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Employees Volunteer for Communities In School

Employees Volunteer at local music festival to give back to children in need

Communities in School is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Wilkesboro, NC, empowering students to stay in school and achieve in life. Communities in School Northwest North Carolina currently provides community support to help reduce the dropout rate for children in Ashe, Alexander & Wilkes Counties. The organization’s largest annual fundraiser for the last 10 years has been hosting a food tent at MerleFest- one of the largest music festivals in North Carolina.

This year, Communities in School Northwest North Carolina was in need of a monetary donation to help with food costs and Tar Heel Basement Systems jumped at the opportunity. In addition to helping pay for the food and supplies, the company’s employees wanted to volunteer their time to work the food tent. Dozens of Tar Heel team members took on shifts over the 4-day festival to cook and serve food to thousands of attendees at the event. Local vendor, SE LOGO WEAR was kind enough to donate 200 shirts to Communities in School Northwest North Carolina for the volunteers to wear. It was truly a group effort to make this fundraiser the most successful one yet.

Employees Volunteer at local music festival to give back to children in need

Tar Heel Basement Systems’ “Pay It Forward” initiative was established in 2013 and has been supporting different local nonprofit organizations every month. The company was excited to be able to give back to such an incredible organization such as Communities in School this month. Both organizations believe in making an impact in this world and the ability to improve lives by the work they do.

Tar Heel Basements Systems Gives Back – A Year in Review

Tar Heel gives back - A look back at the past year of giving back to the community

Annual Blood Drive at the Tar Heel location

Tar Heel Basement Systems gave back to the community in so many ways.  We had multiple Pay It Forward initiatives throughout the year including our annual blood drive, pet supply and food drive, canned food drive and school supply drive.  We don’t just collect items, we also participate in community events such as serving a meal at the Ronald McDonald house or a Habitat for Humanity build.  By community, we consider all of our service area where we can help our customers with their homes, our community, so we help all over North Carolina.

We started 2017 off with our canned food drive to support the Feeding America program through the Southwest Virginia chapter.  Feeding American in southwest Virginia volunteer event with Tar Heel Basement SystemsThis is a non-profit organization that helps families by offering a food pantry mostly from donations they’ve received.  Our donations went to the Abingdon, Virginia distribution center.

Following up in February, several of our employees visited with the children at ABC of NC, which is a child development center for children with Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder.   They had activity stations set up for the children and our team, including a painting station, music station, and even an outdoor golf station.  The staff said they didn’t know who was smiling more over the golf station, the children or our employees!

Tar Heel gives back - A look back at the past year of giving back to the community

We began our fund-raising efforts in March for the annual Hammerbird 5K which supports Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County.  The race is actually held in April but we wanted to get an early start for raising awareness and funds.  In addition to the monetary donation, Tar Heel Basement Systems also donated a patented crawlspace encapsulation ($5000 value) to a new Habitat build or a for a Habitat renovation project.  We had about 30 runners participate including employees and their family members.

In May we held our annual pet drive where we collected dry dog food, cat litter, small dog beds, Clorox, and other supplies throughout the month and then donated those items in June to the Stokes County Animal Shelter.  The shelter is a small, rural facility in Germanton just north of Winston-Salem and runs almost completely off of donations.  They hope to build a larger facility in the next year, so donations are key to help them save up the funds needed.  Also during our pet drive, THBS hosts a company pet photo contest which our customers, employees, and social media followers can vote on the cutest pet photo.  Also in June, we had our annual blood drive which we incorporate into a team building day for all of the THBS employees.

annual pet drive where we collected dry dog food, cat litter, small dog beds, Clorox, and other supplies throughout the month and then donated those items in June to the Stokes County Animal ShelterAfter seeing so many precious fur-babies, it’s hard to imagine anything sweeter – until you host a field day for seniors!  Which is exactly what Tar Heel Basements did for the Watauga County Project on Aging at the Lois E. Harrill Senior Center in Boone.  With outdoor games like corn hole, horseshoes, ladder ball and croquet, the elders wiped the floor with all of the Tar Heel employees (who were all in their 30s or younger)!  After the games were over they invited us to stay and play a few rounds of Bingo with them while everyone cooled off from the July heat.

 

As August rolled in, we began another annual drive that helps adults and children – our school supply drive.  This year we teamed up with The Educator Warehouse in Winston where teachers can go “shop” for the supplies they need for their classroom.  Everything from filler paper, crayons, and glue to hand sanitizer, paper towels, and Kleenex that has all been donated by various businesses and individuals.  The teachers don’t have to pay for these items which is why the donations are so important and we continued to collect supplies into September.

Tar Heel Basement Systems spends time with the elderly

 

In October we wanted to help another group of folks that sometimes just need a helping hand to get them back on their feet.  Our employees purchased and donated hundreds of travel size toiletries, toothbrushes, combs, feminine products, and snacks.  The goal was to make over 100 bags which we surpassed with over 200 “survival kits” that were then distributed to three local shelters in Lenoir, Durham, and Asheboro.

