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Your backyard concrete patio can be a great gathering place for parties or an escape for enjoying a good book on a sunny afternoon. But if your patio has sunken and is pitched toward your house, it can also be a great source of trouble every time it
An egress window in your basement is as important to the safety of your family as working smoke detectors. Properly configured egress windows provide a reliable escape route for your family when basement emergencies block other exits and they offer an easy entrance for firemen with air tanks
If you have water coming into your basement, the time to take action is now. Ignoring the water will only complicate cleanup and repairs. To deal with the water, you’ll want to find the best basement waterproofing company so you don’t have the nightmare of
Fighting basement moisture can be an ongoing battle. This area of your home is surrounded by moist soil and by basement walls that do little to keep that moisture out. Usually basements have small windows to help ventilate the area, but when do these ever get opened?
When smart people need foundation repair they know they should enlist an expert. When they think of experts, one name that would be at the top of their list would be Mike Holmes. He is internationally known, highly-experienced with residential building and remodeling and has been called
Your foundation walls are designed to support the weight of your house and to resist moisture that’s surrounding them. When foundations work, you get to live in a stable and dry environment. When they crack, moisture seeps into your basement; it damages valuables like carpeting,
Living in Chicagoland presents some challenges if you have a poured concrete driveway. With the soil being mainly clay and the extreme weather and temperature fluctuations, the ground around your property is constantly in a state of movement. In the wet seasons your soil swells, during dry times
When your house foundation moves, it can cause everything from below ground seepage problems to cracks in the rooms above. That’s why foundation movement should not be ignored. The causes should be identified and addressed early, along with treating the symptoms. If this isn
If you live in the City of Chicago, then you know how the close proximity of homes in many neighborhoods makes managing rainwater a challenge, because there is nowhere to direct it far enough away from the houses. And this is a problem. Water sitting and soaking
When you notice signs of foundation damage, either cracks in your basement foundation walls, or doors and windows sticking upstairs, the next step you take is critical to the long-term health of your home and your wallet. Because foundation
We hear this question often from homeowners who are looking at their finished basements and realizing the risk of having a single mechanical sump pump to protect their belongings from flood damage. They know that as soon as their single pump, or the power it’s connected to
Do you have sinking concrete around your home and want to address it but don’t want to spend thousands replacing it because it is still in good shape? Have you done a little research and asked some neighbors and they keep throwing out this strange term
In previous articles we have discussed the three most common ways to repair sinking sidewalks in Chicago; concrete replacement, mudjacking and polyurethane concrete raising. While all three have their place in the home repair industry, mudjacking is the least expensive way to solve settling concrete sidewalks. As
In previous articles we have discussed how much sinking concrete is in Chicago, the different ways to repair it, the differences in those methods, but many people want to know…how much does repairing sinking concrete in Chicago cost?
The obvious answer is…it depends.
According to the U.S. Census, there are over 1,000,000 housing units in Chicago. Almost every private home in Chicago has a sidewalk; there are sidewalks to the front entry, rear service walks to get to the building from the alley and let’s not forget the infamous
Gutters and downspouts play an important role in managing rain water around your house. When configured properly, they effectively direct roof water away from your home. When they are not, large amounts of water are allowed to dump next to your foundation causing seepage and even worse, foundation
Shiny new appliances, new siding, new cabinets and beautiful new floors, what is there not to love? The house is in the right location, has the right look and the price is right…time to put in an offer right? Not so fast, unfortunately there can
If you are having basement seepage and are thinking of installing Interior Drain Tile to keep your basement dry, here are 12 questions you need to ask any contractor who’s offering you a solution. These questions will help you discover critical information about the contractor, their solutions and
Here in the Greater Chicagoland Area, there are two main types of foundation walls - poured concrete and concrete block. Both are widely used and can be severely damaged by soil pressure on the exterior of the foundation walls.
When soil pressure against a foundation wall
Rain barrels are a way some homeowners use to save money by capturing rain to water their gardens and lawns and wash their cars. But there’s another side to these containers that can cause serious headaches beyond the commonly known rain barrel problems (like roofs
A large number of cracks, particularly if they are on an angle or are substantial in width (more than 1/8” wide), in a foundation wall are good indicators that the wall is experiencing what is referred to an inward movement. Essentially the wall has fractured and is rotating
When you have to repair settled concrete around your home that is unsightly, a tripping hazard, pooling water or directing water into your basement, there are a couple of methods to choose from besides replacing the concrete. Both Polyurethane Concrete Raising and Mudjacking are processes in which existing
If you’ve noticed seepage in your basement and are wondering what is the best way to handle it, this article is for you. With so many options to pick from, it can be difficult to sort through them to decide on the best foundation waterproofing method.
A majority of homes have concrete sidewalks, patios or driveways around them. If it does, there is a good chance that this concrete has settled over time as well. This settled concrete is unsightly, takes away from the value of your home, causes water in your
Your sump pump is the heart of your home’s ground water drainage system. If it fails you’re only one storm away from a potentially expensive flooded basement. This is why it’s important to look for the very best sump pump.