My Basement Flooded – Who Do I Call First?

Heavy rains and bad sump pumps aren’t the only reasons basements flood. Burst pipes fill the downstairs with water. A broken washing machine turns the basement into a wading pool. Whatever the cause, you’re facing a mess. Where do you start when you realize the basement flooded? Knowing who to call first makes a big […]

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How to Disinfect the Basement After a Flood

Heavy rains soak the neighborhood. Your sump pump can’t keep up with floodwaters flowing into the basement. Sewage backup fills the downstairs with a contaminated mess. You’re facing black water cleanup. You can clean the basement after an ordinary water disaster, but storms and sewer water complicate the job. Disinfecting the basement after flooding is […]

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What To Do When Your Sump Pump Overflows: 8 Steps

You probably don’t worry too much about the sump pump overflowing. It’s sturdy equipment, and you take care of it with a little routine maintenance several times a year. What could possibly go wrong? If the drainage mechanism downstairs does fail, do you know what to do when the sump pump overflows?  Understanding how the pump works and how […]

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Flooded Basement Cleanup Cost: What You Should Expect

It can be the result of rain seeping through foundation cracks. It can happen when storms back up sewage lines. Sometimes, the sump pump gives out. Whatever the cause, your basement looks like an indoor pool. Do you take care of flooded basement repair yourself or call in professionals? Before you make a decision, consider […]

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Buying a House With a Sump Pump: 8 Things You Need to Know

You’re excited about this one. You’ve done your due diligence as a home buyer comparing prices, exteriors, interiors and even neighborhood amenities. This house looks like a great candidate until the realtor shows you the basement. That’s when you spot a small pit and sunken motor in the floor. Suddenly, you find yourself wondering, “Should […]

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Water In Basement But No Rain? Here are 7 Surprising Causes

It’s a frustrating mystery that doesn’t seem to give you any clues. You keep finding wet spots and water in the basement. No rain has fallen recently, so the damp downstairs just doesn’t make sense. Where is that water in the basement coming from? You can’t see through concrete, so how do you figure out […]

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How to Stop Water Leaks in Your Basement Walls: 10 Actionable Steps

Whether it serves as a second den, laundry room or extra storage space, it shouldn’t leak. Basement walls shouldn’t be streaked with wet stains, and they aren’t supposed to serve as breeding grounds for unhealthy mold growth. When the basement starts to look and smell like a cave, do you know how to stop a […]

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7 Important Reasons to Waterproof Your Home

Water is undoubtedly a homeowner’s worst nightmare. We all know how water damage can adversely affect our homes, and in fact 98% of basements in the U.S. will suffer from water damage at least once in their lifetime. In order to keep you home toasty and dry all year long, we’ve outlined 7 reasons why […]

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How Does a Sump Pump Work? Here’s a Simple Overview

If your Chicago home has a basement, it probably has a small appliance sitting in one corner. The unit might be installed in a basin just below floor level, or it could be an upright pedestal model. Whichever type you have, the equipment is your first line of defense against basement flooding repair. Do you […]

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Unfinished Basement Ideas: 5 Ways to Lower Flooded Basement Costs

Of all the rooms in the house, the attic and basement probably earn the title of Most Likely to Be Cluttered. The basement might be the go-to space for laundry, a catch-all storage spot or a make-shift workshop. If you’re like most homeowners, your downstairs is a little bit of everything and crowded with stuff. […]

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