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Basement Waterproofing Services in Chicago, IL

Protect Your Basement from the Wet Climate in Chicagoland

After years of living in Chicago’s wet climate, it’s probably not surprising when you notice dark, damp spots on your wall or additional cracks near your foundation.

When you smell a musty odor in the basement, it’s a sign that you need to call Safeguard Waterproofing for a free inspection. We perform our basement waterproofing service for Chicago and Arlington Heights area homes just like yours, and we often see damages you won’t.

Here’s how to know if your basement is a good candidate for waterproofing:

  • Your basement floods frequently (if not every spring).
  • You start to see cracks in your wall or on your home’s exterior.
  • Your basement windows and doors won’t open/close properly.
  • You see moldy areas or smell musty smells when you go to the basement.
  • Your carpet feels damp underfoot most of the time.
  • Some electrical outlets or fixtures don’t work properly.

Even if you’ve been lucky to avoid water damage thus far, you may know someone in your area who hasn’t been as lucky. It’s time to know for sure by calling Safeguard Waterproofing.

Choose the Basement Waterproofing Service that Protects You Best

If you’re tired of worrying about your basement, foundation, or crawlspace, you don’t need to do so any longer. Here’s what you can expect from our Chicago area waterproofing services:

  • Comprehensive waterproofing (protects you from future damages)
  • Drain tile installation that prevents seepage (interior and/or exterior)
  • Sump pump installation and battery backup systems (will keep you dry)
  • Yard drainage (prevents damage from soggy ground)
  • Foundation repairs (keeps water from seeping inside)

With careful basement waterproofing services, your Chicago, IL area home stays dry and protected when storms rage and floods come. Don’t wait. Get a free inspection today for better peace of mind tomorrow.

How water enters basement diagram

When to Install Drain Tile

Drain tile, also know as a "french drain" is a drainage system that is installed to protect basements and home foundations from water damage. Drain tile is helpful for basements with any of the following issues:

  • The basement is built in an area with poorly draining soil
  • The basement is near a depression where water can collect
  • The basement is exposed to heavy rain or fast snowmelt

Drain tile can be installed on the inside of a basement as well as outside of a home's foundation. The system is often installed during construction but can also be installed after a basement is completed.

Should I Waterproof My Basement During the Construction Phase?

Waterproofing will protect your home and your home's foundation from many potential problems. There are several specific ways waterproofing can be a good investment during construction.

Waterproofing protects against damage not just to the foundation, but also to the carpeting, flooring, and belongings stored in the basement. It is a great way to avoid the major costs of restoration after flooding. Waterproofing also protects against water absorption from soil that can lead to humidity and mold growth. Essentially, it is an investment that can protect against the repair costs and damage that can occur over the long-term.

When to Install a Sump Pump

For many homes that already experience flooding, a basement sump pump is a necessary solution. For homes that have not experienced flooding, it is still a smart investment in areas like Chicago where rainfall and snow is a regular occurrence.

If any of the following are true of your home, then it is probably time to get a sump pump professionally installed.

  • Your basement has already experienced flooding
  • You are located on a flat plot of land or in a low-lying area
  • Your home is built on poorly draining soil
  • Strong rains and snowfall tend to cause flooding in your area
  • Your submersible sump pump is over 10 years old
  • Your pedestal sump pump is over 25 years old.

A sump pump is great insurance to protect your home and basement from worse case scenarios. It also provides peace of mind during the rainy parts of the year.

Basement Waterproofing Solutions to Fix Flood and Moisture Problems

  • Water Trek Aqua Route
  • Interior Drain Tile
  • Exterior Drain Tile
  • Battery Backups
  • Exterior Crack Repairs
  • Wall Systems
  • Over the Top
  • Exterior Wall Membrane
  • Waterproofing Accessories
  • Window Wells

Water Trek Aqua Route

The Water Trek Aqua Route Waterproofing system is simply the most effective system on the market – bar none!

Top 5 Reasons to Use Water Trek Aqua Route:

  1. Less expensive than typical waterproofing systems
  2. Less invasive than typical waterproofing systems
  3. Clog resistant sits on top of the footing not down in the mud
  4. A unique patented system that can be custom tailored to each home
  5. Carries a lifetime transferable warranty

Man working on wallMan in white shirt fixing something on the wall Man clearing out insulation Dry all insulation

Interior Drain Tile

Roofing truck

Our crews arrive in company trucks, and in uniforms.

Green pipe

A trench is dug and a rigid 4″ PVC Pipe is installed with a filter sock when required by code.

Cracked cement

The perimeter of the basement floor is opened up and removed.

