Posts tagged with "Exterior Waterproofing"

Make the Most of Your Yard with Drain Tiles

If your lawn looks like a swamp every time you get a heavy rain, you probably have drainage issues. A soggy lawn not only makes for an unusable lawn, but it can also lead to foundation and basement flooding issues. Any water that stands near your house is just looking for a way to enter your foundation, which can lead to more problems than just some muddy, wet grass.

So, what’s the solution? Drain tiles. Install underground drain tiling, such as a French drain, that extends from problematic low spots in the landscape – like a lawn that’s too flat – to a ditch or swale is the best way to alleviate drainage issues. A French drain is a versatile system for dealing with all kinds of drainage problems. Even if your lawn doesn’t have noticeable water issues, excess water underground will find its way into unnoticed cracks in your home’s foundation.

A typical French drain consists of a perforated pipe -usually flexible lightweight plastic- sheathed by a fabric sock to keep dirt and sand from clogging the pipe. The pipe is buried in a trench and surrounded by gravel. The water will simply soak into the soil as it flows along the perforated pipe.

Divert excess water simply and effectively by installing drain tiles in your yard. Take back use of your soggy yard with the help from A-Proseal exterior waterproofing in Cook County, IL.

Handyman Tips to Dry up Your Damp Basement

When you open your basement door are you hit with that awful musty smell? Some days is it so powerful you can even smell it on the first floor? Stop ignoring the problem by shutting the door or masking the odor with candles and air fresheners. Instead, do something to stop the smell, prevent its return, and in turn, reclaim your unused basement as usable living space.

It’s in your best interest to hire a professional basement and exterior waterproofing company like A-Proseal Basement Waterproofing to ensure all of your T’s are crossed and your I’s dotted when it comes to resolving the issues that are the cause of your wet, damp basement.

However, if you’re a handy person and want to tackle some of the work yourself, there are some steps you can do on your own to reduce indoor humidity.

Diagnose the Water Problem: Water or moisture in basements comes from two sources: indoor humidity that condenses on cold surfaces and water (or water vapor) that comes from outside.

Reduce Excess Humidity: Eliminating the sources of humid air will help dry out your basement. One way is to seal leaky dryer vents with foil tape to prevent unwanted humid air from entering your basement. You can also run a dehumidifier to lower the indoor humidity.

Waterproof the Walls: Waterproofing materials that go on like paint fill the pores in the concrete or masonry walls and prevent water from leaking in.

Insulate the Walls: Insulate exterior walls to prevent condensation. However, don’t cover the walls with insulation if water is leaking in from outside; you’ll just create a potential mold problem.

Install Drainage: The permanent fix for chronic basement leaks is to install a sump pump drainage system.

Even if you only ever plan to use your basement as a laundry room and storage space, it’s unhealthy for your home’s occupants, as well as damaging to the foundation of your home, to live in a house with a damp and moldy basement.

Welcome to Our Blog

Exterior WaterproofingWelcome to A-Proseal Basement Waterproofing’s blog! We are excited to share helpful tips and industry knowledge with our customers, so you can get the inside information from a trusted source. As a business, we have been protecting basements from water damage for almost 20 years. We believe in putting our customers first, so you can trust us for quality work, customer satisfaction, and respectful customer service. When we are working in your home, we treat it as if it was own home.

When you are a homeowner, there is nothing more stressful then finding standing water in your basement because there is a crack in the foundation or it is not properly sealed. We help homeowners with drain tile repairs, cracked foundation repairs, exterior foundation wall repairs, basement waterproofing, and exterior waterproofing. When water does find its way into your home, you know you can call us.

If you suspect that your home has a leak in the basement or foundation, do not hesitate to reach out to our professional team. We will come out to your home and take a look to confirm if there is a leak or crack. You can depend on us to get the job done right the first time. Contact us today at (847) 525 -7394 for peace of mind.