To look at its quiet subdivisions and laid-back atmosphere today, it’s difficult to imagine that Morton Grove, IL was a big party town back in the Roaring Twenties. In fact, when stricter enforcement in Chicago made illegal drinking difficult during the Prohibition era, various casinos and roadhouses sprung up in the more casually policed rural areas around the city and Morton Grove was known among the drinking set for “speakeasies” like The Dells and Lincoln Tavern.
After the repeal of Prohibition dialed down the wildness, Morton Grove grew slowly during the Depression and World War II – there were only 1100 homes in the village at the dawn of the 1950’s. The postwar building boom that sparked the growth of American suburbs, along with the construction of the Edens Expressway, caused Morton Grove to grow quickly during the 50s and 60s and, once the construction dust had settled, there were 6700 homes and a population in excess of 20,000.
Today, Morton Grove is an established community of 22,000 residents living in 8300 homes. Because the boom in residential development ended more than 40 years ago, homes in the community are aging and homeowners are faced with maintenance and repair issues common to older homes, including the need to do basement waterproofing.
Just like homes in neighboring Skokie and Des Plaines, every home in Morton Grove that needs basement waterproofing must be individually evaluated but there are several proven methods that will handle most water problems.
Crack Repair – The most common type of foundation in Morton Grove is one of poured concrete and the most common source of water in such a foundation is a non-structural crack in the wall. Permanently repairing these cracks is best done by injecting them with expanding polyurethane from the inside of the basement. The polyurethane seals the crack all the way to the outside soil and remains flexible when cured to prevent minor foundation movement from re-opening the crack.
When the crack is not accessible from inside it can be repaired on the exterior using sodium bentonite clay. A small hole is dug along the foundation at the site of the crack and filled with the clay to form a pliable, permanent barrier against water intrusion.
Interior Drain Tile – Another common type of seepage in Morton Grove basements occurs when hydrostatic pressure under the foundation forces water through cracks in the floor or through the cove joint. Installing interior drain tile, perforated pipe buried in a bed of washed gravel under the basement floor, will relieve this pressure and carry ground water to a sump pump for discharge. Properly installed, interior drain tile will never require maintenance.
Exterior Waterproofing – Poured concrete foundations can also experience seepage through patches of porous material or over the top of the wall; masonry foundations through deteriorated mortar joints or porous masonry such as concrete block or brick. The best way to prevent such seepage is to apply an exterior waterproofing membrane, a thick coating of asphalt-modified polyurethane, which is troweled onto the wall to form an impenetrable barrier.
When extreme amounts of ground water are present, adding exterior drain tile and drainage board will protect the membrane and move water away from the foundation.
No matter which method is best for a particular home, a Morton Grove homeowner needs the advice and help of a qualified basement waterproofing contractor. At U.S. Waterproofing, we have been waterproofing basements around Chicagoland for 56 years and have already helped hundreds of Morton Grove homeowners keep their basements dry and foundations safe. Why not ask for our free advice?
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