What if we told you the Cat in The Hat works for us? Crazy right? Yes…yes, of course it’s crazy.
Attention bikers and community supporters: EverDry Toledo is organizing our 2nd Annual Ride & Rally Poker Run on Saturday, June 2, 2018 to benefit the Miracle League of NW Ohio. Help us help this worthy cause by donating or participating.
Who is the Miracle League of NW Ohio?
The Miracle League of NW Ohio provides opportunities for children and adults with disabilities to play Miracle League baseball. They strive to provide special needs adults and children the opportunity to experience the joy and benefit that come from playing our nation’s pastime – baseball.
The Miracle League of Northwest Ohio is working on raising funds to enhance and provide handicap accessibility to the field in Northwood, Ohio. Learn more about this amazing group at http://www.mlnwo.org/.
What Exactly is this Event?
The Ride & Rally Poker Run has two components.
- The Ride: Motorcycle participants will begin at EverDry Toledo on Centennial Rd. where they will register and select the first card of their poker hand. From there, motorcyclists will begin the ride to the destination, stopping at three additional locations along the way to select their remaining cards. The final card will be selected at the destination, the American Legion #468 hall in Sylvania. Prizes will be awarded for the best poker hand, the 2nd best hand, and the worst hand.
- The Rally: Non-riders will rally with motorcyclists at the American Legion #468 hall in Sylvania beginning at 2:00 pm for a family-friendly event including live music, food & beverages, a 50/50 raffle, and LOTS gift raffles.
Ride & Rally Poker Run Event Details
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
Types of Soil
Soil shifts and moves over time often as a result of how it handles moisture and the climate — including the freeze / thaw cycle. As soil shifts, it changes the support around your foundation, which can lead to cracks. And it’s those cracks that can allow in moisture and maybe even some pests.
Each type of soil is comprised of different properties that have various effects on the bedrock of a home. Soil with good structure is going to be more stable. The way in which soil handles wetting and drying cycles is also an important consideration, as expanding soil can put unwanted pressure on foundations and soil that retains too much moisture can cause the foundation to weaken.
Here are the most common types of soil and how they measure up:
Peat: Usually dark in color, peat is easily compactable because it holds a great deal of water, which makes it prone to shifting. This is not ideal soil for a foundation.
Clay: Because it’s made up of tiny particles, clay shrinks significantly when dry and expands when it’s moist. The extreme changes can put pressure on the foundation, which opens the door to potential cracks.
Silt: Usually smooth to the touch, this type of soil tends to retain water longer and drains poorly. This can push against and weaken foundations when wet.
Sand / Gravel: A better choice than peat, clay or silt, sand / gravel drains easily and does not retain moisture because it’s made up of larger particles. However, when wet, these particles can be washed away leaving gaps around the foundation.
Loam: Typically, a combination of sand, silt and clay, loam is an ideal soil type for supporting foundations, as it is able to maintain water at a balanced rate.
Rock: The strength and stability of rock makes it a great choice for foundations. However, it can be difficult to dig into, and homeowners should be sure the rock is level before constructing the foundation.
Improving Drainage Around Your House
Whether your home is resting on stable or not-so-stable soil, water drainage is an important part of maintaining the life of a foundation. Poor drainage can cause problems like water in the basement or structural damage, while proper surface drainage can lead moisture away from your home ultimately protecting the precious foundation. Here are some things you can do to ensure better drainage.
Roof gutters and downspouts: Gutters should be kept free of debris and direct water to downspouts that carry it away from the foundation. Be sure they’re draining at least six feet away from the home — downspout extensions can help!
Sufficient grading: Check to see if dirt is graded away from the home. Housing codes have various requirements, but it’s helpful if the ground slopes away from the foundation for a distance of eight feet or more.
Basement windows: Sometimes debris and water can collect near basement windows, so be sure to provide adequate drainage to the foundation drain.
Sump pumps remove excess water from around your basement and are best for minor amounts of groundwater. Ensure your sump pump is in good, working condition and consider a battery back-up.
Install foundation drains: This repair consists of removing portions of existing basement slab, installing new drains directing water to a sump pump and then installing new slab. Learn more about basement waterproofing options from EverDry Toledo.
Schedule a Free 20-Point Inspection
If you have questions about your foundation or would like to schedule an inspection to ensure the base of your home is in good shape, EverDry Toledo can help with a FREE 20-point basement inspection! We’ll help you pinpoint the source of the moisture problem. If it’s foundation-related, our waterproofing solutions can make your basement dry, healthy, and comfortable.
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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.
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Where is the Water Located?
Designed by Artonic, a Michigan web design and marketing agency, EverDry Toledo’s new website is custom built from the ground up, ensuring a unique experience for all who visit! The website is easy-to-use and loaded with information. Our design was created around our logo, vehicle wraps, and our owner’s vision for the website.
Some of the features on our website include:
- Detailed information about the services we provide, which include basement waterproofing, foundation crack injections, and wall stabilization.
- Easy-to-read, educational information that answers common customer questions.
- Online forms to request a quote, schedule an appointment, or receive a free basement inspection. Current customers can easily make a payment for a warranty renewal, too!
- The EverDry Toledo Blog will feature helpful articles about basement waterproofing, tips for homeowners, and ways to solve common basement problems. What would you like to see on our blog? Share your ideas in the comments section below!
About EverDry Toledo
Since 1986, EverDry Toledo has served the communities of northern Ohio and southeast Michigan, and is proud to be one of America’s premier foundation repair contractors! EverDry Toledo consistently wins awards, such as EverDry Location of the Month, EverDry Location of the Year, HBA Associate of the Year, and many others.
But our most important contribution is to our community. EverDry Toledo Gives Back chronicles our Community & Charity Involvement – things that are close to our heart. Our charity work allows us to support the individuals who make up our community, which is what EverDry Toledo is all about!
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