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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.

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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.

The Importance of Sump Pump Discharge Lines

When it comes to wet basements, sump pumps are a lifesaver. When it’s working properly, a sump pump keeps all of that irritating water that always seems to find a way indoors, contained, ensuring your basement doesn’t flood. Should your sump pump stop working, your basement will start taking on water pretty quickly.

Obviously, what happens on the outside of your basement’s foundation has a major impact on the water that leaks inside. For that reason, it’s so important to keep water away from your foundation. If water can’t reach your foundation walls, it can’t flood your basement. It’s as simple as that.

So, how do you prevent water in your yard from leaking into your basement? Sump pump discharge lines are the answer.  Instead of letting water accumulate on your lawn from fast moving storms or puddles from gutters and downspouts, ensure fast removal with sump pump discharge lines. They will remove any standing water in your yard quickly and efficiently. By installing discharge lines, you’ll pump this water away from your home before it can cause problems with your foundation. No standing water near your foundation means a dry basement.

A sump pump without proper discharge lines isn’t fixing the problem – it’s just putting a band aid on it. Even with the sump pump removing the water, the water seeping through cracks in your foundation is causing damage to your home. Stop the problem from the outside by preventing water from getting too close to the foundation. Contact us today to learn how sump pump discharge lines and waterproofing exterior foundation walls will benefit your home.

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.