Cleaning my carpet in my family room one day, I noticed an area that was wet. This was puzzling because it was a small area near a wall and not in the basement. The room is at ground level but it is higher than the basement. I asked the man who often fixes things around my house what he thought was causing the problem. Investigating, he discovered a small crack in the foundation of the house and suggested that I contact U. S. Waterproofing.
I located the company at www.seepage.com and after I contacted them by phone. A real person answered and arranged for an estimate the following day. Bob Weitzman, a senior advisor, arrived on time. He was very pleasant and efficient and checked out potential problem areas. Fortunately for us, no further problems were noted. Before Bob left we settled on a price, I signed a contract, gave him a deposit and he set up the day the work was to be done. He also explained that U.S. Waterproofing has been family owned since 1957 and they have won many awards for integrity and excellence of performance. They are even a multiple winner of “Angie’s List Super Service Award".
The company literature says that due to U. S Waterproofing there are 250,000 dry basements in Northern Illinois, Northwest Indiana and Southern Wisconsin. These are the lucky ones who were protected from all of the record-breaking rains in this area this year. This is a good company to know about if this kind of rain continues. Some of the work they do includes: Foundation crack repair, Interior drain tile systems, exterior waterproofing, Window well accessories, Primary sump pumps, Humidity control, Battery backup sump pumps and Concrete floors.
On the day my work was scheduled I called the company to find out what time the work would be done. Marcos Delgado who was doing the work arrived at the promised time and completed the repair of the crack in the foundation skillfully and quickly. Basically, he dug a hole next to the foundation as far down until it hit cement at the bottom. He removed more than three buckets of relatively soft soil mixed with sand. (The rain was good for something). He then filled the space, filling the crack using a special clay mix, and then topped it off with soil. This procedure has a lifetime guarantee.
I learned that Marcos has been working for this company for 13 years. He said that he is sent to do jobs when there is a small space. At my house, he needed to wiggle around and through a hedge of well-established euonymus plants. I was really impressed by his graceful maneuvering and the fact the plants were completely intact when he finished.
We were lucky that our problem could be solved from outside. Foundation wall cracks are one of the most common sources of seepage in poured concrete foundations, I learned. Company literature explains the solution to our solution to our problem as follows: “A small hole is cored in the earth at the crack location. Wall-Clay is poured into the hole, covering the entire crack. Absorbing moisture from the soil, the granular Wall-Clay transforms into a lubricated and pliable barrier. The clay will remain flexible and reseal itself if movement of the foundation occurs. This process is far less invasive than other exterior crack repair methods.” Voila, no more seepage for us.
U. S. Waterproofing has many different solutions to the various problems that occur, outside, in basements, in window wells, crawl spaces, etc. I think it is reassuring to know they are a phone call away if needed.
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
Photos: B. Keer