Causes Of LeaksThere are several different ways that water can get into your basement:
- Mortar Joint Leaking - If your home in Chicago was built with cinder blocks or brick then this is going to affect you. Over time the mortar within the joints of the bricks and blocks is going to deteriorate. When this happens water leaks into your basement. In order to prevent more problems in the future, an expert waterproofing service can come into your basement and identify which joints need work to prevent future leaking.
- Wall Cracks - Most wall cracks are caused by pressure. Pressure building up from water that is flowing near your home. First, it is important to identify how the crack a created in your wall, and look to make sure that no other cracks will appear in the future. Once that is taken care of we will use our formula HydroFill and HydroSeal to make sure that the crack is taken care of and doesn’t leak down your wall again.
- Floor Cracks - Floor cracks are also a result of pressure building up from water in the basement. These cracks can cause problems not just for water leaking into your basement, they can also affect your foundation as well.
- Window Wells - When the water around your home builds up, window wells actually provide relief from water coming into your basement. However, if the area around your home isn’t draining properly then these can fill and leak through the windows and into your basement. You can do some things to help the situation, make sure there are no cracks in the windows, point gutters and downspouts further away from your home. However, if you’re still seeing water coming in from your window wells, a local waterproofing service in Chicago can come in solving this problem for you.
- Air Pockets - Air pockets will form honeycomb cracks in your cement walls. These cracks are crumbling chipped away concrete that are caused by poorly mixed concrete. In order to fill these correctly choose a local waterproofing service in Chicago to come and make sure that the cracks and more are filled into the walls.
- Top Wall or Ceiling- If your basement is at or near ground level then you might notice that water is leaking in from the top of the wall. These leaks typically start and slowly drip down the wall leaving a long water trail stain. If you have an older home in Chicago, then the soil around the home has settled and therefore creates lower spots which makes it easier for water to get into your home.
- Tie Rod Holes - If you have an older home in Chicago, you might have problems with tie rod holes filling up with water and leaking into your basement. Tie rod holes were created when the tie rods were inserted into the concrete frame of your home and then removed. These can fill with water, and cause leaking problems in your basement.
- Joint Leakage- When your home was built, a hole was dug, and concrete was poured into that hole. These then became the dimensions of your basement and walls were built around it. Those walls were made of wood and other materials to spread out the weight of your home. However, when concrete is poured into a wooden form it can create little waterways for water to get into. These waterways expand over time and you have joint leakage.
Waterproofing ChecklistHave you noticed what leaking into your basement? Try these steps first before to see if it helps the problem:
- Is the grade of your yard pointed away from your house?
- Is your toilet leaking?
- Are all your pipes sealed properly?
- Make sure your sewer line is not backing up
- Use splash blocks under your gutter downspouts
- Move your gutters and downspouts away from the leaking area and make sure they are clean.
CRC Concrete Raising and Repair’s Waterproofing ProcessCRC Concrete Raising and Repair employes a system of waterproofing that will solve all your problems in three easy steps.
- Prepare the area
- Seal the crack
- Inject HydroSeal or HydroFill
- Fills the crack completely, not just on the surface
- It’s flexible – for any future movement or settling of your foundation
- Any voids behind the wall are filled
- It does not shrink