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5 Tips for Preventing Foundation Problems this Winter

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The weather outside isn’t quite frightful yet, but now is a great time to think about protecting your home for the winter season ahead.  Whether your house is on the newer side, or has been around for 100 years, there are ways to help prevent foundation issues from causing serious damage to your home.

  1. Ensure that all exterior water sources are turned off before the temperature dips. A frozen pipe might turn into a burst pipe that can cause significant water problems in your home.
  2. Insulate any interior pipes that may be exposed, such as attic spaces and cellars, so that they will not freeze in cold weather.
  3. Inspect your basement foundation and seal up any cracks or fissures to prevent leaks and also to deter pests such as mice or insects that may be looking for a warm retreat.
  4. Keep your home at a reasonable temperature, even while on vacation, so that you don’t return home to burst pipes and major water damage. It’s sometimes helpful to leave the lowest faucet in your home open on a dribble to keep water moving through the lines.
  5. Most importantly – inspect and repair any damage to your home’s interior and exterior foundation walls so that moisture from built up ice and snow cannot seep into your home and damage insulation and dry wall.

Keeping your foundation in good repair helps to retain heat and prohibit water from entering your home.  Not only does a sound foundation keep your house warm and dry, it also helps to prevent serious health hazards that can be caused by rot and mould. In addition, a strong foundation precludes water damage to your interior finishes such as walls and flooring that can be very costly and time consuming to fix.

If you have concerns about your home’s foundation and its ability to protect your family from the potential challenges of water damage and heat loss, give the pros at J & J Coatings a call for a free consultation and expert advice.  We’ll let you know whether it’s a simple patch job, an in-depth repair, or all new parging that’s required.   No matter the job – our team will get your house winter ready before the snow flies – keeping you warm and dry for the cold weather to come.

Parging Repairs vs New Parging

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If you are seeing wear and tear on your home’s exterior, you know it’s time to call your local parging expert.  The question is, what to expect when it comes to fixing or replacing your existing parging?  There are a number of factors to consider when determining the scope of your project.  Ultimately, the goal is to achieve a waterproof barrier to protect your home while enhancing the look of your property.

Parging Repairs

Small cracks or minor leaks in your exterior walls can often be fixed with a simple parging repair.  A professional can blend these repairs seamlessly with your existing finish, so that there is no obvious sign of previous damage.  Consider this an investment in your pocket book, since small cracks and leaks usually lead to bigger, more expensive problems down the road.  If you are noticing minor damage in your foundation, be sure to address it right away to avoid unnecessary costs later on.

New Parging Application

What if you are dealing with more than just a few cracks and pits in your walls?  Multiple pits, crumbling, cracking and leaks can cause significant water damage both inside and outside your home.  A fresh parging application is a cost-effective way to protect your house from the elements and eliminate further water damage going forward.  Generally speaking, the process for applying new parging includes removal of old, damaged finishes so that we can create a new, waterproof coating on your home.  New parging has the added benefit of providing a visually appealing look for your home’s exterior as well.  With a textured finish and complimentary colours, you will have a warm and dry interior, and a beautiful, aesthetically pleasing exterior.

New parging isn’t just for damaged or older houses, either.  It can also be a great way to add an updated look to your property without a great deal of cost.  Consider sprucing up your home with a fresh coat of parging to bring it back to life and cover up a dull or indistinct existing finish.  Whether for resale or for your own personal enjoyment, parging is an excellent way to add value to your home.

If you need minor repairs, or a completely new application, give the experts at J & J Coatings a call.  We will walk you through your options and make recommendations to fit with your needs and budget.  Count on our professional team to find the right solution for your home.

Solutions for a Wet Basement

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Basements are known to be a bit damp and musty, especially in older homes.  Most people just accept the fact that their lower level will never be quite as cozy as the main and upper floors.  This, however, does not need to be the case.  Basements can be leaky for a number of different reasons, but all of them can be resolved with the right techniques and material.

Determine the cause of the moisture

The first step in finding a solution is determining the cause.  If you inspect your home’s interior and exterior, and don’t see any major damage to the foundation, it’s possible that humidity inside the home is the problem.  If this is the case, simply installing de-humidifiers, and ensuring that there is adequate venting to the outdoors may be all you need to solve the problem.  Interior cracks and minor damage can often be fixed from inside the house as well, without the need to excavate or address the exterior finish of the home.

