For a small town at the farther reaches of Chicago suburbia, Woodstock IL is a pretty fascinating place.
The city is probably best known in recent times as the location of the iconic 1993 movie, Groundhog Day, which has inspired an annual Groundhog Festival and stimulated tourism.
Digging back a little more into Woodstock’s history reveals an incredible cast of characters whose lives have touched the city of nearly 25,000 residents. For example:
Eugene V. Debs, perennial Socialist presidential candidate, was jailed in Woodstock after the 1894 Chicago Pullman riots and there discovered the works of Karl Marx;
Orson Welles attended a now-defunct boy’s school in Woodstock and staged his first theatrical performances at the Woodstock Opera House;
Paul Newman was a member of the Woodstock Players summer theater group in 1949 before attending Yale Drama School;
Chester Gould, creator of Dick Tracy was a longtime resident of Woodstock and died there in 1985.
These days there are not so many famous people in Woodstock but the quality of life regularly draws new residents. Its 1857 courthouse and the Opera House, built in 1889, are representative of much of the early architectural gems found in Woodstock, including many of the 20% of the city’s homes that were built prior to 1940.
Of course, whether architectural landmark or part of a new subdivision, houses in Woodstock suffer the same maintenance and repair problems as homes everywhere and homeowners there often are in need of wet basement waterproofing.
Just as in nearby Crystal Lake and other towns, each home in Woodstock that needs wet basement waterproofing is individually evaluated but there are several methods that work in the majority of situations.
Interior Drain Tile – A common source of seepage in a Woodstock basement is when hydrostatic pressure under the foundation forces water in through cracks in the floor or the cove joint. Installing interior drain tile, perforated pipe embedded in washed gravel under the basement floor, alleviates hydrostatic pressure and moves ground water to a sump pump for discharge. When installed properly, interior drain tile requires no maintenance.
Exterior Waterproofing – In a poured concrete foundation, seepage can occur through areas of porous concrete or over top of the foundation wall; in a masonry foundation, leaks come through deteriorated mortar joints or porous masonry units like concrete block or brick. This type of seepage can be repaired or prevented by installing an exterior waterproofing membrane, a thick coating of asphalt-modified polyurethane applied to foundation walls with a towel to form an impenetrable water barrier.
When ground water is very high, the membrane can be accompanied by exterior drain tile and heavy-duty drainage board that protects the membrane and channels water downward.
Crack Repair – The most common source of water in a poured concrete foundation is a non-structural crack in a basement wall. These cracks are best repaired by injecting them with expanding polyurethane, which seals the crack all the way to the outside of the wall and remains flexible to prevent re-cracking caused by minor foundation movement.
If the basement is finished or the crack is otherwise inaccessible from the inside, it can be repaired on the exterior with sodium bentonite clay. A small hole is dug down to the foundation footings at the site of the crack and filled with the clay, which forms a pliable, permanent water barrier.
Regardless of the type of problem or recommended solution, a Woodstock homeowner in need of wet basement waterproofing will require the advice and services of an experienced basement waterproofing contractor. At U.S. Waterproofing, we have been providing wet basement waterproofing services all over Chicagoland since 1957 and have more than 300,000 satisfied customers to our credit. Why not ask for our free advice?
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