Posts made in October 2018

Winter Wet Basement Troubles


The upcoming winter season doesn’t mean an end to your wet basement troubles. Don’t let a flooded basement ruin your holiday season. Take care of any ongoing water issues now by calling on the A-team at A-Proseal for foundation repair in DuPage County, IL, as well as other forms of basement waterproofing.

Don’t be fooled by the colder temperatures and lack of heavy rain. Flooding happens year-around, so if you’re noticing water issues, now is the time to have them inspected and fixed.  Basement water issues are the result of moisture issues, not rain. So even when you aren’t experiencing regular rainstorms, your basement can still have moisture issues.

To understand the primary reasons why your basement might have moisture and water issues this winter, here’s a list of common causes.

  1. Melting Snow and Radiant Heat – While it may be below freezing outside, the temperature in your basement is significantly warmer. The heat radiated from your finished or unfinished basement causes frozen soil and snow to melt, thus creating moisture. As the snow melts around your basement, moisture builds up and is trapped between the frozen soil and your basement walls and floor.
  1. Hydrostatic Pressure – Hydrostatic pressure is a fancy term that explains the downward pull on gravity and is a common culprit in leaky basements. As frozen soil and snow melt due to radiant heat, hydrostatic pressure pushes down on that trapped moisture.
  1. Cracked Foundation – Water most commonly enters your basement through cracks in the walls and floor. When moisture accumulates outside between the soil and the walls, pressure pushes down on that moisture. As the pressure builds, moisture is pushed through cracks in your walls and floors, resulting in a wet basement.

Why You Need a Battery Backup Sump Pump

There are few things worse for a homeowner than a wet basement. Damp walls and a trickle of water from a crack are warning signs of what can quickly become a much bigger problem. Flooding in the basement can be devastating. Not only can your belongings get ruined, but cleaning up and drying out is a nightmare. You can avoid this scenario by taking steps to prevent water problems from occurring.

While there are a number of reliable basement waterproofing solutions, one of the best ways to keep your basement dry is by installing a drainage system that includes a sump pump. The benefit of the sump pump means that any water that does enter your basement will be removed swiftly before it has a chance to cause any significant damage.

To ensure that your sump pump is always working, it’s best to invest in a battery backup sump pump. Primary sump pumps can fail for various reasons. However, a backup pump will ensure that a pump is working should you run into one of these situations.

Power Outage: Power outages are common during thunderstorms or sometimes even snow storms. Primary sump pumps are A/C power operated. This means that when the main power goes out, the pump stops working. If this occurs in the middle of a thunderstorm, your basement will flood.

Pump Failure: Like any machine, sump pumps can fail now and then. Unfortunately, you may not know your pump failed until you have flooding in your basement. With a backup sump pump, you can prevent flooding while you have your primary pump problems resolved.

Overflow: There may be times during a storm when your primary sump pump is unable to keep up with the inflow of water. A backup pump provides additional support.

At the first sign of water troubles, call on A-Proseal for cracked foundation repair and basement waterproofing, including primary and battery backup sump pumps.