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Trusted Saskatoon Contractor Magnus Construction Discuss The Dangers of Asbestos During Home Remodels

Magnus Construction Services offers quality you can feel! They offer you the best specialists from demolition to complete renovations. You can trust Magnus for your residential or commercial projects, including spray foam, insulation, roofing, asbestos abatement, basement renovations, attics drywall and finishing.  Magnus Construction is a Trusted Saskatoon Contractor Specializing in Insulation and Fireproofing. In their first Trusted Saskatoon contracting tip, discuss the dangers of asbestos during home remodels. 

   

The Dangers of Asbestos During Home Remodels

When you want to renovate your home, your focus is often on the design and scope of the project, the cost of the upgrades, and the eventual impact of the renovation on your home’s value. Your mind rarely goes to the presence of potentially toxic materials inside the structures of the building. But this is a real risk during home improvement projects, especially when dealing with homes that were built in the 1980s. Homes from this era often have materials that contain asbestos and those hazardous building materials may still be in the home to the present day.



What is asbestos and why is it dangerous?

Asbestos used to be considered a revolutionary material for building construction. It is a natural silicate mineral that is resistant to chemicals and able to withstand high temperatures. It was widely used in the building industry all the way from the 1920s to well after the 1980s. In 1960, it was conclusively linked to a range of long-term illnesses and many forms of cancer. After it was identified as the number one cause of occupational cancer, asbestos has been heavily regulated and its use is no longer as widespread as it used to be.


But, it still remains a problem today, particularly in homes built 40 or more years ago. Asbestos becomes dangerous when materials with asbestos in them are worn down or damaged. Sanding, sawing, grinding, and any physical impact on such materials will make them unsafe.


These are the kinds of actions that typically happen during a home renovation. This is why asbestos exposure is a high possibility when renovating your home and you may be exposed to asbestos even if your home is less than 40 years old.



Health impact of asbestos exposure

The following diseases are known to be linked to asbestos exposure:


Asbestosis

When inhaled, asbestos can cause scarring in lung tissues. This prevents the passage of oxygen and carbon dioxide, making breathing harder. Asbestosis is caused by prolonged exposure to asbestos. It is more common with people who work in the building industry.


Pleural Disease

Asbestos can damage the surrounding membranes of the lungs and chest cavity (pleura). The membrane can become thicker, hardened, or experience fluid buildup. This is not a cancerous condition but it can cause difficulty with breathing and lung malfunction.


Lung Cancer

Asbestos can cause lung cancer or increase the chances of lung cancer in individuals. The risk of lung cancer is greater for smokers who are also exposed to asbestos.


Mesothelioma

This cancer affects the membrane around the lungs and chest cavity. It can also affect the abdominal lining and membranes surrounding other organs of the body.



Building materials that may contain asbestos

Common building materials that may contain asbestos include roof shingles, sheet vinyl, pipe wrap, plaster mud and texture, vermiculite insulation, glazing on older windows, door gaskets, duct seam tape, electrical wiring, fireproof products, boiler wrap, popcorn ceilings, joint compounds, and cement asbestos board siding.


The threat of asbestos exposure becomes even higher when the asbestos is friable, easily crushed, or crumbled by hand. Examples of products with friable asbestos include older types of spray-on insulation and spray-on ceiling textures. Newer products may not have this issue.



How to tell if your home has asbestos

There is no straightforward way to detect the presence of asbestos in your home. Generally, you can assume the presence of the material if the building is more than 40 years old. But you cannot completely rule out its presence in more recent homes.


Asbestos is used in a wide range of building products. This makes its presence hard to identify. Knowing products with a history of containing asbestos can help. But to be completely sure that your home is asbestos-free, you need a certified building inspector to check the home.


If your home is older and there are visible signs of aging on the property, this inspection is absolutely vital. Aging and damage will increase the chances of exposure to asbestos in a building. You should also get a professional asbestos abatement contractor if you are about to renovate that building.


There are three important things to note about the presence of asbestos in the home and how to deal with this problem:

 

·       In most provinces, testing for asbestos is not a requirement when selling a home. As long as a seller does not knowingly sell you a home with asbestos, they are not liable. This means your new home can have asbestos in it.

 

·       Home inspections do not include inspecting the home for asbestos. Just because a home got a good inspection report, it doesn’t mean there is no asbestos in it. But you may order an asbestos inspection as an add-on if your home inspector is also certified for asbestos inspections.

