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Things to know about your septic system

Posted by william bateman on Thu, Feb 11, 2016 @ 05:15 PM


Septic systems are crucial part for containing the waste from your home properly. If your town is not connected to a public sewer you will definetly need a septic system. Proper design, engineering and professional installation by a quilified contractor is crucial when installing a new system. Something so simple as tank placement can be so crucial and installed wrong can fail the entire system.

 

What can go wrong with a poor installation?:

 

  • Waste line pitched wrong
  • Leech field pitched wrong
  • Not enough distribution boxes installed
  • Not enough drainage installed
  • Ground has bad perculation
  • Contractor doesn't install filter fabic
  • Horrific odors emitting from the ground

 

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 Most homes in rural areas have septic systems to relieve the waste. Depending on your property, a proper location will be needed to determine the placement.

 

What needs to determined:

  • Where waste line exits the home
  • What elevation will the tank sit
  • What kind of dirt/clay/shale is on site
  • Size of home and water usage
  • Pick area with good sunlight to help with evaporation

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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.At the end of the day we all want peace in mind in all aspects of our lives. Choosing WMB CONSTRUCTION will make sure your system is installed correctly and give you many years of problem free use.



 

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Snowplowing in Orange County, NY

Posted by Bill Bateman on Mon, Feb 16, 2015 @ 04:22 PM

 

 

 Hear in the Northeast we can experience some pretty brutal snowstorms which can be crippling to our homes and our families. Not being able to leave your home for work, food or even medical emergencies can be an uneasy feeling, especially for the elderly. Choosing a reliable snowplow contractor is key and will leave you with peace in mind when the storms hit.

 

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WMB Construction offers:

 

  • Residential snowplowing

  • Commercial snowplowing

  • Shoveling/snowblowing services

  • Ice control

  • Dependable service

     
     

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WMB Construction will be with you throughout the duration of the storm, big or small. When large storms hit it may be required that your property be plowed more than once or maybe even numerous time to keep up with the weight of the snowfall. Some storms may also call for heavy machinery to be brought in to move heavy snow piles or snowfalls that our plow trucks can't handle. WMB Construction has machinery to handle this service too!

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Why your roof is the most important part of your home

Posted by william bateman on Sat, Nov 29, 2014 @ 05:46 PM

Your home is most definetly your biggest investment you have in your life, besides your family that is! With that being said, I'm sure you want to protect it just like you would your family. Your roof is the most important part of your home and without it you would have no protection from the elements of mother nature. A very common saying is "At least I have a roof over my head" and there's a lot of truth to that! So what I'm getting at is that here in the northeast we have some pretty brutal weather, especially in the winter. A good roof is a necessity in these parts!

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WMB Construction, located in Monroe, NY specializes in helping homeowners bullet proof their roofs from the harsh weather we experience. A basic roof needs many ailments to make it a quality roof that will stand up and last for years.

 

What does your roof need?:

  • Ice dam installed
  • 30 year architectural shingles installed
  • Ridge vents
  • Soffit vents
  • Drip edge
  • A reputable roofing contractor to professionally install your new roof
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Now, what people dont about their roof will boggle you! We all pay high cost premiums for home insurance. What you don't know is that these companies won't reinburse you if you have a failing roof! It's like having life insurance when you claim you have never smoked and die of lung cancer. Many times insurance companies will call it an act of god! 

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Be smart in protecting your investment. A poor roof can leave your home worthless and after paying for years, thats bad news to hear! Water damage can do more damage than you can possibly imagine. Most times water damage goes unnoticed for years creating crippling damage to your home, or worse, even your health! 

 

 

 

 

 

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Is your roof in need of replacement?

Posted by william bateman on Wed, Nov 26, 2014 @ 03:20 PM

Here in the northeast we can experience some pretty brutal winters that can leave our homes at high risk if you don't have a good roof. The strongest part of your home may be the foundation but without a adequate roof, your home is worthless! Crippling snowstorms are very common in our area and the weight load of snow on our roofs can result in collaspe of your roof, as we have just seen in Buffalo, NY

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Another common problem is ice damming. Ice damming occurs when heat loss from your home due to inadequate insulation melts snow and it freezes when it reaches the soffit of your home. As ice forms water backs up under the shingles causing major water damage to the interior of your home.

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A poor roof can leave a home with very little value due to the damage it can do. Sometimes the damage can go unnoticed for years until it is too late! Rot and mildew can run rampant if issues aren't corrected quickly and efficiently!

 

What are the risks of a poor roof?:

  • Interior water damage

  • Rotten wood

  • Dry rot

  • Mold/mildew

  • Health problems

  • Allergies

  • Termites

  • Carpenter ants

  • Roof collapse

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    With a new roof replacement you want to do it right. New architectural shingles on the market are rated for 30 yrs. Thats a long time but if not installed correctly, roof will fail!!! 

