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Most homeowners expect to replace parts of their homes, especially if they own the home for a number of years.
New roof? Pretty common. Even though composite shingles last longer than ever, eventually they will give way to rain and sun and start leaking.<
Everybody needs more space.
Although some might argue with the word “needs” as opposed to “wants,” it’s true that the quest for elbow room has been a part of our culture since the westward expansion of the 18th and 19th centuries.
Basement floor cracks are so common that many homeowners don’t even notice them – until they start to seep water into the basement.
The seepage, regrettably, is pretty much inevitable because the same forces that created the crack in the first place are also responsible
If you ask most homeowners what holds their houses up, the most likely answer will be “the foundation.”
This is a logical answer because all of the exterior walls of the home sit directly on foundation walls that in turn sit on poured concrete footings
Basements can seep water through a number of openings – non-structural cracks in the wall, deteriorated mortar joints, cracks in the floor or the cove joint seepage between wall and floor.
The damage can be averted and, in many cases, seepage prevented by diverting rain
It’s difficult to pick any one part of your home as the most important.
Walls and floors? Obviously important.
Roof? Of course.
Windows and doors? Yes and yes.
A home is like an organic system where
Structural foundation damage is one of the most serious problems that can happen to a home and, most often, a dropped or sunken foundation is the worst type of foundation damage.
A dropped foundation is caused by compaction of the soil below the foundation that should provide
A non-structural crack in the wall of a poured concrete foundation is the most common source of basement seepage and has been for a long time. For years, basement waterproofing experts have known that cracks are a plague on the houses of homeowners everywhere and that offering a
So, you have a leak in your basement.
No big deal, you say. After all, your basement isn’t finished. You use it only for storage and the occasional project. The water will evaporate eventually, right? Or, you can clean it up
Window wells are a wonderful but often overlooked addition to a single-family home.
Let’s face it, if all a basement window offered was a close-up view of dirt it would be neither very attractive nor very useful, hence the window well. The window well
Oak Lawn IL is a suburban town west of Chicago with a population of more than 57,000. Oak Lawn was a small, semi-rural village prior to World War II but was a classic case of postwar boom in the decades that followed.
Today’s Oak Lawn
Everybody likes to save money. It’s the rare shopper who’s not attracted to a sale and the exceptional buyer who doesn’t try to bargain down the price of a new car.
Homeowners are no exception, of course. The increased interest
Glenview IL is a large suburban community north of Chicago. Formerly the home of the Glenview Naval Air Station, a World War II era defense installation, the village today is a mixed bag of residential and commercial development, including a significant center known as The Glen on the
There are lots of old sayings that are part of the collective wisdom: “Haste makes waste,” “Don’t put the cart before the horse,” and, of course, the one that has puzzled everyone since Benjamin Franklin first uttered it, “A stitch in
Oak Park, IL is one of the best known suburbs of Chicago, primarily because of two famous former residents, one of whom definitely left his mark on the community.
Iconic American author Ernest Hemingway grew up in Oak Park before moving on to Havana, Key West and
According to the National Association of Home Builders, between 75% and 90% of homes in the Midwest, North Central, Eastern and New England states have basements, either full or partial. They are very common in Chicago and surrounding area.
Unfortunately, a large percentage of these basements will develop
Wheaton IL is a large and prosperous suburb about 25 miles west of Chicago. The seat of DuPage County, Wheaton’s growth has kept pace with that fast-growing county and it currently boasts of a population of more than 53,000.
The families of Wheaton live in approximately 20,000
Owning a home is great. It provides a stable living environment that is completely customizable to a family’s needs and it allows the homeowner to accrue equity in the home instead of paying rent.
If there is a downside, it is the fact that
Arlington Heights IL is a sprawling Chicago suburb to the northwest of the city with a population of more than 75,000. It contends with nearby Palatine and Schaumburg for the title of the largest village in the United States.
The village is known in horse racing circles as
Owning a home may be the American Dream but for an inexperienced homeowner it can often turn out to be a bit of a nightmare.
Houses don’t come with owner’s manuals. There’s no “Homeowning for Dummies” book (although
Palos Heights is a small but growing southwest suburb of Chicago. With a population approaching 13,000 on less than 4 square miles, Palos Heights has grown substantially since it was first developed on former farmland in 1935.
There are more than 4200 homes in Palos Heights, about 10% of which date
The basement waterproofing business is like any other contracting or home service industry.
There are large, full-service companies and one-man-and-a-pickup-truck businesses that typically specialize in one small aspect of basement waterproofing, like crack repair.
There are companies that focus on basement waterproofing and others
Des Plaines, IL is a northwestern suburb of Chicago, just north of O’Hare International Airport, with a population of approximately 59,000.
Des Plaines has seen a surge in popularity in recent years, with home sales taking a huge leap in 2012 and remaining above average since then.
Having work done on one’s home is often a stressful prospect for many homeowners.
Beyond relatively simple projects like painting or landscaping, often a lack of knowledge of how things break or how they should be fixed leaves homeowners in a quandary, not sure who
Foundations constructed of poured concrete are the most common in American homes and there are several good reasons for their popularity:Concrete is a relatively low-cost building material and is widely available Construction is a fairly simple process compared to masonry The resulting structure is monolithic, adding to