Unlike many villages in the Chicago suburbs, Schaumburg IL did not depend on the coming of a railroad to begin its development. In fact, the lack of a railroad passing through town contributed to Schaumburg’s relative isolation until the 1950’s.
Originally Native American territory, Schaumburg’s first “European” settlers were Yankee farmers from New England. As these early settlers moved westward, German immigrant farmers replaced them and, by 1870, Schaumburg had become an almost completely German farming community.
German settlers gave the village, which had been previously known as Sarah’s Grove, its name, calling it after a German county in the Lower Saxony region that most had originally called home.
The popularity of automobiles and air transportation was what spurred Schaumburg’s growth after World War II, with the opening of O’Hare International Airport just to the south and the construction of interstate highways. In the late 1950’s a residential developer began work on a massive subdivision that took two decades to complete and accounts for nearly 7,000 homes.
In 1971, the opening of the Woodfield Mall established Schaumburg as a major commercial and retail center and was followed by considerable retail, commercial and office building development.
Today, Schaumburg has a population of more than 74,000 living in more than 33,000 homes. Although most homes in Schaumburg are on the newer side, homeowners there still face maintenance and repair problems and many find themselves with water problems that can be solved by wet basement waterproofing practices.
Just as in nearby Arlington Heights and Elk Grove Village, each home in Schaumburg is diagnosed individually to determine the best approach but there are several common methods of wet basement waterproofing that solve most problems.
Seeping Wall Cracks – one of the most common forms of seepage in a poured concrete basement is a seeping non-structural wall crack. These cracks are best repairing by injecting them with expanding polyurethane from the interior. The polyurethane fills the crack all the way to the outside soil and seals it, remaining flexible when cured to prevent the crack’s re-opening from minor foundation movement.
If the basement is finished or the crack is otherwise inaccessible, it can be repaired on the exterior with sodium bentonite clay. The granular clay is poured into a small hole dug down to the footings at the site of the crack where it absorbs water and forms a pliable, permanent water barrier on the outside.
Cove or Floor Seepage – Hydrostatic pressure created by water under the foundation can force water into the basement through cracks in the floor or the cove joint between wall and floor. Installing interior drain tile, a system of perforated pipe buried in washed gravel under the basement floor, alleviates this pressure and moves water to a sump pump for ejection from the house.
Seeping Foundation Walls – Walls of poured concrete can seep water through porous spots or over the top of the wall; masonry foundation seep through deteriorated mortar joints or porous masonry materials like brick or concrete block. This seepage can be arrested by installing an exterior waterproofing membrane, a thick coating of asphalt-modified polyurethane that is applied to foundation walls with a trowel to form a permanent water barrier.
When ground water is high, the membrane can be complemented with exterior drain tile and heavy-duty drainage board that protects the membrane and channels water downward.
Regardless of the recommended wet basement waterproofing method, a Schaumburg homeowner with water in the basement needs the help of a qualified basement waterproofing contractor that knows the area and its homes. At U.S. Waterproofing, we have been keeping basements dry around Chicagoland for 57 years and we have already helped many of your Schaumburg neighbors. Why not ask for our free advice?
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