Basement Waterproofing Scams and How to Protect Yourself

stock-photo-10948377-basement-repair-exposed-foundationHeavy rains and the imminent coming of winter are for some homeowners the times they dread the most. If the drainage in your home is too close to the foundation of your home, water can seep into the basement and create a problem you do not want to have. Dry leaves mixed with rain water inside the gutters of your home are a problem you need to avoid. Make sure the gutters are clean and free of debris before fall comes.

On a side note, if you need to contact a company to fix any problems at your home, please do your due diligence before signing a contract or writing a check. Contact the BBB and ask for information about the company you are trying to hire, or ask the company for references of jobs previously done. Err on the side of caution.

Read the following articles for more news about basement waterproofing

Heavy rains create backlog of basement service calls for waterproofing companies

If the walls in Rosemary Huetter’s basement could talk, they would have told her that the Bellevue home she purchased out of foreclosure eight months ago needed serious help.

Previous owners of the home had installed a sump pump in the northeast corner of the basement, so Huetter assumed that was as much waterproofing as she would need.

She found out otherwise when torrential rains soaked the metro area in June.

“When all the water came down, all the neighbor’s water came, too,” said Huetter, a 57-year-old restaurant manager and mother of three.

COURT RECORDS: Contractor admits to bilking $14,000 from older woman

DANVILLE — A York Haven contractor pleaded guilty to receiving money, failing to do home improvement work and not returning money received.

Kenneth Edward Cutler III, 27, entered the plea involving a victim of age 60 and older Friday before Montour County Judge Gary Norton.

He will be sentenced following a criminal records check.

Cutler was charged with bilking Marcia Jones Ellison, of 16 Thistle Way, out of nearly $14,000 from Jan. 23, 2013, through March 26, 2013.

State police at Milton said work by Cutler resulted in inside pipes leaking on pumps, a cracked hose at a pump in a room in a basement, a PVC connection in a larger room leaking, two outside drain never installed under an air conditioning unit, cracked pipes, incorrect fittings and concrete damage to a Bilco door area and a hole in a concrete wall adjacent to an electrical box.

Top 8 Ways to Protect Yourself from Scams

Millions of older adults fall prey to financial scams every year. Use these tips from NCOA and the Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement to protect yourself or an older adult you know.

1. Be aware that you are at risk from strangers—and from those closest to you.

Over 90% of all reported elder abuse is committed by the older person’s own family members, most often their adult children, followed by grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and others.

Common tactics include depleting a joint checking account, promising but not delivering care in exchange for money or property, outright theft, and other forms of abuse, including physical abuse, threats, intimidation, and neglect of basic care needs.

Everyone is at risk of financial abuse, even people without high incomes or assets. Understand the

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