Project Highlights

This loss was received from the property manager on a Sunday evening and Zipco had four employees on site within an hour of the original phone call to start the mitigation process. The tenant is located in a 42,000sf section of a large commercial building and suffered a small fire resulting in the engagement of their fire suppression system. When we arrived, water was pouring into the sales floor and back offices causing damage.

Zipco Team Building

In Early March, the Zipco team had a little team building outing at the newly minted Woodchux in Liberty for some axe throwing. It was not a difficult as it first seemed it would be, but soon everyone was able to stick their axes and we evolved into some friendly competition. There are a few axe throwing locations in the Kansas City metro area and you should check them out some time.

Hydrostatic Pressure and Foundations

What is Hydrostatic Pressure?

When water pressure increases, so does the potential for leaks into your basement.

Water always finds an opening. Hydrostatic pressure can easily drive groundwater into the basement through gaps and cracks in the masonry. High water pressure can also cause seepage through solid concrete.

“Hydrostatic Pressure” refers to a water pressure and is a major cause of basement water problems. Water weighs slightly more than 60lbs. per cubic foot.

View From The Observation Deck

April 15th – Tax Day

As I was preparing for this quarter’s observation, it occurred to me that there has to have been some interesting things that have happened on this date in history, you know, some interesting things to take your mind off what many consider to be a tough day every year. So I did a little checking and came up with a few nuggets…some I knew….most I learned for the very first time. Let’s start with one most everyone knows about that happened on April 15th 1912, when the Titanic struck an iceberg in the north Atlantic Ocean on her maiden voyage, sinking in a matter of hours. Here are some other interesting things that happened on April 15th:

  • 1865 – Abraham Lincoln died 9 hours after being shot.
  • 1877 – In Boston, MA, the very first telephone was installed.
  • 1910 – President Taft became the first US President to throw out a first ball at a professional baseball game.
  • 1924 – Rand McNally published the first road atlas. (my how times have changed)
  • 1947 – Jackie Robinson became the first African-American to play in the Major League starting a game for the National League Brooklyn Dodgers.
  • 1955 – Ray Croc opened the first McDonald’s Restaurant in Des Plaines, Illinois.
  • 1992 – Jay Leno’s final appearance as permanent host of the Tonight Show.

Hope you enjoyed this break from writing a check to the IRS and your state revenue department. Your welcome from the staff at the Observation Deck.