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Chicagoland Exterior/Interior Foundation seepage: What You Should Know

One of the last things a homeowner wants to hear is that their home is experiencing water seepage.  Seepage can ruin walls, furniture, and even begin to weaken certain structural elements of the house.  Most of the time it occurs because of factors far beyond the control of the average homeowner, such as a high water table, ground type, precipitation, snow melting, heavy rains, and more.

There are, however, ways to address seepage that willif not entirely get rid of itat least make sure it never becomes anything more than a benign natural occurrence.

Seepage Systems That Can Help

  • Interior Drain Tile System
    • Interior drainage tile systems are a great way to make sure your basement stays dry.  A series of pipes is laid out around the perimeter of the basement and designed so that any water—from leaks, storms, and other sources of overflow—is taken away from vulnerable parts of the home and diverted outside.
  • Exterior Drain Tile System  
    • Exterior drainage tile systems are a network of piping and drainage tile that grabs water before it can seep into the basement or foundation.  After catching the water, the system brings it out to other parts of the yard or funnels it into the main city sewers.

Other Ways To fix foundation seepage?

Listed below are four major steps in fixing foundation seepage through drainage:

  1. Install a drain pipe under the basement floor on a bed of gravel.

  2. Install a drain grate and gravel on top of pipe trench.

  3. New concrete is poured around the basin.

  4. New concrete is poured around the basement floor.

This process has been used by Parks’ Plumbing & Sewer for decades to ensure a water-tight and secure system of drainage that will keep water out of the places it shouldn’t be and flowing into the places it should.

Parks' Plumbing & Sewer Flood Control Systems

Another great way to stave off foundation seepage is a good, hardy flood control system.  Lucky for you, that’s our specialty, and we’ve spent forty years designing and building specialty equipment to tackle the job.   Some of our patented technology includes our:

  •  Parks’ ‘DOUBLE GUARD’™ VALVE: The Parks’ ‘DOUBLE GUARD’ VALVE is a flood control backwater valve system designed personally by us, for you.   It’s made from red brass, a metal with an average lifespan of over 200 years. It uses two brass flappers that open and close, allowing sewage and wastewater to flow from the house to the street, but preventing sewage and wastewater from entering the house backflowing into your home.  Also, our ‘DOUBLE GUARD’™ valve is a piece of flood control technology made entirely out of metal, with cast-housing and stainless steel parts.  Other companies use a galvanized box with plastic parts and Styrofoam pieces, and you definitely don’t want any plastic parts in valve that’s supposed to keep your house safe from City Sewer backup. After over forty years of installations, this system still holds a 99% success rate, and of it, we are justly proud.
  • J-Vault™:  The J-Vault is our patented flood control inspection and maintenance vault.  Unlike most other vaults—which are made from concrete—the J-Vault is built from fiberglass, which means it has a lifespan fifty years longer than regular concrete vaults, and it’s also prone to less damage.   This vault can be installed simply and with a clean finish that makes it easy on the eyes.

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