questions, give us a call. We're here to help.
Aqua...Guard! Ok, folks, we're here in Old Town Marietta. And with Old Town Marietta comes some very old homes like we're in here. And with that comes a lot of unusual and unconventional construction. And that's exactly when you need a company like AquaGuard in here, because we've got all kinds of systems and products that may do the same thing, but are designed for the different type of construction we can run into. And that's important because there are a lot of companies out there that have their one or two products they go to. And when they run into construction like this, they're gonna have to try to figure out how they can manipulate what they do. And what it boils down to is the old adage when all you have is a hammer, everything becomes a nail. Well, that's just the case when you're dealing with AquaGuard. We've got multiple products and systems in place on this job alone. We've got a perimeter system in place that's leading over to our Triple-Safe sump pump system. And to my left here, we're replacing these old two to two and half inch steel columns that are not adjustable to our Smart Jack system. This is a three-inch thick-walled pipe that based on the point load that can handle, pounds on this piece right here alone. And we're going to be putting three in here. So we're going to be replacing these with this on brand new footings, putting a drainage system in here, getting our wall system on the walls. So the combination of all these products and systems are going to give this customer the peace of mind that they have a dry, healthy, stable foundation right here in their basement. Aqua - Guard!!
For homes with a crawl space, the importance of knowing the signs of improper water drainage can’t be overstated. Your family’s health and your investment could be at risk. Watch and learn, as AquaGuard CEO Tom DiGregorio shows you how to recognize crawl space issues from improper drainage. Know when you should call us for crawl space refurbishing and protect your loved ones and your investment. Our full perimeter system surrounds your entire crawl space. We lay down a tough, durable covering that encapsulates your crawl space. And we install a powerful sump pump system to drain water away from your home. Plus, we seal all the leaks into the crawl space. The Clean Space crawl space encapsulation also includes a commercial-grade dehumidification and air filtration system that ensures mold-free air flows through all areas of your home.

Today, folks, I want to talk about some featured products that go into every one of our basement and crawlspace drainage systems. I want to talk about, well, first of all, this old system here. This is a -inch perforated pipe and this is designed to be put in the ground and then covered with gravel. But the problem with this, and you can see this... You see how this is all silted up? And what happens is, with time, the silty water not only gets into this pipe, but it allows some of the silt to get to it too, and then it clogs this pipe and renders it useless. What we use is a product called Easy Flow. And it's similar in that it still has this perforated pipe, as you can see. It still has the slits or the perforations in it, but it is encased in a engineered aggregate, which is basically made of high-density styrofoam. And it is wrapped in this sock, if you will, and this is a geotextile filter fabric which is designed to not only keep all of this in place, but when you bury this in dirt it allows the water to get in here but this is kind of like a filter fabric which will allow the water through, but not so much the silt, which creates this clogging situation. So this is used standard operating procedure on all of our crawl space systems. Once this is installed in a pre-slope trench, then we will cover it again with gravel, and we will have the ultimate one-two punch when it comes to drainage. When it comes to basements, we have our flagship WaterGuard system. There's more footage of this system in the ground than any other system on the planet.

This is installed just underneath the basement slab, on the footing, and out of the dirt. And then, of course, once we take the concrete out, install our system, put in some drainage stone in front of it, and re-pour the concrete, it fits flush up against the basement wall. So when we're done, all you see is about a clean, six to eight inch strip of concrete. And this tiny little flange will be sticking up from the top of the basement floor. And then we'll have a wall system that will go right on up the wall and encapsulate the wall to take any moisture that comes through the wall or any water that comes through the wall, direct it behind our vapor barrier, into our system. Now all of these drainage systems ultimately have to go someplace. And that brings us to our patented Triple-Safe sump pump system. There's nothing like it on the market. And it's called Triple-Safe because we have three separate pumps in here. We have two primary pumps at half horsepower and a third horsepower that'll go in here. And then there's a third pump which is a battery backup pump in the event you lose power.

Now listen, we've been in this town close to years installing lots of systems and we've had some heavy rains where the water came in faster than a single pump could handle. End result Flooded basement. So, this, with two pumps will get that water out faster than it could ever dream about coming in and in the event you lose power, which happens a good bit, folks, let's face it. This is the entire heart of the system. If this doesn't have power, then you're going to end up with a flooded basement or crawlspace. While we're on the subject of this pump, I want to talk about our liner and our liner lid. This is an airtight lid. It's designed to fit flush with the basement floor or the crawlspace floor. And you'll notice that on top has this floor drain. So if you should ever have a domestic water leak or broken water pipe, this drain allows water to get in this drain here into our system and pump it out before you have a flooded basement. And if you'll notice, the bottom of this has a little ball in here. And the way this works is when water gets in here, the ball floats and allows the water to enter into the sump pump liner. And then when the water has drained, it will lock itself back on top of the drain and keep this whole area airtight. So these are just a few of the great products and systems that are installed every day in our crawlspace and waterproofing systems. All on the cutting edge of technology, giving you that top performance you need to keep your basement and crawlspace dry... permanently!

Hey folks, we're here at this beautiful stucco home in South Atlanta and I want to talk to you about something that is very important to the health of your foundation and happens to do with your roof water and properly channeled roof water. It's the number one reason why basements and crawl spaces leak, foundation settle, crack and bow, and we've got a lot of other situations going on here as well. If you look behind me, we've got three different levels of rooflines. Now each one of these rooflines have their own separate gutter that drops it down to the next roofline, and drops it down to the next roofline. And all of that water, in a heavy rainstorm can be thousands of gallons of water, is all supposed to come out of this one down spot here on my right. The reality of it is it's not really working that way. Number one, we're in a heavily wooded area. This customer went ahead and put gutter caps on their gutters, which is a really good system, typically, but in this case, it may be restricting the amount of water that's coming off of this steep pitched roof and into these gutters. And if any water, which we think is happening here, is cascading over the top of that gutter, it's just completely loading this area up with water in a heavy rainstorm. What's the downside of that? Well, there's multiple things going on here. First of all, we know that this water not only is not getting into the gutter, but it's running down the side of the stucco. And that stucco is absorbing this into the home and on the other side of this stucco, especially in the crawlspace, there's particle board. And that particle board, over the years, is literally completely rotted away. Secondly, this land right behind me, as you notice, has no grass here and there's never going to be grass here under these circumstances. Because there's so much water that is cascading over the gutters and just landing in this area here that this area is never going to really grow grass. Which isn't the end of the world. But because this stays so soft over the course of the year and then dries up when we have these drought conditions, we get this expansion and contraction reaction, and ultimately what's now happening is this stoop to my left is actually settling. And the only thing supporting those steps is the soil that were standing on. These gutters are actually causing a lot of problems. Rotten wood on the other side of the stucco; we've got settlement going on here under these steps. And the crawl space on the other side here has had a lot of ground water saturation and a lot of ground water seepage coming in from the outside. So it required, obviously, a drainage system as well. This is important for you to understand. These are situations and circumstances that you can do on your own. Look around your house, look at your gutters, look at your downspouts. Make sure they're properly piped off away from your home and prevent what could be thousands of dollars of damage and repair to your home. If you have any more questions or concerns about your gutters or downspouts, feel free to give us a call. We're here to help.
https://shrimptankpodcast.com/tom-digregorio-president-and-owner-of-aquaguard-foundation-solutions/ Tom has strived to raise his customers expectations of residential contractors by developing and running his business with his slogan “A Service Company with Integrity, A Contractor who Cares” as his guide."
"The number one reason that causes basements and crawlspaces to leak and foundations to settle, crack and bow is improperly channeled roof water. Be sure your keep your gutters and downspouts clean and pipe off your downspouts at least ten feet away from your home."
