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A few days ago we were asked to do something about the efflorescence in this basement. Water penetration in basements and the resulting efflorescence, along with potential mold, mildew, mustiness, and humidity, is an extremely common problem. There are many causes and each situation is unique, but I thought I would post this here to let you guys know that we do indeed perform this service. Below is our before & after picture of the basement we completed a few days ago:
Basement Efflorescence - Before & After

Basement Efflorescence - Before & After

We used muriatic acid and a whole lot of elbow grease to scrub that stuff off and rinse it out of the basement. We allowed it to dry and came back in the next day with Sherwin Williams' Water Blocking Primer/Finish (here's the Product Data Sheet), a product that is basically identical to Drylok Extreme but without the fancy price tag. At the time of the estimate there were definitely damp areas in this basement and we needed a fairly cost effective and quick solution, not to come in with dehumidifiers and heaters and blast the place dry for a couple weeks, etc... so finally I located this product. It inhibits the growth of mold and mildew, it seals bare interior masonry walls from hydrostatic moisture penetration, contains odor eliminating technology to keep out those typical damp musty basement smells.... but best of all it can be applied over a damp (not wet!) surface! I think the after picture pretty much says everything else. Do you have similar efflorescence in your basement/garage? Give us a call and we'll take care of it for you hassle-free.

Behind Chimney – Exterior Painters Birmingham

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Behind Chimney Before & After

Happy Easter folks! Here's the BACK of a chimney on a client's home here in good old Hoover, AL. It's likely the homeowners have never even seen this part of their chimney, and it's just as likely you have never seen the back of yours either. Why am I posting this particular view? Well, we at PaintDoctorMD believe in doing work RIGHT. If you'll look closely at the bottom part in the BEFORE portion (the left side) where we were getting ready to work on  the area, you'll notice that the previous painters didn't even bother to paint the bottom couple of inches of this wood siding. The whole bottom foot at the lowest corner there looks completely untouched by the most recent paint color; the original builder's paint job is still there, about to fall off that corner board. We are CONSTANTLY amazed at the stream of garbage work that people pay for. The things other painters get away with... it boggles the mind. This was attended to just in time, that wood would have been rotten and soft in another year. The loose paint has now been removed, the raw wood was primed, and we sprayed on 2 heavy coats of SuperPaint by Sherwin Williams, and it will not be rotting anytime soon. You can almost hear the chimney's sigh of relief! Chimneys are one of the most common areas where you'll find rotten wood on homes. Why? Most painters think nobody's ever going to look up there. And they're absolutely right. But we at PaintDoctorMD would not be able to sleep at night if we "performed" work like that, we're just not wired that way. The best way to provide a 5 year warranty like we do is to do the job so well that it lasts far longer than the warranty period. We have just started this daily/blog page, so bookmark this page if you'd like to see more things other painters have gotten away with, and better yet how they look when done properly. If you think others should have a chance at having their home properly sealed and protected as well, please share this on your favorite social media platform, and tag your friends. Thank you, and we hope you had a lovely Easter weekend.

First Daily!

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Eaves/Gutters, Before & After, 4/09

First post on the new Daily updates page! Today we were in the Greystone area out on 280, doing some exterior painting. Here's a before/after shot of the eaves & gutters on the driveway side. Before was around noon, after was around 5:30 PM right before we packed it up for the day. Even though we are repainting this house the exact same colors, it still gets the full 2 coat treatment so that we can back it up with the full PaintDoctorMD 5 year warranty. At the end of that 5 years, it will still be looking brand-new. Sherwin Williams SuperPaint baby!

That reminds me, be on  the lookout soon for a new page up top. Someone suggested that I go and take some pictures of previous jobs and how they're holding up to this day. Brilliant! It'll be called something like 'Time Vs. The Doctor,' or whatever witty name I can think of, any ideas? It'll feature some of our work from the very beginning. 2006! 8 years should tell a good story. I've already been looked at strangely at a couple of properties, taking pictures where the house has changed owners... I'm going to try and dig up original pictures for a real side-by-side comparison. Stay tuned!



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