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A sump pump is one of those things that is easy to overlook but that can cause a lot of trouble if it stops working. That familiar “whirrrr…clunk” of most sump pumps becomes just another of those house noises that make up the soundtrack
When it comes to backup sump pumps, performance is everything. More horsepower, for example, means more gallons per hour moved and stronger vertical lift, both of which translate into a greatly decreased risk of a wet basement when a primary sump pump fails.
Longer battery life,
St. Charles IL is a thriving city located on the banks of the Fox River. It is divided between Kane and DuPage Counties, with the majority of the city lying in the former, about 40 miles west of Chicago.
St. Charles has grown substantially from its agricultural
Whether you use your basement for living space or if it’s just unfinished storage or work space, it shouldn’t smell any different than any other part of your home. That musty “basement smell” that many of us are accustomed to is neither
Elmhurst IL is a near Western suburb of Chicago with a population of approximately 45,000; the city is split between Cook and DuPage counties.
Formerly known as Cottage Hill, the city took the name Elmhurst in 1869 and was incorporated in 1882. The city is home to Elmhurst College,
Everybody everywhere talks about the weather on a regular basis but, for those who live in Chicago, the weather is more than a topic of conversation.
Here in the City of Broad Shoulders weather impacts our way of life, no matter what the season. Winter?
There are two main types of modern residential foundations – poured concrete and masonry. Both are strong and reliable but either can be subject to movement and damage caused by pressures in the soil outside them.
When exterior pressures exert force on a poured concrete wall,
When most homeowners think about seepage, they picture a wet basement and they’re most often accurate in their imaginings. The American Society of Home Inspectors estimates that 60% of American homes experience wet basements in varying degrees.
However, water seepage can occur above ground as
The American homeowner is on a quest for space – living space – that has been going on for decades and shows no signs of stopping. But for a brief setback during the Great Recession, the American home has been growing steadily in size since the 1970’s.<
When the foundation of a home sinks, drops or settles, it causes structural havoc throughout the home. Walls shift out of plumb, brick- and stonework crack, mortar crumbles, windows and doors stick and openings for seepage appear in the basement.
As disastrous as that sounds, it
Any homeowner who has ever experienced a wet basement knows the value of a sump pump. The sump pump, typically connected to an interior or exterior drain tile system, takes water that would otherwise seep into the basement and pumps it outside, leaving the basement dry.
You’ve got water in the basement. Again.
After you get done moving the soggy boxes and dragging out the Shop-Vac to clean up, you begin to wonder: where does all that water come from, anyway? And, more importantly, how can you keep
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