Don’t Try to Correct Your Basement Water Seepage Yourself!

Don’t Try to Correct Your Basement Water Seepage Yourself!A lot of Chicago’s homes have issues with basement water seepage.  In fact, experts estimate that 90 to 95% of the homes in Chicago and its suburbs have some type of basement water problem.  It might not be constant, but it sure crops up after we have a heavy rain.

That’s why there are so many seepage Chicago companies doing business.  There’s more than enough work to go around, and we stay pretty busy with basement waterproofing jobs!

Some homeowners decide to take the matter into their own hands instead of hiring the pros at a seepage Chicago company.  Unfortunately, that can be a huge mistake.

Figuring out what’s causing a wet or damp basement takes a lot of skill, expertise and knowledge.  Sorry to say, most homeowners – including a lot who are pretty handy around the house – just don’t have the knowledge and skill they need to identify the cause of the problem.  And the few who do probably don’t have the skills, tools, equipment and products that are needed to solve the problem.  We do, but more on that later.  For now, it’s enough to say that basement waterproofing can’t be picked up overnight or out of a box or a book.

Here’s why trying to correct your basement water seepage yourself can turn out to be such a huge mistake:

Trying to fix the problem yourself is often a waste of your time, effort and money.  Most of the time, it’s hard, dirty work.   And most do-it-yourself waterproofing kits (like crack injection kits, for example) won’t help unless you really know what you’re doing.  What’s worse, you might make your water problem more serious if you try to fix it yourself.

Please don’t let yourself be fooled into trying a product that claims to be a “quick fix” for a wet basement.   The so-called “basement waterproofing paint” that’s available at your local hardware or home improvement store is just one example.  At best, these products are a waste of time and money.  Waterproofing paint might keep some minor moisture from entering your basement through your concrete block foundation.  In the long run, though, it will just make matters worse.  You see, the moisture still enters the concrete block from the exterior.  When it hits the coat of waterproofing paint, it collects there.  When enough pressure builds up, the collected water will push the paint off of the blocks.  The water will be able to penetrate into the basement again, plus your basement walls will look blotchy and unsightly.

Wouldn’t it be easier, safer and more effective to just call in the pros in the first place?  We know how to handle any type of basement water problem.

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