Basement Water Proofing Solutions

Your gutters are clear, your home’s foundation is free of cracks, and you’ve made sure that none of your pipes have sprung a leak – and yet your basement is still wet?

The reality is that moisture is a fact of life when it comes to basements – but you don’t need to just sit there and take it! Instead, there are a few interior plumbing solutions you can put in place to help dry up your basement right now, and prevent a major flooding disaster before it has a chance to strike your family (and your wallet).

Let’s break down the most common mechanisms we look at when it comes to waterproofing Chicago basements.

low flow toilet lowdown

We’re willing to bet that most of our younger readers probably don’t even remember a time before low-flow toilets became the norm.

For those who need a little reminder, this happened back in the early 1990s, when Congress passed an energy policy act mandating a maximum flush volume of 1.6 gallons for all new toilets, a steep drop from the 3.5 gallons that had previously been the industry standard.

what is a water hammer?

Do you ever hear a loud thudding or banging sound coming from inside the walls of your house?

While these noises can be confusing and frightening, we do have some good news – it’s probably not a ghost or poltergeist.

The bad news? If you routinely hear a banging coming from within your walls, you probably do have a water hammer somewhere in your plumbing system… and that can lead to major problems if you don’t address it quickly.

Can a flash flood affect my plumbing

Earlier this summer, some major rainstorms hit the Chicagoland area, causing severe property damage, extensive power outages, and even some major flooding in the northern suburbs and up into Wisconsin.

When severe weather hits, the first priority of many Chicagoans is to keep their families safe. Downed trees and power lines, broken windows, and heavy winds all pose a threat to Chicago homes, but there is one critical threat that many homeowners tend overlook – until it’s too late.

As we are so wont to do, we’re talking about your plumbing! During periods of heavy rain, plumbing systems around the city are at a significantly increased risk of backup – putting more homes in danger of significant flooding incidents.

Why Isn't My Air Conditioning as Cold as it Used to Be?

Is there anything better than coming inside from a hot, humid summer day and plopping down on the couch with a nice glass of lemonade, listening to the thrum of the air conditioner and feeling it circulate cool air all around you?

Feels good just thinking about it, right? Well, picture this instead: You come in from a hot, sunny day and sit down – only to find that your air conditioner is blasting warm air all over the place!

While that story may just sound like the makings of a midsummer’s nightmare, it’s actually an all-too-common experience for homeowners all around Chicago, whose A/Cs seem to lose steam as time goes on, becoming less cool overall or else causing temperatures to become inconsistent around the house.

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