Common Problem: Water in Yard

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Do you have that problem spot in your yard where, every time it rains, there’s a puddle? If this spot is close to your home, especially around your foundation, that puddle can cause major damage including sinking, settling, foundation cracks, leaks, and more! The best ways to avoid this are proper gutter installation and making sure they stay clean, especially during the rainy season, and making sure any grading issues around your foundation are fixed.  You may need yard drainage contractors to help you fix these problems. If your foundation is also experiencing problems, Midwest Waterproofing can help you with yard drainage and foundation repair!

Midwest Waterproofing, your Yard Drainage Contractors

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Contact us to schedule your free inspection and estimate. We provide a variety of services from yard drainage to waterproofing and foundation repair. We’ll give you all the solutions you need to fix your foundation and keep your home safe. Underground downspouts, sump pump extensions, or installing a more complex drainage system which may include French drains and surface drains which will collect surface water and discharge it to a storm sewer if one is available, are all solutions to water in your yard. We will be able to tell you which options are best for your specific situation. Curious about financing options? We can help you there as well!

If the water in your yard has already caused foundation issues, you may need underpinning or wall anchors to support your foundation. This will also fix any foundation cracks, leaks, and more. For these services in the northwest Illinois area, make sure to contact us here at Midwest Waterproofing! We use top quality repair products from Earth Contact Products (ECP), so you can be sure your repairs will last a lifetime. Give us a call to schedule your inspection or to learn more.

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.

Downspout Extentions


Why Should I Extend My Downspouts?

Most homeowners don’t even think about where the water from there roof goes. As long as the water makes it into the gutter and into the downspout, that’s all that the resident sees. However, this is only the start of the journey and where the real issues with water begin.

An average roof contains 2000 square feet of “catchment area”. A one-inch rain deluges you roof with over 1,200 gallons of water.  If you have 4 downspouts, each will deliver 300 gallons of water right next to your foundation if your downspouts are not extended. This creates a series of problems from erosion which can lead to foundation sinking, to standing water which is susceptible to freezing and heaving the foundation. Every foundation issue I have encountered was from water not directed away from the foundation. Foundation issues are a serious matter and cost serious money.

When a foundation is excavated, a larger hole than the actual size of the foundation is dug to accommodate workers, materials and machines. This “over-dig” is usually 4-5 feet larger that the foundation. When the soil is disturbed, it cannot be replaced with the same compaction as mother nature did over millions of years. Thus you are left with a vulnerable porous area surrounding your home.



The solution is down spout extensions

The existing downspout is cut just below grade level and a Debris Filter is installed to allow any material to be diverted from the system keeping it clog-free.  A 6” PVC runs underground at least 10” from the home to a “bubbler pot” which is set in a bed of gravel. This allows water to permeate into the soil and a top pops up to allow any excess water to flow onto the soil. Remember, this is occurring 10 feet away, far from the vulnerable over-dig area.






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Yard Drainage and Your Basement

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Yard Drainage Can Help Keep Water Out of Your Basement

Over flowing gutters, downspouts that dump water next to the foundation, back pitched grading and low spots in the yard can cause storm water to enter your basement or crawlspace. In extreme circumstances, this excess water can also cause severe structural damage to your home’s foundation.

Foundations in the Chicagoland and Southern Wisconsin areas are installed to a minimum depth of forty-two inches for slab on grade and crawlspaces for protection from frost heaving; for basements they can be installed to a depth of eight feet or more. In order to install foundations this deep, a hole is dug approximately 3-5 feet wider than the foot print of the foundation. This extra excavation is called the over-dig and gives the foundation crews the room to build the foundation footings and walls.

The over-dig area is backfilled with soil once the foundation walls are complete. This area of backfill is much less dense than the soil that was not excavated. This creates an earthen funnel around the entire foundation that can direct water back to the foundations walls causing leaks from foundation cracks and other problems.

Yard Drainage Can Help Prevent Wet Basements

Gutter overflowThe best way to get storm water away from your home is with clean gutters, downspouts that are extended underground at least ten feet away from the foundation and to make sure grading is positively pitched away from your home. Sump pump discharges should also be directed underground at least ten feet away from the foundation, so the water does not recirculate back to the sump pump basin.

In some cases, these items are not enough or cannot be done due to the configuration of the yard. In these cases, rather than rely on grading, you need to utilize a yard drainage system that collects the water and takes it away from your home.

Yard drainage is just a fancy term for collecting storm water and relocating it via an underground piping system. Ideally this system discharges the water into a storm sewer, if it exists, to take the water completely off your property.

A well-designed yard drainage system can collect water from downspouts, planting beds, driveways and low spots in your lawn and move the water away from the over-dig. This is done through underground PVC pipe to minimize the possibility of storm water entering your basement or crawlspace causing damage to your home and personal belongings.

If you have pooling water in your yard, downspouts that dump water next to your foundation or back pitched grading, contact Midwest Waterproofing for a free consultation. Our staff has years of experience solving all types of yard drainage issues and will help design a cost-effective solution to your yard drainage problem.