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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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Who Can Repair a Cracked Foundation in Chicago?

Who Can Repair a Cracked Foundation in Chicago?

Feb 15, 2013 • By Matthew Stock with Barry Schilling.

  So, you’ve spotted a crack, or maybe a few cracks in your basement walls. You’re not sure how long they’ve been there and they don’t look too serious, so you stash them in your mental “to worry about later” file. Fast forward a month or so and you wander into...

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Chicago Exterior Crack Repair – Sodium Bentonite Stops Seepage

Chicago Exterior Crack Repair – Sodium Bentonite Stops Seepage

Jan 21, 2013 • By Matthew Stock with Ben Shachter.

  As long as homes have had basements, homeowners have been dealing with seepage. As soon as a builder digs a hole in the ground and builds a foundation in it, ground water goes to work, trying to find its way in. One of the most common ways occurs when...

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Why Foundation Crack Repair isn’t Harmful for Chicago Basements

Why Foundation Crack Repair isn’t Harmful for Chicago Basements

Dec 31, 2012 • By Matthew Stock.

  We have written frequently here about repairing cracks in basement walls, especially those non-structural cracks that lead to basement seepage. It’s a quick and cost-effective practice that permanently stops the infiltration of water. Homeowners have lots of questions about the crack repair process, usually along these lines: “How long will it take...

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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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Basement Waterproofing Problems: DIY Foundation Crack Repair

Basement Waterproofing Problems: DIY Foundation Crack Repair

Oct 16, 2012 • By Matthew Stock.

You noticed a while ago that there’s a small foundation wall crack in your basement and you’ve been meaning to look into getting it fixed. Even with the best intentions, nothing got done and now, after a weekend of heavy rain, you see that water is seeping into your...

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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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