 

·       If you suspect the presence of asbestos in your home, do not attempt to remove it by sweeping, vacuuming, or other similar actions. This will only make the asbestos airborne and more dangerous.



We encourage you to visit Magnus' listing on Trusted Saskatoon to see all their services and to find their contact details. Questions? Simply reach out to Conrad or Eduardo in person about your situation. They are here to help, they don’t speak construction language on technical concepts, they are very knowledgeable and will offer you a free consultation!


“Your One Partner Solution for Healthy, Efficient, and Durable Buildings!”


You can read more amazing client testimonials and see all programs and services they offer by checking out the Magnus Construction Services listing on the directory in the Saskatoon Contractors Category


Magnus Construction Services are Trusted Saskatoon Contractors Specializing In Insulation & Fireproofing


Developing Your Basement With Trusted Saskatoon Contractors K & S Contracting - Part 2 of 2

K & S Contracting specializes in foundation repair for homeowners across Saskatchewan. In addition, they also offer general contracting services to Saskatoon and the surrounding area. In their latest Trusted Saskatoon tip, K & S Contracting, Trusted Saskatoon General Contractors, and foundation specialists, they continue last month's blog on Developing your Basement. This is Part 2.

DEVELOPING YOUR BASEMENT - PART 2

Many basements are little more than a place to collect cobwebs and store stuff. However, fixing a full-height basement can increase the usable living space in your home at a lower cost than adding on. Basements can be turned into any one of several living areas: bedrooms, rec room, or office space. 


Changing a concrete dungeon into an inviting living area can be a challenge, and not every basement is a good candidate for finishing. And this time, we are going to review the key considerations for conversion including lighting, ventilation, and dressing up those window wells.  Although you can do some of the work yourself, hiring K & S Contracting can save money and headaches. 



WHERE IS THE LIGHT? 

Basements that walk out usually have an abundance of light; however, when the only light is from small, ground-level windows, the basements can be dark and uninviting. The first step is to clear away shrubbery from existing window wells to make the most of what natural light there is available. If the basement is served by a steel bulkhead, a door with glass lights can be installed at the bottom of the steps and the bulkhead doors left open when the weather is nice. 

The options listed above, don’t always do the trick, so lighting needs to be added to the ceiling. Depending on the area you have to work with, you will have different options. Some of them include track lighting, recessed lighting or “can” lights can be added as spot or flood lamps. These lights allow you to add a dimmer switch which gives you more lighting flexibility. 


VENTILATION ISSUES

If you only go down to the basement occasionally, musty, damp air may be something that you can tolerate. But once the basement becomes a true living space, some form of ventilation is crucial in controlling air quality. Using reverse fans work, in winter they draw in fresh dry air from outdoors, and in summer moist air can be pumped out of the house. If the home already has a forced air heating system then the basement can become another area. 


HOW TO DRESS UP THE WINDOW WELL

It’s hard to enjoy the view out of a basement window if all you see is a when all you see is corrugated steel. Changing that dreary scenery may be easier than you think. You can add a view of the seashore, mountains, woodlands, desert or golf course with Scenic Window Wells’ WELL liner. These are weather-resistant polystyrene liner that slips into a standard window well. The window well liners will allow you to imagine you are on vacation to the ocean or on the golf course. 

There’s a lot to think about when you convert your basement into a bright, welcoming living area, when trying to make the decision to develop your basement, we recommend you call Steve and ask him to provide you with your options and costs. Once the work is done, you won’t be sorry about the decision. 

Developing Your Basement With Trusted Saskatoon Contractors K & S Contracting - Part 1 of 2

K & S Contracting specializes in foundation repair for homeowners across Saskatchewan. In addition, they also offer general contracting services to Saskatoon and the surrounding area. In their latest Trusted Saskatoon tip, K & S Contracting, Trusted Saskatoon General Contractors, and foundation specialists, discuss what you should consider when developing your basement. This will be a 2 part article.

DEVELOPING YOUR BASEMENT - PART 1

Many basements are little more than a place to collect cobwebs and store stuff. However, fixing a full-height basement can increase the usable living space in your home at a lower cost than adding on. Basements can be turned into any one of several living areas: bedrooms, rec room, or office space. 


