Foundation and Basement Repair Services in Downers Grove, Illinois
When your downstairs area experiences flooding during heavy rains or in the spring during the snow melt or you’ve got cracks along the foundation, you know there may be a serious issue. We are here to help when you’ve got any type of basement water, foundation settlement, or buckling basement wall problem. Our team uses methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that our team stands behind. We have a team of professionals in the Downers Grove area that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to create a specialized solution for your problem that will keep your home safe and protected. When our team installs a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that if you’ve found a problem with your crawl space, foundation, or basement that you reach out to an experienced repair company. We recommend this due to there are quite a few potentially dangerous problems that will arise with these issues including mildew, weakened structure, and even permanent foundation damage. It doesn’t matter if you need our basement waterproofing products to stop water damaging your home, foundation repair products to prevent your home from sinking, or crawl space services to control humidity below the home, our experts are here to help you.
Your basement is an important area of your home regardless of if it is only being used as a storage area or have finished the area. Due to this, it is necessary that the space is dry and excess humidity and flooding are controlled. Since water is able to get into your basement through a number of possible places, there are a number of repair options that we will use to keep the water under control. The main places that we find water leaking is through cracks in the basement walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, where the basement walls and floor connect, and at any windows that are at or below the soil.
Regardless of where you’re having the problem there are solutions that can collect, transport, and eject the water from your basement. If you have leaking cracks, the first step is installing a wall crack repair procedure to control the crack growth and leaking. When the water is leaking at the cove or even the windows, installing a custom drainage system will help remove the water from your basement. In some of the more extreme cases, typically with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we will install an entire wall solution that is made up of a floor to ceiling liner to collect and divert water. If you’ve already got a waterproofing system installed but it struggles to keep up with demand, we can replace it with a new, upgraded sump pump to breathe new life into the system. We aren’t just installing systems, we can also help you evaluate the drainage in your yard to help stop water from standing at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your homes foundation is easily one of, if not the, most important areas of the home. It not only supports the home itself but it also is the basement walls. When there are foundation problems, they will generally manifest themselves in the form of stair stepping cracks in the outside brickwork, horizontal cracks that run along the foundation or along the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the windows or doors will get stuck or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also see a problem where the basement walls are bowing into the area. While these issues may not seem problematic at first, they are all indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for problems to determine if a repair needs to be performed.
It is good that the most common foundation problems are caused by similar things and our team is very good at tracking down these problems. We can implement a repair product intended for your specific issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you have a uneven foundation, we will implement a system of foundation piers to stabilize the foundation. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both types are very strong and can stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how much the wall is buckling, there are a few different options. Our team can install a system of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that sit directly against the problem area to force the section back in line and stop further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products will straighten the buckling wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, there are many homes that were built with crawl space areas in addition to basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, these were built with vents to the outside where were intended to help air flow through the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. The vents allow water to get in when it rains or snows and the vents hinder airflow which causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually foster the growth of mildew. Studies have shown that up to half of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is protected from the weather and controlling excess humidity will improve the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been helping customers with their crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the best way to seal them off and control high humidity. We do this using a method called encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, occasionally installed with insulation products, and are thick plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that will seal the area completely and prevent any unwanted moisture from entering. This will also prevent rodents and animals from settling in your crawl space which will help keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once the crawl space is encapsulated, we will install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. This will prevent high levels of humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also offer a number of services to help add features to your basement. We carry basement windows to improve the air flow or provide additional light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can install a wall system that is waterproof and resistant to mildew growth. When you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can prevent any potential future water problems. Even if you’ve already got a waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance inspection to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like to talk to someone about the solutions above, feel free to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and organize a meeting with one of our experts.