"One of the biggest misconceptions homeowners have is that changing the slope of your yard away from their house, that it will stop their foundation from leaking again!! Although it's very important, it is not the answer and it will leak again. A professional waterproofing system is the solution."
"Did you know it costs more to heat and cool your home plus promote mold growth if the air inside your home is too damp. That means the relative humidity is above 55% and very unhealthy. Wonder why you have moldy musty smells and your power bills are too high? Proper dehumidification is the solution."
"Is the dirt outside your home higher than your foundation wall or slab? This can cause a major leak creating serious problems including water damage, wood rot, mold and termites. This is typically a simple landscaping solution by lowering the dirt below the foundation walls or slab."
Tom DiGregorio explains the shift in building design from older-styled, vented crawl spaces to healthier, more efficient ones. Tom tells you how and why a crawl space upgrade can save you 20% to 25% on your heating and cooling bills.
Finishing a basement is one of the most effective ways to increase the value of a home. It's important to remember that a basement should be waterproofed before a homeowner spend's their hard-earned money finishing it. The last thing you want to be doing is tearing apart your newly finished basement to fix a sudden leak that occurs after a storm.
f you are concerned about the integrity of your home, it's important to keep an eye on your basement. Make sure the walls aren't leaking, bowing, or cracking. If you find a crack in your basement wall, it's important to get it checked out by a professional. It could be a serious structural problem, which should not be taken lightly.
Consumer Investigator Dale Cardwell with Tom DiGregorio owner and founder of AguaGuard Basement Systems and Foundation Solutions. Dale asks: 'Who do you trust to keep the basement dry, to fix the foundation and do it fairly, honestly and the best job? I've chosen Tom!' Tom DiGregorio explains that his company never just relies on their reputation - that the whole company is dedicated to great customer service, a focus that they work on collectively with daily focus and applied commitment.
Tom DiGregorio, owner of this 15 year old waterproofing business, is proud of his company's unwavering mission: care about the homeowner, solve their problem, and exceed their expectations. As he states: 'It's simple! We deliver superior quality and customer service and we back our systems and service with the best warranties in the industry - warranties you can count on and transfer when you sell your home." TrustDale proudly recommends AquaGuard for your waterproofing and foundation solutions. Visit www.TrustDale.com
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Features of the PolyLevel® System by Foundation Supportworks">Soil erosion and settlement often cause concrete slabs in patios, sidewalks and driveways to sink into the ground. This type of settlement isn't just unsightly; it can also cause more damage and can be a safety hazard. Water tends to pool on sunken surfaces and unleveled floors cause a trip hazard. Until now, the only solution available to repair sinking slabs was mudjacking, a process that involves drilling holes in the slab to inject a mixture of cement and mud underneath, to raise it back to level. Foundation Supportworks, an industry leader in the development of foundation repair technologies and solutions, proudly introduces the most advanced alternative to mudjacking - the PolyLEVEL™ System. The PolyLEVEL™ System is a state-of-the-art approach to repairing sinking concrete slabs. It combines the concept of mudjacking with the most advanced technology. Instead of using a mix of mud and cement to raise the slab, PolyLEVEL™ utilizes high-density polyurethane specially engineered for this purpose. The advantages of using PolyLEVEL™ over conventional mudjacking are many. PolyLEVEL™ is lighter than mud-cement mixes (4lbs per cubic yard opposed to concrete's 120lbs). It will raise the slab without adding a lot of weight to it. The expanding nature of the material allows it to penetrate crevices in the soil, completely filling the cavity and safely raising the slab to the desired level. PolyLEVEL™ is also environmentally-friendly and made with recycled materials. It can be installed in just one day, through smaller, penny-sized holes drilled in the concrete and just 5 minutes after installation you can walk or drive over the slab! There is no need for extended periods of curing, as is the case with cement and mud compounds.
https://www.aquaguard.net/ | 1-888-479-1203 When North Georgia homeowners are selling a house, we often see many that are willing to invest money in staging and cosmetic improvements, but very few willing to spend money fixing the basement or the foundation of a home. That can be a costly mistake, especially if they want to sell it quickly and at full price. As Tom DiGregorio explains, when prospective buyers like a home, they are willing to get past outdated kitchen cabinets, wall colors that are no longer in style and flooring that they don't like. But when they see a wet basement, or a cracking foundation that wasn't properly fixed, the vast majority of the time they will walk away from the deal. It is easier to look at the next house. No homebuyer wants to inherit the previous owner's problems, and if they do buy the house, they will negotiate the price down substantially -- an average of 10% off. What homeowners don't know is that for a fraction of the money they would lose by selling the house as a fixer-upper, they can get all these foundation problems effectively and permanently fixed by AquaGuard Foundation Solutions and get a Transferable Lifetime Warranty that will cover the current and future owners of the property. You can't hide or run away from things like a wet basement or a sinking foundation. The law demands that you disclose these types of problems to prospective buyers. But if you can present them with documentation that the problem was permanently fixed, and a Lifetime Warranty on the repairs, what was once a problem, becomes an asset. An actual selling point to help you close that deal! Think about that and before you put your house on the market, and call us for a free estimate!
Many of AquaGuard Foundation Solutions products come with a nationally backed Transferable Lifetime Warranty. What this means is that not only are you covered for as long as your house stands, if you ever sell the house the future buyer is also covered by this manufacturer warranty. AquaGuard Foundation Solutions has been in business for many years and we don't plan to go out of business at all -- but if we ever do and are unable to honor this Lifetime Warranty, there will be a network of over 300 other dealers nationwide ready to back it up. With AquaGuard you can rest assured that your home will be always taken care of. Visit our website to schedule a free estimate to learn more about the best warranties in the business!
Sagging, uneven floors over dirt crawl spaces are very common in the Atlanta, GA area. The floor system and the subfloor are supported by concrete piers that are placed in the ground before the home is built. Due to the conditions of the crawl space -- namely high humidity levels and often, poor drainage -- these concrete piers will settle, shift or lean, withdrawing support from the floor system. Symptoms of this type of problem include bouncy, creaky, sagging floors and drywall cracks, especially around the corners of windows and doors. To fix that problem, AquaGuard Foundation Solutions offers the SmartJack System, composed of high capacity, high strength adjustable steel posts. After determining the area that needs to be supported, the jacks are installed in their own footing. SmartJack piers can not only stabilize and support the floor structure, in many cases they can also be used to lift the floor back to level position. The SmartJack System, just like all other foundation products provided by AquaGuard, is a permanent solution and comes with a Transferable Lifetime Warranty.
When the soil surrounding the foundation gets oversaturated with water, it expands, exerting enormous lateral pressure on your basement walls, sometimes causing them to crack, bow, or lean inwards. Horizontal cracks and stair step cracks on basement walls should be seen as an early sign of this problem and help should be sought right away. This type of problem never gets better; it will always get worse and eventually cause the walls to cave in. Fortunately, for homeowners in North Georgia, AquaGuard Foundation Solutions offers several technologies to fix bowing basement wall problems at almost any stage for a fraction of the cost of full foundation wall replacement. From carbon reinforced strips for stabilizing weakened walls, to I-beam systems and wall anchors that can typically push the walls back to their original position, AquaGuard has an answer.
As Tom Di Gregorio reminds us, when a foundation settles, it just doesn't plunge into a hole. Foundation settlement is something that happens gradually, and signs begin to appear as soon as the structure begins to shift. In Georgia, where expanding red clay soils are prevalent and known to cause extensive damage to foundations, it is very important for homeowners to look for early signs of foundation damage and call for help as soon as possible. Foundation problems never get better; they will always get worst and become more difficult to fix. The more you wait the more expensive and complicated the repair will be. Common signs of foundation problems include vertical V-shaped cracks or horizontal cracks on foundation walls, stair step cracks on foundation walls or in brick veneers, basement walls bowing or leaning inwards, doors and windows that stick, and drywall cracks -- especially near the corners of windows and doors. Sinking and cracking slabs, as well as warped, uneven, sagging, and creaking floors are also signs of structural problems -- just like tilting chimneys.
