Avoiding a Leaking Basement in the Winter

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Winter can be hard on your foundation and your basement. During the fall, rain and flurries can make the soil moist, causing it to expand and put pressure on your foundation. This can cause cracking. Any rain or melting snow can leak through these cracks, leaving puddles in your basement.

In the winter, the soil will freeze, causing it to contract and pull away from your foundation. This can leave voids underneath your foundation. Without the support of the soil, your foundation can crack or even settle into the voids. This can cause a variety of issues for your foundation and your basement!

Leaking Basement and Other Foundation Problems

leaking basementThe easiest ways to tell if you are experiencing foundation problems is to keep an eye out for cracks, sticking doors or windows, sloping floors, bowing walls, and leaks around your basement. In order to avoid these problems, especially the ones having to do with leaks and water, make sure your home is waterproofed. Having a sump pump is vital, but you may want to consider an exterior waterproofing membrane. This will keep all moisture out of your basement. Our products are made by Earth Contact Products (ECP), which are of the highest quality, as well.

Another way to prevent or remove these issues is to look into foundation repair. Foundation repair will often fix cracks that let in water. Patching a crack may be a good temporary fix, but it won’t fix the root of the problem, which is foundation settlement. Until that problem is fixed, your cracks will only continue to grow.

We here at Midwest Waterproofing provide both waterproofing and foundation repair services. Contact us today for a free in-home inspection and estimate. We want to make sure your foundation is safe for you and your family, so we will give you options that will fit your budget. We also have options for financing. We understand that these services are not cheap, but we want to make sure your living space is safe and secure! Give us a call today to learn more.

Why you Shouldn’t DIY your Sump Pump Installation

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Have you ever been in a situation where your basement has had leaks, puddles, or even flooding? It can be a scary situation because it can ruin your possessions, causes damage to your basement, and it is hard to clean up. It can also lead to a number of problems down the road including mold and mildew, wood rot, and even pests! So how do you protect your basement from water damage?

There are a few steps you can take to keep water away from your basement and your foundation, but easily one of the most important ones is a sump pump. If you experience water in your basement regularly–for example, each spring–then a sump pump is a must for you, especially if you do not have one already.

Waterproofing and Sump Pump Installation

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A sump pump is a basin that is placed at the lowest part of your basement. All water will drain into and when enough water is inside, it will turn on and pump the water away from your home. In other words, it is energy efficient since it does not run all the time; only when it needs to. What happens if the power goes out?

Battery backup sump pumps provide you safety during storms, flash flooding, etc. If the power goes out, your battery backup sump pump will turn on and provide you with instant peace of mind. You won’t have to worry about your basement flooding if your power goes out! It’s definitely something you will want to consider when looking into sump pump installation.

Sump Pumps: Not a DIY Project

Sump pumps are a very integral part of a home, especially in places like the Midwest that gets lots of seasonal rain and flooding. If not installed correctly, your basement and even your home could flood, causing hundreds if not thousands of dollars in damages. You want to make sure your home is protected, so make sure to hire a professional. It may be more expensive, but it is a much safer way and you can be sure that you will avoid much more costly repairs. We can provide you with waterproofing services including sump pump installation and battery backup sump pump installation. Give us a call here at Midwest Waterproofing! You can also book your appointment online.

Common Problem: Mold & Mildew

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Seeing mold and mildew in your basement or crawl space can be worrying. Not only is it a sign of water damage, it can be a health problem for anyone living in the home. Unfortunately, it’s not enough to just clean up the mold & mildew. Without fixing the root of the problem, the mold will just come back over time. There are a few things that may have caused this problem. Likely, you also have foundation cracks which may be letting in water. The slightest bit of moisture in your basement can be a problem. It is a warm, dark place where mold thrives. Even small cracks need to be taken care of. Luckily, we can help you there!

