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You wake up to the sound of rain, heavy rain. The news on the bedside clock radio tells you that it’s been raining all night and should be ending shortly. It’s Saturday, so you start to roll over and go back
I know, it seems unnecessary to explain why it’s good to read articles about basement waterproofing to someone who’s reading an article about basement waterproofing, but hear me out, please.
I’ve been in the basement waterproofing business for a long time.
You’ve finally gotten tired of having water in your basement every time it rains so you’ve called some basement waterproofing companies. We’ve talked about questions you should ask and things you should look for but what is the basement advisor going to
Every homeowner likes to see their lawn freshly cut, their bushes neatly trimmed and the planting beds outside their house free of weeds. Most of us like it even better when the local landscaping company has done it all for us, leaving us valuable free time for other
Several times in this blog it’s been suggested that homeowners go outside during a rainstorm to observe why their basement leaks: overflowing gutters, poorly placed downspouts and other water management issues. It’s difficult to spot problems like these without the help of Mother
Basement waterproofing goes back a long way, just about as long as people have wanted their basements to be something other than damp, smelly caves. Like any other business, it has its traditions and many old-timers in the waterproofing business will be quick to tell you that &ldquo
OK, so we’re the basement waterproofing experts. We make our living by keeping our customers’ basements dry and their homes healthy. The work we do, for the most part, can’t (or shouldn’t) be done by a homeowner
So, you’re shopping for a new home. It’s an exciting time, hunting down the ideal place in the right community with the best schools. There’s the right number of bedrooms and bathrooms to consider -- and don’t forget the
Most of the time, this blog is about basement waterproofing “after the fact” -- water problems and waterproofing solutions in existing homes. The other night while watching TV I was reminded that the smart homebuilder (or the even smarter homebuyer) can ensure freedom from basement seepage
A wet basement can be a disaster or it can be an inconvenience. The typical homeowner who faces a disastrous water problem – soaked carpeting, ruined furniture, destruction of stored goods – usually fixes the problem right away.
On the other hand, the homeowner who
It seems that everywhere we look, there are “how-to” articles, TV shows and websites and, yes, more than a few “how-to” blogs, of which Basement Matters is one. It doesn’t matter if you want to learn how to decorate a cake, master
Chicago. City of the Big Shoulders. Hog Butcher for the World. Land of Leaky Basements.
OK, so there’s not much hog-butchering going on in town since the Stockyards shut down, but the other two descriptions are still valid.
As those of us who live here know, Chicago is a great city and many things set it apart. Since this blog is about maintaining a dry basement and a healthy home, I’m not here to talk about pizza or architecture or winning (or losing) sports
When I started this blog earlier this year, one of our most popular posts talked about common misconceptions about basement waterproofing solutions. That was fun to write because those “fact vs. fiction” topics are things we talk about amongst ourselves in the industry. The blog
Do-it-yourself home improvement is all the rage these days, thanks to the DIY Network and TV personalities like Norm Abrams and Lou Manfredini. Personally, I prefer the direct, no-nonsense approach of Mike Holmes of “Holmes on Homes” for my DIY education, but this blog is not
You’ve just mopped up the basement, again, after a heavy spring rainstorm, so you call in the basement waterproofing contractor. After a thorough inspection, the contractor explains the problem and leaves you with a written estimate of the work needed to fix it.
When we first became homeowners, we knew that certain pressures came with the job – paying the mortgage, fixing things that break or replacing things that really break. We probably didn’t think much about something called hydrostatic pressure, but many of us are dealing
Let's face it. The last thing on most people's minds when buying a home is to inspect the basement for leaks. Realtors will tell you kitchens and bathrooms are what really sells homes. I am not a real estate speculator, but I
Believe it or not, there are basement waterproofing companies that won’t fix a foundation crack (as shown below). That’s right! It may be hard to believe, but they are out there.
Over the years, I’ve
I’m often asked what really makes one basement waterproofing company different from the other. Sure, there are nuances on how we fix a crack versus another company. We all offer different lines of back-up sump pumps. And every company will try telling you why
Getting water into the basement is an unpleasant situation for anyone, whether you have a finished basement in your home or if it is an unfinished storage area. Heck, even seepage in an isolated furnace or mechanical room is unacceptable. And waterproofing is
At the beginning of the year, we started a basement waterproofing blog called “Basement Matters”. Our main goal behind the blog was to educate homeowners by publishing fresh and original articles and videos drawing from our 55 years of experience. As a part of the project,
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
When it comes to basement waterproofing problems, customers want to know that they are not alone. One question homeowners ask us on a daily basis is, “Is my problem unusual?”
And almost every time, we give the same stock answer “We’ve
The home improvement industry is littered with salesmen who could have played a role in the movies “Tin Men” or “Glenngarry Glen Ross”. They’ll say just about anything in order to sell you a job.
As basement waterproofing contractors,
Over the past 50+ years, we’ve heard hundreds of theories on what causes basement waterproofing problems and how to go about solving them. Some of them sound quite plausible to the untrained ear. And some are utterly absurd.
I’ll leave out the
A French Drain is a mysterious solution for waterproofing a basement or foundation, rarely understood by homeowners and contractors alike. The origins of the French Drain system coincidentally has nothing to do with the European home of fine wines or the city of love. You will not
There are a number of factors that determine the cost of waterproofing a basement. Below are some of the more significant variables.Factors Influencing the Cost to Waterproof a Basement:Foundation Type
The first step in solving a basement seepage problem is to determine