Your basement floor is a porous, concrete slab that sits directly against wet dirt. Ground water is always seeping through that slab, even if the basement looks dry. When you lay carpet, wood floors, laminates, or any type of flooring that is made with organic and absorbent materials, they will soak up that water and over time, mold begins to develop. ThermalDry Basement Flooring is specifically designed for basements, as they are 100% waterproof and inorganic. They will not get damaged by contact with water, and will not support mold growth. These floating and interlocking tiles can be installed directly over the slab. A system of pegs on the underside of the tiles raise the walking surface from the slab, creating an air pocket that allows slab moisture to dissipate and dry while providing a thermal break as well. The surface of the tile will be always an averaged of 10 degrees warmer than the concrete floor. ThermalDry Tiles come in different colors and three different finishes: vinyl tiles, faux wood parquet, and carpet -- to match any finished basement's décor.
Once the basement is waterproofed with a proper drainage system and a good sump pump, there will still be some residual moisture that needs to be dealt with, even if you are only going to use the basement for storage. Keep in mind that your basement walls are buried in wet ground and are made of porous concrete. Some level of moisture will be always infiltrating the concrete and evaporating into the basement. That is why relative humidity levels are always higher in that area, often times way above the 60% needed for mold to start to grow. Differences of temperature can also cause condensation problems. To minimize condensation and moisture related problems, it is a good idea to cover the basement walls with some sort of vapor barrier, tied to the perimeter drain to intercept and divert moisture from the walls to the sump pit. AquaGuard offers many options to cover your basement walls, from simple and affordable BrightWall panels, to insulated wall systems that will not only give your basement a finished or semi-finished look, they will make it more comfortable and help you save big on heating and cooling costs. To keep the Relative Humidity levels down to a safe 60% or less, AquaGuard Foundation Solutions offers the powerful ENERGY STAR® qualified SaniDry XP Dehumidifier. For a fraction of the cost of running a store bought model -- which can only dehumidify small rooms -- the SaniDry XP can effectively control moisture in areas of up to 3000 sq ft. With a double filtration system, it also rids the air of mold spores, dust mite pellets and other allergens and pollutants. Once you set the SaniDry, it will automatically monitor and control humidity year round while self-emptying into the sump pit. You will never have to worry about emptying trays or change settings.
In this video, Joe Rusk explains that one of main reasons for foundation drainage failure resides in the fact that conventional drainage systems- whether interior or exterior- are buried in dirt, surrounded by a bed of gravel. Over time, two things usually happen with these systems -- silt gets into the drainage pipes and clogs it, or mud clogs the bed of gravel making it difficult for the water to reach the pipe. AquaGuard Foundation Solutions installs the WaterGuard system, which is designed to sit under the basement floor but on top of the footing, away from the mud zone. Just like conventional systems, the WaterGuard will intercept the water before it enters the basement, and at its most frequent entrance point: the joint between the walls and floor. The WaterGuard can be fitted with service ports and when periodically serviced, it will never clog, for as long as your house stands. That's why we back it with a Transferable Lifetime Warranty! The water collected into the WaterGuard system is diverted to a sump pump system -- and the AquaGuard offers several options, with or without a battery operated backup pump, including the patented, award-winning TripleSafe system, with two backup batteries. The TripleSafe is simply the best sump pump system your money can buy, guaranteed to reduce the odds of a basement flood to statistical insignificance.
What makes a company like AquaGuard Basement Systems so unique? What makes them stand out from the local competition when it comes to foundation repair solutions? As Joe Rusks explains, what makes AquaGuard special is their commitment to understanding and diagnosing the problem, then permanently fixing it only with the best, most advanced foundation piering technologies available. "We don't go out with a pencil in the ear and eyeball it and say I think you need three or four". When a foundation repair specialist from AquaGuard goes to your home, he will thoroughly inspect and measure your foundation using different diagnosing procedures and tools. They will ask you several questions and document all the issues encountered. Then they will input all this data, specific to your home, into a state-of-the-art load calculating computer program that will help them determine precisely how many piers are needed, and how should they be spaced to achieve the best results. AquaGuard understands how important your home is to you, and when its structural integrity is at stake, there's no room for guess work. To learn more about all our foundation services, subscribe to our channel, visit our website or call for a free estimate!
https://www.aquaguard.net/| 1-888-479-1203 In this video, Tom DiGregorio, a local expert in crawl space and basement environments, explains why vented dirt crawl spaces are always so humid and moldy in Georgia. Tom explains that between 60 and 80 years ago, when many crawl space type foundations were being built, builders understood that ground water evaporation was the main source of moisture problems in these spaces. They assumed that by lining the ground with plastic to keep the water from evaporating into the crawl, the problem would be solved – and as an additional moisture control measure, they provided vents assuming that the air would thus circulate and help dry any residual moisture in the crawl. That was probably one of the worst assumptions ever made in the history of residential construction. Thanks to a better understanding of building science and of the laws of physics that govern the air flow inside an enclosed structure, we now know that the crawl space vents are not only ineffective to control crawl space humidity, but they actually aggravate the problem, especially during the hot and humid summers in Georgia. On a hot, muggy day, all the moisture present in the air is being carried into the crawl space through the vents. Once inside, the humid air will cool down and the relative humidity will increase by 2.2% per degree of change. A ten degree difference between the outside and the crawl space will cause a 22% increase in relative humidity, often reaching levels way above the 60% mark, the level at which mold starts to grow. The wooden structures will soak up the water and turn into a food source for mold and dry rot. Because the air in a home always moves upwards, the crawl space air will be sucked into the living areas, along with all the mold, foul odors and pollutants found in the nasty crawl space. Ducts running to the crawl will begin to drip with condensation, and the cold air within them will heat up as it passes through this hostile environment before it makes into the rooms it is supposed to cool. Your air conditioner will work much harder to keep you comfortable. During the winter, the cold air will get pulled into your home through the crawl space vents, and the air that you paid to heat will lose temperature as it passes through the freezing cold crawl – making your heating system burn more fuel to keep up. To learn more about crawl space problems and our four step solution, watch out crawl space videos, visit our website of contact us to schedule a free estimate.
Vented dirt crawl spaces in Georgia are a disaster waiting to happen. The hot, humid summer air can wreak havoc on the space under your house, and the vents that are supposed to help keep it dry are actually making the problem worse by bringing in additional moisture. In this video Joe Rusk goes over the four steps necessary to transform your nasty, moldy, and smelly crawl space into a dry, clean, and healthy area. By taking these four steps, you will be protecting your crawl space from dry rot and decay, improving indoor air quality and making most homes up to 18% more efficient. First, make sure there will be no water pooling under the house by correcting grading and improving drainage. AquaGuard offers drainage and sump pump systems that were developed specifically for crawl spaces. The second step is to completely isolate the crawl space from the ground and the outside air, and include it in the building envelope as a conditioned area. That process, known as crawl space encapsulation, involves lining the floor and walls with a 20mil vapor barrier. AquaGuard Foundation Solutions is the company that pioneered that technology in North Georgia and offers the most advanced crawl space liner available in industry: the CleanSpace Vapor Barrier. It is a 7 layer, UV treated 20mil liner with a built in antimicrobial layer to keep mold from growing in the treated area. The third step is to close and seal the crawl space vents to prevent exterior moisture from entering the crawl during the summer, and cold air from making your floors and rooms upstairs cold and drafty during the winter. The final step is to condition the space with a crawl space dehumidifier. AquaGuard offers ENERGY START® qualified SaniDry dehumidifiers. These energy efficient dehumidifiers are virtually maintenance free. Once you set the unit, it will automatically monitor and control humidity in the crawl space, and you will never have to worry about emptying trays. The SaniDry self-empties into the drainage system. To learn more about crawl space problems and solutions, watch our other crawl space videos, visit our website or contact us for a free estimate.
