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Join us at the 2017 Realtors Home and Garden Show

March 24 – 26 & March 29 – April 2 at the Wisconsin Expo Center and State Fair Park in West Allis.

Whether it’s adding a little curb appeal or reconfiguring your kitchen, the sky’s the limit to what the Realtors Home and Garden Show can help you imagine. With over 350 home and garden experts under one roof, you’ll find the best tools and inspiration to put the sparkle back in your nest.

   Come and visit us!
We will be in booth 1121!

A Guide to Tuckpointing (And Why You Should Care)

  Bricks give a unique appearance to houses, buildings, and other structures. Yet, when homes are exposed to harsh weather conditions such as freezing temperatures and significant rain, nature’s elements can take their toll on the mortar between the bricks. Mortar joints can give way due to excessive moisture, and when this occurs, the moisture could weaken the structure and lead to waterproofing issues. For this reason, it’s important to contact a Milwaukee foundation repair specialist who can help to prevent the destruction or deterioration of the mortars in the bricks — a process known as tuckpointing.

What is Tuckpointing?

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Signs Your Basement Needs Repair

stairstep cracks in a block foundation

You may not give your home’s basement a thought until a problem develops. Then, moisture, odors and suspicious cracks in the walls may send up flags of alarm that something is not right with your foundation, and you had better call a basement repair professional before the problem gets worse.

Water Accumulation

If the rainy season brings problems of water accumulation in your basement, it’s time to contact a Milwaukee basement repair contractor to find the source of the problem to protect your home investment. Water accumulation can damage furniture, flooring or the items you store in your basement for later use, costing you thousands of dollars for replacement. A foundation repair contractor can provide waterproofing and other measures to ensure that rainwater stays outside your home.

Cracks in Basement Walls

Many basement walls have small cracks in the concrete foundation that don’t seem to cause a problem, but which may worsen over time to allow water or insects into the area. Your Milwaukee basement repair contractor can handle these minor repairs to ensure that they don’t become a more expensive problem in the future.

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Chris Mancuso Discusses Drain Tile on Saturday March 12, 2016

Chris Mancuso from Accurate Basement Repair was on The Fix-It Show With Tom Feiza on 620 WTMJ on Saturday March 12, 2016.

Chris Mancuso on the radio

(Begin Transcript) Announcer: Need help around the house? Even the handiest do-it-yourselfer needs an extra hand sometimes. Let Mr. Fixit, Tom Feiza, help you out. You fix it during the Fixit Show on 620 WTMJ.

Danny: Fixit Show brought to you by Plumbing Parts Plus, Rupena’s Fine Foods, Allparts, Siding Unlimited and J&B Construction. Good morning everybody. 8:08 at 620 WTMJ. I’m Danny Clayton right along with Mr. Fixit. Good morning, Tom Feiza.

Tom: Hey Danny, it’s a great fixit day. And now it’s going to be a great basement fixit day.

Danny: Oh, we better start taking calls now, because we always get basement calls. Chris Mancuso of Accurate Basement Repair is here. Hey, Chris. What’s going on? How are you doing man?

Chris: Good, I’m fantastic. I’m fantastic.

Danny: I see from your bio, you are nationally certified. Tell me about that.

Chris: Nationally certified. There’s only about 30 people in the country that have two certifications that we have here at Accurate Basement Repair. Actually, I’m a nationally certified foundation repair specialist and I’m a nationally certified waterproofing specialist. So it does make a big difference. We’re not all the same out there. And we’re going to talk about the differences in us and some of the other folks out there. But we spend a lot of time on education in doing what we do. And so everyone out there gets the best repair out there and we can answer questions that are related to both commercial and residential. Continue reading

Drain Tile Testing: The First Step to a Drier Basement

  Scheduling a drain tile test can provide added insights into the general condition of your home’s foundation. Working with an established Milwaukee basement contractor can provide you with the most accurate information and the best guidance on how to manage any problems detected during this testing procedure. Understanding the basics of drain tile systems and testing can help you make the most cost-effective choices for your Milwaukee home.

What Are Drain Tile Systems?

Most homes have drain tile systems which are designed to direct water away from home’s foundation. Drain tile systems typically consist of several components, including the following:
* Perforated pipes (interior and/or exterior) that allow water to drain away from the foundation
* A gravel bed that allows water to seep downward to the drain tiles
* A channel cove system to allow water flow from the weep holes
* Bleeders to connect the exterior drain tile to the interior drain tile
* A sump pump and crock to propel water away from the foundation
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Why Your Basement Might Need To Be Excavated and Have Its Walls Rebuilt

Foundation wall repair by a Milwaukee basement contractor

Excavating a basement is a major undertaking, and you will need help from a Milwaukee basement contractor to complete quality work on this type of significant project. This is a process where the dirt around the exterior walls of the basement is removed to expose the full length of the walls. It gives a contractor access to the basement walls so that they can be repaired, restored or improved in some way. There are a number of instances when excavating the basement may be beneficial or even required, and these are a few of the more common reasons for this type of project to be completed. Continue reading

Four Facts Milwaukee Homeowners Need to Know about Foundation Wall Rebuilding and Repair

Foundation wall rebuild by a Milwaukee basement specialist

For most homeowners, foundation problems may seem overwhelming and insoluble. Broken or buckling walls can allow water to leak into basements and may even reduce the overall integrity of the entire building. Retaining the services of a qualified Milwaukee basement specialist can provide added guidance and support in managing these serious issues. Here are four facts you need to know about wall rebuilding and foundation repair for your home.

1. Water Is Usually the Culprit

Hydrostatic force is usually responsible for bowing and buckling foundations. Water present in the soil expands and contracts as temperatures change, creating uneven pressure against foundation walls. This can cause excess weight to build up in certain spots and can force the wall inward, cracking and damaging your home’s foundation. As soil and water shift to these areas, other parts of your wall may bow outward into the space left vacant, causing even more issues for your foundation. Continue reading

Roundtable Discussion on Building Permits at Milwaukee/NARI’s Showcase This Weekend

  We are excited to be part of Milwaukee/NARI’s inaugural Showcase!
The Showcase will be held at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. Accurate Basement Repair will be located in booth 318.

Our very own Chris Mancuso will be leading a roundtable discussion on Saturday, November 14th from 5pm-6pm called “Pushing Forward & Pulling Permits” and will be on-hand to answer any building permit related questions you may have.

Showcase hours are:
Friday, November 13, noon – 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 14, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 15, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Come and join us!

What Do These Basement Cracks Mean?

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While concrete cracks appear to be typical, it is not recommended that they remain ignored. These cracks, typically due to drying shrinkage, thermal movement or other causes usually are minor and result in few problems. Some foundation cracks will widen over time and result in water seepage or possibly the loss of structural integrity. Foundation and slab cracks are not only an eyesore, but they may hinder the value of the home.

1. Horizontal Crack in a foundation wall.
2. Stair stepped cracks in a block foundation or in brickwork above a foundation.
3. Hairline cracks around basement windows or in basement walls.
4. Interior plaster or drywall cracks above doors, windows or archways.

Watch the video “What Do These Basement Cracks Mean?” on YouTube