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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
Park Ridge is an affluent suburb of Chicago, tucked in between the city’s Northwest side and O’Hare International Airport. With a population of just under 38,000, Park Ridge enjoys a per capita income substantially higher than the Illinois average and a median value for homes
Foundations made of poured concrete are the most common ones found in residential construction in the United States.
Concrete has become the material of choice for foundations because it is relatively low cost, strong and durable. Although pouring a foundation is a skill that requires knowledge
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