https://www.aquaguard.net/ | 1-888-479-1203 Meet Tom DiGregorio, owner of Aquaguard Foundation Solutions, and Atlanta's most reputable expert in "All Things Foundations!"™. AquaGuard Foundation Solutions has been providing foundation repair, basement waterproofing, and crawl space encapsulation services in North Georgia, serving the entire Atlanta Metro area, Marietta, Decatur, Alpharetta and Norcross. In this video, Tom and Joe address one of the most frequently asked questions concerning basement waterproofing. Why do previously dry basements suddenly start to leak? Joe explains that in order for a basement to be built, a hole must be dug in the ground and after the basement walls are built or poured, the gap around the exterior is backfilled. That backfill soil is loose and will never be as compact as the undisturbed portion of the terrain around it. As a result, it absorbs more water, which tends to pool next to the foundation walls, creating a high false water table. In industry, this is called the "clay bowl effect". In order to address that problem, builders install what is commonly known as French Drain, or Weeping Tile: lines of perforated PVC or corrugated pipes next to the footing. They are meant to collect ground water and divert it away from the foundation, usually using a sump pump, thus keeping the water from building up and entering your basement. When mixed with the ground water, silt, mud and debris also get into the pipes, and overtime, the drain tiles clog, rendering the system useless. That is the main reason why most basements that have been historically dry will suddenly start to leak. To learn more about wet basement problems and solutions, watch our other videos, visit our website, or contact us for a free, in-home inspection and quote.
Like many homeowners across the US, Ron Hazelton had a flooding basement which kept him awake during heavy rain periods. The problem was so serious that after each storm he had to use a mop and a floor sucker to get rid of the rising waters. After a particularly messy flooding episode, he decided that it was time to get the problem solved once and for all. He scoured the internet for companies providing state-of-the-art basement waterproofing solutions -- and found Basement Systems. Larry Janesky, the company's owner, came to inspect Ron's home. After a thorough evaluation, Larry was able to explain to Ron exactly what the problem was and what would be the perfect solution. Like many others with similar problems, Ron's basement was flooding because during heavy rains the ground around his house would oversaturate with water. Hydrostatic pressure would begin to build up and push water against the wall. Following the path of least resistance, the water would then find its way into the basement through its weakest spot: the joint between the foundation walls and floor. More evidence of this problem was found all over the basement walls, in the form of efflorescence. Efflorescence is a chalky, powdery substance that builds up on basement walls when mineral-saturated water infiltrates the concrete and then evaporates into the basement, leaving these mineral salts behind. The solution for this type of problem resides in relieving the hydrostatic pressure by installing an internal perimeter drainage system. The system intercepts water before it enters the basement, diverts it to a sump pump system, and then evacuates it out and as far away from the foundation as possible. Larry and his crew at Basement Systems installed a full perimeter WaterGuard basement drainage system, and a TripleSafe sump pump system with two backup pumps, so that Ron can rest assured his basement will stay dry no matter how heavy the rains – and even in case of a power outage! The unsightly, efflorescence stained walls were covered with BrightWall acrylic panels. These panels not only spruce up the look of the walls, they also act as a vapor barrier, and intercept any water coming through the concrete walls, diverting it to the perimeter drainage. Ron can now enjoy peace of mind and sleep soundly through storms, knowing that his basement now has the best protection against flooding available in industry! Basement Systems is the world's leader in developing basement waterproofing, basement finishing and foundation repair solutions. With over 20 years of success and unparalleled expertise, award-winning products, outstanding quality in customer care, and a dealership network of over 300 dealers across the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and Ireland, there's no better place to find the best solutions for basements, crawl spaces, and foundations. Visit our website or call to locate a dealer near you and schedule your free, in-home inspection.
With the winter fast approaching, Tom DiGregorio of AquaGuard Foundation Solutions discusses a few tips homeowners can do to keep the home a little warmer on those upcoming cold and wintry days. Tom starts off by explaining how traditional wood-burning fireplaces actually lose more energy than they produce. He suggests making a transition to gas logs and for longer term benefits a transition to natural gas or propane lit fireplaces. Tom also suggests sealing up all the leaky structures around the home, such as the windows and doors with caulk or foam to keep the conditioned air (that you pay for) inside the home for longer periods of time. Lastly, Tom talks about how living above an un-insulated crawl space can be a huge problem for homeowners because of the tremendous amount of energy that is wasted. He suggests encapsulating the crawl space to reduce your home heating and cooling costs, as well as improve the quality of the air circulating your home. Turn your energy leaking home into a cozy and comfortable environment with AquaGuard Foundation Solutions. They provide their award-winning and state-of-the-art home improvement services to residents all throughout Metro Atlanta, including Marietta, Decatur and other nearby cities of Northern Georgia.
How many leaks does it take to ruin a finished basement? The answer is only one. That’s why it’s important to use different materials in your basement than you would throughout the rest of the home. In this episode of “Tom’s Tips,” Joe Rusk, general manager of AquaGuard Foundation Solutions discusses basement flooring options. The basement environment is susceptible to things like water seepage, high humidity levels in the summer, and plumbing leaks. Water and moisture lead to mold, dry rot, and fungus that feast on organic materials like drywall and carpeting. This is why inorganic materials have become more popular for finished basements. AquaGuard uses inorganic flooring materials that are made to look and feel like traditional materials. There are a variety of inorganic flooring options available, including tile, carpet, and even wood flooring. When you finish your basement, make sure it only needs to be done once. With mold-resistant and waterproof flooring materials installed by AquaGuard, you won’t have to worry about your finished basement being ruined by a water problem. AquaGuard specializes in wet basement repair and complete basement finishing in Northern Georgia. Contact them for a Free Estimate!
In the coldest areas of the U.S., wintertime usually brings a load of potential wet basement problems to homeowners. To keep our basements dry year-round, we rely on drainage systems installed along our foundation perimeter to collect the water from rain, snow and other types of frozen precipitation. The water is then channeled to a sump pump to pump this water up and out of the home through a discharge line and direct this water as far away from the house as possible. Sometimes during the winter -- especially after a significant snow fall -- the end of the discharge pipe might be covered with snow and ice, and water may freeze inside the discharge pipe, clogging the system. When that happens, the water returns back into the sump pit, and the sump pump will continuously recycle the water without the ability to get rid of it. Eventually, the overwhelmed sump pump may be unable to handle the volume of water and burn out, causing the basement to flood. To prevent that catastrophe from happening, Larry Janesky and his team at Basement Systems Inc. developed the IceGuard discharge line extension. The IceGuard has a patented design with perforations to keep the water flowing out of the basement, even if the end of the pipe is clogged, thus preventing basement flooding. Basement Systems has been successfully fixing wet basements for well over 20 years, and using their accumulated experience to develop and perfect a full line of products designed to effectively and permanently solve all types of basement water problems. The IceGuard extension is just one of the many smart solutions designed to keep your basement dry and exclusively available to you through a dealership network of over 300 contractors across the U.S., Canada and U.K.
