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U.S. Waterproofing Featured on WGN News Explaining Effects of Drought on Chicagoland Homeowners

Matt Stock Explains How Lingering Drought Saps Moisture from Soil, Creates Conditions for Shifting, Cracking Foundations

Matt Stock, vice president of U.S. Waterproofing, appeared today on WGN-TV to explain to Chicago-area homeowners how the current high heat and lack of rain may cause soil conditions conducive to the cracking and shifting of residential foundations.

“When heat and lack of rain persist,” said Stock, “soil begins to desiccate, to lose moisture and shrink in size.  Most of this moisture loss is caused by trees and plants near our homes extending their root systems wider and deeper in an effort to survive.  When this moisture is gone, soil shrinks and pulls away from foundation walls, creating gaps for water to enter the basement when rain starts again.”

“More problematic,” he added, is that soil under the foundation can also contract from moisture loss, causing the foundation to shift and crack.  We covered this problem I depth in our blog, Basement Matters, just a few days ago.”

Based in Rolling Meadows, IL, U.S. Waterproofing is a full-service basement waterproofing and structural foundation repair company, offering permanent solutions for almost all causes of basement seepage. With more than 300,000 dry basements to its credit, the company services residential and business owners in northern Illinois, northwest Indiana, and southern Wisconsin.

Awarded the 2006 Torch Award for Outstanding Marketplace Ethics by the Chicago and Northern Illinois Better Business Bureau, the company is a four-time winner of the Super Service Award by Angie’s List. In addition, U.S. Waterproofing President Jerry S. Stock has been inducted into the UIC Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame.

For more information on its services, history and management, visit the U.S. Waterproofing website at


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