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    Call today for a free roof estimate

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5 reasons to build a composite deck

Posted by william bateman on Thu, Dec 26, 2013 @ 04:56 PM

Located in New York, WMB Construction takes great pride in building great decks for our customers. In our area here in the Hudson Valley we can easily enjoy three seasons out of our decks. Outdoor living has become extremely popular due to the fact that most of us aren't taking vacations and using the money to create a backyard oasis. With the added value and the comfort of relaxing in your own home you will easily start to see the benefits.

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Five key reasons to add a composte deck to your home:

  • Maintanance free

  • Added value to home

  • Added entertaining area

  • Great closed in area for the little ones

  • Create great memories year after year with family and friends

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Seen here is a deck WMB CONSTRUCTION built in beautiful Monroe, NY 10950. The floor is Timbertech composite twin finish Pacific Walnut flooring. The flooring has been installed using hidden fastners for a nice clean look with no exposed screw heads. Railings are a severe weather rated composite white.composite deck builder woodbury nyStaircase is a fully covered composite with no exposed lumber. Hidden behind is five custom stringers constructed of treated lumber.composite deck builder harriman ny

WMB Construction specializes in:

  • Composite decks

  • Pressure treated lumber decks

  • Concrete patios

  • Pergulas

  • Walkways

  • All phases of Home Improvements

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Timbertech maintenance free composite decks

Posted by william bateman on Mon, Dec 23, 2013 @ 10:07 PM

In todays fast pace world most of us have little to no time for anything more than work. The small amount of time left in the day you would rather be relaxing and enjoying rather than maintaining your deck. That is why Timbertech composite decking has become so popular around the world due to its low maintainance.

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Treated lumber decks are still a popular choice around the world but require yearly maintanance to keep wood from cracking and checking. Over time the flooring and railings will have to be replaced. Usually at this point the floor joists are still in good shape so composite flooring can be installed over your existing deck structure.

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Flooring on this deck is Timbertech Pacific Walnut with hidden fasteners. Hidden fasteners leave a beautiful clean look with no screws exposed.

Benefits of Composite decks:

  • Low maintainance

  • Added value to home

  • No splinters

  • No replacement of flooring in years down the road

  • No painting/staining

  • More time to enjoy your deck instead of working on it

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    Whether composite or treated lumber, a new deck is always a great retreat to your beautiful backyard. Outdoor living has become priority to many and there is no better place than your own home. Vacations can eat up thousands in a week leaving only memories and and an empty pocket. A new deck/backyard enhancement will create value, memories and a lifetime later you will still have your deck. 

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Benefits of concrete

Posted by william bateman on Mon, Dec 23, 2013 @ 10:06 PM

Concrete is a material used in building construction, consisting of a hard, chemically inert particulate substance, known as an aggregate (usually made from different types of sand and gravel), that is bonded together by cement and water.

 

Used worldwide, concrete has been the #1 product of choice due to its indestructable characteristics and unmatched strength. For centuries it has been used to create just about anything and centuries later these creations are still standing proving concrete to be a winning choice.

 

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Where is concrete used:

  • Deck footings

  • House footings

  • Foundations

  • Patios

  • Walkways

  • Floors

  • Retaining walls

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A easy way to quickly renovate your bathroom at half the price

Posted by william bateman on Wed, Mar 06, 2013 @ 08:54 PM

Bathrooms are one of the most frequented rooms in your home. A rooom that takes care of all your essential needs everyday of the week and year. But year after year your bathroom may become deteriorated or completely unusable. A very common problem within bathrooms is mold and mildew growth, most of what you can't see. New bathroom remodels can range in the tens of thousands when all said and done. Other competitors like Rebath or Bathfitters offer a cheaper alternative of capping your existing tub and walls. All that does is lock in mold and mildew!!! In comparison, its like capping a rotten tooth and covering the problem.

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This is a customers tub that the competitors wanted to cap. Could you imagine hiding this mess by simply capping it?!?! Also when capping a tub your inside dimensions become smaller leaving less bathing room.

