Nov 02, 2020

Protecting Your Home from Water Infiltration & Radon

Our team answers homeowner questions every weekend on WCCO 830 AM from 9:00 am-10:00 am.  Have your most pressing home improvement questions answered by calling 651-989-9226 or texting 81807. Here’s the must-know information our Jesse Trebil, owner & operator of Safe Basements of MN shared on 10.31.20.

Radon is a radioactive gas that is harmful to breathe that can be emitted from the soil. The best time to test for radon is in the winter or summer when your home’s furnace or air conditioner are running.  In homes with an open dirt crawlspace, when the heat is turned on, the heat rises and pulls negative pressure in the crawlspace and it sucks the radon out of the soil, which can create unsafe levels of radon within a home.  At times, encapsulating the crawlspace can eradicate the radon issue.  To accomplish this, a heavy plastic reinforced liner is used to wrap the entire crawlspace to ensure no air can come out of the soil.  However, if that does not work, a sub-slab depressurization system may need to be used.

Here’s an example of a radon detector used by a home inspector.

Another area of the home vulnerable to high radon levels is the sump pump area.  Water finds the lowest level and seeks the path of least resistance.  A drain tile system is designed to drain water to your sump basket, a low spot, so it can be drained out.  Because the water is being extracted from the dirt, a basement air conduit is created, with all air being dumped into the sump basket.  This makes it critical to have a sealed sump basket in order to prevent an entry point for radon gas.

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When building a home, homeowners can choose been an array of foundations, including poured wall and block.  While both work well, it’s important to have a water management strategy in place.  Within 10 years of a home being built, dirt around the home’s exterior can begin to sink, allowing water to sink in, rather than be channeled away.  It’s important to keep the grade up and use quality gutters.

LeafGuard® gutters are certified to handle over 32 inches of rain in an hour.

If you have a persistent issue with a wet basement, know that there are solutions available to eradicate the situation.  It’s vital that the soil that your concrete floor is sitting on is dried out completely.  To do this, the water table must be lowered about eight inches below the floor.  This is done through the installation of drain tile.  This provides a safe path for water to be delivered to the sump basket, rather than saturate the dirt.


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"Lindus installed LeafGuard® gutters for me. The crew was fast, efficient, friendly, and there were no surprises along the way. My heavily treed lot was previously a huge headache with clogging gutters, and I haven’t had a single such issue since. I am very pleased!"

Gary S.
Independence, MN
November 9, 2020

"So happy. Our LeafGuard® was installed yesterday and so very happy. Thanks to our amazing friends. Also the very nice installers, Micah and Brandon. Thanks!"

Wayne T.
Danbury, WI
October 13, 2020

"Exceptional. I had a company install a new covered gutter over my garage back in 2008. The cover was too high, so the water never reached the gutter and it just pooled. I was unaware until the side of the garage started rotting. I had that repaired and had the cover removed from the gutter. Well I decided that it’s not safe for me to climb ladders anymore so I called Lindus to install  LeafGuard®. They replaced more of the rotten wood underneath the old gutter, sealed up the area and installed the gutter at no extra charge. I had Lindus install LeafGuard® on the rest of our house 30 years ago. They still work great."

David P.
Minneapolis, MN
September 27, 2020

"Lindus Construction did a fabulous job in all areas of purchasing and installing my LeafGuard® gutters. The workmen were efficient, professional, and willing to answer any questions I had during the installation. I did have one area that I felt needed to be redesigned and they were more than accommodating to make this happen. A supervisor showed up with a technician and they both agreed that the redesign would make a lot of sense. They completed the work without any hesitation and the results looked fabulous. I would recommend Lindus Construction to anyone who is considering buying and having Leaf Guard gutters installed. I love my new gutters!!"

Janine S.
Apple Valley, MN
September 18, 2020

"We contracted Lindus Construction to install LeafGuard® gutters and from the proposal through the install completion, it was a very pleasant experience! All staff were courteous, knowledgeable, skilled, and efficient - great work ethic by all!  They also did a great job on clean up - nothing for us to do, except enjoy our new carefree gutters! Thanks to Evan, Kyle and the two man crew that did the install! "

Ted & Pauline A.
Oakdale, MN
September 18, 2020

"Lindus was a great company to work with! My sales rep. Dylan, stayed in communication with me and offered suggestions and samples for my LeafGuard® system. Brett completed the installation and did a fabulous job! I would highly recommend Lindus Construction. They are professional and completed everything in a timely manner!"

Jennifer B.
Elmwood, WI
July 31, 2020
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