Posts made in November 2017

Make the Most of Your Yard with Drain Tiles

If your lawn looks like a swamp every time you get a heavy rain, you probably have drainage issues. A soggy lawn not only makes for an unusable lawn, but it can also lead to foundation and basement flooding issues. Any water that stands near your house is just looking for a way to enter your foundation, which can lead to more problems than just some muddy, wet grass.

So, what’s the solution? Drain tiles. Install underground drain tiling, such as a French drain, that extends from problematic low spots in the landscape – like a lawn that’s too flat – to a ditch or swale is the best way to alleviate drainage issues. A French drain is a versatile system for dealing with all kinds of drainage problems. Even if your lawn doesn’t have noticeable water issues, excess water underground will find its way into unnoticed cracks in your home’s foundation.

A typical French drain consists of a perforated pipe -usually flexible lightweight plastic- sheathed by a fabric sock to keep dirt and sand from clogging the pipe. The pipe is buried in a trench and surrounded by gravel. The water will simply soak into the soil as it flows along the perforated pipe.

Divert excess water simply and effectively by installing drain tiles in your yard. Take back use of your soggy yard with the help from A-Proseal exterior waterproofing in Cook County, IL.

Prevent Basement Window Wells from Flooding

If you have a basement that’s almost completely underground, even a small basement window is a bonus. First, it allows at least some natural light in. Though it’s not usually enough light to completely illuminate the space, it does prevent the basement from feeling like a dungeon. Second, windows allow for ventilation in the basement, helping to prevent that stuffy, musty smell that is common in basements.

While basement windows serve two valuable purposes, there can sometimes be a downside. Windows are a breach in the foundation wall, meaning if the window wells are flooding, water can end up in your basement.

So, how do you prevent window well water issues? The first step starts with proper installation. You should install a good, quality window that’s sized properly, bolted securely to the foundation wall and features a drain that carries water into a drain tile system or outside.

One of the many reasons for window well flooding is liner failure. Should the liner become detached from the foundation wall, soil pressure can widen the gap between the loose liner and the wall and force water into the well when the soil becomes over saturated.

However, the most common reason for window well flooding is a clogged drain. Debris such as leaves, soil or landscaping will cause the drain to run slowly or not at all, flooding the wall and increasing the chances for water to seep into the basement around the window seams and foundation creaks.

Should you experience window well flooding issues, contact A-Proseal basement waterproofing in Cook County, IL. Get the issue resolved quickly to avoid damage to your home’s foundation wall, as well as to your basement’s contents.

Basement Laundry Upgrade

Let’s face it – laundry isn’t anyone’s favorite chore. The clothes piles seem to grow and grow, no matter how many loads you do. Then, even when you do manage to get them in the washer, half the time you forget to toss them in the dryer. While there isn’t anything we can do that’s going to change any of that, you can make the process slightly more enjoyable with a chic updated laundry space.

Here are some ideas for easy, low-budget laundry room renovations tips to get you started.

 Lighting: Brighten your space and make it more modern and stylish with upgraded lighting.

Extra Space: Just because you don’t have room for cabinets doesn’t mean you can’t have storage space. Add floating shelves or a unit fastened to the back of the door to store your laundry essentials.

Cabinet Upgrade: If you’re lucky enough to have cabinet space in your laundry room it’s a great space saver to retrofit lower cabinets with laundry baskets.

Folding Table: Having a stacked washer and dryer means no designated spot for folding clothes. Installing a wall mounted folding table is the perfect solution.

Water Problems? If your laundry room is located in the basement, it’s import for the safety of your appliances that it’s not a damp, wet place. If basement water issues become a problem you’ll want the expertise of a company specializing in basement waterproofing and foundation repair in Lake County, IL.

Improving the look and efficiency of your laundry room space won’t make the clothes wash themselves, but at least it won’t seem like the chore that it is.

Handyman Tips to Dry up Your Damp Basement

When you open your basement door are you hit with that awful musty smell? Some days is it so powerful you can even smell it on the first floor? Stop ignoring the problem by shutting the door or masking the odor with candles and air fresheners. Instead, do something to stop the smell, prevent its return, and in turn, reclaim your unused basement as usable living space.

It’s in your best interest to hire a professional basement and exterior waterproofing company like A-Proseal Basement Waterproofing to ensure all of your T’s are crossed and your I’s dotted when it comes to resolving the issues that are the cause of your wet, damp basement.

However, if you’re a handy person and want to tackle some of the work yourself, there are some steps you can do on your own to reduce indoor humidity.

Diagnose the Water Problem: Water or moisture in basements comes from two sources: indoor humidity that condenses on cold surfaces and water (or water vapor) that comes from outside.

Reduce Excess Humidity: Eliminating the sources of humid air will help dry out your basement. One way is to seal leaky dryer vents with foil tape to prevent unwanted humid air from entering your basement. You can also run a dehumidifier to lower the indoor humidity.

Waterproof the Walls: Waterproofing materials that go on like paint fill the pores in the concrete or masonry walls and prevent water from leaking in.

Insulate the Walls: Insulate exterior walls to prevent condensation. However, don’t cover the walls with insulation if water is leaking in from outside; you’ll just create a potential mold problem.

Install Drainage: The permanent fix for chronic basement leaks is to install a sump pump drainage system.

Even if you only ever plan to use your basement as a laundry room and storage space, it’s unhealthy for your home’s occupants, as well as damaging to the foundation of your home, to live in a house with a damp and moldy basement.

Get Creative with Your Basement

Your basement doesn’t have to be wasted space where your junk accumulates. It also doesn’t have to be that damp, wet, scary place that everyone avoids. Turn that perfectly good, unused living space into a beautiful, functional area your family can enjoy.

Unfinished, basements don’t seem all that large, but on the contrary, most basements are big enough with tons of potential. Expand your living space with some of these basement renov inspirations.

Playroom – When it’s too cold or wet for the kids to play outside, you’ll be happy to have a separate play area for them to get their energy out.

Craft Room – With your own designated space you’ll finally get to all of those sewing, scrapbooking and painting projects you’ve been talking about.

Game Room – Mount a large screen TV for sports games and video game playing. Also, add a combination pool table/ping-pong table for some family-friendly competition.

Music Room – Got a music-loving kid in the family? Create a custom space by installing soundproofing in the ceiling and walls to help muffle the sound and then let them turn up the amps or pound on the drums.

Family Room – This is the perfect space for a comfy sectional and large screen TV to gather around for family movie night.

Don’t resign yourself to limited usable square footage in your home when your basement holds countless possibilities. As your planning and prepping, be sure to resolve any basement water issues with basement waterproofing in Lake County, IL. Once that’s complete you can begin to transform that dark, damp, unfinished space into the basement of your dreams.