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This is where we will post industry news as well as helpful hints for the home and business owner in Chicagoland.

After the Storm: What Not to Do in Your Chicago Home

The third most populous city in the country, Chicago is known for its cultural contributions to art, film, theater, novels, music, and many more. It is also known for its weather, hence earning the nickname the Windy City.

Aside from the harsh winters, Chicago is also prone to thunderstorms, especially during spring and summer. When a heavy storm hits, Chicago basements tend to flood if they aren't properly waterproofed.

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Best Basement Waterproofing Materials for Leaky Chicago Basements

Living in Chicago is a blast. As the third most populous city in the US, Chicago is home to nearly 2.7 million residents giving you 2.7 million potential friends and neighbors. But what makes it even more interesting is the fact that the city is major cultural hub, with contributions in theater, comedy, films, novels, and music.

However, despite the everyday awesomeness of the city, there are some quirks that homeowners have to deal with. One of these are wet basements. A wet basement isn’t just about dealing with water in your home, it also means dealing with potentially major issues that come with it such as a weakened foundation, cracks in the walls and floors, damage to your paint and electronics, and more.

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Don't Finish Your Basement Until You Know it's Sealed in Chicago

Chicago, the most populous city in Illinois, and third-most populous in the country, is known for its cultural contributions to art, theater, novels, film, and music. It is also known as the Windy City because of the weather conditions there.

While many new residents build new homes to take advantage of the city’s culture, those who are aware of the climate changes in Chicago know well enough that you don’t finish your basement until you know it’s sealed.

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Damp-Proofing vs Waterproofing in Chicago

Basements, being the lowest room in a home, have a tendency to collect water. Aside from the weather, damp and wet basements are also caused by hydrostatic pressure from the water table below ground, and when sewers back up.

To prevent water from permeating through your basement walls, you’ve no doubt heard of ‘damp-proofing’ and ‘waterproofing’ as the answers to your water problems. While similar in function, the differences in effectiveness are significant and it pays to be able to differentiate the two.

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Chicago Homeowners - Take Care of Your Leaky Basement Walls

The most populous city in Illinois, and the third most in the US, Chicago is known for its culture, including contributions to the visual arts, novels, film, comedy, and of course, music. Known as the Windy City, it also boasts having a team in each of the major professional sport leagues.

Lying in a humid continental climate zone, this area experiences hot summers, cold winters, and thunderstorms are common during spring and summer. These weather changes can wreak havoc in one's home, especially in the basement where flooding and leaks can occur at any time of the year.

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Perma-Seal Busy After Chicago Storms

Chicago in Illinois is known as the Windy City, and for good reason. The climate in the third most populous city in the US can be extreme with hot summers, cold winters, and thunderstorms common in spring and summer.

With the changing weather, many Chicago basements have to deal with leaks, dampness, and even floods. These problems cannot be ignored since a wet basement can cause potentially serious issues, such as rot in wooden posts, weakening of the foundation, and even health risks brought about by mold.

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Chicago, Illinois is also known as the "Windy City." Its weather plays at the extremes with hot summer, freezing winters, and thunderstorms are common in spring and summer. Weather changes such as this can cause problems with any home, especially basements where leaks can occur.  

Basement leaks are the result of many factors. Weather is one factor; precipitation can seep through the ground and walls, causing moisture issues in basements. Broken pipes are another cause of basement leak. Even the water table can contribute to a leaky basement if steps aren't taken to prevent it.  

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Winter Thaw Causing Basement Moisture Damage in Chicago - Tips for Preventing a Leaky Basement

A recent winter thaw has left many Chicago homeowners with a leaky basement. Fortunately, Perma-Seal is here to help. With more and more snow melting on the lawn and on roofs, it's no surprise that a lot of people are coming home or waking up to flooded basements. However, this isn't a problem that you have to deal with. With our help, we can come to your home, install a new sump pump, wall liner, basement drain, or whatever may be needed to prevent your basement from getting damaged from more snow melt. Also, we can take care of any kind of basement repair work you may need after the water has damaged wooden support beams and floor joists.

Preventing a Leaky Basement

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Tips to Prevent Chicago Basement Flooding

Known as the Windy City, Chicago is the third most populated city in the US and, as an international hub, is home to the second busiest airport in the world. Having had major cultural contributions to the arts, novels, film, theater, comedy, and music, residents have a lot to be proud of with their city.  

However, the weather in Chicago can be quite fickle. Summers are hot, winters are freezing, with thunderstorms common during spring and summer. This see-saw weather contributes a lot to the city's moisture problems, especially basement flooding.  

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Basement Waterproofing Solutions Chicago

Chicago, Illinois - the third most populated city in the US - has been a major industrial and cultural force for more than a century now. The city has numerous stories to tell, from its struggling past, mafia connections, musical contributions, and much more. However, one story that many in the city experience, but don't make the headlines, is the story of a wet basement. 

Chicago is prone to extreme weather conditions, with freezing winters and scorching summers. Thunderstorms are also common during spring and summer. These changes in weather can cause many moisture problems. Whether it's because of bursting pipes, rain water seeping through floor and wall cracks, humidity levels at a high, or even the water table pushing up from below, water can get in your basement and it can cause lots of headaches.  

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Chicago Foundation Repair Contractor | Basement Waterproofing | Sump Pump Systems

During periods of heavy rainfall many homes in Chicago will experience a variety of seepage problems.  When water gets into a finished basement it can cause thousands of dollars of damage including ruined carpet, drywall rot and loss of personal property.  The resulting flood should be cleaned up as soon as possible and it's wise to be sure you have someone with high capacity dehumidifiers get all the moisture out of your basement promptly.  Once the short term problem of cleanup is taken care you may begin the search of finding a qualified professional Chicago area waterproofing company who can come in and access the situation in order to prevent this event from reoccurring.

Be sure to take the time to research the reputation of the waterproofing companies you have provide you consultation. Knowing how long they have been in business, their business practices and getting plenty of references from customers in your neighborhood who have had them perform work are the best ways to really feel secure knowing you can trust their opinion.  By having the names and contact information of customers that have worked with the contractor you can get a real first hand opinion of the quality of work, service after the sale and how well they backup any warranty.  Whether you live in Chicago proper, the north, south or western suburbs ask for references in your local area.

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