May 22, 2021

Expert Tips on Roof Replacement & Sump Pumps

Planning the installation of a new roof or sump pump? Here’s the must-know information our COO, Andy Lindus and Jesse Trebil, owner of Safe Basements of Minnesota, shared on a recent program.

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Expert Advice from Andy Lindus

Before committing to a home improvement project, there are several key pieces of information homeowners should research.  There are many online resources, such as homebuilders associations and the Better Business Bureau, that provide information about the reputation of a contractor.  

Once you’ve narrowed down your list, ask to speak with past customers and ask them questions about their experience.  Beware of any contractor that has the quick ability to start your project.  Quality contractors can be booked out weeks or even months due to their popularity and how long it currently takes to get high-end materials.

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When hiring a roofing contractor, it’s important to understand all of the parts of the roofing system they will be installing.  These components and how they are installed are critical to the lifespan of the roof.  Some roofers use felt underlayment.  While this meets code, there are better options available.  Tiger Paw™ and Deck‑Armor™ are both choices that better stand the test of time.  It’s also a good idea to ask your contractor where the ice and water shield will be going to ensure it’s going around chimney flashing and vents.

In the months, windows with foggy glass panes do not need to be fixed immediately.  However, a reputable contractor should address the issue prior to winter.  Depending on the manufacturer, it may be possible to just have the window sash fixed instead of replacing the whole window.  This is easier than replacing just the glass pack. Windows with fogging in the glass indicate that the window spacer system has failed.  The window no longer has argon or krypton gas within the panes because it has escaped.

Expert Advice from Jesse Trebil

Elevated levels of radon gas and mold within a home can pose a significant health risk.  Access points for mold and radon include open sump baskets and cracks around a home’s foundation.

Homeowners with sump pumps should keep a careful eye on them to make sure they do not become air locked.  When they do, the basket can overflow.  To troubleshoot this issue, a tiny hole must be drilled in the PVC pipe below the check valve.  This prevents future air locking.

Sump pumps should be checked every spring before heavy rainfalls commence.  A cheap sump pump will only last a few years while a quality system can last over a decade.  The lifespan of a sump pump greatly depends on how often it is used.

For more information about our roof replacement services, contact us today. Our team of professionals is ready to serve you.

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"I have used Andy Lindus and his crew for several home improvement projects and they have always done top notch work and have never failed to please. They have proven they do quality work that they stand behind. Their latest project for me is installing Glenwood Class 4 Shingles for which I have received a discount on my homeowners insurance premiums."

Linda E.
Bloomington, MN
August 14, 2023

"We are very happy with the gutter and roofing project at our home. It took only two days for the complete roofing (with lifetime shingles) and underlayment project!  The next day the gutter crew came out and completed our 163 feet of LeafGuard® Gutters.  Everyone was friendly knew their job! They were a well-oiled machine."

David S.
Stillwater, MN
May 19, 2023

"We had great service. We appreciated the great team that came out.  Thank you, Lindus."

John H.
Maplewood, MN
May 15, 2023

"Jordan’s response time to each communication was prompt and efficient. The actual repair job Micah & Trevor completed surpassed our hopes and resulted in a better looking project than we’d even anticipated! We will be calling Lindus Construction first if the need for a contractor comes along again. We’d highly recommend them."

Julie I.
Excelsior, MN
May 10, 2023

"Jake Calleja is knowledgeable and customer focused. He does not try to sell you something you do not need."

Mary R.
St. Paul, MN
May 9, 2023

"The roofers did an excellent job, so did the gutter people.  I was very impressed with your help to get it all done.  Thank you!"

Nancy N.
Crystal, MN
April 19, 2023
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