There’s not too much of a mystery of how the village of Evergreen Park got its name – in the town’s early days someone built a park and planted evergreen trees in it. The interesting thing about the park, besides its stature as namesake, is that an ambitious developer in love with Paris designed the park in the shape of a star with eight streets emanating from it to emulate the plaza of the Arch de Triomphe and its grand boulevards, including the Champs-Elysees.
What actually drove the village’s development however was not Parisian culture but cemeteries. St. Mary’s Cemetery opened in 1888, bringing mourners and other visitors by train from Chicago. Restaurants and taverns began to spring up to serve these visitors, the number of which increased in 1910 when the Evergreen Cemetery opened.
In between, Evergreen Park became known as a recreation center for Chicagoans, featuring picnic groves, beer gardens and dance halls. Fearing annexation by the city, Evergreen Park residents voted to incorporate in 1893.
Today, Evergreen Park is village of 20,000 residents and 7600 homes, more than two-thirds of which were built before 1960. Evergreen Park homeowners have begun to deal with the repair and maintenance problems that go hand-in-hand with older homes and many of them need wet basement waterproofing.
Crack Repair – A frequent cause of water in a poured concrete basement is a non-structural crack in the foundation wall. These cracks can be repaired permanently from the inside by injecting them with expanding polyurethane that will fill the crack all the way to the soil outside. The polyurethane will remain flexible once it has cured to prevent minor foundation movement causing the repair to re-crack.
If the crack is inaccessible on the inside, it can be repaired from the exterior with sodium bentonite clay. A small hole is dug next to the foundation at the site of the crack and filled with the clay, which forms a pliable and permanent barrier against further water intrusion.
Exterior Waterproofing – Poured concrete foundations can leak over the top of the foundation wall or through patches of porous concrete; masonry foundations can leak through bad mortar joints or porous masonry. Either can be repaired by installing an exterior waterproofing membrane, a thick coating of asphalt-modified polyurethane that is troweled onto the foundation wall to create an impermeable water barrier.
When large amounts of ground water are present, the membrane can be augmented with exterior drain tile and heavy-duty drainage board that protects the membrane and channels water downward.
Interior Drain Tile – One of the most common sources of a wet basement is ground water that is forced by hydrostatic pressure under the foundation through cracks in the basement floor and through the cove joint. Installing interior drain tile, perforated pipe buried in a bed of washed stone under the basement floor, will alleviate this pressure and move the water to a sump pump for disposal. Properly installed, interior drain tile is maintenance-free.
No matter what the recommended repair method, a homeowner in Evergreen Park that needs wet basement waterproofing will require the services of a qualified basement waterproofing contractor that knows the village and its homes. At U.S. Waterproofing, we have been keeping basements dry and foundations safe all over Chicagoland since 1957 and we have already helped hundreds of your neighbors with their homes. Why not ask for our free advice?
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