Welcome to the second Episode of the All Things "Basementy"! Video series. In this episode, Larry Janesky, owner and founder of Basement Systems, demonstrates the best way to insulate a crawl space. He shows how to make it not only energy-efficient, but also fully protected against high humidity and the typical moisture-related problems that plague millions of crawl spaces across the U.S. and Canada. Larry Janesky is not only a world's authority in crawl space environment, with over 20 years of experience in the field, but he is also the pioneer in the crawl space encapsulation industry, having developed the first and to date, the most advanced crawl space encapsulation system in industry: the revolutionary CleanSpace. The insulation method recommended by Larry is basically an evolution of the CleanSpace concept -- it is an all-in-one approach that includes the crawl space into the building envelope, by completely isolating it from the outside and from the ground. This approach offers superior thermal protection by preventing heat transfers through the walls and ground and curbing energy losses due to air leakage as well. It is also a better alternative for most crawl spaces than to simply insulate the floor above the crawl because it provides moisture protection for the entire space, not just the floor above it. After drainage was corrected with a crawl space drainage system and a sump pump system, the floor was covered with a drainage mat to allow the water to flow underneath and reach the drain tiles. The walls of the crawl space were then lined with SilverGlo rigid foam boards. SilverGlo is an extended polystyrene foam board infused with graphite that helps increase the material's R-Value up to 24%. The SilverGlo is also lined with a radiant liner on both sides. This silver lining acts as a vapor barrier keeping the moisture seeping through the walls from evaporating into the crawl. Inside the crawl, the silver lining also helps reflect heat back into the space. TerraBlock insulation boards were then used on top of the drainage mat, to prevent heat loss through the ground. The entire floor was then lined with the CleanSpace liner: a UV treated, puncture-resistant, multi-layered 20mil plastic liner with a built-in antimicrobial layer that will prevent mold growth. The clean space was then fastened to the walls and floor and thoroughly air sealed. This homeowner now enjoys a healthier and more comfortable home: no more humidity, mold and nasty smells from the crawl space during the summer, and no more cold drafts and cold floors during the winter. His energy bills are also much lower because without losing or gaining heat through the crawl, his HVAC system works more efficiently! Basement Systems and CleanSpace dealers have effectively treated and permanently fixed thousands of crawl spaces across the U.S.- we've been doing it longer than anyone else in industry! If you need help with your crawl space, trust the world's expert in All Things "Basementy"! Call or visit our website to schedule a free, in-home crawl space inspection and estimate! Want to learn more about basements and crawl spaces? Subscribe to our YouTube channel to be notified of all the upcoming All Things "Basementy"! videos!
http://www.basementsystems.com | 1-888-225-2603 Larry Janesky, owner of Basement Systems, Inc., is back with one more brand new episode of the All Things "Basementy"! video series. This time he's here to answer two questions that many homeowners have about rim joists and the often-overlooked need to insulate that part of the building to make homes more comfortable and energy efficient. The rim joist is the perimeter of your floor framing system. It is a long board that sits on top of the foundation walls, closing the floor flaming system. The floor joist is almost never insulated during construction and, for that reason, it can be a huge source of energy waste and make your home very uncomfortable. Heat gain or loss through the rim joist happens in two ways. There is heat transfer through the wood itself and there are air leakages because builders often drill holes in them for wires, plumbing and ducts, which leaves plenty of gaps for air to pass right through. In the winter, an uninsulated floor joist will make the floors above very cold and rooms feel very drafty. During the summer, due to a physics phenomenon known as the "stack effect," hot and humid outside air is sucked in through the rim joist and rises into the living space making your air conditioning work harder to keep your home cool. In this episode, after insulating this home's crawl space with a product called SilverGlo, Larry and his crew use the same product to insulate the rim joist. SilverGlo is an expanded polystyrene foam board infused with graphite, which increases the material's R-Value up to 24%. It is also lined with a radiant silver barrier, which reflects heat back into the crawl space or basement helping conserve energy. Before applying the SilverGlo, spray foam is used to seal all the gaps around wires, pipes and ducts. Then, pieces of SilverGlo are sized and cut to snugly fit between the floor joists and against the rim joist. Spray foam is used once again to air seal any gaps around the insulation board pieces. With an insulated crawl space and rim joist, this homeowner now can enjoy more a more comfortable home and substantial savings in his heating and cooling bills. Basement Systems dealers across the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Ireland have been helping homeowners permanently and effectively solve their basement, crawl space and foundation structural problems for over 20 years, and they are ready to help you too! Call or visit our website for a free, in-home inspection and quote. If you want to learn more about solutions for waterproofing, insulating or repairing foundation structural damages, subscribe to our YouTube channel to be notified of upcoming All Things "Basementy" Videos!
Welcome to Episode 1 of the All Things "Basementy" Video Series! In this series Larry Janesky, owner and founder of Basement Systems, Inc., will be talking about everything related to basements, foundations and crawl spaces: from basement waterproofing, to basement finishing, foundation structural repair... and nasty crawl spaces too! Basement Systems is the largest and most reputable basement waterproofing network in the world, with over 300 dealers across the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Ireland offering exclusive, patented and permanent solutions for wet and flood-prone basements, damaged foundations, and decaying crawl spaces. In this first Episode, Larry walks us through the process of waterproofing a leaky basement with stone walls. When people think about basement waterproofing, they think about conventional methods: exterior drainage (French drains) and exterior waterproofing coats. The problem with using conventional approaches to waterproof an existing home is that it would involve digging out the entire foundation. The excavation not only disturbs the landscaping, but also often requires removal of fixtures such as patios, porches, decks, sunrooms, sidewalks, and driveways. Row houses and homes with attached garages pose special challenges if you have to excavate the yard down to the footing as well. For that reason, Basement Systems, based on over 20 years of experience in foundation waterproofing and structural repair, developed and patented a full line of products as an alternative solution to conventional waterproofing methods. Some of these products were used to waterproof this home's leaky stone foundations. This stone-walled basement received a full WaterGuard internal drainage system, which was installed on top of the foundation footing and along the full perimeter of the basement walls. These drain tiles will collect ground water and a 4-inch PVC pipe will run the water to a TripleSafe Sump Pump System. The TripleSafe is a three-pump system that includes a powerful main pump, an electric backup pump, and a battery operated backup sump pump that will protect that basement in case of a power outage. While block and poured basements usually leak from the bottom of the walls and the joint between walls and floor, stone walls are irregular and have a lot of small gaps in the mortar joints that will allow water to leak into the basement from any point of the wall that is below grade. For that reason, the walls themselves need to be treated. This basement's walls were covered with the CleanSpace vapor barrier, a 20mil, puncture-proof poly liner that has a built-in antimicrobial layer to prevent mold growth. The vapor barrier was neatly tucked into the drainage system and will collect any water seeping through the walls, keeping it from leaking or evaporating into the basement. The homeowner now has a dry basement, and can even lean items against the walls without worrying about the possibility of them getting wet. If you have a wet basement, trust Basement Systems. Our dealers help over 50,000 homeowners permanently dry their basements each year, and we would like to help you too! Visit our website or give us a call to locate a dealer in your area, and schedule a free estimate! Did you like this video? Subscribe to our YouTube Channel for the upcoming All Things "Basementy" episodes!
The rising humidity can wreak havoc in a crawl space. This is because of the vents that were standard for older building codes. Warm air mixed with the moisture of the ground makes your crawl space the perfect factory for mold. Don’t be surprised if your floor joists and subfloors quickly become rotted. The old way of dealing with crawl spaces has really caused a lot of problems for homeowners. Fortunately, Aquaguard has the crawl space repair solutions you need.
Just because there is no standing water inside your home, doesn’t mean you don’t have a foundation problem. When soil is continuously shrinking and expanding due to on and off rain, a lot of hydrostatic pressure is put on the foundation walls. This can cause settlement issues, wall failure, and bowing floors. Water that builds up against a foundation wall will eventually find its way in. The value of your home is dependent on the condition your foundation. It’s important to keep an eye out for cracks and other signs of foundation problems.