Changing a concrete dungeon into an inviting living area can be a challenge, and not every basement is great for finishing. Some of the things you need to think about are building codes, moisture, low-hanging drain lines, ductwork and wiring, and your walls and floors. Although you can do some of the work yourself, it will save you time, money and headaches, if you contact K & S Contracting to help you with the project.



MEETING BUILDING CODES 

Building codes vary, but generally, a basement must be 7 feet tall. Codes can permit lower obstructions if you have structural beams that can’t be moved. Connect with a local home inspector while you are in the planning stages and they can help you determine what you need to be within the National Building Codes. Once you determined what your basement will be used for, you must make sure it includes doors and windows for emergency escape.
 

MOISTURE

If your home has a history of flooding, you need to fix that problem before developing the basement. 2 inches of rain falling on a 2,000 sq ft home produces approximately 2,600 gallons of water.  Repairing cracks in the foundation, making sure that gutters are clear of clogs and sloping the ground away from the house can solve some of these flooding problems.  


LOW-HANGING UTILITY LINES

When you are building a new home, the basement ceiling height and utilities can be planned accordingly. However, when renovating an older area, water lines, air ducts, bathroom and kitchen drains etc are generally smack in the middle of where the renovations are happening. There are a few choices. Move them, box them in or leave them as is. If you decide to tuck water and drain lines out of sight, don’t block access to water shutoffs and drain clean-outs. 


FINISHED WALLS AND FLOORS 

Hiding concrete or block behind new walls is the easy part. Building walls that won’t encourage mold and mildew, or be damaged by condensation, is a lot harder. Because concrete in contact with the ground is always cool, it can become a condensing surface for water vapour in the warm air escaping from a finished basement. The result? Damp building materials, mildew and, eventually, rot. Air will be musty, finished surfaces ruined. 

When it comes to flooring, just about any material will work — tile, carpet, vinyl or laminate. Few contractors recommend traditional hardwood flooring because the moisture in the concrete can cause the wood to swell and buckle. 

When trying to make the decision to develop your basement, we recommend you call Steve and ask him to provide you with your options and costs. Check out Developing Your Basement – Part 2 in next month’s blog and Steve will talk about lighting, windows and ventilation. 

Trusted Saskatoon Team Brags about Liftech Concrete Leveling a Trusted Saskatoon Contractor

The Trusted Saskatoon Team is delighted to welcome our newest Trusted Saskatoon Contractor Liftech Concrete Leveling Inc to the Saskatoon Contractors, Exteriors & Roofing Category. Liftech Concrete Leveling is your go-to Trusted Saskatoon Contractor for lifting and leveling sunken and uneven concrete. Get to know all they do and meet the people behind the business in our latest Trusted Saskatoon article welcoming a new partner to our Saskatoon community of locally owned businesses operate with integrity! .


Meet Liftech Concrete Leveling Inc


Scott Loucks & Jim Loucks started Liftech Concrete Leveling Inc over 10 years ago and have an outstanding community reputation. Liftech was founded in Saskatoon, a family-owned & operated company proud to call Saskatchewan home! We are so fortunate that Saskatoon is home and have decided to apply to join our Trusted Saskatoon Community so can we spread the word about their exemplary customer service, and how they continuously go above and beyond to provide accurate, and honest concrete raising, repair, and waterproofing services!


Trusted Saskatoon Concrete Lifting and Leveling Experts

 

So, does your property have settling concrete, cracking or sinking slabs? They can be a real eyesore and often a sign of underlying issues with the soil. If you’re wondering why your sidewalk or driveway is becoming increasingly uneven, Liftech Concrete and leveling have your solutions! Their goal is to be known throughout Saskatchewan as THE concrete leveling experts 

“Is your sinking concrete dragging down the value of your property?? 
GIVE IT A LIFT... It's a fraction of the cost of replacement!"

 

With over 22 years of combined experience , Scott Loucks & his Father Jim Loucks have the ULTIMATE solution for you! They are passionate about going above and beyond to provide the most accurate, and honest customer service. Their main services include concrete raising, repair, deep foaming injection and fill foaming and waterproofing.


