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Buying a Flipped House? 4 Things to Look Out For

Jun 1, 2016 • By Matthew Stock.

Shiny new appliances, new siding, new cabinets and beautiful new floors, what is there not to love? The house is in the right location, has the right look and the price is right…time to put in an offer right? Not so fast, unfortunately there can be a lot of...

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Leaning Foundation Walls and When to Straighten Them

May 17, 2016 • By Matthew Stock.

Here in the Greater Chicagoland Area, there are two main types of foundation walls - poured concrete and concrete block. Both are widely used and can be severely damaged by soil pressure on the exterior of the foundation walls. When soil pressure against a foundation wall is greater than what...

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Rain Barrel Problems – 3 Things To Consider Before You Buy

May 11, 2016 • By Matthew Stock with Mike Likvan.

Rain barrels are a way some homeowners use to save money by capturing rain to water their gardens and lawns and wash their cars. But there’s another side to these containers that can cause serious headaches beyond the commonly known rain barrel problems (like roofs contaminating the water, the...

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Leaning Foundation Wall? What to Expect from an Engineer’s Report

May 9, 2016 • By Matthew Stock.

A large number of cracks, particularly if they are on an angle or are substantial in width (more than 1/8” wide), in a foundation wall are good indicators that the wall is experiencing what is referred to an inward movement. Essentially the wall has fractured and is rotating into...

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Polyurethane Concrete Raising vs Mudjacking

May 2, 2016 • By Matthew Stock.

When you have to repair settled concrete around your home that is unsightly, a tripping hazard, pooling water or directing water into your basement, there are a couple of methods to choose from besides replacing the concrete. Both Polyurethane Concrete Raising and Mudjacking are processes in which existing concrete...

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The Best Foundation Waterproofing? 5 Things To Consider

Apr 26, 2016 • By Matthew Stock with Mike Likvan.

If you’ve noticed seepage in your basement and are wondering what is the best way to handle it, this article is for you. With so many options to pick from, it can be difficult to sort through them to decide on the best foundation waterproofing method. This is why...

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How to Repair Settled Concrete

Apr 25, 2016 • By Matthew Stock.

A majority of homes have concrete sidewalks, patios or driveways around them. If it does, there is a good chance that this concrete has settled over time as well. This settled concrete is unsightly, takes away from the value of your home, causes water in your basement and creates...

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The Best Sump Pump – 5 Things To Know Before You Buy

Apr 19, 2016 • By Matthew Stock with Mike Likvan.

Your sump pump is the heart of your home’s ground water drainage system. If it fails you’re only one storm away from a potentially expensive flooded basement. This is why it’s important to look for the very best sump pump. Finding the right pump can be difficult however, because manufacturers...

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How to Prevent Basement Window Wells from Flooding

Dec 5, 2015 • By Matthew Stock.

Having windows and window wells in your foundation makes a huge difference in your basement. First, they let in natural light. That’s not usually enough to completely illuminate the basement space but it does prevent the place from feeling like a dungeon. Also, windows allow for ventilation in the basement and...

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