Testing your sump pump now can prevent basement flooding from spring rains.

sump pumpAs the temperatures begin to rise and the ground around your foundation begins to thaw, basement flooding becomes more of an issue than during the cold winter months.  However, spring brings showers as well as flowers and that can cause water to be a problem in your basement and crawlspaces.  Basement waterproofing systems such as sump pumps, exterior waterproofing products and interior basement flood prevention products are the best way to prevent damage to your home from basement flooding or water seepage.  Water in your basement can cost thousands of dollars in physical damage to your home, appliances and belongings; however, it can also create a health hazard for you and for your family from mold and mildew. Continue reading

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Landscaping and gardening could cause water in your basement

Basement waterproofingIt is only natural that you want your home to be as appealing on the outside as it is on the inside.  Therefore, you work very hard to have the perfect landscaping – – perfectly sculpted shrubs and colorful blooming flowers.  Homeowners love to create flowerbeds around the perimeter of their home filed with beautiful flowers and plants – – some include small decorative trees and large shrubs.  Unfortunately, as you work to keep your carefully landscaped flowerbeds looking gorgeous, you could be creating a water problem in your basement. Continue reading

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Control Basement Mold with Basement Waterproofing

Basement WaterproofingMold can be nasty stuff, even if it’s only in your basement.  It makes the air musty, and those darks streaks and patches aren’t very nice to look at.  Even worse, the mold in your basement creates a health hazard.  Itchy, watery eyes, a runny nose, congestion, a stuffed-up nose, coughing, wheezing, difficulty breathing, hives, asthma attacks and dangerous strains of pneumonia can all be caused by breathing in the spores that mold releases into the air.  Those spores don’t stay in the basement, either.  Because they’re in the air, they move around as the air circulates.  Eventually, they’ll end up in the living areas, and then people could really start getting sick.

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Get Rid of That Mold in Your Basement by Hiring a Basement Waterproofing Company

Get Rid of That Mold in Your BasementMold is actually a fungus.  As such, yeast, mold and the mushrooms you often see growing in your lawn after a lengthy period of rain are all distant cousins.  They all reproduce from spores that they release into the air.  When mold is growing in your basement, its spores are trapped in the air inside your home, just waiting to be breathed in by your family and/or sprout into living mold.  Yes, as disgusting as it sounds, mold can grow inside your lungs – and it can be very dangerous when it does.  Continue reading

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Choosing a Chicago Basement Waterproofing Company

Choosing a Chicago Basement Waterproofing CompanyIf you’ve been looking on the ‘net, you know all sorts of Chicago basement waterproofing companies are out there.  You know you need to do something about that water that keeps seeping into your basement, but how can you decide between all those companies vying for your business?  You want to hire a capable seepage Chicago company, not some fly-by-night outfit.

The first thing to do is call a few basement waterproofing companies that service homes in your area.  Set up appointments for them to come out, assess your situation, and give you an estimate on how much it would cost to fix the problem. Continue reading

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