Tar Heel Basement System gives Christmas gifts for kids at the Baptist Children’s Home in Thomasville

Winding down the year in November, the Tar Heel team began a new sponsorship campaign with the American Heart Association called “Home is where the Heart is”.   We began fundraising as well as preparing for the Heart & Stroke Walk in downtown Winston Salem.  Our group of two dozen plus employees and their family members along with nearly a dozen dogs walked nearly 40 miles combined.   The funds raised went to local research projects right there in Winston at the Wake Forest Baptist research hospital.

 

As always we “wrapped” up the year and many Christmas gifts for kids at the Baptist Children’s Home in Thomasville.  Knowing a child is getting something they really want for Christmas will warm anyone’s heart, which is why the angel tree is our employee’s favorite way to give back!

Foundation Settlement During Winter Months

Foundation Settlement During Winter Months

Whether your home is older or recently built, any home can suffer from foundation problems. There are many reasons for a home to settle and shift: wet weather, earthquakes, poor construction, expansive soils, and even cold, dry spells.

  • Dry Periods

During times of dry weather, moisture from the soil is removed, causing the clay soils to shrink and pull away from your home’s foundation. This effect creates a void which allows for foundation movement and settlement.  If your foundation isn’t supported properly, your home will begin to shift into the open space and cracks can begin to form.

  • Snow MeltFoundation Settlement During Winter Months

After a heavy snowfall (this will vary depending on your region), snow that accumulates next to your home’s foundation can cause flooding. This also causes the soils around your home’s foundation to expand, filling the gap where the soils were once compressed. The water will choose a path of least resistance, applying hydrostatic pressure to your home’s basement walls. Stair-step, horizontal and vertical cracks may begin to appear along with your basement wall.

  • Frost

During times of cold weather, the typical morning frost may be damaging to your home’s foundation. Frost applies pressure to your foundation wall, especially if your basement is unheated. Frost can be powerful- it can cause shallow foundations to lift out of the ground, causing significant structural damage to your home.

With your home being one of your biggest investments–both financially and emotionally, it is important to understand the signs of a structural issue. It is also important to have these concerns assessed by a foundation professional before they get worse.

 

Scholarship

Tar Heel Basement Systems gives back to the community with scholarships

Building Solid Foundations Scholarship

*Purpose: To redefine the construction industry by empowering our youth to seek careers within the construction field and challenge industry standards!

*A local high school student will receive a $1500 scholarship towards college/university that offers a Construction Industry focused curriculum/program.

To be considered, an applicant:

  • Must be currently enrolled in 11th or 12th grade.
  • Must attend school in the Triad community of North Carolina, which includes the following counties: Alamance, Caswell, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, Montgomery, Randolph, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry and Yadkin.

In addition:

  • Winning student must be willing to participate in press release and media engagements announcing the award, including (but not limited to) photo, video & written news releases.
  • Duplicate entries will not improve a candidate’s odds of selection.
  • The judges will base their decisions solely on the information provided within the email submissions.
  • Please provide detailed information so the judges can give the applicant full consideration.
  • Deadline for application 1/19/18.
  • Recipient will be selected & notified on 1/31/18.

To be considered, please submit the following information:

*By submitting this information to Tar Heel Basement Systems, applicants agree and allow Tar Heel Basement Systems to share with the public.

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.

Fall Has Arrived in Chilhowie Virginia

The quaint town of Chilhowie, Virginia hosts their annual Chilhowie Community Apple Festival every September. The festival began in the early 1950’s as a way to improve the town and provide farmers and local businesses a way to increase exposure and gain revenue while remaining a family friendly event. Of course apples are a staple crop to the area, hence the name of the festival. Each fall as the air turns a bit cooler the apples are ready for harvest.

Today, the Chilhowie Community Apple Festival has certainly grown over the years into an annual event that the town and surrounding areas cannot wait to attend! There is something for each member of the family. All of the funds raised for the festival are distributed back into the community to help keep the blossoming town growing.

Wanting to support the local community and town, Tar Heel Basement Systems will be a participating vendor at this year’s festival! Brand Ambassador, Jessica, will be present– providing attendees with information and educational literature regarding their home’s basement, crawl space, foundation or slab concerns. You can even sign-up for a free estimate appointment while attending the festival. Look for the bright yellow tent and you’ve found us!

Chilhowie Community Apple Festival

Friday, September 22nd: 10am-6pm

Saturday, September 23rd: 9am-6pm

Sunday, September 24th: 12:30pm-6pm

 

 

Is Your Basement Hurricane Ready?

Is your basement or crawl space ready for hurricane season?

Your basement is in an imperfect structure built into or below the ground. When flash floods and hurricanes hit our state and region, the soils have a hard time absorbing so much water, allowing the water to flow beside your home’s foundation and eventually making its way into your basement. Is your basement or crawl space ready for hurricane season?

Your home is one of your biggest investments both financially and emotionally, that is why you deserve peace of mind that your basement will be able to weather the storm and stay dry.

There are a few steps a homeowner should take to ensure their basement will remain dry:

Gutters

By keeping your gutters and downspouts cleaned regularly, this will help eliminate some of the rain falling near your foundation. However, this option alone won’t eliminate water intrusion into your basement.

