Common Sump Pump Failure Causes & How You Can Keep Your Home Dry

By:    |   Published July 31, 2020

Heavy rains can pour millions to billions of gallons of water in your area. All that water has to go somewhere, and it’s almost assuredly going to include your property. When water starts to reach your home, your sump pump kicks into action – pushing water out of the pit and away from your property. Sump pump failure happens often, and it leaves your home vulnerable to rapid intakes of water. read more

Indoor Air Pollution Sources & Solutions to Help You Breathe Easy

By:    |   Published April 14, 2020

We all know pollution is something to avoid, but to many, it’s a concept that only applies to big cities and the outdoors. Indoor air pollution is a real problem – and it affects as many as half of the homes across the United States! As we spend more time in our homes, we may get the feeling of needing to step outside for fresh air or a resurgence in allergy symptoms like sneezing. These may be signs of pollutants in your home, reducing the air quality and affecting your long-term health! read more

What Is Concrete Honeycombing? How Do You Repair It?

By:    |   Published March 25, 2020

Beekeeping has become a popular hobby. However, even if you’re an avid apiarist, the only place you want to see honeycombing is in your beehives. If honeycombing is discovered in the concrete of your foundation or other areas made of cement, it’s called concrete honeycombing and is worth inspecting to determine the severity and the potential danger it may cause your home. read more

Home Flood Protection Tips to Keep Your Basement Dry

By:    |   Published June 25, 2019

You flip the light switch and start down the basement stairs. Suddenly you freeze like a deer in headlights. The reflection of the basement light glares up at you off the several inches, or feet, of water covering everything in your basement. Your heart pounds in your ears and your stomach churns. Panic-stricken you turn the light off, wait a moment, and turn it back on. No, it’s not a dream, this is real – a real nightmare. Your basement is flooded. read more

Health Risks of Mold Exposure & How to Keep Your Home Mold Free

By:    |   Published January 24, 2019

There are thousands of species of the fungi commonly known as mold. Mold exposure, especially for those with asthma or mold sensitivities, poses a serious risk to your home and family. Everything from yourself, to your pets to even your belongings can be harmed due to mold exposure. So what exactly are the health risks of mold exposure? Let’s look at the impact of mold and how to keep your home mold free. read more

Protect Your Home from Water Damage with DIY Rain Gutter Repair

By:    |   Published April 26, 2017

Your gutter system is one of the most important parts of your home. Unfortunately, it’s one of the most common things that homeowners forget about until there’s a problem. Don’t let out of sight be out of mind – when your gutter isn’t functioning correctly, it could mean major damage! While waterproofing your basement is a good start, damaged gutters can affect your home’s siding and even the roof if not corrected in time.

Performing your own rain gutter repair is often a lot easier than you expect, even for novice DIYers. Find out the most common gutter and downspout problems and how to fix them from EverDry Toledo!

Common Gutter Problems & Solutions

Clogged & Obstructed Gutters

One of the most common problems with rain gutters is clogging. Over time, debris builds up in your gutters and prevents water from flowing properly. In severe cases, it can even dam the flow of water completely, which puts your roof at risk for damage.

How to Repair It: While clogged rain gutters are common, they are fortunately easy to fix. Depending on the size of your house, all you may need is a ladder and a pair of gloves. Simply go around each section of the gutter, removing debris and inspecting it for possible damage.

Most homeowners will only need to do this about once per year, and spring is one of the best times to do it – not to mention some other important outdoor maintenance. However, if your house is surrounded by one or more trees, you may want to consider cleaning you gutters a few times each year. The more trees that can drop leaves or branches into the gutters, the quicker the buildup can hit critical mass.

It may also be worth investing in a gutter guard that helps prevent debris from entering your gutter in the first place. This doesn’t mean you never have to clean your gutters again, but it can help keep them flowing better between cleanings.

Leaks, Holes, or Deterioration

Your gutter is made up of multiple sections that are sealed or connected with gutter joints. Over time, no matter how they are joined together, the connection will deteriorate. Even well maintained gutters can sometimes suffer physical damage that opens holes or gaps. This results in leaking that drops water right against your siding or foundation.

How to Repair It: There are two ways to fix a leaky gutter. If the leak is coming from a tiny hole, such as one the size of a nail head, all you need is a little caulk. Silicone or gutter caulk can seal the leak without any additional help. Just make sure the gutter is free of any debris before you begin.

If the leak is much larger, you may need to use metal flashing to patch your gutter. Many home improvement stores sell gutter patch kits. Even if you can’t find a kit, you can create a patch by using tin snips to cut out metal flashing and using sealant to glue it in place.