More commonly, however, we find that there are cracks in the home’s exterior that are allowing moisture to enter the house.  In these situations, it’s important to ensure that repairs are done correctly – not just so you can enjoy your basement, but also to protect your home from even greater damage such as mold and mildew inside the walls.  What starts out as a not-so-pleasant odour in your basement could very well turn into a health hazard to your family if left unchecked.

How are foundation problems repaired?

The method of repair will depend on the scope of damage, the type of materials originally used in the home and the structural integrity of the foundation.

If you have a few cracks on the exterior that aren’t causing too much harm, a simple exterior repair will likely be enough.  If, however, you have an old stone foundation that is crumbling and worn, or your home is starting to shift, it is recommended to have the existing finish removed and have the parging on your home replaced entirely.  This will repair any existing cracks and leaks, will protect against further damage, and will add a uniform finish to your home.  Parging can be applied on any surface to waterproof and beautify your home.

If your basement is soggy and damp, don’t just accept it as part of your older home’s charm.  Call the experts at J & J Coatings to assess the situation and come up with some cost effective solutions to resolve the problem once and for all.

Summer Foundation Inspection

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It’s always a pleasure to see the last of the winter weather and to usher out the spring rainy season.  We welcome summer with open arms, and look forward to backyard barbeques and family gatherings.  It’s important, however, to make sure that your home’s foundation hasn’t suffered from the fluctuating temperatures and added moisture in the soil over the last few months.  Regular inspections of your home’s exterior and interior can help to catch small problems before they become big ones.  There are several tell-tale signs that you need to call an expert for repair or replacement of your parging:

Cracks In The Foundation:  This may seem like an obvious sign, but it is often overlooked as “normal” wear and tear.  Cracks can occur for many reasons:

  • Water damage
  • Uneven settling of the ground
  • Improperly applied or repaired parging

Regardless of the cause, cracked parging can allow water to permeate your foundation and lead to further deterioration of your exterior finishes.  It’s also important to note that anytime the home’s foundation is compromised, there is the potential for water to seep into your walls.  This can result in the growth of mold and mildew, and interior water damage as well.

Crumbling of the Parging:  If your parging is crumbling or flaking off, you need a professional to ensure that it’s doing its job.  While parging does add a pleasant finish to your home, it also serves an important function in preventing damage to your home.  Crumbling can occur as a result of simple aging, poor mixing of materials or improper application.  Making sure that your mortar coating in good repair is crucial to maintaining your home’s structural integrity.

Settling:  Foundation damage isn’t always easy to spot.  While inspecting a property we look for windows and doors that no longer close properly, cracks in interior walls, and buckling walkways or decks.  These issues may mean that your foundation has settled or shifted – and that could require attention in order to prevent further problems down the road.

Professional Repair and Replacement

If your home’s foundation is showing any signs of disrepair it’s important to address it right away to prevent costly complications later on.  Don’t hesitate to give us a call for a consultation today.  Trust the expert team at J & J Coatings for sound advice and quality workmanship that is second to none.

4 Reasons to Hire a Pro for your Parging Project

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If you are living in an older home, chances are you are noticing signs of wear on your exterior walls.  Cracks and holes in existing finishes may seem to be simply cosmetic in nature, however, you can be sure that with continued exposure to the elements, these small fissures will grow into a bigger problem down the line.   Many homeowners attempt to repair these flaws on their own, only to find they have created a more costly problem instead.  Here’s why you’re better off to hire a professional in the first place:

Mistakes can be expensive.

There are a multitude of ways a DIY parging project can go awry.  Incorrect mixing of materials, improper application or a lack of appropriate prep work can lead to crumbling, cracking and uneven colour tones to name just a few issues.  When these things happen, it is usually best to remove all of the existing parging and begin the process again – this time with the help of a seasoned pro!  Your home is often your most valuable asset – so protect its beauty and integrity with expert services and guaranteed results.

Preventing water damage.

