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Basement Water Seepage: How is the Water Getting in?

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Water Over The Top of The Foundation

The above diagram shows all the ways water can infiltrate or seep into a basement. Dealing with water issues in your basement, particularly in the bustling city of Chicago, requires a nuanced understanding of how water can infiltrate or seep into a basement. When a basement is outfitted with drywall, wood paneling, or wood planking, discerning the entry point of the water becomes significantly more challenging, as these materials do not offer transparency. In most cases, to address water in basement Chicago scenarios, the interior finishings must be removed to identify the source of the seepage or leak. Water can breach the top of the foundation when the exterior landscaping level exceeds that of the foundation, presenting a prime example of how water over the foundation can occur.

This situation can lead to issues far more severe than a merely damp basement. The sill plate, for instance, may rot, leading to uneven flooring—a problem that is not easily rectified, as the house must essentially be lifted to replace the sill plate. It is advisable to have the home’s foundation visible from the outside, with a clear 2′ to 4″ of the foundation showing around the home’s entire perimeter. If this is not the case, basement water seepage likely exists or is imminent.

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Water damage in a Chicago, IL basement

Hydro Static Pressure

Hydrostatic pressure is another culprit behind water making its way through floor cracks or at the COVE JOINT, where the basement foundation meets the floor. This condition often signals that any pre-existing interior or exterior drain tile systems may be failing and require replacement to manage this pressure effectively. The solution involves installing or updating the drain tile system to direct water to a sump pump and pit, thereby discharging it outside where it rightfully belongs, mitigating water in basement Chicago issues.

Porous Foundation Walls, Penetration, Tie Rods, Foundation Cracks

The Safe Seal Basement Waterproofing System offers a comprehensive approach to dealing with porous foundation walls, penetrations, tie rods, and foundation cracks, conditions often encountered in Chicago. This system includes a wall seepage solution that captures water penetrating through the foundation and redirects it away, keeping the basement dry and safe from mold outbreaks. For residents in Chicago and its suburbs, this system represents a robust defense against water damage, incorporating sediment filters and socked drain tiles surrounded by porous lava rock to ensure longevity and efficiency of the drain tile system.

The Safe Seal Basement Waterproofing System

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When it comes to Basement Waterproofing Chicago and the surrounding suburbs, Safe Seal implements methods the the “Other Basement Waterproofing Companies” can not use because they are either are a franchise or the are simply stuck in their ways. Safe Seal utilizes multiple sediment filters, the socked drain tile, porous lava rock to surround the drain tile that absorbs additional sediment which will keep the drain tile clear and working for a lifetime. the Safe Seal Foundation Wall Seepage System. The Water Redirection System installed by Safe Seal will alleviate Hydro Static Pressure and capture any moisture coming from the foundation walls, driving it to the Interior Drain Tile System, to the sump pit and back out where water belongs.

For the educated client who understands the importance air quality, Safe Seal offers to completely encapsulate the system with 2 Lb. Closed Cell Spray Foam Insulation. This will lock out unhealthy contaminants that get into our living space and the air we breathe. Examine the picture above until you understand how thorough the Safe Seal System is. Not only does the Spray Foam Insulation provide a vapor barrier it also insulate to an R-Value of 14.

Once again, When does “good” or “better” become the enemy of the “best?” It is important to keep water from destroying your home and your belongings. Water intrusion is the most obvious, and while it usually can be visually detected, it can sometimes be felt due to high humidity levels. But what about harmful things we can’t see, feel, or smell? Radon, a gas that can cause lung cancer for example, is hard to detect because it’s an odorless gas. While it can be detected, it takes a special measuring device to determine if the levels are safe. Radon is not the only gas that comes from the ground/water.

Industrial discharges, urban activities, agriculture, groundwater pumpage, and disposal of various wastes can all affect groundwater quality. Additionally, fuel and toxic chemical spills may enter the groundwater and contaminate the aquifer while pesticides and fertilizers can accumulate and migrate to the water table.