Trench fill

The trench is filled with washed stone and the drainage fabric is installed.

Flood damage

Inspection ports are installed to allow for access to the system.

Floor closed with concrete

The floor is closed using concrete mix.

Main water pump

A crock, main pump, battery backup system, and high water alarm are installed.

Sealed pump connection

The crock is sealed and the pumps are connected.

Top 5 Reasons to Purchase a Safeguard Interior Drain Tile System:

  1. Full lifetime transferable warranties
  2. A permanent solution to your water problems
  3. Installed by our own fully trained crew members
  4. Each system is customized to your home
  5. Join a growing list of over 70,000 satisfied customers who have chosen to use our 31 year old family owned business

Safeguard waterproofing is here yesterday, today & tomorrow for your peace of mind!

Exterior Drain Tile

The side of a white houseOther side of white house Man fixing deck

When performing an exterior drain tile system any obstacles in the way need to be removed. Some examples are central ac units, decks, and any landscaping in the area around your foundation.

Backhoe diggingThe hole dug White fill

Safeguard will then dig down to the footing of the building exposing the foundation wall. Spoils will be placed on a protective material to help protect the surrounding area.

Pipe leading into houseWorker in red shirt examining house Concrete box

Once the walls are exposed they are professionally cleaned. Safeguard then applies HLM 5000, a modified urethane sealant, to the wall followed by Mirafi self-sealing membrane. Then Mari Drain backer board is placed over the membrane.

More white pipeBasement window Side of hole

Once the wall is completely sealed we install a 4″ rigid PVC drainage pipe with a filter sock. This is surrounded by washed stone and then covered with a landscaping fabric. In the photos above a window well drain is installed.

Window wellSide of house panels View of house

The window well is reinstalled, removed earth is backfilled to grade and left mounded to allow for future settlement. All debris is removed from the job site and the project is complete, with a full warranty against seepage.

Battery Backups

All Sump Pumps Can Fail
Storms, power outages, and unforeseen mechanical failure can all cause sump pump failure.

Don’t think you need a backup system?

A lady cleaning up her flooded basementA flooded basement

We recommend all Safeguard Waterproofing customers plan for the unforeseen.

Storm Pro


  • Battery powered sump pump for power outages
  • Backup pump to your primary sump pump
  • Automatic start-up
  • Self-charging
  • Indicating lights on charger
  • Built in alarm system
  • 12 volt pump
  • 10 amp battery charger
  • Float switch
5 Feet 10 Feet
Gallons Per Hour 3,700 3,000
Battery Life (105 Amp Hour Battery) 9 10
Total Gallons Pumped 33,300 27,000

Sump Pro

Storm Pro Sump pro front view

GraphPerformance data based on two 120 Amo hour U.L. Recognized Lead Acid Type batteries used in conjunction with pumps of the published horsepower ratings. All equipment in optimum condition. Endurance may vary depending on the products used.

Interior Crack Repairs

There are several ways to try and fix a foundation crack from the inside, but not all interior crack repairs are the same!

Let us explain:

  • Surface patching almost never works due to continued wall movement the patch opens backup.
  • Bleeder tubes simply drain the water to under the floor which is not a good idea because water is erosive and this will probably cause larger problems in the future.
  • When a contract states resin injection, make sure you ask which resin because other contractors use the least expensive alternative.
  • Urethane is a form of resin that swells to fill voids, but despite the fact that it is water resistant, it does not bond the wall back together, and it is much less expensive for the contractor to use.
  • Epoxy is another form of resin but is much stronger than urethane and helps bond the broken wall to give a permanent quality repair.

Demand epoxy injections for a permanent repair! At Safeguard Waterproofing we almost always use straight epoxy.

A crack in the cement

The crack is professionally cleaned.

Crack repair

Surface ports are installed and rapid set material is applied over repair area.

A repair man fixing the crack in the wall

Epoxy is injected throughout crack.

Repaired wall

Finished repair lifetime warranty!

Exterior Crack Repairs

Not all exterior crack repairs are the same! There are a few different ways to fix a crack from the outside.

At Safeguard Waterproofing we only fix them one way: the right way, the permanent way!

Step 1: Post hole digging is simply not a great idea. There is no way of knowing that you have sealed the entire crack.

Step 2: The old magic wand—trying to shoot a slurry into the ground—is simply hocus-pocus!

Step 3: Tar and a plastic sheet. Do you really want a plastic sheet used to keep water out of your basement?

Step 4: Dig down to the footing and apply the 4-step process is a sure-fire way of doing a permanent repair.

Front view of red bricked house

Inspect and locate the crack.

