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Michal Gerard is owner of Michal Gerard Construction, a Diamond Certified company since 2013. He can be reached at (831) 296-2839 or by email.

The Importance of Controlling Groundwater

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

SOQUEL — One of the most overlooked sources of potential damage to a home is inadequate soil drainage. When water is allowed to collect around the perimeter of a home, it can lead to numerous problems, including foundation settlement, termite infestation and the growth of harmful fungi like dry rot. As a homeowner, the most important thing you can do to protect your investment is control the groundwater outside of your house.

There are a few proactive steps you can take to control exterior groundwater. One is to avoid situating plants right next to your home’s foundation or attaching planter boxes to your home’s exterior. Even more important is to make sure the ground outside your home is properly graded, Read more

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Video: Preventing Concrete Stains

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

ANTIOCH — Host, Sarah Rutan: Since concrete is a porous material, it is prone to stains from liquids such as motor oil. Today, we’re in Antioch with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Charles Lee of California Concrete – Pump Pros to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Charles Lee: Just a quick tip I’d like to tell consumers is concrete is a porous product and what that means is that concrete, even though it looks very hard and sturdy, it will absorb water like a sponge. Any type of stain that you put on the concrete whether it be red wine or motor oil, it will slowly seep into the concrete itself. Read more

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Video: Solving a Common Concrete Issue

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

CITRUS HEIGHTS — Host, Sarah Rutan: When laying concrete during a home project, one of the most common problems is cracks forming in your concrete. Today we’re in Citrus Heights with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Gary Kluck of Quality First Home Improvement to learn one tip on how to prevent cracks in your concrete.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Gary Kluck: Concrete work, although it may look easy, its more complicated than you may think for sidewalks, driveways, patio covers.

One of the things you want to do is prevent cracking and in order to prevent cracking you should water down your ground before you pour. Then after you pour the concrete, Read more

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How to Prevent Concrete Cracks

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

CITRUS HEIGHTS — Many homeowners like to tackle their own concrete projects, whether that means installing a patio cover or renovating a driveway. Laying concrete may seem like a simple task, but there are certain aspects that can complicate the process.

One of the most common problems that homeowners experience with concrete projects is the formation of cracks after the installation has dried. This is often a result of accelerated drying caused by hot temperatures and sun exposure. Since the problem stems from a lack of moisture, the best way to prevent the formation of cracks is to apply a liberal amount of water both before and after setting the concrete.

Start by watering down the ground before you pour the concrete. Read more

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