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Foundation Waterproofing

A lot of Chicago homes would be helped by foundation waterproofing. Many older homes have masonry foundations with deteriorating mortar joints. Others have foundations made of porous brick or stone. Even poured concrete foundations can admit water to the basement where patches of porous concrete are located in the walls. Foundation waterproofing is an important procedure if your home has one of these issues. Its purpose is threefold: to prevent damage to the basement and its contents; to eliminate the potential health hazard caused by the presence of mold spores (breathing them can be toxic and cause disease); and to prevent structural damage to the home.

Foundation waterproofing can effectively prevent ground water from penetrating your foundation walls. The proper way to accomplish this important task is always determined on a case-by-case basis. If your basement is wet or damp, it’s best to call our expert flood control and seepage company. Our experienced specialists will evaluate your situation and diagnose the cause of your basement water problems. And once they determine the cause, they’ll be able to waterproof your foundation in a way that will handle the problem once and for all.

Again, it’s best to call the experts if your basement is damp or if you ever see any standing water. That being said, there are three main foundation waterproofing procedures: installing an interior drain tile system, exterior waterproofing, and sealing any cracks in the basement floors or foundation walls. Depending on your particular situation, one of these procedures might be enough to solve the problem. In extreme cases, however, more than one might be necessary.

Interior drain tile systems prevent water from seeping into a basement through a cove joint or cracks in the floor. They consist of a sump pump and perforated pipe that’s buried within a bed of washed stone beneath the floor. Basically, the setup relieves the hydrostatic pressure that’s often responsible for forcing ground water into a basement through cracks and other openings. Instead of entering the basement proper, the water goes into the pipe, which then carries it to a sump pump. The sump pump then directs the water away from the home.

Exterior waterproofing might be the solution if your home’s foundation has deteriorating mortar or consists of porous concrete, brick or stone. It involves applying a waterproof membrane to the outside of the foundation walls. In extreme cases, an exterior drain tile system might also be required.

Cracks in the foundation walls (and basement floors) can be sealed with injections of an expanding polyurethane material. The polyurethane seals the cracks and prevents them from re-opening even if the foundation shifts slightly.

Our expert flood control and seepage company knows the best way to waterproof your home’s foundation and prevent future damage. Get professional help by calling us today!