Men digging to find crack

Dig down to footing and expose the crack.

Man applying mortar to the crack

Clean the crack and apply shrink mortar.

Mortar applied to crack

Apply HLM 5000 modified urethane sealant and Mirafi membrane

Mari-drain applied to fill

Apply Mari-Drain backer board

Hold filled in

Back fill the hole with a bentonite concentrate and leave the earth mounded for future natural settlement.

Wall Systems

Clean shield wall liner:
This is a triple ply, extrusion coated, virgin polyethylene membrane. The Clean Shield is 16 mil thick with fiber reinforcement, designed to yield the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any product of its kind. It will help reduce/prevent the transmission of moisture and moisture vapors through your basement walls while providing a semi-finished look.

Finish white waterproofing wall panels:
Cut finishing costs and waterproof at the same time! The panels attach directly to your foundation walls, providing a clean fresh look to your basement while helping to control moisture and moisture vapors through your basement walls.

Thermo insulating blanket:
This state of the art insulation/waterproofing blanket has a built in radiant barrier and is certified by ENERGY STAR to achieve up to R 16.8. This helps reduce energy costs and control moisture and moisture vapors through your basement walls, getting them ready for finishing.

Over the Top

Over the Top occurs when the top of your foundation is buried below grade. Some examples would be when landscaping is too high, and when concrete sidewalks are poured up to the building, leaving no space between the two.

Side of housePipe lines into house Side door

Above you will notice landscaping, earth, and a sidewalk all built up over the top of the foundation. All prime examples of eventual consequences of water leaking into your basement.

Side bushes of buildingOutside corner of building Cement walls and ceiling

Safeguard will water test your property to verify the below grade spill over, as you can see from the photos above. (Water stains running down the wall).

Patched wall Piping along the wallRed hose

Safeguard can remove any concrete or landscaping and will dig a trench to expose the area of your foundation that is buried below grade level. We then seal the wall with HLM 5000 modified urethane sealant and Mirafi peel and stick membrane. We install our drainage piping and fabric.

SidewalkGreen pipe underground Side vent

Safeguard then backfills the trench with washed stone, and re-cements where needed. Then we install a discharge line to move the water to the specified location.

Big hole in pipeTrench Filled trench

Safeguard hooks up the discharge line per city or village codes. Then we remove all debris from the area. Safeguard solves your over the top-below grade water problem.

Exterior Wall Membrane

A guy prepping the seal

The job site is prepared for the Dig to repair and seal the wall.

Big trench along the side of the house

The wall is professionally cleaned and any flaws are addressed.

Guy with a bucket

HLM 5000 Modified Urethane sealant is applied to the wall.

Workers working in the trench

Mirafi self-sealing membrane is then attached to the wall.

Mesh supporting the dirt

Mari-Drain backer board is then installed over the membrane.

Top view of filled in trench

The job site is then backfilled to grade and all debris is taken away.

Waterproofing Accessories

Flood caps

Flood check hoses:
Traditional washing machine hoses may seem strong, but hot water can cause the rubber to become brittle and fail. Flood Check hoses start out with the same rubber tubing, but they add two braided rayon reinforcement, a .012″-gauge rubber jacket and a .063″-gauge rubber cover. And since most floods start at the coupling, Flood Check hoses are machined from non-corroding solid brass.

Water heater

Tank pro:
Hot water tanks can “let go” every 5-10 years. When this happens, the water damage can be devastating. The entire basement gets flooded ruining all your contents. Tank Pro is a patented water tank protector. Designed to contain the water and drain it into your sub system. Hot water tanks, water purifiers, washing machines, etc. can all be protected. Protect your basement from unexpected hot water tank breaks.

Pipe column wraps

Pipe column wraps:
Pipe column wraps is a patented product designed to cover any hard pole type object for safety or cosmetic purposes, perfect for any basement finishing project.
This material is factory molded and layered with an impregnated nylon barrier which gives it its strength, capable of withstanding up to 300 lbs. of pressure per layer.

Hot floor diagram

Hot floor:
The Hot Floor is specially insulated padded barrier installed on top of your concrete basement floor and under the plywood and carpet. It’s unique because it actually gives you the warmth and comfortable feeling of a hot floor similar to the top floor of your home. Headroom Height and loss is kept to ¾ to 1″ as opposed to the more costly alternatives that cause as much as 4 ½ to 5″ of headroom.

Window Wells

A man working on the window well


A man still working on the window well


The finished window well with grate

Complete with grate

Well trench


Installation of window well frame


Completed installation of window well

Complete with grate

Learn more about our basement waterproofing company by calling (847) 603-4048 today!