Drainage System

Not just any drainage system around your home will work. While your home is required to have an exterior french drain along the perimeter, there is no way of servicing that drain or knowing when it will fail, making it a guessing game for you. Your basement needs a reliable drainage system that can be serviced at any time by the company who installed it or the homeowners. The system should also be resistant to clogging.

Sump Pump

Now that all groundwater has been channeled, the water will need a way to be removed, this is through a reliable sump pumping system that safely removes intruding water and pumps it away from the home. The sump pump should come with an airtight lid, preventing water vapor from escaping back into the basement and offer a batter backup solution to ensure your basement will remain dry during a power outage.

Dehumidifier

Keeping relative humidity low is key to preventing mold growth in your basement. Your basement needs a dehumidification system that can empty itself and has a built-in humidistat, saving you money so the system is not running constantly.

Warranty

All of the waterproofing products installed in your home should come with a reliable warranty and be installed by a professional company that specializes in waterproofing.

Product Servicing

To keep your basement dry all of the time, each component of your basement’s waterproofing system should be serviced annually. The company who installed your waterproofing system should have a dedicated Service Department that can be reached at any time.

Whether your basement is a finished space in your home or just an unfinished storage area, finding water taking over your space and your home is always devastating. You deserve a reliable company to provide you with peace of mind and a dry basement.

 

School Supply Drive to Support the Educator Warehouse in Winston Salem

School Supply Drive to Support the Educator Warehouse in Winston Salem

The National Education Association recently released a report that ranks North Carolina 35th in the nation for teacher pay and is projected to be ranked 43rd in the nation in per-pupil spending. This disheartening news is what lead Tar Heel Basement Systems to select the Educator Warehouse as the focus of its annual school supply drive this year.

School Supply Drive to Support the Educator Warehouse in Winston Salem

Each year, the company and its employees donate hundreds of school supplies to a local nonprofit organization or school in need. After speaking to community members and learning about this lack of funding, THBS decided it was important to help our teachers. According to the WSFCS website, the Educator Warehouse is a collaboration of Forsyth Education Partnership, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Council of PTAs and WS/FCS. At this facility teachers ‘shop’ thousands of donated items for use in their classrooms. Donations come from local businesses, organizations, and individuals. 

Tar Heel Basement Systems has proudly donated close to 1000 school supplies each year. The goal is to surpass 1000 items for the Triad teachers and students. The drive is underway so if you are interested in donating to the cause, please drop off school supplies at 2910 Griffith Rd., Winston Salem 27103. Supplies will be delivered to the Educator Warehouse on September 5th.

Everything from gently-used office supplies to new crayons and markers is needed and appreciated.  Suggested donations include:

CLASSROOM AND OFFICE SUPPLIES

  • Paper—all colors, sizes, and types
  • Pens, pencils, crayons, markers, highlighters, dry erase markers
  • Scissors, glue, pencil sharpeners and erasers, pencil boxes & pouches
  • Kleenex, wet wipes, disposable gloves, and hand sanitizer
  • Post-it/sticky notes, composition notebooks, sheet protectors, & pocket folders
  • Staplers, tape dispensers, binder clips, tape, glue sticks, rubber bands, organizers, and more!

INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS

  • Lesson plan idea books, children’s books and novels
  • Bulletin board materials, posters, charts & room decor
  • Math, Science, Social Studies and Language Arts manipulatives
  • Games, puzzles, flash cards and more!

The ‘M’ Words In Your Home: Mold, Mildew & Moisture

Mold and Mildew developed in your crawl space because of moisture

Your home is your biggest investment, both financially and emotionally. Could your home have a mold problem? A lot of people ask this question and the internet is full of scary stories and pictures. It is best to seek professional help if you think there is active mold in your home. Here are some facts about mold.Mold and Mildew developed in your crawl space because of moisture

Mold is a living organism. It breathes air, it consumes food, it requires water (moisture) to survive and fortunately when you take one of these components away, it dies. Mold is a fungus, kind of similar to a mushroom, but a lot smaller (sometimes it can’t even be seen to the naked eye). It eats organic matter– anything that was once living such as your floor joists, drywall, furniture, fiberglass insulation, etc. Mold thrives in environments where we live- structures made of organic materials. Mold likes temperatures between 32-100 degrees F, and relative humidity between 60%-99%. You can find these environments typically in a dirt crawl space or basement.

Mold grows. When mold spores find the right combination of temperature, food source, and moisture–they grow. When mold grows it reproduces airborne seeds to grow more mold. These seeds are tiny particles that float through the air, called spores. The slightest breeze can lift them into the air, carrying the spores to new surfaces. If mold spores land on inorganic materials such as clean metal, ceramic tile, porcelain, etc. it will not grow. If mold spores land on dry surfaces of any kind it will not grow.

While we can’t eliminate organic material because our homes are made of it; and while we can’t get out of the humid temperature zone without moving; and while we can’t get away from mold spores because they are everywhere; we CAN control is moisture in our homes. Therein lies the secret to mold prevention in your home.