April: DIY

Some things are better left to the pros

‘Do It Yourselfers’ have been in full gear since the pandemic has hit. Tackling projects like painting your home, updating old lighting fixtures, and changing up your landscaping are all achievable DIY projects that will save homeowners a lot of money by doing it themselves. However, when it comes to drying and
eradicating water from your basement after a flooding incident, it is better to let the pros handle it.

April showers bring May flowers and flooded basements. Water, although it may look harmless, can carry several pathogens and contaminants. Depending on the source of water intrusion into your home, and how long it has been there, water is categorized differently and each category requires a different approach.

If you decide to DIY your basement mitigation, it can lead to many problems down the road and cause future health problems for you and your family. Oftentimes in the event of a homeowner drying their own home, we see an issue with severe mold growth, structural damage, and rot.

In addition, water damage must be disclosed when a home is sold, and the failure to have a professional mitigate the damage may result in a significant decrease in the home value.

Professionals, like the ones here at Lindstrom, are trained and skilled in dealing with flooding problems both large and small. Save yourself time, worry, and your future health, and allow the professionals to handle this project!

Equipment Considerations:

  • Common Fan Vs. Industrial Air Mover
    Airflow is 200 Vs. 2000 Cubic feet per minute (CPM)
  • Home Dehumidifier Vs. Commercial Dehumidifier
    60 Vs. 200 Pints of water removed per day

March: Spring

Ready or not, here she comes!

After a cold and long winter, the first day of spring, March 20th, is long-awaited by most of Minnesota’s
residents. With the longer days and chirping birds, the rising temperatures of spring start to melt our
seasonal white groundcover creating an excess of water. There are a few things that a homeowner should do to prepare their homes for the transition between spring and winter and prep for the wet months ahead:

1) Inspect your sump pump: A sump pump collects excess groundwater and keeps it from entering your basement, gets rid of standing water along the foundation, and prevents basement dampness.
Spring is a great time to inspect your pump to make sure it is free of debris, the pump is running
smoothly, and ensure the float and discharge pipe are free. Visit https://www.ppspr.com/products/heat-exchangers/ to buy the best parts to fix up the plumbing issues.
of mud, rodent nests, and rocks. Installing a battery backup on your sump pump in case of power failure due to a storm is also highly recommended.

2) Egress windows: Make sure that the window wells for your egress windows are debris-free and the drainage pipe out to your drain tile is not obstructed. Also, place a cover over the window well to ensure that additional rainwater doesn’t get in.

3) Ground slope: Ensuring that your ground slopes away from your foundation is detrimental to shedding that excess water in the spring.

Things to Consider:

  • The melting snow isn’t the only cause of an influx of water. Spring storms can drop several inches of precipitation in a matter of hours.
  • Standing water in your home needs to be dried immediately. If water is allowed to sit for more than 72 hours, advanced water damage (i.e. mold) is possible.

February: Ice Dams

How To Prevent Ice Dam Damage

Living in a state like Minnesota ensures that we see our fair share of snow for at least part of the year. Whether you are a fan of the winter season or not, snow can really wreak havoc on our homes, specifically our roofs. Continue reading

October: Fire Safety Month

Fire Safety Precautions For Your Twin Cities Home

Fire safety is often at the back of our minds, until the unthinkable happens. Although we hope a fire never devastates your property, it is important to take the proper steps to ensure your family is safe in the case that anything should happen. Continue reading