Monthly Archives: October 2017

Tar Heel Basement Systems and the American Heart Association team up for annual heart walk

Tar Heel Basement Systems and the American Heart Association team up for annual heart walk

Tar Heel Basement Systems and the American Heart Association team up for annual heart walk    The American Heart Association hosts many walks across the U.S. as a part of their “Healthy for Good” campaign. This year, Tar Heel Basement Systems is sponsoring the 2017 Winston-Salem Heart & Stroke Walk and launching their “Home is Where the Heart is” campaign.  As part of the company’s community outreach mission, this annual walk and fundraiser is a great reminder to get involved, get outside and get moving!

The walk and festivities will be held on Saturday, November 11th, 2017 at the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter of Bailey Park near downtown Winston Salem.  The walk itself will be down Research Parkway and has 1, 2 and 4-mile options along the route. There will also be a lot of fun activities going on in Sponsorship Village (Bailey Park), including a kid zone with games and inflatables. This is also a dog-friendly event and after the walk, there will be a “Pooch Parade” across the main stage in Bailey Park. There will also be a food truck rally with healthy options and then a free concert in the park.

Dozens of our employees have already signed up with their spouses, family members, and children Joining the expected 7,000 walkers! Our donation goal as a team is to raise $2,500 which we feel is attainable and hopefully, we can surpass that!  We will have a company tent set up in Sponsorship Village where you can meet our team, get some cool sponsor items, and information on how to make your home healthier. We also have a fun football toss game that we have donated to the kid zone.  If you would like to Join our team or just donate to help us reach our goal, visit our Heart Walk team page here.

The money contributed to the walk and fundraising efforts by teams and sponsors like us goes to the American Heart Association to fund research projects and life-saving education.  If you would like to know more about the AHA and their Healthy for Good movement, visit their website.

 

WINSTON SALEM HEART & STROKE WALK 2017

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Festivities Begin: 8:30 am

Walk Begins: 10 am

Live music, dog parade, and food trucks after the walk!

 

About Tar Heel Basement Systems

As an industry leading company in basement waterproofing, crawlspace encapsulation, slab and foundation repair, we strive to improve the lives of everyone we encounter.   Healthy homes go hand in hand with a healthy heart!  Want to make your home healthy? – Learn more.

Survival Kit Drive To Support Local Area Homeless

Survival Kit Drive To Support Local Area Homeless

According to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, roughly 11% of the adult homeless population are veterans. Being a veteran-owned small business, Tar Heel Basement Systems wanted to make an impact not only on homeless veterans but others in the community suffering from homelessness. Survival Kit Drive To Support Local Area Homeless

Tar Heel Basement Systems is known for being the “Hero in Your Home” and providing homeowners with peace of mind when it comes to their basement, crawl space, foundation and concrete slab concerns. With the hope to become the community’s “hero for the homeless,“ Tar Heel Basement Systems will be collecting some of the essential items that many of us take for granted and packing “survival kits” to hand out to the homeless. The goal is to make over 100 survival kits to donate.

We are partnering with three local shelters to donate our supplies to- Lenoir Emergency Outreach Shelter, Asheboro Shelter of Hope and Chapel Hill/Durham’s Housing for New Hope. Each shelter provides a bed, shower access and various required programs which help those in need of finding Jobs, stability, and permanent housing. The survival kits that our team donate will be filled with basic toiletry and hygiene items because unfortunately when those in need come to the shelters, they often don’t have any of life’s daily hygiene supplies.

The supply drive is currently underway until the end of October. For those interested in donating, items can be dropped off at 2910 Griffith Rd. Winston Salem 27103. Supplies will be dropped off at the beginning of November to the designated shelters.

Most needed travel-sized items: 

-Quart size bags

-Shampoo

-Body wash

-Toothbrushes

-Toothpaste

-Combs

-Razors

-Deodorant

 

 

Cooler Weather Brings Creepy Critters

As the cooler weather approaches and the grass begins to frost over, creepy crawlers and unwanted pests are looking to seek shelter. Your vented, damp and dirt crawl space is the perfect location to call home! Open crawl space vents, foundation cracks, piping, and unsealed entry doors allow these creepy critters to easily access your crawl space. basement bugs

Pests love the moisture in your crawl space. Termites can easily access damp wood, making it their food buffet. Spiders love crawl spaces because they eat other bugs and there are usually plenty of them in a damp, dirt crawl space. Mice and rats are able to access your fiberglass insulation, making it the perfect nesting material. Snakes and other cold-blooded animals also love your crawl space. And when it’s time to die, your dirt crawl space is often the place where the decomposition process takes place.

But what about a creepy critter you can’t see? Dust mites are the number one indoor allergen that people with asthma and allergies react to. These microscopic parasites live off skin flakes that you shed! They live in your bedding, carpet, and furniture. Dust mite droppings are tiny and float in the air, where they can be breathed and aggravate allergies and asthma.

Dust mites don’t drink water but absorb it from the air. They need over 50% relative humidity to live. While dust mites may not directly live in your crawl space, they like your crawl space. Why? It’s very difficult to keep your house dry when you have an unsealed dirt crawl space underneath it. It’s the life-giving humidity that allows dust mites to thrive upstairs.

What is the best way to prevent unwanted pests? By having your crawl space sealed by a reliable, reputable and professional company.

Don’t Let Seasonal Changes Hide Trip Hazards Around Your Home

Unlevel Concrete driveway before and after Polyrenewal injection

With autumn making a presence throughout the region, leaves have already begun to change and fall from the trees. Uneven sidewalks, driveways, patios and pool decks could pose a liability concern as these trip hazards can become hidden by the fall foliage.

Why Should You Fix Your Sinking, Unlevel Concrete Slab? Unlevel Concrete driveway before and after Polyrenewal injection

  • The problem will only get worse. Once a slab has cracked and begins sinking, it simply won’t get better with time. In fact, the problem will worsen, resulting in a more costly solution.
  • Resale Value. Who wants to buy a home with an unlevel driveway, a stoop pulling away from the house or floors that are cracked and sinking? No one.
  • Appearance. Concrete that is out of level can often cause ugly cracks not only in the slab itself but also in any structure that sits on top of the slab, such as brick, drywall, plaster, etc.
  • Safety. Have you ever been walking and suddenly tripped on a sidewalk or section of concrete that was a different level than the rest? Those trip hazards can be dangerous and open your property up to unwanted liability.
  • Water Intrusion. Cracks in a concrete slab allow elements from the outside, inside. Cracks let water in, or at the very least, moisture, which can damage your living space in a variety of ways.
  • Pooling Water. As concrete settles and cracks, it creates a perfect environment for water to pool. What happens to that pooled water when it becomes cold outside? Ice forms, causing more safety and liability concerns.
  • Structural Damage. As a concrete slab begins to settle, the structure above will crack and settle as well. This can cause doors to stick, windows to bind, and other structural damages throughout your home.

Sometimes living with the problem for so long makes it seem like the problem really isn’t there–until something happens. With family gatherings and holidays on the horizon, ensure your home’s trip hazards are taken care of, the correct way. Learn more about a concrete lifting foam that can fix these problems for good in less than a day.