Archive for February, 2009

Spring Thaw

Monday, February 16th, 2009

When I hear the humm of the sump pump, it is usually during or shortly after one of our summer thunderstorms. Winter isn’t the time of year that we typically think to check our sump pumps and drain tile systems.  We just went through our first “thaw”. We still have many inches of frost and when the snow starts to melt, the water is going to take the path of least resistance. There are a few things that we need to keep an eye on.

The first one is the grade of our landscaping right next to the house. If the grade is not sloped away from the house, the water will pool at the side of the house. There may be some plantings that have settled and will pool water. The heat in our basements keeps the foundation warm and often times the ground right next to the house is not frozen. The water will find it’s way down to the foundation. If there is a drain tile system in place, the water will flow into the sump basket and should be pumped back outside. This leads us to our next item.

Second, check the length of pipe, or flexible hose, that extends from the sump pump to the outside of the house. This pipe needs to carry the water away from the house. If the pipe is too short and just dumps the water right outside of the house, it is going to go right back into the drain tile system and will only add to the stress on the  pump. Also, check to make sure that the pipe is free of any blockages and the water can flow freely away from the house.

The third item to keep an eye on is the gutter system. The gutters are going to help keep the water from the roof away from the foundation of the house. If the gutters are filled with ice, they can’t do their job. We don’t suggest that you climb around on an icy roof, but if the weather is warm enough to melt snow, the ice in the gutters won’t last very long either. Check the downspouts and make sure that they are all connected. The extensions at ground level are just as important as the exit pipe for the sump pump. Sometimes these extensions are removed in the summer (to make the lawn mowing a little easier) or are too short to start with. Make sure the extensions are connected and are carrying the water away from the house.

These are just a few tips to keep the water out of your basement. If the water does manage to make it into the basement, make sure to get it dried up as soon as possible. This will keep any mold or mildew to a minimum.

Sass  Sales & Design

Sass is Honored by Award

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

Chris Blanchard, Sales & Design and Pete DenBoer, Production Manager were honored to accept, on behalf of  Sass Construction, the 2009  Remodeler of the Year Runner Up award at the annual Builders Association of the Twin Cities (BATC) recognition ceremony.  This is the second year in a row Sass has been the recipient of this award which “recognizes companies that demonstrate the highest level of professionalism in their businesses.  It is based upon evaluations of trust, communication, loyalty, and ethics in business dealings.”  One of our long time vendors, Shaw Stewart Lumber, received the award for Associate of the Year Runner-Up.  Nice job guys!  Recipients are voted on by others in the industry and we appreciate the acknowledgement from the people we  do business with on a day to day basis.

Advice From The Experts

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

This entry is from Carolyn at Jerry’s Floor Store:

Is your wood floor looking dull, tired, and slightly scratched; but you would like to put off the floor refinishing for a bit longer?  Unsure which product will do the job but not damage your wood?  Bona, a leader in wood care, has a product that might be your answer.  Bona Refresh is a specially formulated water based urethane refresher for all unwaxed, polyurethane wood floors.  It dries in 1 hour.  Furniture can be replaced in 24 hours.  It restores a gloss and shine to polyurethane floors.  It will last for 6 to 12 months, depending on home traffic.  It fills in the small scratches and is easy to apply by the homeowner.   We advise that you use a special wool like applicator in order to get the best streak free finish.  A cautionary note is that where you are down past the poly finish to the bare wood, the refresh coat will not adhere.  Bona has excellent application instructions and is safe to use with pets and children in the house.   Refresh is non-toxic, water based and environmentally friendly.  It is Greenguard certified for indoor air quality. 

Floors that need more than just a touch-up to  look their best will probably require sanding and refinishing.  This can be a 3-5 day process requiring the family to spend a few nights away from home.  Why not combine the floor sanding project with an already scheduled summer vacation?   Jerry’s Floor Store will give you a complimentary estimate and reserve your refinishing appointment.  Jerry’s Floor Store has a full line of wood flooring, carpet, tile, natural stone, granite countertops, quartz countertops, and solid surface countertops. 

Carolyn Manhatton

Jerry’s Floor Store /952-401-0955