Flooding Rains in Chicagoland Area Cause Major Problems in August

Chicago, Hoffman Estates, Schaumburg Homes in need of Waterproofing

In Chicagoland, IL, heavy rains are extremely common in August. Because of this, many homes will experience unexpected flooded basements and crawlspaces. Whether the water is seeping through wall or floor cracks, it can damage carpet, furniture as well as promote mold growth. Since most basements are used as extra living spaces and storage areas, your personal possessions could be quickly ruined. Wet, damp crawlspaces also pose a serious threat by attracting pests, rodents and termites. Don’t let water damage your home’s structure, contact United Structural Systems today.

For most homeowners, fixing a flooded basement could be a difficult task especially if you don’t know why and where the water is coming from. That’s why you need to hire a professional to help solve your water issues. Water problems that are ignored could cause unsightly mold growth and efflorescence on basement walls.

wet, damp basements need waterproofing in Chicagoland and Schaumburg, IL

Without an adequate waterproofing system, water can build up in the soil and cause stress to foundation walls. As the pressure increases, walls become weak which makes them susceptible to bowing and cracking. These type of foundation problems could decrease the value of your home.

If you have a flooded basement or crawlspace, look for other signs of water damage such as:

  • Wall cracks
  • Floor cracks
  • Standing water in the basement
  • High levels of humidity
  • Wood rot
  • Musty smells
  • Respiratory issues
  • Basement mold and mildew
  • Water stains on walls
  • Bowing or leaning walls
  • Sinking or settling floors
  • Drafty, dirty windows
  • Rusty metal appliances in basement
  • Standing water in the yard

If you notice any of these water-related issues, give us a call immediately so you can avoid further damage to your home in Chicago. At USS, our team of experts are trained to identify the source of water intrusion.

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The most common causes of basement leaks are caused by:

  • Proper Gutters: Make sure your gutters are clean of leaves and debris on a regular basis.
  • Downspouts: Make sure you have the proper downspout extensions which should extend 10 feet away from your home. This helps avoid soil erosion beneath the home’s footings.
  • Lawn Irrigation: Lawn irrigation systems shouldn’t be installed next to the home. If so, limit the amount of water that is dispersed to avoid saturated soil.
  • Improper Slope: Slopes should be away from the home to change the direction of water flow.
  • Malfunctioning Sump Pump: Sump pump failure can occur at any time, leaving you with basement floods. Some sump pumps become clogged or won’t stop running causing them to eventually break down.
  • Leaky Plumbing: Sinks, toilets and other plumbing sources are likely to break down. Pipes may leak or burst causing gallons of water to seep into your basement or crawlspace.

Basement Waterproofing Solutions in the Chicagoland Area

basement flooding in Chicago and Schaumburg, IL

For your flooding homes in Chicago, let United Structural Systems help you. We offer the latest basement waterproofing products on the market to protect your home from water damage. Our products include sump pumps, interior drainage, exterior drainage, sump pits and sump basins. We also offer crawlspace repair and encapsulation for wet, damp crawlspaces. These products are designed to divert water away from your foundation.

They also provide the following benefits:

  • Keeps moisture out of your home
  • Improves the air quality of your home
  • Directs water away from your foundation
  • Increases interior space in your home
  • Increases your home’s value and protect your investment
  • Guards your foundation against settlement and sinking
  • Reduces energy costs

If you want peace of mind before a heavy thunderstorm, hire USS today for all of your waterproofing issues in the Chicago, Hanover, Hoffman Estates or Schaumburg, IL service area. We offer free inspections for every project. Call us 847-607-1202 today!