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Many homeowners will agree finishing your basement is one of the best way to expand your family’s usable space in your home at the lowest price per square foot. Most people are looking for that extra living room, Man Cave, home theater or even a bedroom.
If you are having basement seepage and are thinking of installing Interior Drain Tile to keep your basement dry, here are 12 questions you need to ask any contractor who’s offering you a solution. These questions will help you discover critical information about the contractor, their solutions and
Drain tile, whether installed on the interior or exterior of a foundation, can take several forms, including round, square or rectangular. The shape of the pipe used to create the drain tile system is less important than the design and execution of the system itself even though some
Mount Prospect typifies the northwestern suburbs of Chicago – a bedroom community where most residents are commuters, with solid schools and local government and a majority of homes built in the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s. There are 23,000 homes in Mount Prospect and
As a basement waterproofing expert in northwest Indiana, drain tile is one of my favorite things. It solves a number of basement water problems, like cove seepage, hydrostatic pressure and oversaturated soil. Best of all, it’s a permanent solution that requires little to no maintenance
You’ve been having problems with water seeping into your basement and have called two basement waterproofing companies to take a look at the problem. Both have agreed that the water is coming up through small floor cracks and through the cove joint, the place where the
In the basement waterproofing business we have just one objective – keep your basement dry.
In that pursuit, we battle against not only the forces of nature – heavy rain, drought, hydrostatic pressure, soil movement – but against man-made obstacles as well, like poor
So, a very knowledgeable guy wearing a polo shirt with a logo on it told you that if you installed drain tile in your basement that it wouldn’t leak any more. Sounded good to you so you signed on the bottom line. But wait a minute,
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
If you have a leak in your basement and are looking for a comprehensive, permanent solution, there are two ways to fix the problem. The most common is an interior drain tile system; exterior drain tile is your other option.
A few months ago, my
In our business we provide basement waterproofing. Our goal is to keep all water completely off your basement floor so you can confidently use it for living space, storage or whatever else floats your boat (as long as it’s not in your basement!). There are
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
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
It is common practice for most builders to install drain tile along the exterior foundation of the building. It is commonly referred to as a footing tile or a french drain. Its purpose is to help drain water from the soil, reducing your chances of a future
The second most common type of foundation in Chicagoland is the Concrete Masonry Unit (CMU) foundation, or as we like to call it, concrete block. Concrete block foundations are commonly found in Northwest Indiana, Southern Wisconsin and small pockets throughout Northern Illinois. This blog post
Having a water problem in your basement is not fun; in fact, it is pretty much a pain in the butt! Often the solution is fairly conservative, such as a foundation crack repair. Other times Murphy’s Law strikes homeowners - the problem requires a more
Interior Drain Tile is the Swiss army knife of basement waterproofing systems. It can solve a wide range of basement seepage issues and also has specific applications. But you heard it here first: not every home needs an inside drain tile system to fix their basement seepage
YOU NEED DRAIN TILE! This is a common sentiment that homeowners hear when they have water in their basement. Sometimes you are told by a friend who had a Drain Tile System installed in their home. Maybe you heard your handyman mention Drain Tile being a
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