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Posts from February 2010

Rule of Thumb: Sloping the Land Around Your Foundation

Posted on February 25, 2010

This article really knocks home the “grading” issue.  What I always told people for years, you want the first 5-6 feet from your foundation sloped away from your house.  It gets a little tricky when there are sidewalks and patios that aren’t properly pitched, however, with garden beds and grass, you can raise grade by packing down top soil.  Unfortunately, with sidewalks, patios and driveways that have a negative pitch towards the foundation, they have to be torn up and relayed with a proper pitch.

A New York Times Article From 1996

Posted on February 23, 2010

The New York Times interviewed my dad, Jim Fusco, on Winter flooding problems.

http://www.nytimes.com/1996/03/03/realestate/your-home-winter-flooding-problems.html?pagewanted=1&pagewanted=all

This Method of Waterproofing Does NOT Work

Posted on February 21, 2010

If I had a dollar for every house that I’ve been in that had walls painted with a waterproofing paint... A layer of “waterproofing” paint will not hold back hydrostatic pressure.

 

Interesting Facts About Winter: Snow to Rain Ratio

Posted on February 18, 2010

The one most interesting: Generally, 10 inches of snow will melt into one inch of water. Sometimes the snow-liquid ratio can be much higher when snow falls into a very cold air mass and temperatures are 20 degrees or less at ground level.

http://www.weather.com/encyclopedia/winter/precip.html

April 2007 Nor’easter

Posted on February 18, 2010

This storm was the second heaviest rainfall in 24 hours on record, and caused the worst flooding since Hurricane Floyd in 1999.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/April_2007_Nor%27easter