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How to Drain and Dry a Water-Damaged Home

If you’re like many of your customers, you’re probably still cleaning up after last week’s storms. In the past week, we’ve scheduled over thirty appointments for our basement waterproofing system, B-Dry and over forty appointments for Gutter Helmet. Unfortunately, some customers moved too slowly and sustained water damage to their homes. They’re now tasked with the arduous process of draining and drying their interior. If you’re in the same boat (but hopefully not literally), we’re here to help. Here’s some tips for reducing moisture in your home:

Draining Moisture from Your Home

  • Sump Pump: A sump pump will continuously remove water from your basement via hose or pipe. A sump pump is especially useful for removing standing water. You can rent a sump pump for about $44/day, or purchase one for $100 or more.
  • Wet/Dry Vacuum: A wet/dry vacuum is used just like a traditional vacuum, except it has the ability to suck up moisture and wetness. This is a great tool for removing water from carpets and rugs.
  • Absorb moisture: Absorb moisture with a desiccant. A desiccant is a drying solvent that naturally absorbs and retains moisture. These products are often made from silica, calcium oxide, or clay. Some desiccants change colors to indicate moisture-saturation levels.

Drying Up Humidity in Your Home

  • Dehumidifier: A dehumidifier removes water vapor from the air, leaving your home cool and dry. Make sure to shut windows and doors when using a dehumidifier to avoid bringing more moisture inside.
  • Open Doors & Windows: Don’t underestimate the power of air circulation. Sometimes all it takes to dry something out is time and a good breeze. Skip this step if it is particularly humid outside your home.
  • Hot and Cold Method: This neat trick comes from Jeffery Gross, a home restoration professional:

    “Warm air will hold more moisture than cooler air,” Mr. Gross said. So a homeowner can close all doors and windows and run the air-conditioning. Once the house has cooled and the air is dry, the air-conditioning should be turned off and the heat turned on. When the temperature has reached, say, 80 degrees or so, the heat should be turned off and the air-conditioning turned back on until all the warm air has been removed. The cycle should be repeated until the house is dry.”


Before you begin restoring your home, make sure your home is safe to occupy- especially if your home has been in a flood. Make sure that the water that has entered your home has not been contaminated with sewage or debris. Check that your electrical systems haven’t come in contact with any standing water. After you’ve ensured your safety, call your homeowners insurance company. Depending on your policy, you may be covered for flooding due to storms, backed-up city sewers and storm drains or burst pipes.

Make sure your home never becomes soggy again by waterproofing your basement and ensuring your home has proper drainage. Our basement waterproofing system B-Dry works by protecting the five most common locations water enters your home. With Gutter Helmet, your gutters will never clog and spill rainwater into your yard. Call us at (309) 717-0105 or fill out this form to schedule your free in-home estimate today.

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Best Window Styles for Illinois Weather

Champaign, Illinois is known for its erratic weather, gusty winds and fierce storms. That’s why windows in Illinois have to be durable enough to stand up to a beating. If you’re shopping for new windows, consider these options:

Best Window Styles for Illinois:

Casement windows are best-suited for Illinois homes. These windows are hinged at the side and open outward. Experts recommend casement windows for windy environments because they stand up well to blustery conditions. Casement windows can also help you use the wind to cool your home in the summer. During hot days, they can be opened outward to catch a breeze and draw moving air indoors to provide extra ventilation.

If you live in Illinois, it’s likely you live near farmland. Nearly 75% of Illinois’ total land area is used for agriculture. Illinoisans that live near farmland understand how common farming practices can spread dust, making easy-to-clean windows a necessity. Our Preservation Casement Windows have tilt-in top and bottom sashes so that you can clean both sides of the window pane from inside your home. Now, cleaning your windows will be a breeze (pun intended).

Best Window Glass for Illinois:

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When it comes to glass, make insulation a top priority. The best-insulating windows are double or triple-paned and feature low-E glass. Windows with more than one window pane have air space between the multiple panes of glass that prevents the glass from touching and conducting thermal energy. These great features can reduce your home’s heat loss by 30-50% during cold winters.

Gas-filled windows will greatly increase your home’s energy efficiency. Gas-filled windows are often filled with Argon or Krypton gas, which are non-harmful and occur naturally in the earth’s atmosphere. These gases are denser than air and conduct less thermal energy than air. One advantage of gas-filled windows is that they don’t cause drafts like traditional windows do, and their interior glass isn’t cold to the touch. This can make living in Illinois during the winter a lot more comfortable.

Cramer Siding & Window has a variety of high-performing glass packages, including a Low-E, double-paned, Argon-filled glass package or a triple-paned, Krypton-filled glass package.

Best Window Materials for Illinois:

The best window material for Illinois is vinyl because it is energy efficient and affordable. The worst window materials for Illinois are wood and aluminum. Wood windows tend to warp in humid environments and rapid temperature changes. Aluminum is not recommended because it conducts too much thermal energy, making it a bad insulator. 

Cramer Siding & Window offers Energy Star-certified Preservation Vinyl windows. Most vinyl windows only come in white or tan. However, our Preservation Vinyl windows come in 9 different color and wood grain options.

If you’re thinking of replacing your old windows but don’t know where to start, fill out this form for a free, no-obligation project estimate.