Posts made in January 2018

Laying the Foundation for a Sturdy Home

Are you building your forever home from the ground up? If so, congratulations! It’s an exciting venture, for sure, but is also one that requires time and research to ensure everything goes smoothly. It’s important to be knowledgeable about the different types of foundations and what will work best with your home plans before making a decision.

Types of Basements
Basement: Homes with a full basement begin with a hole around 8 feet deep, ending with a concrete slab. The walls of the basement are typically formed by cinder blocks, and the entire process is done in three portions: first the beams are poured, then the walls, and finally the slab inside the walls. This process helps keep the basement foundation waterproof.

Crawlspace: Homes with crawlspace foundations are elevated off the floor by about two feet. Typically, this foundation is built with cinder block and a brick facing. This type of foundation is preferred in moist climates where water is likely to accumulate. Crawlspace foundations are prone to mold and fungi buildup.

Slab: Slab foundation is essentially a flat, concrete pad poured onto the ground. This type of foundation is recommend in warmer climates, since freezing temperatures can cause the slab to shift in cold climates.

No matter what type of foundation you decide on, A-Proseal will help with any cracked foundation repair and waterproofing your home needs. Contact us today to learn more.

Snow Fun: Leaky Basement Troubles

For the many parts of the country that see below freezing temperatures and snow during the wintertime, those months between November and March can be long and frigid. Snow may look pretty, but when you have to drive in it and shovel it, it can lose its luster pretty quickly.

Also, another downfall to snow is melting snow. If you have an unresolved leaky basement problem all of that melting snow is sure to find its way into your home. After all, the most common cause of a leaky basement is heavy rain, and well, melting snow has pretty much the same effect as heavy rain when it comes to a wet basement.

Proper runoff and drainage can help direct water away from your foundation, but water can still sneak by. If your drainage or sump pump isn’t in proper working order, then melting snow could turn from fluffy white beauty into a pond in your basement in no time.

If you start to have serious water problems in your basement, or your persistent water problems aren’t going away, like the sump pump always runs or moisture is always seen after a rain, then it’s time to call a basement water proofer and sump pump service in Illinois. Melting snow and flooding is a serious problem for homes and offices. However, with the right equipment and maintenance, you won’t have to worry about a wet basement any longer.