Basement Waterproofing Fixes Mold & Mildew

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Contact us here at Midwest Waterproofing and we can provide you with a free in-home inspection and free estimate to determine exactly what your problem is and how to fix it. We will sit down with you and explain the issues and what options are available to fix it. We understand a budget, so we will work with you to find the solution that best fits your budget but also provides safety for your foundation.

Foundation cracks can be fixed a few different ways. One of the most cost-effective and efficient ways is polyurethane crack injection. We will inject the crack with a polyurethane solution that will expand and fit into all the small nooks and crannies in the crack. It is a water proof solution that will keep moisture out of your foundation. Once these repairs are taken care of, the mold & mildew can be cleaned and it will no longer come back! Give us a call for more information or book online if you are interested in getting rid of mold & mildew in your basement.

Common Problem: Foundation Wall Leaks

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In many homes, one of the first times that we notice waterproofing issues is when we have water coming in from the walls. This seepage or foundation wall leak can be due to many different things, but the main reason is usually because of foundation cracks. However, how are these cracks caused? How can they be resolved? Let’s find out!

Crack RepairHow are Foundation Wall Leaks Caused?

Usually, foundation wall leaks are caused by cracks in the foundation. This can be due to a multitude of issues. One of the most common is from hydrostatic pressure. Hydrostatic pressure is when soil becomes saturated with water and pushes against the foundation walls. The weight of the soil can cause unnatural pressure on the walls which then causes cracks. These cracks can let in anything from water to pests. Plus, a leaking basement can lead to even worse issues like mold and mildew which can affect your health. Another way cracks can be caused is by tree roots invading the structure. Cracked walls can even be caused by old age or poor initial construction. In any case, cracks are a serious foundation and waterproofing issue that may even lead to bowing walls which are threatening to the stability of your home.

Crack RepairHow are Foundation Wall Leaks Resolved?

One of the best ways to resolve a foundation wall leak is first to clean up the mess. The water, mold, or mildew needs to be cleaned up before any work can be done on the foundation. We don’t want to trap that mold or mildew behind any encapsulation or inside the walls. So first clean up will be done and any mold will be removed. Next, we will start on the foundation repair. A urethane crack injection is the preferred method of repair. This is because of its lower cost and no need to excavate the foundation wall. Another advantage of the urethane material is that is expands to fill the entire crack, effectively stopping the water on the exterior of the building. However, this material is also flexible so it allows for changes in the seasons. If you have a finished basement, you may want to choose an outside option. There are two typical options for exterior foundation leak repair, a waterproof membrane or a sodium bentonite clay application.

What’s the Next Step?

If you have a foundation wall leak and are experiencing a leaking basement, it’s time to call the professionals at Midwest Waterproofing. We’re happy to come out and give you an estimate of what it might take to resolve issues with the foundation. Contact us today for more information.

Common Problem: Seepage

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A common problem we see in our service area is seepage in basement walls and concrete floors. As soil expands around your foundation, cracks will form. This foundation damage can create leaks the bring moisture into your basement or crawlspace. The pressure the builds up on foundation walls caused by excess water in the soil is called Hydrostatic pressure. When there are heavy rains or snow melt, or if you live in an area where there is a lot of water in the soil (like areas all around Lake County) this can be a huge headache for homeowners.

Problem areas include cracks in the floors and walls but also around window wells and cove joints. A cove joint is where the foundation wall meets the foundation floor. Check all these areas for signs of moisture.

What do you do if you have seepage?

Moisture can cause mold, even in small amounts. You can help the situation by having a humidifier installed but you may need to take other measures.

Exterior Waterproofing: If there is too much water around your house it can be because you don’t have proper drainage outside the foundation. We can assess the situation and find a solution that fits your needs.

Interior waterproofing: A sump pump can be installed to remove excess water out and away from your home.

Crack repair: Finding and sealing cracks can prevent further problems. It’s important to have the foundation inspected and any cracks repaired.

Our team can assist with all of these solutions. Book your inspection with us easily online today or just give us a call to set up a time that works for you.