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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
One way to mitigate damage from a structural foundation problem and lower the cost of its repair is to spot the problem early.
Unfortunately, many homeowners don’t know the signs of foundation damage and may ignore the problem unintentionally until it has progressed beyond the
There are many sources of water seepage in a basement and some will occur only in basements of a particular construction. For example, in a foundation built of concrete block, as is often found in the Milwaukee and northwest Indiana areas, water can seep through mortar joints and
In the basement waterproofing business we talk a lot about cracks. Cracks in poured concrete basement walls and cracks in basement floors are both sources of seepage that create basement water problems that require professional repair. These are generally non-structural cracks, that is, they aren’t
Our blog post published on July 13 warned homeowners in the Chicago area that the lengthy hot, dry spell the area is experiencing may be causing serious damage to their homes’ foundations.
When drought conditions persist like they are now across much of the country,
OK, it’s hot. In fact, the first six months of 2012 just set a record as the warmest January-to-June in the 48 contiguous states – and July has been hotter still.
And, it’s dry. Those same first six months of 2012 are
The most common cause of basement water seepage in poured concrete foundations is a vertical crack. While repairing cracks from the exterior was the original remedy, the most common repair method today is filling and sealing the crack from the inside, commonly referred to as crack injection.
Ever since poured concrete has been used to form foundation walls, cracks have been a main source of wall seepage. Cracks happen for a lot of reasons -- foundation settling, external vibrations and over-saturation of the soil among them.
Not all cracks leak, but all
Homeowners tend to have their favorite go-to guy to keep up with basic home repairs and their “honey-do” lists. It’s often difficult to find a good handyman, but when you finally do, you pile more and more on his punch list. Everything from
Bar none, basement wall cracks are the most common source of seepage problems. If you have a foundation that is constructed of poured concrete, there’s a very high likelihood there is a crack somewhere in your foundation. If your basement is finished, it can become
Not all basement waterproofing repairs are created equal. There is a big difference between a basement waterproofing professional and a general handyman who is a novice. We are not saying that someone who is mechanically inclined and has a little know-how is not capable of attempting a
Poured concrete foundations crack for a number of reasons. We recently published an article explaining why. This post will examine the different types of crack repair options available. Each method has its pros and cons.
Before we get caught up in
When making a decision on hiring a basement waterproofing contractor, most homeowners consider reputation, process, price and warranty. Why an entire blog post dedicated to understanding a basement waterproofing warranty? Because it is one of the most misunderstood things in our industry.
Next time you’re in your basement, take a look around at your foundation walls. You are bound to find a crack. Why? Cracks in basements happen!
Builders approach us all the time to help them fix the