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Most homeowners understand that when they see water in their basement it signifies a problem that needs repair.
Some may put it off, concerned about cost and inconvenience. Others move ahead but may seek ways to keep the costs in line.
Many basement waterproofing
There are more than 12,000 houses in the North Shore community of Northbrook and almost every one of them has a basement.
Because Northbrook boomed after World War II like most suburbs in the United States, a lot of those houses are starting to show their age, especially
The sump pump has often been described as the “heart” of a basement waterproofing system and this is a pretty accurate description. After all, a sump pump moves water through a drain tile system and out of the house, similar to the function of that most
The words “concrete” and “cement” are often used interchangeably but they are different, with one being a component of the other.
The most common form of cement is known as Portland cement, which is made by heating various components of calcium, silicon and
One of the main contributors to basement water problems is the oversaturation of soil outside the foundation.
When this soil absorbs water, it expands and creates pressure against the foundation walls. This pressure can create cracks in concrete walls or mortar joints and can ultimately cause
Nearly three years ago we established this Learning Center to share information about basement waterproofing and foundation repair. Thousands of readers have benefitted from this blog – we’ve heard from homeowners all over the United States, Canada and points farther away. I guess that despite
In an earlier article, we wrote at length about the ways in which masonry foundation walls encounter problems with water seepage and suffer structural damage. To recap:
Seepage problems usually occur in masonry walls for two reasons. One is that masonry walls have hundreds of feet
When most homeowners think of basement seepage, they imagine water entering their basements through some visible opening such as a crack in the wall or floor, gaps around a badly fitted window or the (sort of) visible cove joint.
Wall cracks, floor cracks and cove seepage are
Wilmette IL is one of the southernmost towns on Chicago’s North Shore – only Evanston stands between it and the big city.
When originally developed, the village of Wilmette existed only east of Ridge Avenue where woods were cleared to make room for homes and
For centuries, humans have set stone on top of stone to build structures. Ancient European cathedrals, the pyramids of Egypt and the Inca, Mayan and Aztec ruins of the Americas are testimony to that.
When Europeans arrived on the shores of North America and began to
Most of the time, a homeowner with basement water problems and the basement waterproofing contractor that comes to solve them will have a few options to repair the damage and stop the water.
Take a common wall crack, for example. The preferred method of stopping seepage
Kenilworth IL was different from other towns right from the start.
Unlike other North Shore suburbs that grew organically from small beginnings around a university or railroad station, Kenilworth was a completely planned community that sprang from the imagination and fortune of one man, Joseph Sears.
As a businessperson, I have always been concerned that customers get the best information available about my company to assist them in deciding if they want to hire us.
Of course, we provide a lot of information for consumers with our advertising, our website and this blog.
One of the questions we are most often asked is: ”Why does my basement leak?”
This is usually an easy question for an experienced basement waterproofing professional to answer – provided it isn’t being asked over the phone or at a backyard barbecue.
By far, the most common source of basement seepage in homes in the Chicago and northwest Indiana area is a crack in the wall of a poured concrete foundation.
These cracks, which are non-structural in nature, are so common that they may be found in almost every
Evanston, IL is a unique community in many ways.
Home to Northwestern University, it’s a college town but lacks the bars, fast food joints and T-shirt shops that typify many such communities.
It’s a suburb but is most definitely a city,
Evanston, IL is a unique community in many ways. Home to Northwestern University, it’s a college town but lacks the bars, fast food joints and T-shirt shops that typify many such communities. It’s a suburb but is most definitely a city, with an old, established
Clay played an important role in the early history of Park Ridge and is partly responsible for the city’s existence.
Like many Chicago suburbs, Park Ridge was originally home to the Potawatomi Native American nation prior to the 1833 treaty that ended the Blackhawk War and
Time for an update on Yelp.
No, we’re not obsessed with the online review site, but because we recognize its influence with consumers who are seeking information on anything from a good taco to a reasonably priced landscaping service, we feel that it’s
Remodeling our homes has become a great American tradition.
Whether it is to add living space, change the configuration of rooms or simply to give the old place a new look, Americans love to remodel. In fact, it is estimated that American homeowners spent a staggering $130
It’s a well-accepted fact that excess rain water near the foundation of a home is an invitation to a wet basement.
For example, homes have rain gutter systems to collect and channel rain water off the roof into a downspout instead of simply allowing it
In 1955 a young entrepreneur named Ray Kroc opened a restaurant in Des Plaines.
The menu was pretty limited – burgers, fries, shakes and sodas and there was nowhere to sit – dining was strictly take-out.
All the same, the restaurant was a big hit and
When shopping for an existing home, homebuyers are limited to making the best choice among houses available in their chosen area while they are in the market. This is not necessarily a bad thing as choosing an existing home works out well for the vast majority of buyers.<
DIY – Do It Yourself – is a popular practice among homeowners and there are plenty of commercial interests that make it easier – most of the time.
At the top of the pile is an entire television network devoted to DIY. Shows feature inexperienced homeowners being
Selling a home is never easy and economic events of the past few years have made it even more difficult in many parts of the country.
The climate for home sales has improved some, but it’s still a buyer’s market and home sellers