The village of Carpentersville IL has a long-ago flood on the Fox River to thank for its name and probably its very existence. Charles and Daniel Carpenter, brothers and settlers on their way West in 1837, made camp along the Fox to wait out a spring flood that was impeding their journey. The Carpenters decided to stay and established Carpenter’s Grove, later the site of a bridge that provided a rare river crossing in the area.
Modern-day Carpentersville was slow to develop, largely because of being off the main rail line. By 1950, there were only 900 homes in the village and a population in the low four figures. Thanks in part to the gigantic commercial and residential development known as “Meadowdale,” the village boomed in the 1950’s with nearly 2700 homes being built during that decade.
Today, Carpentersville is home to 38,000 residents living in nearly 9,000 homes, many of which resulted from a second building boom that was part of general expansion of the western suburbs of Chicago that took place in the 1990’s and first few years of the 21st century. Owners of these homes, both new and old, encounter the usual variety of maintenance and repair issues and their location on the banks of the Fox River causes many of them to need wet basement waterproofing.
Just as in other Fox River towns like Elgin and Geneva, homes in Carpentersville that need wet basement waterproofing are diagnosed and repaired on a case-by-case basis but there are several methods that are commonly used.
Crack Repair – Poured concrete foundations are the most common in the Chicago area and non-structural cracks in basement walls are the most common sources of seepage in these foundations. These cracks can be repaired permanently by injecting them with expanding polyurethane from inside the basement. The polyurethane fills the crack all the way through the wall and remains flexible when cured to prevent re-cracking from minor foundation movement.
If inaccessible from inside, cracks can be repaired on the outside with sodium bentonite clay. A small hole is dug down to the foundation footings and filled with the clay, which forms a pliable, permanent barrier against water on the exterior.
Interior Drain Tile – One of the most common sources of seepage in a Carpentersville basement is when water is forced by hydrostatic pressure under the foundation through cracks in the basement floor or through the cove joint. Installing interior drain tile, perforated pipe buried in a bed of washed stone under the basement floor, alleviates this pressure and carries water to a sump pump for disposal. Properly installed, interior drain is maintenance-free.
Exterior Waterproofing – Poured concrete foundations can admit water over top of the foundation wall or through patches of porous concrete; masonry walls do the same though bad mortar joints or porous masonry units like concrete block or brick. This seepage can be stopped or prevented by installing an exterior waterproofing membrane, a thick coating of asphalt-modified polyurethane applied with a trowel to exterior walls to form a permanent water barrier.
When ground water is especially high, the membrane can be augmented with exterior drain tile and drainage board that protects the membrane and channels water downward.
No matter the source of water or the recommended repair, a Carpentersville homeowner in need of wet basement waterproofing requires the services of a basement waterproofing contractor that knows Carpentersville and its homes. At U.S. Waterproofing, we have been keeping basements dry in the Chicago area, including Carpentersville, since our founding in 1957 and here’s what one of your neighbors had to say about us. Why not ask for our free advice?
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