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This is what we found hidden behind tile walls! Loaded with mold and mildew and hidden for years! What happened here is the old sheetrock walls absorbed the moisture and started to grow in a dark and damp atmosphere. Mold and mildew allowed to grow can take over an entire house leaving it unlivable and without value!kitchen bathroom remodel chester nyThis is the steel tub we removed. Hidden under drain was the evidence of a rotten tub! Stell tubs are the cheapest tub you can install and will always rot out in the drain area. Thank god we caught this one in time before it started to leak causing thousands in damage. Another reason to rethink capping your tub!!!bathroom remodel monroe nyWith a tub removal you expose all the ailments that need to be removed! This was mold and mildew under the tub. We treated it with bleach to kill it. If capped it would keep growing for years!bathroom surround monroe ny rebathWMBCONSTRUCTION removed the shower walls/tub completely and installed a new 4 piece maintenance free shower/tub! In two days the customers were up and running! All the mold and mildew was removed and not capped!!

What is the advantage of tub removal:

  • Removal of any mold and mildew

  • New tub and new trip lever/waste

  • New divertor in wall

  • Peace in mind that you family is safe from harmful mold

  • Added value to your home



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5 home remodels that can make you money

Posted by william bateman on Sun, Jan 06, 2013 @ 08:27 AM

Remodeling a home can be a very costly venture. Homeowners looking to add value to their homes may try to add upgrades or renovate entire sections of their homes to make them more marketable. Not all home upgrades and renovations are worth spending your hard-earned money on, though. Here is a look at five ways to make your home renovation worth the money and effort you put into it.

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Your roof is the main component of your home. Without a good roof your house will remain worthless. A new roof is always a great investment because no bank ever wants to get involved in loaning money for a home that isn't protected. A poor roof can also increase your chances for mold and mildew build up due to leaking water that can cause health ailments and thousands in damage.

Signs that you need a new roof:

  • Algae growth on shingles

  • Damaged flashing

  • Buckling of sheathing under shingles

  • Curling of shingles

  • Blistering of shingles

  • Missing shingles

  • Ceiling spots inside of your home

  • Missing granules on shingles

  • Evidence of rotting

 

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Your bathroom is one of the most frequented rooms in your home. It is the room where you freshen up everyday and take care of your personal hygiene. Bathroom remodels have been known to return 30-40% on your initial investment when you sell. Nobody wants to move into a home knowing that the bathroom is in need of complete renovation and will in most cases pay more for the home with a good finished bathroom remodel.

Signs that you might need a bathroom remodel:  

  •  Visual evidence of mold and mildew build up

  • Soft spots on floor/and or walls(may indicate rot which could be serious if not addressed)

  • Leaking water

  • Musty smell

  • Grout missing in many areas

 

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Your Kitchen is the most frequented room in your home. It brings family together and is the heart of every home. The kitchen is usually the first room you see in a house, so with that being said, it is the most important. I have seen returns as high a 50% on real nice kitchen remodels. The first thing you want to do when selling is knock your buyer off their feet and you can do this with a good quality kitchen.

Signs you might need a new kitchen:

  • Soft spots on floors

  • Cabinets are delaminating

  • Cabinets are faded

  • Circuit breakers keep tripping when you plug in appliances

  • Mold and mildew build up

 

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 Decks are always a great benefit to any home. Outdoor living and entertaining is on a rise and each year the demand keeps rising for these projects. It creates a personal oaisis and tranquility right in your backyard. It is a guaranteed investment that you and your family can enjoy for years and still have return at the end.

Signs you might need a new deck: 

  • Deck surface is splintering

  • Deck bounces or sways when walking on it

  • Railings are loose and wobbly

 

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 Finished basements are key to any home. Unfinished it adds no square footage or value to your home. A nice finished basement will most likely have any male interested in purchasing your home know it has beautiful hideaway known as "The Man Cave"! But besides that it creates a great area for entertaining or even just a playroom for the kids. The ideas can become endless when designing your basement. You can add a bathroom, bar, play areas, pool table, etc.!!! A definate asset to your home. Right off the bat when listing your home your square footage will increase by 600-1000 which equals big gains.

Why you might want to remodel your basement:

  • Added square footage

  • Added value

  • Creates entertaining/playing area

 

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When performing any remodel it is important to pay attention to detail and quality! The sight of a poor install can have adverse affects on your return. While all these recommended projects can be costly, I advise customers to set up a five to ten year plan to save and complete these projects for your enjoyment and to increase the value of your largest investment, your home! 

 

 

 

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Benefits of installing an egress window

Posted by william bateman on Mon, Dec 17, 2012 @ 06:46 PM

If you are considering remodeling your basement you will likely find that your town requires the installation of egress windows. Most building codes mandate that egress windows be installed in order to provide an adequate escape route in an emergency situation, such as a fire. Besides adding safety and increasing your home's value, egress windows can greatly increase airflow and light, changing what was once a dark basement into a light, airy living space.

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 Egress windows are designed to allow people to escape a basement in the event of a fire. Most often, egress windows are installed during a basement renovation in order to comply with local building codes. Many towns have specific measurements that must be met, so it will be necessary to contact your local building-codes office in order to find out exactly what size window you must install in your basement.

