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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
So, you’ve spotted a crack, or maybe a few cracks in your basement walls. You’re not sure how long they’ve been there and they don’t look too serious, so you stash them in your mental “to
As long as homes have had basements, homeowners have been dealing with seepage. As soon as a builder digs a hole in the ground and builds a foundation in it, ground water goes to work, trying to find its way in. One of the
We have written frequently here about repairing cracks in basement walls, especially those non-structural cracks that lead to basement seepage. It’s a quick and cost-effective practice that permanently stops the infiltration of water.
Homeowners have lots of questions about the crack
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
You noticed a while ago that there’s a small foundation wall crack in your basement and you’ve been meaning to look into getting it fixed. Even with the best intentions, nothing got done and now, after a weekend of heavy rain, you see that
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
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
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 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
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