Schaumburg is a village with over 77,000 residents located to the NorthWest of Chicago. They are known for being a place where people come to relax and enjoy themselves, with attractions, such as the massive Woodfield Mall, and the Legoland Discovery Center.
Homeowners in Schaumburg also enjoy the close proximity to those attractions, but there is something they don’t enjoy. They don’t appreciate having water in their basements, but it happens all too often.
When those problems occur, you can count on The Real Seal to be there with a solution. We have been helping our neighbors in Schaumburg and throughout the area with the best basement waterproofing and foundation repair services.
Common Signs Of Water Damage In Basement
What Does It Mean To Waterproof Your Basement?
Most basements are dark, damp areas of the home that don’t serve a useful purpose. The same can’t be said for basements that have been waterproofed. Those basements have been repaired and sealed so they are dry and comfortable.
The waterproofing service may look different from one basement to another but they all have the same goal. That goal is the removal of excess water and treating the basement so the water doesn’t become a problem again.
Different Types Of Basement Waterproofing Solutions
It would be impossible to discuss every single waterproofing solution, as they are often a combination of different techniques. They can often be put into a general category, including the following 3 categories of basement waterproofing.
This is likely the type of waterproofing we are most familiar with. It often involves putting a protective coating on the interior basement walls to keep water from penetrating those walls or getting into other areas of the home. We use interior waterproofing as part of our greater basement waterproofing strategy.
Exterior waterproofing can be very effective and is a long-lasting solution. The biggest problem is that it is only done when the home is under construction and before the foundation is backfilled. The exterior waterproofing process involves applying a waterproof barrier to the wall to keep water from soaking in.
We often use water drainage as part of our basement waterproofing strategy. A tile drainage system is set up, either under the basement floor or around the foundation to channel water away from the area. It often drains into a sump pit and then is pumped out of the pit with a sump pump.
How Long Does Basement Waterproofing Last?
When we have any work done to our home, we want it to last. The length of time a repair will last is usually backed up by a warranty. Although the timetable for any job will differ, we do guarantee crack repair for life. Our drain tile systems are guaranteed for 30 years in most cases. If it is a case of over-the-top seepage, you can expect the repair to last a long time but we do not offer a warranty for that work
We Offer Basement Waterproofing Services Near You In Schaumburg, IL
We often live by our motto, ‘Not everything is better when wet.’ If your basement is wet, you understand the truthfulness of this statement. Many of our neighbors in Schaumburg and the surrounding area have taken advantage of our basement waterproofing services.
For over a decade, we have dedicated ourselves to providing the foundation repair and waterproofing that homeowners need.
Our Basement Waterproofing Services
Since each different basement waterproofing project is unique, there are a variety of services that may be offered. The following list represents some of the top services we offer.
Foundation Crack Repair
Cracks are common in foundations. They may occur when the concrete cures or due to hydrostatic pressure. We can fix foundation cracks by using tie rods to hold the crack together or by injecting the crack with epoxy. We do not use polyurethane injections as they are less effective in the long term.
Drain Tile System
A drain tile system can be installed under the basement floor or outside near the foundation, in either case, it is a perforated pipe that gathers rising water and channels it to a sump pit. The water can then be pumped up and out of the pit with a sump pump. A battery backup kicks in when the power goes out.
A sump pump can either be a submersible or a pedestal unit. In either case, it monitors the level of water in the sump pit and pumps the water out before it spills out into the basement. The sump pump must be matched to the amount of water that flows into the sump pit.
Windows are important, as they allow natural light to enter the basement. They also can be a problem that allows water to seep into the basement. This commonly happens due to improper installation, old windows, and debris gathering in the window well.
Discharge Lines And Gutter Extensions
Gutters gather water from the roof and bring it to the ground in a more convenient location rather than have it pour over the edge of the roof. Unless gutter extensions and discharge lines are installed, the water will simply drain into the ground near the foundation wall.
Any opening in the foundation provides an opportunity for water seepage. It can also increase the possibility of cracks occurring from the corner of the opening. In either case, The Real Seal can fix either issue during the basement waterproofing process.
Part of the basement waterproofing process may include the installation of a vapor barrier. It is a thick layer of polyurethane sheet that keeps water from getting from the concrete wall to any wall finish. Any water that seeps in is directed down the wall and into a drain tile. If the basement is finished, any drywall or paneling must be removed prior to installing the vapor barrier.
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