Waterproofing: Healthy Home = Healthy Family

If you have children at home suffering through a brutal spring and facing a summer plagued by allergies, relief may be available close to home.

In fact, that relief could start with your home – in the basement to be exact. A leaky basement can be unhealthy, leading to odor, mess and, worst of all, mold.

While people with pollen allergies tend to have seasonal symptoms, mold allergies can flare all year long.

Mold thrives in moisture and will grow in your house wherever there is enough of it – whether it’s on a basement wall, in your crawl space, on a damp carpet or behind the bathroom tile.

If you’re sensitive, you’ll react with coughing, wheezing, stuffy nose or irritated eyes.

Fortunately, helping families solve these problems motivates the young, energetic twenty-something men who work at Champion

Waterproofing, a young, energetic business itself.

Champion, a five-year-old company based in Louisville, opened its first office in Lexington this spring under the direction of Shawn Cornish.

Cornish, 27, is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University and five years ago joined the basement water-proofing company.

He was first trained as a water-proofer before running his own crew, and he now has become the manager of the Lexington office.

“This is a great job because we help people with their largest investment – their home,” he said. “We help by getting rid of the problems that make a basement unhealthy.”

Cornish leads a crew of men just like himself.

“We feel like a team, more like a family. At the end of the year, we give out a MVP trophy, just like a team,” he said.

Along with free estimates, Champion offers lifetime, transferable guarantees for its work. That’s one of the reasons the company has doubled each of its first five years.

Along with waterproofing, the company also specializes in radon testing and removal. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, exposure to radon in the home is responsible for an estimated 20,000 lung cancer deaths each year, the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S.

The EPA recommends testing for radon in all homes below the third floor. Testing is inexpensive and easy, and radon reduction systems can reduce levels in your home by up to 99%.

“We take pride in our work and can help families have a healthier home,” Cornish said.

Shawn Cornish is manager of the Lexington office of Champion Waterproofing, a five-year-old company based in Louisville.
Info: 231-0113 or www.championwp.com