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Tim Malsch has more than 15 years of experience in the building and construction industry. He has held several positions within our company, including foreman and service technician. His involvement has given him an extensive understanding of basement and crawl space waterproofing, as well as foundation repair.
Tim is passionate about helping homeowners get more out of their home and sharing his knowledge and expertise. His thorough training earned him the title of “Certified Waterproofing Professional” through the Basement Systems International Waterproofing Contractor Network.
Rainy Day is the exclusive regional dealer for the network - A group of over 500 of the BEST waterproofing contractors in the world, who have direct access to patented products, extensive training and full support throughout the international company.
Tim looks forward to meeting homeowners to solve their crawl space, basement and structural problems. He loves the challenge of finding the best solution for each unique circumstance and is a true professional.
Like many parts of Washington, Bellingham commonly gets long periods of rain. Homeowners, Martin and Genn, had water frequently leaking into their basement stairwell and they knew that the situation was just going to get worse.
Their flooring and walls had water damage. Their basement, which was also their laundry room and storage area, was cold and unwelcoming. They did not want further damage to their home or items, so they contacted Rainy Day. After their free inspection and estimate, a plan was created to install a drainage system and restore the walls and flooring.
In the before picture, we removed the old walls and saw that the concrete around the window was moist and moldy. The prior walls did not seal tightly, leading to leaking, moisture, and mold which then damaged the walls and flooring, and contributed to the flooding. Additionally, the weak seal meant that outside air was also coming in, resulting in letting cold air inside in the winter and hot air in the summer.
The after picture shows the Total Basement Finishing EverLast panels (which are on top of Basement-to-Beautiful panels). All the panels fit snuggly around the pipes and windows, giving the room insulation in an attractive fashion. In addition, sandstone gray ThermalDry tiles on top of the cold concrete will help keep the temperature of the room under control whilst also making the room inviting. With this new snug seal on the inorganic walls and flooring, the homeowners don’t have to worry about mold, moisture, debris and air damaging their basement like before. They also won’t have to pay more to heat or cool a room that is not going to keep the desired temperature.
Pump and drainage systems will ensure that any water that does come into the basement will be disposed of fast and effectively, even on really rainy days. The TripleSafe pump system with two pumps, a backup battery, and alarm system will provide the homeowners with the reassurance that their basement will be safe even in the wet Washington weather. WaterGuard at the perimeter of the basement and TrenchDrain in the doorways and stairways will collect and direct any water to the TripleSafe. The LawnScape Downspout will safely discard roof water far from the house foundation, helping keep water from entering the basement. IceGuards were installed outside the home to avoid flooding from pipe blockage due to ice, snow and other debris.
Kathy and Kris live in a farmhouse in Greenbank that was built more than one hundred years ago. They described their crawl space as “wonky” and were worried about the lack of insulation in their floor joists as well as the weathered, and thus ineffective, vapor barrier. They hadn’t seen mold or mildew on the upper floors of their home, but musty odors were becoming a serious concern.
To put these homeowner’s minds at ease, we installed a TripleSafe Sump Pump. The TripleSafe features three pumps in one, including a battery back-up, to provide the best protection possible. We also encapsulated the crawl space in a highly durable lining called CleanSpace. Being 20 mm thick makes it a very effective vapor barrier, and will significantly reduce the moisture and humidity levels in the space. In addition, CleanSpace is strong enough to be fastened directly to the foundation walls. It won’t ever tear down or shift around, keeping the space clean and the air dry.