Posts made in April 2018

Spring Home Maintenance Tasks

With the days lengthening and weather warming, now is the time to get outdoors and tackle spring home maintenance projects. With the threat of winter storms passed (fingers crossed!), you can look for damage left over from winter and make any needed repairs.  Also, with spring comes rain. While that may be a good thing for your plants, garden and grass, it could spell trouble for your basement.

Inspect your home and perform these simple maintenance jobs to fend off potential moisture problems both inside and out, prevent costly repairs, and pave the way for a trouble-free summer.

  • Clean Gutters and Downspouts – The health of your basement depends on the health of your roof, more specifically, your gutters. Inspect your gutters to ensure they are all intact and unclogged, paying close attention that the water flows freely away from your homes foundation.
  • Inspect your Roof – Grab the ladder and give the roof a good look. All that snow and ice could have caused some minor damage that you’ll want to fix now. You’re looking for curled and missing shingles, rusted and pitted flashing, and cracked caulk around pipe collars, skylights and other roof penetrations.
  • Inspect Driveways and Paths – Freezing and thawing is rough on concrete, asphalt and other hardscaping materials. Asphalt can often be patched, but damaged concrete may need to be replaced entirely.
  • Test your Sump Pump – Don’t wait for a heavy spring thunderstorm to ensure the sump pump is working properly. Test it by pouring a bucket of water into the sump pump pit. The pump should turn on immediately, remove the water, and then turn off. If that doesn’t happen than the system will require sump pump service in Illinois to fix the issue.

April showers are known to cause a basement water issue or two. If you notice any moisture problems with your basement, or if your basement has had flooding issues in the past, call us today for a free estimate.

Resolving Standing Water Issues in Your Crawl Space

Underneath most homes, in the basement, is a dark crawl space that often goes unnoticed and forgotten about. In this instance, out of sight, out of mind, might be leading to some major issues, including damage to its structure due to water issues.

Water in your home’s crawl space is more than just irritating. If left untreated, it can cause damage to the foundation – wooden beams and joists will begin to rot and strains of mold can develop. After a heavy rainfall, water can pool around the house before the ground eventually absorbs it. Once the ground has become saturated with water the excess water can find its way into your crawl space through damaged foundation and cracks in the concrete walls. Because water issues can escalate quickly, it’s best to take preventative steps to identify problems and mitigate them immediately.

The first step in the process is to call on our waterproofing contractors in Illinois to help identify any potential issues. The first step in diagnosing your crawl space issues is to determine the source of the water- that is, is your home above or below grade.  If your home is below grade, it is safe to assume that your crawl space is in a permanently wet area, which only gets worse after a heavy rain. If your home is above grade, the water in your crawl space may be attributed to a plumbing issue.

Water can enter a crawl space in a variety of ways, though there are some common causes to be aware of including cracks in the walls, floors, or mortar joints; sweating walls (condensation); a burst pipe or leak; high water table; or surface water flooding. A crawl space with water problems, plus lack of light and air circulation, is a breeding ground for mold. Don’t wait until you have a major issue to have your crawlspace treated by waterproofing contractors in Illinois.