Lake Zurich IL has had a number of identities over the course of its history, including a tiny rural farm town, a utopian commune and a summer resort.
Although the town and its lake were originally named Cedar Lake, an early settler named Seth Paine is responsible for its current name and an interesting aspect of its early history. Paine, a follower of French philosopher Charles Fourier, established a commune in the area based on Fourier’s teachings and named the lake and town after the Swiss city because such communal practices were being followed in that country.
The communal principle proved less than successful and Paine left Lake Zurich for Chicago after 10 years of futile effort. Like many Chicago suburbs, Lake Zurich saw its development surge as its accessibility increased with the coming of rail transportation and the establishment of Rand Road as a major thoroughfare. Access brought first picnickers to the lake’s shores, then vacationers as many summer homes were built in the area.
Later, these summer cottages were winterized for year-round use and the permanent population of Lake Zurich began to grow, eventually reaching today’s population of just shy of 20,000. The nearly 6,000 homeowners in Lake Zurich, whether in remodeled summer cottages or newly constructed homes, face the same maintenance and repair issues as their neighbors in Palatine and Barrington, including a need for wet basement waterproofing.
Of course, each home in Lake Zurich that needs wet basement waterproofing is diagnosed on an individual basis but there are three commonly used methods that solve the majority of problems.
1. Interior Drain Tile – Installing interior drain tile alleviates hydrostatic pressure that can force water into a basement through cracks in the floor and the cove joint. Consisting of perforated pipe buried in a bed of washed stone under the basement floor, interior drain tile carries ground water to a sump pump for discharge.
Properly installed, interior drain tile never needs maintenance.
2. Crack Repair – Poured concrete foundations are common in Lake Zurich and one of the most likely sources of a wet basement is seepage through a non-structural crack in the walls. The best way to repair a foundation wall crack is to inject it with expanding polyurethane from inside the basement. The material expands to fill and seal the crack all the way to the outside soil and it remains flexible when cured to prevent minor foundation movement from causing the crack to reopen.
If the crack is inaccessible from the inside, it can be permanently repaired from the exterior by filling a small hole at the site of the crack with sodium bentonite clay. The clay forms a pliable but impermeable barrier against water intrusion.
3. Exterior Waterproofing – An exterior waterproofing membrane protects against seepage over top of the foundation, through deteriorated mortar joints or porous concrete or masonry like brick or concrete block. A thick coat of asphalt-modified polyurethane that is applied to exterior foundation walls with a trowel. An exterior waterproofing membrane creates a flexible yet impermeable barrier against water intrusion.
When ground water is high, the membrane can be accompanied by exterior drain tile and heavy-duty plastic drainage board that will protect the membrane and channel water downward.
Regardless of the source of the problem, every Lake Zurich homeowner needs the expertise and assistance of a basement waterproofing contractor that knows the town and its homes. At U.S. Waterproofing, we have been keeping basements dry all over the Chicago areas since 1957, including Lake Zurich; here’s what one of your neighbors had to say about our work. Why not ask for our free advice?
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