Where Is Water Seepage Coming From?

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When we get a call from a homeowner who lives in the city of Chicago complaining of water in their basement my first question is, “Where is the water coming from?” It’s a key question. Sometimes homeowners don’t know, but if you live in the city and get water in the basement, try to note the origin. Water seepage from the area where the wall and floor meet (cove joint) is completely different from water oozing out of a floor drain.

Cove joint seepage should be addressed by using drain tile, the solution for water bubbling up from a drain in the middle of the floor is by implementing a flood control system. Knowing and understanding the difference and the solutions is vital. A homeowner could spend thousands on a new drain tile system complete with new pits and pumps yet still get water bubbling up from the floor drain. This leaves a frustrated and angry customer and a black eye to our industry.

This difference between seepage from the cove or the floor drain is simple, It’s two separate systems. Cove seepage is ground water, free flowing water around your foundation. The floor drain system is a closed pipe system connected to the city’s storm drain system.

Under normal conditions, water in your basement should flow to the floor drain and into the storm system. However, when the storm sewers become overwhelmed, water backups through the same system sending water into homes through the floor drain, which ironically was designed to take water away.

In the olden days, we took a length of pipe and stuck it into the drain. This is a stand pipe. It works but it can come loose. Then water would gush into the basement. It also created pressure that could damage the underground pipes.

Fast forward to today. Midwest Waterproofing offers a flood control system. We are essentially adding a one-way valve close. This goes to the street on the pipe that leads from the city storm sewer to the house. By only letting water flow out from the house, it stops the problem at the source.

Another thing to remember: more people protected means more chance of you flooding. As homes on your block and neighborhood install flood control systems, your basement becomes more susceptible to flooding. That’s because as the water has fewer and fewer places to go it might head in your direction. It does require us to dig up a portion of the homeowner’s front lawn, but our landscaping guys return the property–at times–to better than original condition.

Experience can save you from making a huge financial mistake. You need a waterproofing team who knows where the problem originates and offers an appropriate solution. Not every firm offers flood control systems. Midwest Waterproofing does. Call us at 815-245-6890 or Book Online for a free in-home consultation.


Yes, You Can Get Seepage In The Winter

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When it comes to waterproofing, don’t be lulled into a false sense of security during the colder months. Drenching rains, melting snow, and thawing ground cause a unique set of circumstances that can cause seepage in your basement.

Snow melts before the ground thaws. This causes the ground to become saturated accelerating any flooding that might occur during a rainfall. It also puts hydrostatic pressure on your foundation walls which could cause leaning or bowing walls. With enough pressure, your foundation walls could even collapse!

Also, freeze/thaw cycles may damage a foundation. Small cracks and crevices fill with water then freeze, expanding and opening the crack ever so slightly. This happens over and over, year after year until a threshold is reached and water seeps in. Deep freezes can cause this to occur even at at the base of the foundation.

We are expecting a strong storm this weekend that will dump several inches of rain onto the already saturated ground. While we are limited by the weather in the amount of exterior work we can do, we have several interior solutions available to eliminate your seepage issues. While it is cold now, the thaw is coming and seepage is a very real possibility.  Do not hesitate to call us at: 815-245-6890 or Book Online.

We want to help you make sure your home is protected from water damage as well as foundation damage. Contact us about waterproofing services. With 30 years of staff experience, you can trust us to make the right calls. Our goal is to provide you with the information you need to understand the problem, give you multiple solutions, and help you decide which option will be best for your home and your budget. Give us a call today so we can help you keep your foundation safe!