Parging that is not applied correctly can allow water to become trapped, which can lead to moisture damage to your home over time.  It’s important to make sure your parging is done properly so that you can benefit from its aesthetic value as well as its water resistant qualities!  With proper technique, this mortar coating can help to protect your home from the ice, snow and rain inherent to our Edmonton climate.

Professional experience saves time and money.

Parging may seem like a fairly simple process, but there’s a lot involved.  The right tools, equipment and products, together with our exacting techniques, ensure that our clients always end up with a long lasting coating that will beautify and protect their home for years to come.

We have the skills and experience to get the job done right.

There are varied approaches to parging depending on the existing materials on your home’s exterior and the amount of work required.  Whether you have traditional brick and mortar, original parging or are simply in need of a few repairs, we will assess your property and advise as to the best way to get the job done.  We don’t cut corners when it comes to prep work and materials, and we pride ourselves on our meticulous attention to detail.  Trust the pros at J and J Coatings to meet and exceed your expectations.

How Parging Differs from Masonry Repair

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Parging Repair PhotoOne of the most frequent questions we get is whether or not we offer services for masonry repair along with our expert parging replacements and repairs. That’s easy enough to understand; the terms are often used interchangeably. Read on to learn about differences between parging and general masonry repairs.

Parging Repairs

Parging is a process that coats exterior foundation walls with a protective cement covering. The nature of the foundation can change the specific parging treatment it receives. If there is an existing parge coat, the recommendation may be to remove and replace it entirely to ensure the new parging adheres properly.

However, in some cases, there may be time or budget constraints that don’t allow for parging replacement. Parging repairs are a viable option in these cases, but it will require the specialized expertise of a skilled Edmonton parging contractor.

Masonry Repairs

Masonry repairs are often used as a catch-all to describe any repairs to brick or concrete exterior surfaces. Repairs that can fall under the broad umbrella of masonry repairs include tuck pointing, which fills or replaces the mortar in brickwork; repairs to bricks in chimneys and fireplaces; stonework, and repairs to concrete and foundations.

Some general masonry repair companies also include parging along with other, more general masonry repair services. We know our bias is showing, but we’re firmly of the opinion that parging is a highly specialized process that is best left in the hands of a company that offers dedicated parging services.

The Difference Between Parging Repair & Masonry Repair

Technically, as a mortar-based compound, parging can be applied to any vertical surface so, theoretically, it could be used in place of more traditional masonry repair projects like tuck pointing. However, this is not the intended purpose of parging, and it’s not a practice we’d even recommend. Understanding the difference between various types of exterior finishing materials is crucial when choosing a specialist to perform repairs to these surfaces.

J and J Coatings is a leading contractor in parging and parging repairs in Edmonton and the surrounding communities. We take pride in our work and stand by it with a five-year warranty on materials and labour. Appointments for the 2017 season are still available, but they won’t last long – Contact us today!

Why Invest in Home Improvements?

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Edmonton Parging: Why Invest in Home ImprovementIn many cases, our home is our most valuable asset, and that can be a scary thought. The latest news reports on the state of the real estate market in Edmonton, Alberta are painting a picture that is shaky at best. In light of that news, many people may wonder if it makes sense to invest in home improvement projects.

The answer is yes; in spite of fluctuating market conditions, there are still many reasons to invest in home improvements in Edmonton this spring. Read More

4 Common Problems Around the House in Winter

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Edmonton Parging: 4 Common Problems Around the House in WinterThere are a host or problems that can occur around the house in winter, but because of inclement weather conditions in Edmonton and the surrounding area, avoiding these conditions means doing preventative maintenance in the fall. Many repairs might even need to wait for spring to be properly addressed, and that’s a long way away!

Here is a look at four common problems around the house that typically present themselves in winter. Knowing what you’re up against could be helpful when prioritizing your pre-winter home maintenance checklist next year. Read More

What Type of Stone Finish Best Suits Your Home?

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Edmonton Stone Veneer BathroomPersonalizing your space is the last step on the long road to owning a home you love. By sticking to durable, beautiful materials, you can make sure that the interior finishes you choose will last for as long as you own your home. You’re also sure to delight the next owner, so long as you choose wisely.

When it comes to interior stone finishes, you have a few options to choose from for your Edmonton home. Read More

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