Boss Facts & Tips

Prestigious “Building Performance Institute” CERTIFICATION

bpi_logoOur E.Z. Breathe ventilation unit now carries the prestigious “Building Performance Institute” seal of certification and approval.

Consumers look for a Seal of Approval when they are buying products. Researching quality assurance yourself is often time consuming. Products certified with the Seal from the BPI are products that you can rely on.

How it works… BPI identifies the appropriate industry standard which the product will need to meet. The product is then tested by an independent accredited lab, proving that it meets the requirements of the standard. Once the lab report has been reviewed and approved by BPI, the product is eligible for listing on the BPI website and receiving the BPI Listing Mark.

What this means….. BPI only identifies leading industry products that meet home performance industry standards for energy upgrades to the home. The BPI seal of certification gives you the confidence to choose an E.Z. Breathe Ventilation unit for your home. Click here for more information about E.Z. Breathe


                                                    Your prescription for improved indoor air quality


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What is Iron Ocher

 or Iron Bacteria…. commonly known as iron ocher, iron algae, or as some basement waterproofing installers call it, red slime or the “red stuff”. Actually the problem is not really iron ocher. Iron bacteria are microorganisms that use iron ocher as a source of energy. Here’s what basically happens in simple terms: First, one type of these microorganisms has the ability to attach itself to the side of a pump or the inside of a drainage pipe. They do so in order to feed on the nutrients that are flowing along in the water. Then what happens is other bacteria called iron bacteria are now able to attach themselves to these first organisms. They accumulate in jelly like masses creating what is called a biofilm. This biofilm if left untreated can clog pumps and drainage pipes.

If your sump pump and pipes look like this, you have an Iron Bacteria problem!

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A smell and an oil-like substance many times accompany the “red stuff”. It will appear as a rainbow colors on the surface of the water. The smell is because of the decomposed material. While iron bacteria are a nuisance, they are not harmful to humans. How would one know if they had a iron bacteria problem? Here are some clues:

  1. It seems that iron bacteria is more prevalent near a body of water such as along the coastline, a lake, pond or stream.
  2. It seems that it is more prevalent in silty sandy soil rather than hard clay.
  3. Red/orange staining of basement floor
  4. Red/orange staining at the end of a pump discharge.
  5. Oil-like substance on the surface of water in sump pit.
  6. Smell in the drainage water (decomposed materials)

Unfortunately, there are no methods to stop the proliferation of iron ocher and research on the matter has shown that the phenomenon can’t be eliminated. However, to prevent infiltration in the basement, the installation of maintenance chimneys have been used to periodically flush the foundation drain system. This approach does not solve the problem, but it has prevented the clogging of the foundation drain system. Click here to learn about sump pit and pump maintenance

Ref. Steve Andreas, Basement Health Organization

4 Stages of a Water Problem

What stage is your foundation at?

Stage 1 (no visible water yet)

  • Mould, mildew, musty odour
  • Dampness
  • Discolouration on wall coverings
  • Rust on appliances
  • Occupant/s experiencing allergies

Stage 2 (no visible water yet)

  • White powder on walls (efflorescence)
  • Consistently damp
  • Hairline cracks on wall/floor/s
  • Severe wall/floor discolouration
  • Basement odour increasing

Stage 3

  • Seepage during moderate rains
  • Flooding during heavy rains
  • enlargement of wall/floor cracks
  • Bottom of wall deterioration
  • Basement smells bad

Stage 4

  • Mud & silt intrusion
  • Corners of basement are cracking
  • Floor undermining
  • Walls buckling
  • Structural damage

Stage 5

  • House on the move!


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Rainfall Facts

Did you know….

1. 1″ of rain on 1 acre of land is equivalent to 27,658 gallons of water.

  • the 27,658 gallons of water are distributed downgrade as surface runoff and seeps through the ground topsoil to underground capillary vents.

2. 1″ of rain on 1/4 acre of land is equivalent to 6914.5 gallons of water.

3. 1″ of rain on a 9×12′ patio is equivalent to 68.6 gallons of water.

4. 1″ of rain on a 36×24′ roof with a 25% pitch is equivalent to 685.9 gallons of water. If the water is evenly distributed to all 4 downspouts, it would be 171.5 gallons of water per downspout.

5. 1″ of rain on a 3×2′ exterior window well is equivalent to 3.8 gallons of water.

6. 1″ of rain on a 3×9′ exterior stairwell is equivalent to 17.4 gallons of water.


That’s a lot of water

and our system will handle it!