Liftech Concrete Leveling can be the solution to many commercial and residential property owners concrete problems. We repair concrete slabs such as sinking driveways and patios, uneven sidewalks, garage and warehouse floors for a fraction of the cost of replacing the concrete. and we keep tons of old concrete out of landfills annually by repairing, instead of replacing it.
At Liftech Concrete Leveling we strive to provide our customers with service that is second to none, while leading our industry by using the latest technology, equipment and techniques.- Scott Loucks- Liftech

What Did Their Customers Say?  

 

When we were speaking to LIftech's customers, which is an integralpart of the Unique Trusted Verification Process, we consistently heard amazing things. Read some of the real personal testimonials from their customers below, including another of our long term Trusted Saskatoon homebuilders Decora Homes  


 “ We have been happy with all the services we have gotten from them. There are never any surprises. They are our go-to company when we need their type of services." - Dustin G, Decora Homes       


 "I called this year regarding a past quote they had provided and they came out and reconfirmed the work that needs to be done. They gave me a date and Scott and his team came out and did a great job on our driveway. It was neat seeing how the foam jacking worked. Our driveway and sidewalks look fantastic (there is one spot where it couldn't be raised anymore but that is the fault of the binding concrete and not Liftechs') The best part is the holes they drilled are tiny compared to normal mudjacking. I would say they are dime-sized. Barely noticeable after they filled them. I would definitely recommend Liftech for your mudjacking/foamjacking needs! - Ryan D, Saskatoon
"We have known Scott & Jim for 8 years. They have always been great to deal with and there is never any panic. They are the easiest company to deal with. Their communication is almost too good." - Jon A, Saskatoon 

 

We encourage you to visit Liftech's Trusted Saskatoon listing to read more customer reviews, see their full range of services and to find out more on their website. Questions? Simply reach out to Scott, Jim and their team about your situation. They are here to help, and all of there climes shared that they are down to earth and beyond knowledgeable! Local experts you can trust!


Liftech Concrete Leveling Inc, Trusted Saskatoon Contractors Specializing in Lifting and Leveling Sunken and Uneven Concrete! 



Trusted Saskatoon Contractors K & S Contracting Share About Foundation Repair Work vs Selling Your Home

K & S Contracting specializes in foundation repair for homeowners across Saskatchewan. In addition, they also offer general contracting services to Saskatoon and the surrounding area. In their latest Trusted Saskatoon tip, K & S Contracting, Trusted Saskatoon General Contractors, and foundation specialists, discuss if you should see your home vs foundation repair work. 

SELL YOUR HOME VS FOUNDATION REPAIR

Trying to make the decision if you should sell your home versus foundation repair can be quite a decision. If you decide to sell your home with a faulty foundation you have four options: 


Option 1: Do nothing and list as-is for a lesser amount.


Option 2: Complete the repair before putting it on the market.


Option 3: Offer credit to buyers to be used towards repairs after closing.


Option 4: Negotiate repair terms once an interested buyer has had an inspection. 

However, if you should decide you want to keep your home and do the foundation repair. Then you need to review what is causing the problem. Below is a short list of typical foundation repairs: 

SINKING

Excess water around a home’s foundation from rain or flooding can saturate the soil, causing it to sink. That effect will vary at different places around the foundation, causing not only sinking but uneven sinking, including breaking up the foundation.

SETTLING

Drought can have just as big an impact on the foundation. The soil will dry up and shrink. This causes the foundation to settle into a reduced level of the soil. And of course, that settlement will be uneven across the foundation, causing cracks and breaks.

TREE AND SHRUB ROOTS

When planted close to the home’s foundation, roots can cause significant damage. In dry conditions, they pull out moisture, causing the soil to settle. In wet conditions, the cracks created can lead to excess moisture and even flooding in basements or crawl spaces.

FROST HEAVE

In typical Saskatoon freezing conditions, the top layer of soil freezes quickly, followed by the lower levels. Unfortunately, that top frozen layer doesn’t allow the lower levels to expand as they freeze. This, in turn, pushes the top layer upward and puts pressure on the home’s foundation. Cracks and bulges are the inevitable consequences.

POOR WORKMANSHIP

A home’s foundation could also suffer from poor workmanship in the original construction. For example, the concrete mix could have too much water, leaving weak cement. It could also be improperly levelled, leading to big problems over time.

At the end of the day, deciding to sell your home vs foundation repair work depends on what you want to live with. When trying to make that decision, we recommend you call Steve immediately and ask him to provide you with your options and costs

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