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Egress windows come in as many varieties as typical windows, with as many different levels of quality and insulation, depending on the manufacturer. But all egress windows are designed to provide a safe escape route in the event of emergency. Most often, they provide about 6 square feet of roughly rectangular window surface. Check with the manufacturer if there is any question of whether a particular window is suitable to be used as an egress window.

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Benefits of adding an egress window:
  • Added safety

  • More natural light

  • Ventilation

  • Creates cleaner basement enviroment and decreases the chances for mold and mildew

  • Peace in mind that your loved ones will be safe

  • Added value

  • Aesthetically, they can change the look and feel of a basement

 

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Egress windows are essentially fire escape windows installed in finished basements. It is a national code that enstates that all finished basements must have a window of 5.7 sq. ft., no more than 44 inches to the sill height and 22 inch clear opening to be able to escape in case of an emergency.

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A recent egress window installation byWMB Construction where we removed the sliding glass door, which had water/flooding issues, and installed a window.

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Here we closed in the block foundation and added a footing drain to relieve water pressure. Foundation will be tarred and backfilled with lots of 3/4" gravel to keep the water moving.

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All parging is complete and window looks like it has always been there. A little paint to match is all the customer needs once concrete has cured. Water issues were corrected to keep this basement dry while also conforming to building codes.

Benefits by installing an egress window:

  • Added ventilation to your basement

  • Added natural light which helps prevent growth of mold and mildew

  • Peace in mind that your loved ones will be protected and safe from harms way

  • Added value to your home

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What is an egress window?

WHAT IS AN EGRESS WINDOW?

 

An egress window is a window that is required in specific locations in a dwelling and is intended to provide an emergency means of exiting a dwelling. Windows must meet specific size and requirements to qualify as an egress window.egress windows concrete orange county ny

 

 

 

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Egress windows are essentially fire escape windows installed in finished basements. It is a national code that enstates that all finished basements must have a window of 5.7 sq. ft., no more than 44 inches to the sill height and 22 inch clear opening to be able to escape in case of an emergency.

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A recent egress window installation byWMB Construction where we removed the sliding glass door, which had water/flooding issues, and installed a window.

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Here we closed in the block foundation and added a footing drain to relieve water pressure. Foundation will be tarred and backfilled with lots of 3/4" gravel to keep the water moving.

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All parging is complete and window looks like it has always been there. A little paint to match is all the customer needs once concrete has cured. Water issues were corrected to keep this basement dry while also conforming to building codes.

Benefits by installing an egress window:

  • Added ventilation to your basement

  • Added natural light which helps prevent growth of mold and mildew

  • Peace in mind that your loved ones will be protected and safe from harms way

  • Added value to your home

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What is an egress window?

WHAT IS AN EGRESS WINDOW?

 

An egress window is a window that is required in specific locations in a dwelling and is intended to provide an emergency means of exiting a dwelling. Windows must meet specific size and requirements to qualify as an egress window.egress windows concrete orange county ny

 

WHERE ARE EGRESS WINDOWS REQUIRED?

 

Egress windows are required in every room used for sleeping purposes (bedrooms) on any floor and in basements with habitable space. If you are constructing a new home, the code requires that you put an egress window in each bedroom. It also requires an egress window in the basement if habitable rooms will be finished in the basement. If you install a basement bedroom or bedrooms, an egress window is required in each bedroom. If you have an existing home and you add a sleeping room in an unfinished basement, the code requires that you install an egress window in the sleeping room or rooms.

 

WHAT ARE SIZE REQUIREMENTS FOR AN EGRESS

WINDOW?

 

An egress window must satisfy four International Residential Code (IRC) criteria:

• Minimum width of opening: 20 in.

• Minimum height of opening: 24 in.

• Minimum net clear opening: 5.7 sq. ft. (5.0 sq. ft. for ground floor).

• Maximum sill height above floor: 44 in

 

The window must have a minimum net clear opening of 5.7 sq. ft. Net clear opening refers to the actual free and clear space that exists when the window is open. It is not the rough opening size or the glass panel size, but the actual opening a person can crawl through.

The window opening must be operational from the inside without keys or tools. Bars, grilles and grates may be installed over windows but must be operational without tools or keys and still allow the minimum clear opening.

You might assume that a 20-in. by 24-in. window would be acceptable for egress. However, those dimensions would yield a net clear opening of only 3.3 sq. ft. To achieve the required net clear opening of 5.7 sq. ft., a 20-in. wide window would have to be 42 in. high. Likewise, a 24-in. high window would have to be 34 in. wide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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