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When smart people need foundation repair they know they should enlist an expert. When they think of experts, one name that would be at the top of their list would be Mike Holmes. He is internationally known, highly-experienced with residential building and remodeling and has been called
Your foundation walls are designed to support the weight of your house and to resist moisture that’s surrounding them. When foundations work, you get to live in a stable and dry environment. When they crack, moisture seeps into your basement; it damages valuables like carpeting,
Shiny new appliances, new siding, new cabinets and beautiful new floors, what is there not to love? The house is in the right location, has the right look and the price is right…time to put in an offer right? Not so fast, unfortunately there can
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
A large number of cracks, particularly if they are on an angle or are substantial in width (more than 1/8” wide), in a foundation wall are good indicators that the wall is experiencing what is referred to an inward movement. Essentially the wall has fractured and is rotating
A majority of homes have concrete sidewalks, patios or driveways around them. If it does, there is a good chance that this concrete has settled over time as well. This settled concrete is unsightly, takes away from the value of your home, causes water in your
OK, so you’re in the basement one morning to dig a pair of clean socks out of the dryer. Heading back upstairs you have one of those “wait a minute…” moments and think, “Did I see a crack in the wall?”
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
When there are cracks in a home’s foundation walls, something is wrong.
Not every foundation wall crack is structural; most narrow cracks won’t affect the integrity of the foundation but they can allow seepage. These cracks can be repaired
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
If you’re a typical homeowner in the Chicago area, your home has a basement and its walls are formed of poured concrete. Poured concrete foundations are very common in the city and suburbs, preferred by many homebuilders for their strength and ability to withstand pressure.
The very word “foundation” sounds solid. It’s used widely to describe a solid basis for an idea, a business, a relationship. It’s something to build upon.
The foundation of your home should be no less solid. A competent
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
One of the most important ways to maintain a healthy foundation and dry basement is proper yard drainage on the outside of your home. An experienced basement waterproofing contractor knows this and begins to evaluate your home when they get out of their car in your driveway.<
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
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
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