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Why Does Concrete Shift and Settle?

 

If your foundation is showing signs of cracks, uneven floors, and other failures, it is important to have them professionally repaired. Leaving such damage go unaddressed not only compromises the integrity of your property, but it also endangers you and your guests

Is your patio a tripping hazard and your driveway not much better? Concrete slab settlement is most common in stoops, patios, sidewalks, and driveways. Underlying soil issues are likely the culprit for your settling concrete.

There are several main causes for floor slab settlement:
Poor Soil Conditions: Clay soil is at the heart of many of these issues. When the soil dries and shrinks, gaps form between the slab and the soil creating a void. This void makes it impossible for the soil to support the floor slab, causing the floor to crack and sink.

Poor Drainage: Washout is often caused by plumbing leaks. If the leak is severe enough and there is a path for the water to flow freely it can wash out the soil underneath the slab.

Poor Compaction: Many homes are built on backfilled soils, but if it is not compacted correctly, the backfill will begin to compress and settle over time. This slow process will result in uneven compaction. This creates a void under the slab that over time will settle.

Enjoy your outdoor patio, pool deck, and sidewalks this summer without annoying and often dangerous cracks and settlement.  Contact us today to schedule concrete services in Illinois with our expertly trained team.

Summer Is the Time for Waterproofing

 

Basement waterproofing is the only surefire way to protect your home or business from water damage, with the best time of year to get the job done right being now! Summer is the best opportunity to correct exterior foundation issues, make cracked basement wall repairs, or to install drain tiles or a sump pump.

The relatively dry weather and warm, sunny days makes now the right time to get the job done. At A-Proseal Basement Waterproofing, we provide exceptional waterproofing, foundation repair, and sump pump service in Illinois.

Below are two reasons why the hot, dry weather of summer is ideal for waterproofing.
Effective Treatment: It can take days or even weeks for some waterproofing materials to completely dry, which is why it’s best to do it at a time when the area remains moisture-free. Any kind of water or moisture will slow down the curing time and lower the effectiveness of the waterproofing application.
Ideal Conditions: Exterior waterproofing, including cracked foundation repairs, are best done when the weather is favorable. The hot and dry conditions allow the repair and renovation work to progress quickly.

If you’re interested in waterproofing the exterior foundation walls of your home, look to A-Proseal Basement Waterproofing for high quality services. Schedule a free estimate and consultation today by calling us at (847) 525-7394.

Four Signs You Need a Sump Pump

If you notice problems with water and moisture in your basement than a sump pump is a must. Even if you only notice moisture once or twice per year, a sump pump can save you from costly damage and repairs related to water and moisture problems.

When water enters your basement, which can result when there are cracks in the foundation walls, the sump pump draws the water away from your foundation and keeps your basement from flooding.

Top Signs You Need a Sump Pump
1. You notice water in your basement – The biggest indicator that you need a sump pump is if your basement has flooded before. If flooding happened once, it can happen again.
2. You live in a wet climate area – Melting snow and rainwater runoff can cause real issues for a basement.
3. You live in a low-lying area – Water collects at the lowest point, so if your home is at that lowest point you could find yourself dealing with several water problems. Homes in high water table areas, with wet yards or situated in run-off areas, can collect water, causing lots of issues.
4. You refinished your basement – Protect your investment and possessions by ensuring water doesn’t cause damage to floors, furniture, or stored items.

Avoid expensive water damage repairs, which could be prevented with the installation of a sump pump. For sump pump service in Illinois, A-Proseal can answer all of your questions about sump pumps and ensure your home is protected from excess water and the damage it causes.  Contact us today.

When Is The Best Time To Do Foundation Repairs?

When it comes to foundation repairs, most homeowners often put off fixing the problem. They either assume it’s a minor problem that doesn’t require immediate attention, they think the cost of repairs is more than they can afford, or that the fix will be intrusive. Without having a professional inspect the issue and offer an evaluation on what the problem is, and how to fix it, you’ll never know for sure.

When it comes to a home’s cracked foundation, putting off until tomorrow what should be fixed today is never a good idea. Your home’s foundation is the core of the structure. When it’s compromised, so too is the structural integrity of your entire home. You’ll want to fix the problem early in order to heed off more damage, which can make the repairs exponentially greater and more expensive.

A home’s foundation might begin to crack, bow, or tip inward, or the home may start to sink due to shifting soil underneath the structure. In either case, these issues need to be addressed quickly before they get worse – and they will get worse. Cracked foundation repair involves stabilizing a bowed or tipped wall in order to prevent further movement and maintain its ability to support the structure above. Don’t wait until the issues have escalated, permanently damaging your home. Fix it now, pay less, and avoid additional problems.

Concrete Raising vs. Concrete Replacing

We’re hard-wired to believe new is best, but when it comes to sinking slabs of concrete, raising is actually preferred. Assuming the driveway, patio, or front porch concrete isn’t majorly damaged, the offending concrete simply needs a boost back to its original spot.

