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Most homeowners don’t spend a lot of time thinking about their home’s foundations. They’re below ground and don’t require painting or cleaning or lubrication – they just sit there, day after day, and hold up the house.
Although there may be a few exceptions found in older homes, houses in the Chicago area will generally rest on one of two types of foundations: concrete or masonry.
All modern foundations, whether concrete or masonry, start with footings or “footers,” which are concrete pads
The summer of 2012 in Chicago had been a long, hot and dry one. Lawns turned brown, plants withered and died and Chicagoans flocked to beaches, fountains and fire hydrants – anywhere wet and cool.
Along with the visible effects, the drought had some effects that weren
Unless it’s caused by a natural disaster or some other traumatic event, most damage to the home starts small – a flapping shingle that leads to a leaking roof, a smell of dampness that’s a precursor to a wet basement or, as Larry from Wilmette