On this edition of the Home Fix It Show, Dave Baker speaks with Tom DiGregorio about the spring rain weather and the affect it has on your home's foundation and basement. Red clay soil contracts when it's dry and expands when it's wet. After a heavy drout, rain can find it's way through certain paths to your basement that were never there before. Find out what can be done!
Dave Baker, host of the Home Fix It Show, is joined by Tom DiGregorio to go over the different ways you can be proactive against basement and foundation waterproofing. Tips include: managing your roof water by keeping your gutters clean, making sure the runoff is 10-15 feet away from the foundation, and more.
If you have a damp, moldy crawl space, Aquaguard Basement Systems can transform that nasty environment into a clean, dry and healthy space that saves you energy, eliminates mold and odors, and protects your biggest investment. Aquaguard has been repairing crawl spaces in Atlanta, Marietta and surrounding areas for over 16 years and is the area's exclusive CleanSpace Dealer. The CleanSpace Crawl Space Encapsulation System is guaranteed to eliminate moisture related problems in the crawl space, including mold and dry rot. With the CleanSpace Encapsulation System installed in your home you will experience improved indoor air quality and a more comfortable and energy efficient home! Call Aquaguard today, for your FREE, In-Home Inspection!
The soil around your foundation is like a sponge, expanding its physical attributes when wet and contracting them when dry. This type of manipulating pattern can exert an enormous amount of pressure on your foundation walls and eventually lead to structural problems. Overtime, soil movement this severe can cause your foundation walls to bow or crack. Some specific structural problems your basement may be experiencing are stair step cracks in cinderblock walls, horizontal cracks in poured concrete walls, as well as bowing and leaning walls. As with any kind of problem, if left untreated for too long, the condition may get worse and ultimately, compromise your homes structural integrity. If you live in Atlanta, Marietta or an area nearby, call Aquaguard Basement Systems at the first sign of foundation settlement! We have over 16 years of foundation repair experience and we offer wall repair technologies that can safely stabilize your foundation walls, often times, straightening those bowing walls back to their original position. We provide FREE cost estimates, a Transferable Lifetime Warrantee, and with our Price Assurance Guarantee, you don't have to pay more to get the best foundation repair company in Atlanta! Call Aquaguard Basement Systems today!
Sagging, warping, squeaking and uneven floors are a sign that the crawl space piers supporting your home are sinking. Soil composition, excessive moisture, and poor crawl space drainage can all play a part in this problem, which, if left untreated for too long can compromise your home's value and structural integrity. Other signs associated with crawl space structural problems may include sticky doors and windows and drywall cracks. Aquaguard Basement Systems has been fixing crawl spaces in Atlanta, Marietta and nearby areas for over 16 years! We are your local experts in All Things Foundation! We're Greater Atlanta's exclusive dealer of the SmartJack Crawl Space Support System. These engineered piers can quickly and safely lift your crawl space structure back to original position, and stabilize your home's foundation. You don't have to live with uneven, bouncy floors or a smelly, moldy crawl space anymore. Aquaguard Basement Systems is here to help. Call Today for a Free In-Home Inspection!
Noticeable cracks in your foundation walls and slab are tell-tale signs of serious foundation settlement issues and what's to come. Cracks in brick walls, drywalls as well as sticking windows and doors are other common signs of foundation settlement. If you notice any of these signs, call Aquaguard Basement Systems right away, for a free in-home inspection and estimate. We offer engineered foundation pier solutions that will stabilize and even lift your home's foundation back to its original position. When it comes to fixing foundation issues, we got you covered! We've been repair foundations in Atlanta, Marietta and surrounding areas for over 16 years, providing excellent customer service and state-of-the-art solutions to help homeowners just like you.
The soil around your foundation is like a sponge. It expands when it gets wet, and shrinks when it dries. This kind of constant soil movement can have devastating effects on your home's foundation, especially during long periods of rain or drought. Cracks in foundation walls, brick walls or drywall, sinking or unleveled floors, as well as sticking doors and windows are all signs of serious foundation problems. Foundation problems can greatly impact the value of your home, especially since they don't fix themselves, they always get worse. The longer you wait to fix them, the more complicated and expensive the repairs may become. If you notice signs of foundation problems, don't wait. Call Aquaguard Basement Systems today, for a free, no-obligation in-home inspection. We have over 16 years of foundation repair experience, serving homeowners in Atlanta, Marietta and surrounding areas. Our engineered solutions will put your home back on solid ground!
Are you tired of mopping and shop-vacuuming water out of your basement every time it rains? Aquaguard Basement Systems can transform your wet basement into a dry, healthy and functional storage space. Have peace of mind, knowing that your basement will be dry for as long as your house stands! Aquaguard Basement Systems is the exclusive Basement Systems Dealer in the Greater Atlanta area, providing their services to homeowners in Atlanta, Marietta, Decatur, Alpharetta, Norcross and surrounding areas. With access to over 24 patented technologies, Aquaguard Basement Systems can provide a custom and affordable design that offers your home a permanent solution for all your wet basement problems. Aquaguard offers a Transferable Lifetime Warranty for all of their waterproofing products and services, as well as a free, in-home inspections and estimate. When it comes to basement waterproofing or any type of foundation problem! Aquaguard Basement Systems has been helping homeowners like you for over 16 years! Don't wait! Call Today!
With half the state of Georgia currently experiencing a drought, Joe Rusk from AquaGuard Foundation Solutions explains that the company has seen a 25-30 percent increase in phone calls from homeowners dealing with foundation settlement and other foundation problems. It’s important to remember that foundation cracks aren’t just cosmetic and can lead to bigger foundation issues, so don’t wait, call a professional before the problems get worse! AquaGuard Foundation Solutions can fix any foundation problem, no matter how serious. We offer expert foundation repair and basement waterproofing throughout Northern George, including Atlanta, Marietta, Decatur, and all of Metro Atlanta. Call us today to schedule a free, no-obligation foundation repair estimate!
Everything you read on the Internet must be true, right? Wrong! AquaGuard owner Tom DiGregorio and TrustDale TV’s Dale Cardwell talk with Lee Heisman of Savant CTS about how to effectively search the Internet for a good basement waterproofing contractor or other service companies. They suggest researching the company and reading what customers are saying about them, look for before and after photos of foundation repair or basement waterproofing jobs, check referrals from the Better Business Bureau, and more. Read our customer reviews and testimonials and see what homeowners are saying about AquaGuard’s award-winning basement waterproofing and foundation repair services. We proudly serve Northern Georgia, including Atlanta, Marietta, and Decatur.
Tom DiGregorio, owner of Aquaguard Basement Systems was recently interviewed by Dave Baker, host of WSB News Talk Radio's popular "Home Fix It" Show. Aquaguard Basement Systems is an award-winning basement waterproofing and foundation repair company serving Metro Atlanta and nearby areas in North Georgia. Through a combination of unparalleled expertise, years of experience, cutting-edge foundation repair and waterproofing technologies, and emphasis on world-class customer service, Aquaguard won not only the trust of local homeowners and an A+ BBB Rating, but also 11 Consecutive Consumer Choice Awards for Business Excellence, and six straight 'Top Pick' awards by Home Reports. Aquaguard Basement Systems does not believe in "one-size-fits-all" solutions and has exclusive access to patented and award-wining products to custom design permanent solutions for all types of foundation problems, including foundation leaks, basement flooding, crawl space moisture and mold and all sorts of structural damage repair. The company provides a Transferrable Lifetime Warranty on products and services that is backed not only by their solid business reputation, but nationally by Basement Systems Inc., a company with over 20 years of experience in foundation repair and waterproofing, and its network of over 300 dealers across the US. You won't have to pay more to get the best! Aquaguard Basement Systems also offers a Price Guarantee, that will beat any competitor's quote on the same service.