Downspout Draining Too Close to House

A perfectly functional gutter system can be ruined by a downspout draining improperly. It’s important to make sure that the end of the downspout is taking the water an appropriate distance away. If it’s not, all the water caught and flushed away by the gutters will come right back.

Drainage plays a significant factor in the health of your home’s foundation read more

How to Prevent Allergens and Mold in the Basement

By:    |   Published March 22, 2017

If there was one place in your home that is most likely to cause allergy flare-ups, it’s your basement. Due to the high humidity, basements make excellent hosts for the most common home allergens. It’s surprisingly common to find mold in the basement, making it one of the most likely triggers for allergy symptoms or respiratory issues in a house.

That means you need to allergy proof your basement, and you’ll need to know where to start. EverDry Toledo can help! Read this list to learn the steps you can take to reduce your chances developing mold in the basement.

#1. Use a Dehumidifier

Excessive moisture creates the ideal environment for mold in the basement and dust mites. By reducing the moisture levels, you can make it difficult for them to thrive in your basement. When using your dehumidifier, you’ll want to aim for 35-45% relative humidity. Higher humidity is what promotes molds and dust mites, but if the humidity is too low it can promote viruses.

#2. Improve Ventiliation with the E-Z Breathe System

The E-Z- Breathe System can improve your air quality with no regular maintenance required.  Once installed, this unit protects your home from poor air quality, as well as molds, toxins, and allergies. Learn more about improving your home’s atmosphere with the E-Z- Breathe System.

#3. Immediately Remove Mold in the Basement

This may seem obvious, but even the tiniest bit of mold needs to be removed as soon as possible. Never let the problem get out of hand and you can save yourself a lot of trouble down the road.

While some people believe musty smells are typical for basements, they’re not – they’re only a strong indicator of mold or mildew. Just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it’s not there! The moment you think you notice the smell of mildew or mold in the basement, identify the source and remove it.

#4. Replace Carpeting

Wall-to-wall carpeting may look nice in your basement, but it can absorb a lot of moisture over time. To prevent allergens, consider basement floor options like cement, slate, or linoleum. There are plenty of ways to keep your floor looking great without the need for carpet – and almost any other option reduces your risk of promoting mold in the basement.

#5. Fix Plumbing Leaks as Soon as Possible

Small leaks can be dealt with on your own with the right DIY knowledge, but sometimes the small problems are indicators of a bigger issue. It’s always best to call a professional to safely deal with any plumbing issues before they become disasters. Take every leak or break seriously, as water can quickly cause damage that requires costly repairs.

#6. Fix Cracks in the Foundation Immediately

It’s critical that you keep the foundation secure. A small crack inside of the foundation often means more cracks on the outside – and these all lead to water seepage that can not only foster basement allergens, but also cause severe damage to your home or property. If you notice cracks, contact us and we may be able to help prevent further leaks with

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Healthy Homes and Support for the Make-A-Wish® Foundation of Ohio

By:    |   Published January 25, 2017

At EverDry Toledo, we believe that we have a responsibility to not only serve our customers with quality products and services, but also to be a part of our community. We know that the service we provide is about more than a dry basement; it’s about making sure your home, the air you breath, and your family are safe and healthy. That’s why it is important to us to provide quality service and support many local charities like the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Mom’s House, Beach House, and more.

Moisture Can Lead to Indoor Air Pollution

Water in your basement can be hazardous to your health. Moisture is the key ingredient to indoor air pollution, according to the EPA. Unfortunately, a leaky basement provides an excellent environment for mold growth.

If you have moisture or water in your basement, it may be from a crack in your foundation. Team EverDry is here to help keep your family safe from unsafe air quality!

Contact us for a free 20-Point Inspection and quote and, in addition to helping you, we’ll also help the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

EverDry Toledo Will Donate $50 to Make-A-Wish® For Each New Estimate

The Make-A-Wish Foundation is the premier wish-granting foundation for children with life-threatening diseases, helping to make their dreams come true. At EverDry Toledo, we have been helping area children through the Make-A-Wish Foundation for 20 years and truly blessed with the new friends we’ve made.

In 2017, we are excited once again to assist this outstanding organization! For each new customer quote, EverDry Toledo will donate $50 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Ohio. Help us help those families in our community that are hurting.

Watch our announcement video. read more

When Water is Coming into Your Basement, Who Should You Call?

By:    |   Published January 25, 2017

Some surprises are great – like finding $20 in your coat pocket. Others – like finding water in your basement – not so much. If you’ve discovered water in your basement and you’re not sure where it came from, who should you call for help – a plumber or a foundation repair expert? The answer to that mystery can probably be deduced from a few simple questions.

Where is the Water Located? read more