Need help? Call 888-733-7243

How to Repair a Wet Basement in Orland Park, IL 60462

May 16, 2013 • By Matthew Stock.

How to Repair a Wet Basement in Orland Park, IL 60462


The Orland Park area was originally settled by English immigrants, followed by Luxembourgers and Germans, including the Hostert family whose original log cabin is still preserved in the village today.  The “father” of Orland Park, John Humphrey, was part of the second generation of settlers and he gave the town its name and served as its first village president; his home is also preserved and serves as the headquarters of the Orland Historical Society.

Today, probably the best known of Orland Park’s nearly 57,000 residents is Chief of Police Tim McCarthy, a former U.S. Secret Service agent who is credited with jumping into the line of fire to protect former President Ronald Reagan from an assassin’s bullet in 1981.  He and his department serve and protect the community, which has grown rapidly to encompass numerous businesses, including the Orland Square Mall, and nearly 20,000 homes.

Those 20,000 homeowners share typical home maintenance and repair problems with their counterparts in such nearby suburbs as Oak Forest and Tinley Park, including wet basements.

3 Ways to Repair a Wet Basement in Orland Park

Although the actual recommendation for repairing a wet basement in a specific home will depend on details of the home and its situation, there are 3 common ways in which wet basements in Orland Park are remedied:

Interior Drain TileInterior drain tile is one of the most versatile repair methods for wet basements in Orland Park or anywhere.  Two common sources of wet basements are seepage through the cove joint and through cracks in the basement floor.  Both of these forms of seepage are caused by hydrostatic pressure in the soil underneath the foundation that forces water through the openings.  Installing interior drain tile, perforated plastic pipe buried in a bed of washed stone, along the inside perimeter of the footings alleviates this hydrostatic pressure and the pipe carries the ground water to a sump pump for disposal outside the home.  Interior drain tile is maintenance-free.

Crack Repair – Poured concrete foundations are very common in the Chicago area, including Orland Park, and the most common source of seepage in those foundations is a non-structural crack in the foundation wall.  These cracks can be caused by minor foundation settling or by lateral pressure from over-saturated soil outside.  The best way to repair these cracks is to inject them from the inside with expanding polyurethane that fills and seals the crack all the way to the outside soil.  Once cured, the material remains flexible to prevent minor foundation movement from re-opening the crack.

When wall cracks are inaccessible from the inside, they can be repaired from the exterior by digging a small hole down to the foundation footings at the site of the crack and filling it with sodium bentonite clay.  The sodium bentonite absorbs water and sets up as a pliable, permanent barrier against water intrusion on the”positive side” of the foundation.

Exterior Waterproofing Membrane and Drain TileExterior waterproofing membrane is asphalt-modified polyurethane that is troweled onto the exterior of foundation walls in a thick coat to form an impenetrable barrier against ground water that could otherwise enter the basement through deteriorated mortar joints, porous masonry or concrete of over top of the foundation.   When installed along with exterior drain tile, the membrane is covered with drainage board that protects it and channels water down to the drain tile, forming a complete exterior waterproofing system.

Regardless of the ultimate choice of repair, the Orland Park homeowner needs the advice and skilled services of a basement waterproofing contractor that can offer a comprehensive range of services.  At U.S. Waterproofing, we have helped hundreds of Orland Park homeowners keep their basements dry with drain tile, crack repair, exterior membranes, sump pumps and other remedies since our founding in 1957.  Why not ask for our free advice?

Tags: wet basement chicago, wet basement orland park, orland park wet basement

Learning Center Archive

We’ve been awarded and recognized