Tom DiGregorio once again joins the Home Fix It Show, hosted by Dave Baker. Once the roof water is managed properly, what's next? Depending on how long ago the home was built, the foundation might not be waterproofed correctly - only damp proofed. Where do you go from there? Listen & find out!
Home automation is no longer just a thing of the future. Mike Collard of Ackerman Security explains that installing one of these “lifestyle enhancement” systems is now very affordable. For just a few hundred dollars, you can control your home’s lighting, locks, thermostat, and air conditioning all from your smartphone. Mike suggests starting off with only the features you immediately need, and then adding more as your budget allows for it. In this episode of TrustDale TV, AquaGuard’s Tom DiGregorio also offers tips for choosing the right home automatic contractor. Just like these automated systems can save you money on utility bills, AquaGuard Foundation Solutions offers cost-effective solutions for repairing your foundation and wet basement, saving you money in the long run. Contact us today to schedule a Free Estimate throughout Northern Georgia, including Marietta, Decatur, and all of Metro Atlanta.
AquaGuard’s own Tom DiGregorio chats with Bob Drew of Ecovie Rainwater Collection Systems about the benefits of capturing rainwater that falls on your roof, driveway or patio, and storing it underground or under your home. Rainwater can be used for irrigation, filling a pool, for toilet flushing, laundry, and even drinking water! Not only can collecting rainwater save you tons of money, or even eliminate your water bill, it also helps to prevent flooding, erosion, and foundation problems. At AquaGuard Foundation Solutions, we are all about finding new ways to help our customers save money! That’s why we offer affordable, quality basement waterproofing and foundation repair services that you can trust. Contact us today to schedule a Free Estimate throughout Metro Atlanta, including Marietta, and Decatur, and other parts of Northern Georgia.
Tom DiGregorio teaches listeners how to properly care for your home's crawl space. Encapsulating a crawl space can lower your energy bills, improve the air quality of your home, and allows you to use your crawl space for storage without the risk of mold growth.
When it comes to buying a sump pump, he says the first thing you should ask yourself is "Do you want your basement dry all the time?" That might seem like a silly question, but it is actually fundamental. A good working sump pump is your first line of defense against basement flood. The problem is that, although a good sump pump usually lasts for a long time, if you only have one pump you might wake up one day to an unpleasant surprise.
Whether you need a sump pump installation or a sump pump replacement, this comparison video will help you make an informed decision.
Larry Janesky of Basement Systems, Inc. reviews sump pumps and explains why Basement Systems and its dealers across 5 countries use Zoeller Pumps. Whether you need a sump pump installation or a sump pump replacement , watch this sump pump comparison video in order to make an educated decision on your sump pump.
Whether you need a sump pump installation or a sump pump replacement, this comparison video will help you make an informed decision.
When it comes to buying a sump pump, he says the first thing you should ask yourself is "Do you want your basement dry all the time?" That might seem like a silly question, but it is actually fundamental. A good working sump pump is your first line of defense against basement flood. The problem is that, although a good sump pump usually lasts for a long time, if you only have one pump you might wake up one day to an unpleasant surprise.
Fixing a wet, moldy crawlspace with the CleanSpace Crawl Space Encapsulation System.
Larry Janesky of Basement Systems, Inc., educates homeowners on how having a waterproofing system and sump pump effects a home that also has a radon system. There is a benefit to having a Basement Systems patented drainage and sump pump system vs. other waterproofing methods when it comes to having radon gas in a home.
Larry Janesky addresses basement windows and window wells. Replacing basement windows saves a lot of money in energy. Old, broken, drafty basement windows are a huge source of energy waste and should be replaced with energy efficient, rust-free windows.
We offer many options to waterproof or spruce up your basement walls, contact your local Basement Systems dealer for a free estimate on these and many other basement wall options we offer.
Successful basement waterproofing is a matter of understanding your needs and expectations. A professional basement waterproofing contractor will present you with all the different options and give you all the information you need to make an informed decision.
Larry Janesky speaks about basement mold problems and explains the role of basement dehumidifiers in keep you your basement dry, healthy and mold free.
Successful basement waterproofing is a matter of understanding your needs and expectations. A professional basement waterproofing contractor will present you with all the different options and give you all the information you need to make an informed decision.
We offer many options to waterproof or spruce up your basement walls, contact your local Basement Systems dealer for a free estimate on these and many other basement wall options we offer.
Larry Janesky addresses basement windows and window wells. Replacing basement windows saves a lot of money in energy. Old, broken, drafty basement windows are a huge source of energy waste and should be replaced with energy efficient, rust-free windows.
Larry Janesky of Basement Systems, Inc., educates homeowners on how having a waterproofing system and sump pump effects a home that also has a radon system. There is a benefit to having a Basement Systems patented drainage and sump pump system vs. other waterproofing methods when it comes to having radon gas in a home.
Fixing a wet, moldy crawlspace with the CleanSpace Crawl Space Encapsulation System.
Larry Janesky of Basement Systems, Inc. reviews sump pumps and explains why Basement Systems and its dealers across 5 countries use Zoeller Pumps. Whether you need a sump pump installation or a sump pump replacement , watch this sump pump comparison video in order to make an educated decision on your sump pump.
Dirt, vented crawl spaces are a source of so many problems, industry experts call them a "housing epidemic" . Basement Systems pioneered the crawl space encapsulation technology with CleanSpace Encapsulation Systems, proven to effectively control moisture in the crawl space, and prevent mold growth, and structural damage due to dry rot. Crawl space encapsulation also makes your home more energy efficient, helping you save money in heating and cooling costs!
