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Every homeowner looks at his or her basement differently.
For some, the basement is a regular part of daily life. They have a finished family room in the basement where they watch TV every day. They do laundry in the basement and regularly access belongings
Lake Forest is perhaps the ultimate North Shore suburb – small, quiet, secluded and definitely upscale.
Stemming from a few farms established to the west in the early 19th Century and large homesteads to the east, the city of Lake Forest was developed along with its academic
Basement waterproofing is generally not a topic of conversation around the dinner table for most people – unless they have a wet basement or they’re in the business.
Consequently, like many fields of home repair or construction, basement waterproofing remains a mystery to most people.
For a homeowner who has had trouble with water in the basement or who suspects they might, rain is always a bad sign. A forecast of heavy thunderstorms or a few days of persistent drizzle will often be the cause of frequent treks down the basement stairs to
Glenview IL is an upscale suburb north of Chicago. The village has a long history, with its oldest neighborhood dating back to 1894 and its incorporation having taken place in 1899. Glenview residents have been dedicated to preserving their town’s history and two properties, both owned and
A leaking basement is a very common occurrence in many homes. When a basement leaks it does not imply that the home was not built well or that some extraordinary catastrophe has taken place; most likely it’s just a combination of time and the forces of
A quick look out the window confirms the weather forecast – it’s raining. Again.
It’s not just a light sprinkle or a quick shower, either. It’s good old-fashioned, thunder-and-lighting, trees-bent-in-half, gully-washer of a summer thunderstorm. In other words,
These days, making the trip from Palatine IL to the nearby towns of Lake Zurich and Wauconda Is easily done in the family car and the distance can be covered in a matter of minutes.
In the early 20th Century, however, when transportation in the then undeveloped
One of the telltale signs of a basement water problem is stepping into a puddle on the basement floor.
Of course, any water that comes into the basement for any reason – hydrostatic or lateral pressure, gutter spillover or oversaturated soil around the foundation – or
Look at any do-it-yourself or home repair discussion board on the internet and one of the topics that pop up quite frequently is the sump pump. The discussions and (mostly) pleas for help have titles like:
“My sump pump died. What do I do?
Wheaton IL is a growing, upscale suburb located west of Chicago in DuPage County where it serves as county seat.
The city of Wheaton traces its history back to several settlers from the east coast who claimed large tracts of land in the area in the 1830s,
Work done on the outside of the home is what most people think of when they picture basement waterproofing.
It makes sense, even to someone that has never done or seen basement waterproofing work, that somehow sealing the basement on the outside would be the optimal way
Wet basements are pretty common in most areas of the country with average rain and snowfall because, regardless of how well a foundation is built, years of lateral and/or hydrostatic pressure from water in the ground will eventually cause that water to find its way in.
It’s a three-day holiday weekend – and it’s raining.
Along about Sunday afternoon you get bored with TV and the internet and decide to wander down into the basement just in case there’s something interesting to do down there.
Mention “basement waterproofing” to the average homeowner and their first thought is often of big piles of dirt ringing the perimeter of their house, followed quickly by visions of dollar signs.
Of course, there are situations where the best way to waterproof a basement
Morton Grove IL is a small suburb north of Chicago that was incorporated in 1895. In its earliest days, Morton Grove was a small settlement of English and German immigrants that began arriving in the area in the 1830s. The area didn’t begin to grow until
It’s no surprise to even the newest homeowner that home repairs can be expensive. Just ask anyone who’s replaced a roof, put in new windows or installed an updated HVAC system.
Of course, not every residential fix requires a major outlay.
Most people find it at least mildly aggravating to get back a question in response to one they have asked but, when the original question is “How do you waterproof a basement?” even the most knowledgeable basement waterproofing expert will have to ask a few questions of
The village of Orland Park is home to 57,000 residents and covers more than 19 square miles in Chicago’s southwest suburbs. Although incorporated way back in 1894, Orland Park was slow to grow and had fewer than 1,000 residents as recently as the 1950 census.
A finished basement is a great way to increase living space in the home without adding on. The basement can be turned into additional bedrooms, hobby or home office space, family room, playroom – the possibilities are almost endless.
Great as it may be, finished basement
Homes in Milwaukee have been built in a variety of architectural styles, sizes and with many different construction materials but one thing is consistent – they suffer from water in the basement.
That’s not just a general truism, either. According to the National
Deerfield IL is a small, affluent suburb north of Chicago and is a perfect illustration of a town that grew as it became more accessible.
Originally a farming community called Cadwell’s Corner, Deerfield had only a few hundred residents when it was incorporated in 1903 and
Ask the average homeowner how basement waterproofing is done and the first words out of his or her mouth are likely to be “I guess they have to dig up my foundation.”
This isn’t necessarily wrong. In many cases, the best way
Homes in NW Indiana suffer from basement water problems just like homes everywhere but there are several factors specific to the area that affect the severity of the problem and the nature of the repair.
High Water Table – “Water table” is the term used
Finished basements are great. They can add living space to a home with bedrooms, family rooms or other configurations. They can be utilitarian as well, housing a workshop, hobby space or a laundry room. Of course, there’s always the “man cave.”