Down in Cook County, Illinois lies a large city that’s part of the northwestern suburb of Chicago and what is known as the Golden Corridor. Schaumburg is just 10 miles away from O’Hare Airport and has a population of about 75,000.
As near as the city is to the Windy City, it comes as no surprise that it shares the same climate – cold winters, hot summers, and thunderstorms are common in spring and summer. These weather conditions, combined with natural degradation, can cause many a basement to become damp or wet.
To avoid getting a wet basement, which can cause numerous issues from weakening of the foundation to health risks, homeowners should seriously consider having their basement waterproofed.
But what are the materials used to waterproof a basement anyway? Here are but a few that professionals use.
Sump pumps – basically, a device that pumps water from the basement away from the house.
Basement drainage systems – directs water to a drain and out through a sump pump
French drain – also called a weeping tile, this is a trench filled with gravel and rock that contains a pipe that draws water away from the basement
There are other materials that can be used, either completely different in nature from the ones listed above, or variants that have added functionality. These are the basic materials used in basement waterproofing, and if you want to know more, call a Perma-Seal professional today!