Dave: We talked a little earlier, y’know, we haven’t had rain in like, since 1987. So, y’know, that’s good for my basement not leaking. I have Tom DiGregorio on the Home Fix-It hotline. How’re you doing today, Tom? Tom: Great, Dave. How’re you doing? Dave: I’m doing great. Y’know, Georgia seems to have even less rain then the rest of America does. We get less rain here. I guess some people got some rain yesterday, but we’re way behind in rain. So, that’s good for my foundation, right? Tom: Uh, no. That’s actually not good for your foundation. It may not, it may not leak but unfortunately what’s going on with these draught conditions, extended now and, according to Kirk Mellish, another six months it’s going to be abnormally warmer and drier. Which is creating a situation where the soils are so dried out now, that they’re literally pulling away from the bottom of the footing and the sides of the foundation walls and creating for more settlement problems. And the dirt doesn’t have the ability to hold the load of the home anymore. So, we’re getting settlement issues. And the other thing with this extreme heat, we’re getting very, very high humidity conditions now going into the Summer which is wreaking major havoc on crawlspaces…from mold growth to excessive energy bills trying to cool your home. So there’s a lot going on with these dry, humid conditions we have right now. Dave: It doesn’t sound like any of it’s any good. We’re gonna blame most of this on Kirk Mellish. Is there an even bigger problem, if we go, say, ‘til July with substantially less rain and then we have a, just a really wet July where it just soaks everything? Are we…are houses that haven’t leaked before more susceptible to leaking now? Tom: Absolutely. Because the soil is literally pulling away from the wall, it’s creating a natural, open path for water to get in. So, when we do get some inches of rain again, it is going to immediately push up against the wall, create, not only leaks but a lot of pressure especially on block walls that will cause them to bow and in some cases literally blow out,  if they’ve already been cracked and compromised. Water will then rush under the footing and, and literally cause some settlement issues ecause the whole situation is now becoming exacerbated with the heavy rains. Dave: Is the…is the weight of the dirt pushing against the foundation…that’s built into the calculation for building a foundation, right? Tom: No. Not really. I mean, you build the home according to code. But  nobody can account for the swelling and contraction of this, of this red clay that we, that we have all over Atlanta here. So…it’s something that you have to just kind of keep an eye out. Look for the symptoms and, of course we would be happy to come out and look. You’d want to be looking for cracks in your sheet rock, cracks in your brick veneer, floors that are unlevel, doors and windows that are sticking. If you have a crawlspace, it’s just that time of year where there’s such humidity conditions under the home, that it’s literally a haven for mold growth. So, all of that mold-infested air is coming right up into your home, creating lots of moldy and musty smells and unhealthy conditions. Dave: I just thought, I just figured that was part of the game for living in the South. That’s just,... you live down here, you take your chances. Tom: Well, you do. But it’s all correctable and you can create for a much more energy efficient situation, much more healthier environment for the occupants um, and the wood itself. Y’know, there’s just a lot going on right now. Dave: Yup. Even though there’s nothing going on right now, there’s a lot going on right now. And one good way to check, and this is where, Tom DiGregorio from AquaGuard who’s on the Home Fix-It hotlines…this is where you guys come into play because you can give AquaGuard a call today.  And you guys will come out and do free, a free little inspection on the foundation. As well as give estimates on the crawlspace work, right? Tom: Absolutely. If we come out, do an inspection, I don’t know if they mentioned or not, but we’re… have us out for a free inspection on anything you suspect may be an issue and we’re goihg send you to dinner on AquaGuard. We’ve got a fifty dollar… Dave: There you go. Tom: …gift certificate to one of the fine restaurants on restaurants-dot-com and just for having us out and letting you know whether you do or don’t have an issue and what your options are for repair if you do. Dave: Very good, Tom DiGregario. Other DJ: Hey Tom. Do we, uh…good question. Do we want it to rain or not? Tom: Well, we really do. I mean, we really do. We need it for all kinds of reasons. But uh, yeah, we need to start hydrating the soil. Obviously plant life needs it. And and we need to try to balance things out. But right now, we’re…I believe…at least a third below our average rainfall right now. And according to Kirk, it doesn’t look like it’s gonna get a lot better in the next three to six months.  So… Dave: Nope. Well, we, we gotta scoot but thanks for the update because I was curious. Y’know, you wouldn’t think, “Huh…no rain? It’s no problem.” But it is a problem and it can be a worse problem when the humidity sets in. We’ll talk more about the AquaGuard deal. Thanks Tom…Tom DiGregario from AquaGuard…for his update. It’s ten-fifty-one on your Saturday morning. It’s raining men… Tom DiGregorio reminds listeners that even though there is a 3rd of the rain fall, structural problems are correctable to create more energy-efficiency conditions in your home and prepare for any structural damage caused by the high humidity and very dry soil conditions. While the dry weather keeps basements dry, unfortunately there is additional stress on your home's foundation. Where the soil is so dried out, it will pull away from the footing, the sides of foundation walls, and might create settlement problems - where the dirt can't hold the load of the home anymore. With high heat and very high humidity conditions this will wreak havoc on crawl spaces with mold growth and excessive energy bills trying to cool your homes. Also, houses might be more susceptible to leaking if a big rain should come. Because the soil is pulling away from the wall, when there is some rain, the ground will push up against the wall to create leaks, and increased pressure on block walls causing them to bow and or blow out if they've already developed cracks.
On a recent airing of the Home Fix It Show with Dave Baker, Tom DiGregorio talked about expanding soils and the damaging effect on foundations. Dave Baker and Tom also answered questions from homeowners. One caller asked about building a home close to a flood plain. Tom outlined some important considerations for this caller, including building on stable soil, installing superior interior and exterior waterproofing systems. Another caller asked about a bowing and cracked wall in his basement. Tom proposed the easiest solution would be to use a Wall Anchoring system to prevent more inward movement. Over time, this solution can straighten and prevent any more bowing, all without having to excavate. Lastly, Tom explained that home owners should consider encapsulating their crawl spaces, especially with the humid months fast approaching! Most vented crawl spaces experience conditions of 70-80-90+ % relative humidity. AquaGuard has been encapsulating crawl spaces for a decade. Tom offers that it is one of the best whole house investments in the home: saving homeowners up to 20% on heating and cooling costs, preventing more mold growth, and eliminating nasty smells.
There are a number of disturbing signs a Georgia homeowner may encounter that indicate a foundation settlement problem in Decatur, Marietta, Atlanta. Cracks on the exterior of your home, cracks in drywall on interior walls, doors and windows sticking or not opening, and/or your chimney pulling away from your home are all issues that point to the same problem -- foundation settlement. Foundation Supportworks' Push Pier System is the right answer. Contact AquaGuard Foundation Solutions today for a free estimate on push pier system installation in Decatur, Marietta, Atlanta, Alpharetta, Lawrenceville, Sandy Springs, Norcross, Stone Mountain, Gainesville, Roswell, Athens, Duluth, Lithonia, Cumming, Douglasville, Rome, Woodstock, Acworth and the surrounding Georgia area.
AquaGuard owner Tom DiGregorio explains to TrustDale TV’s Dale Cardwell how dry weather can cause issues with the area’s clay-like soil and foundation problems in homes throughout Greater Atlanta. When the soil shrinks, it pulls away from the foundation, causing settlement, structural issues, and creates an opening for water to make its way into your basement. Signs of foundation problems include cracks in your home’s drywall, unlevel floors, stair-step cracking in the brick, and more. The hot weather also creates moisture in crawl spaces, causing mold growth that can seep into the home, structural issues, and high electric bills. Tom offers his recommendations when it comes to inspecting your foundation and preventing a smelly, musty crawl space. Contact us to schedule a free in-home inspection and estimate! AquaGuard Foundation Solutions provides award-winning basement waterproofing and foundation repair throughout Metro Atlanta and nearby areas in North Georgia.
Tom Di Gregorio, owner of Aquaguard Basement Systems, speaks to Consumer Investigator Dale Cardwell, from Trust Dale, about what makes his basement waterproofing company so good at what they do.
On the Saturday’s Home Fix It Show with Dave Baker, Dave took a call from a listener asking about her basement and foundation issues. After talking through the best methods for waterproofing and repairing her basement wall cracks, Dave mentioned AquaGuard specifically as a company to turn to. It turns out the listener had already called AquaGuard Foundation Solutions and had great things to say about her experience with the company. In fact, the salesman Burt had identified the same issues and suggested exactly the same waterproofing and basement repairs Dave Baker told the caller to do!
Listen to Tom DiGregorio talk about the extended drought conditions in the Greater Atlanta area and the effect on soils and foundation walls around your home. He explains the effects of tough drought conditions and the possible 'silent killer' signs that can point to a larger foundation problem. Tom encourages listeners to have a professional inspector come out to determine if it's something the homeowner should address.
AquaGuard Basement Systems is a basement waterproofing and foundation repair company serving the Atlanta Metro area, and they're licensed to install Basement Systems patented products and systems.
Tom DiGregorio of AquaGuard talks about basement waterproofing and crawl spaces on It's More Than a House, a thirty minute home improvement television program that spotlights topics of interest that every homeowner will find entertaining and useful. AquaGuard was featured on the show on Charter Cable in October 6th, 2007.
On Monday January 8th, 2007, Tom DiGregorio, the owner of AquaGuard Basement Systems, was called upon by Oakwood Homes, the project builder, to assist in refurbishing the Lake Arrowhead home of Faith Tipton-Smith and family, which was unveiled Thursday, January 18th, 2007. The show aired March 11th, 2007. View Part 1 here.
On Monday January 8th, 2007, Tom DiGregorio, the owner of AquaGuard Basement Systems, was called upon by Oakwood Homes, the project builder, to assist in refurbishing the Lake Arrowhead home of Faith Tipton-Smith and family, which was unveiled Thursday, January 18th, 2007. The show aired March 11th, 2007. View Part 2 here.
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