Basement Waterproofing and Foundation Repair Services
Hydrostatic pressure creates a lot of lateral force on your foundation, especially during heavy rains and areas with poor drainage. When the pressure gets too large, your foundation fractures, bows, and/or shifts, weakening the load capacity. Matters are made even worse in the winter when the groundwater freezes. Soil can also be a cause. When soil absorbs too much water, it can apply pressure against the walls which leads to cracks as well. When the ground is too dry it can also affect your foundation. Extremely dry dirt is brittle and provides very little support of your foundation, causing it to move, settle and crack. These issues are severe and should be taken seriously, as they weaken the structural integrity of your home. Trying to find permanent basement waterproofing in Chicago, IL for your home or building? Specializing in waterproofing and foundation repair, Everdry Illinois offers the best solutions for your unique situation at a competitive quote. We are so confident in our work in the Chicago area that we will even give you a Lifetime Guarantee on most of our services! Contact Everdry Illinois when you think your foundation might have issues and we will send a professional to analyze your specific situation and create a tailored strategy. Everdry Illinois is an expert basement waterproofing, foundation repair and crawl space waterproofing company that can help you with basement leaks and flooding with our waterproofing services.
Facts About Chicago
The first European settlement on the present site of Chicago was the Mission of the Guardian Angel. Established in 1696 by Father Francois Pinet, a Jesuit priest, it was abandoned in 1700. In 1779, Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, a Haitian, built the first permanent settlement at the mouth of the Chicago River. Under the terms of the Treaty of Greenville in 1795, the Potawatomi Indians ceded a tract of land, six miles square, at the mouth of the Chicago River. The United States government began construction of a fort on that site in 1803. When it was completed in 1804, it was named Fort Dearborn after the secretary of war. Due to threats from both the British and Indians, the fort was abandoned soon after the outbreak of the War of 1812. Destroyed by the Potawatomi, the fort was rebuilt in 1816 and remained a military establishment until 1837. After Illinois was admitted to the Union in 1818, Chicago was designated in a series of counties, but ultimately settled in Cook County in 1831.
Congress granted Illinois a right of way from Lake Michigan to LaSalle to build a canal. In 1829, the state legislature approved the construction of a canal that would connect Lake Michigan to the Mississippi River, using the Des Plaines and Illinois rivers. The first plat of the town of Chicago was filed in 1830. Incorporation as a town followed three years later. The origin of the name is unclear, but is generally believed to be derived from an Indian word meaning “strong.” The original size of the town was only three-eighths of a square mile, and its population was approximately 350. The area of the town was expanded in two steps to 2.4 square miles in 1835 with a population of more than 3,000. On March 4, 1837, Chicago became a city with a population of 4,170. The first civic election was held on May 2, 1837, and resulted in William Ogden becoming mayor. The year 1848 marked two momentous events in the history of Chicago. The first locomotive to reach Chicago arrived on a railroad designed to connect Chicago with the lead minds at Galena, Illinois. Also in 1848, the Illinois and Michigan Canal was completed. Within the next six years, the population of Chicago tripled. Since the first buildings in Chicago were built directly on the swampy ground, it was impossible to construct cellars or sewers. A Drainage Commission was organized in 1852 that adopted regulations in 1855 and 1856, specifying that the city achieves a new grade several feet above the level of the river. Streets were raised by covering them with dredgings from the river, as well as any other available material. Buildings were jacked up and foundations placed beneath them. By 1858, Chicago had risen a few feet above the mud.
On the night of Sunday, October 8, 1871, a fire started, allegedly in the cow barn behind Patrick O’Leary’s cottage at 137 DeKoven Street. By midnight, the flames had jumped the river and by 2 a.m., the business district was ablaze. It then spread northward. By the time the flames had died out, 200 residents had died and $200 million damage had been inflicted. Chicago quickly recovered, however, and within four years had been largely rebuilt. Two World’s Fairs have been held in Chicago. The 1893 Columbian Exposition commemorated the 400th anniversary of the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus. Jackson Park was converted into a White City of buildings, statues, and fountains. Afterwards, the Palace of Fine Arts was converted to the present Museum of Science and Industry. More than 27.5 million people attended. In 1933, the Century of Progress Exposition displayed human progress during the century of Chicago’s existence. It was attended by 39 million visitors and was the first international fair in American history to pay for itself. Meigs Field was constructed on the site in 1946 and stayed in operation until 2003.
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