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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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Signs of Foundation Problems–Structural vs. Non-structural Wall Cracks

Basement Wall Cracks Tell a Story of Structural Foundation Damage

Jan 13, 2014 • By Matthew Stock.

One way to mitigate damage from a structural foundation problem and lower the cost of its repair is to spot the problem early. Unfortunately, many homeowners don’t know the signs of foundation damage and may ignore the problem unintentionally until it has progressed beyond the point of easy repair. One...

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Basement Waterproofing Chicago – Foundation Crack Repair

Oct 29, 2012 • By Matthew Stock.

There are many sources of water seepage in a basement and some will occur only in basements of a particular construction. For example, in a foundation built of concrete block, as is often found in the Milwaukee and northwest Indiana areas, water can seep through mortar joints and through...

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Signs of Foundation Problems–Structural vs. Non-structural Wall Cracks

Signs of Foundation Problems–Structural vs. Non-structural Wall Cracks

Oct 26, 2012 • By Matthew Stock with Barry Schilling.

In the basement waterproofing business we talk a lot about cracks. Cracks in poured concrete basement walls and cracks in basement floors are both sources of seepage that create basement water problems that require professional repair. These are generally non-structural cracks, that is, they aren’t caused by significant foundation...

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UPDATE: Chicago Drought May Cause Foundation Cracks, Wet Basements

Jul 17, 2012 • By Matthew Stock.

Our blog post published on July 13 warned homeowners in the Chicago area that the lengthy hot, dry spell the area is experiencing may be causing serious damage to their homes’ foundations. When drought conditions persist like they are now across much of the country, soil around our homes begins...

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Why Epoxy Injection Foundation Crack Repairs Often Fail

Why Epoxy Injection Foundation Crack Repairs Often Fail

Apr 25, 2012 • By Matthew Stock with Ben Shachter.

The most common cause of basement water seepage in poured concrete foundations is a vertical crack. While repairing cracks from the exterior was the original remedy, the most common repair method today is filling and sealing the crack from the inside, commonly referred to as crack injection. In a recent...

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Foundation Crack Repair Methods - Epoxy vs. Urethane Injection

Apr 4, 2012 • By Matthew Stock.

Ever since poured concrete has been used to form foundation walls, cracks have been a main source of wall seepage. Cracks happen for a lot of reasons — foundation settling, external vibrations and over-saturation of the soil among them. Not all cracks leak, but all have the potential to leak if the...

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Why a Handyman Should Not Do Your Foundation Crack Repair

Why a Handyman Should Not Do Your Foundation Crack Repair

Mar 26, 2012 • By Matthew Stock.

Homeowners tend to have their favorite go-to guy to keep up with basic home repairs and their “honey-do” lists. It’s often difficult to find a good handyman, but when you finally do, you pile more and more on his punch list. Everything from touching up the paint in the...

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