Concrete can settle for a variety of reasons. Poor soil conditions, improper compaction, tree roots and poor drainage will allow your concrete slabs to settle and not be as even as they were initially. Concrete raising, also known as slabjacking or leveling, through the lifting process, returns the slab to an even and stable position.

Still unsure why you should raise instead of replace sagging concrete? Take these points into consideration when making your decision.

Less Cost & Labor Intensive: Concrete slab replacement costs two to three times more than concrete raising. And, since replacing the slab doesn’t stabilize the soil foundation the way raising does, you may find yourself faced with a cracked or unsettled slab again in the future. Concrete raising lowers your overall costs, sometimes by up to 50% than replacing the same concrete slabs, and is exponentially quicker.

Fast & Easy: Removing a slab and replacing it with a new one creates a lot of noise, dust and dirt. Concrete raising, however, is a much cleaner process that leaves no waste behind. It is also faster and more convenient than replacement too, with most projects taking between 1-3 hours. After the work is completed, the area is ready for use.

To learn more about concrete services in Illinois contact the team at A-Proseal. We’ll discuss your driveway, sidewalk, porch, pool deck, or patio concerns and schedule your Polyurethane concrete raising service appointment.

Raising Concrete Instead of Replacing

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Do you have a front porch, driveway, or patio slab that is uneven due to settling and needs fixing? If your home has sunken or settled slabs of concrete, it’s time to raise them, not replace them. While you might have assumed replacement was the only way to fix the problem, we’re here to tell you that Polyurethane concrete raising in Illinois is the cost-effective alternative.

Fixing uneven concrete is more than just improving the aesthetic of your home; it’s also a safety measure. Uneven concrete is a liability hazard and can result in preventable injuries. Plus, if you’re selling your home, first impressions go a long way in making the sale. A slouching or slanting sidewalk or driveway can really turn off a potential buyer.

Replacing a concrete slab will always be more expensive and time consuming than raising and repairing it. Concrete lifting is the preferred method of repairing any damaged concrete surface, including driveways, steps, patios, sidewalks and garage floors.

The primary method used to raise settled concrete is Polyurethane foam concrete. This method injects a two-part mixture that reacts and expands into a lightweight material. The expanding element can then fill voids, support, and raise the concrete slab. This is a quick and easy job in comparison to replacement, meaning it won’t displace you from your home or interrupt your daily life.

Contact us today to learn more about concrete raising in Illinois and to schedule your concrete raising with our expertly trained team.

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.

Effects of Hydrostatic Pressure on Basement Walls

It’s not uncommon to hear the term “hydrostatic pressure” when discussing foundation wall repairs and basement waterproofing. The effects of hydrostatic pressure to a home’s foundation walls and basement are a major cause of basement water problems.

What is Hydrostatic Pressure?
Hydrostatic pressure refers to water pressure that surrounds your basement when it rains or snows. If the soil around your basement is saturated with water, there could be tens of thousands of pounds of hydrostatic pressure against the foundation. With significant pressure, it’s likely that water will find its way through even the smallest crack or gap in your basement.

Problems and Solutions
Hydrostatic pressure can lead to a number of problems, including: cracked concrete, foundation cracks, bowed basement walls, uneven foundation, basement leaks and flooding, mold and mildew, expedited foundation settling, and soil erosion.

Even a well-constructed basement foundation can’t provide a perfect barrier against hydrostatic pressure. However, basement waterproofing prevents water from getting into your basement, while cracked foundation repair can fix existing issues that are making your home more susceptible to flooding and damage. To learn more about how to safeguard your home for hydrostatic pressure and ongoing basement flooding, contact A-Proseal Basement Waterproofing today.

Limited Time Only – Save 10% on Waterproofing Services

Is your once large enough home starting to feel tight and cramped? Do you feel like everyone is living on top of one another? Do the kids seem to be accumulating more and more stuff that’s spilling over into every room in the house? If you answered yes to any of these questions, it may be time to consider expanding your living space – and the answer may be right under your feet!

While an expansion would be nice, that can be a costly and lengthy process. The basement, however, is often an easier and more cost effective option. Basements hold endless possibilities, with a wealth of extra living space just waiting to be transformed.

Before you start you’ll want to take care of any wet basement troubles. Waterproofing contractors in Illinois can perform a thorough inspection, pinpointing the problem areas and properly waterproofing the basement and exterior walls of your home.  As a special offer, A-Proseal is currently offering 10% off when you spend $500 or $50 off of any cracked foundation repairs. Waterproofing and remodeling can get pricey, so it’s great to save money when you can!

Once that’s complete and you’ve got a dry basement, your imagination is the limit when it comes to design. Need help deciding the best use of your basement space? Here are some popular basement refinishing trends:
Playroom for the Kids – No more toys in every room of the house!
Home Office – Find a little peace, quiet and separation while trying to get your work done.
Extra Bedroom – Whether your kids are tired of sharing a room or you need space for overnight guests, the basement is ideal and will add extra value to your home.
Family Room – Give dad his own space to watch sports or the kids a movie room to enjoy with friends.
Extra storage space – It might not be the most glamorous usage, but it does allow you room to neatly organize your belongings.