Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Repair Services in Addison, Illinois
If you've noticed your basement experiences flooding during extended rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or you have long cracks in the foundation, you already know this can be a real issue. We are ready to help when there is any kind of basement or crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, or bowing basement wall problem. We use time tested products and methods that we stand behind. We have a team of experts in the Addison area that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and implement a specialized solution to that problem that will ensure your home is properly repaired. When our team installs a waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is critical that if you've seen a problem with your foundation, crawl space or basement that you get in touch with an experienced repair company. We say this due to there are some additional problems that will happen along with these issues such as mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even catastrophic foundation damage. No matter if you're in need of our basement waterproofing products to protect your home, foundation repair services to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to control water in the crawl space, our team is here to help you.
Your basement is a very important part of your home whether it is only being used as a storage area or have already finished the area. Because of this, it is necessary that the space is dry and any flooding is prevented. Due to the fact that water is able to get into a basement using a number of possible paths, there needs to be a number of repair possibilities that we will use to prevent damage to the area. The primary places that we find water leaking is at cracks in the foundation walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, where the foundation walls and floor connect, and at windows that may be at or below grade.
No matter where the problem may be, we've got solutions that can collect, divert, and remove water from your basement. If there are leaking cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair procedure to stop the crack from leaking and growing. If water is coming in at the cove or even at the windows, having a custom drainage system installed will help remove the water from your basement. In some extreme cases, occasionally with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we will install an entire wall solution that is made up of a floor to ceiling heavy duty liner to collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system in the basement but it cannot keep up with demand, we can install a new, upgraded sump pump to breathe new life into the system. We aren't just installing systems, we can also help you improve the drainage in your yard to help stop water from sitting next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your foundation is easily one of the most important parts. It not only holds the building itself but it also is the basement walls. If you have any foundation problems, they will generally present themselves in the form of stair stepping cracks in the brickwork, horizontal cracks that run along the foundation or across basement walls. You may also notice that the doors or windows will get stuck or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also have a problem where the basement walls are bowing into the basement. You may not think these problems seem critical when you notice them, they are all indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and it is important to have an expert evaluate the foundation for problems and determine if a repair needs to be installed.
Thankfully, many foundation problems stem from similar issues and our professionals are very good at noticing these problems. We can offer a repair product intended for your exact issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If you have a sinking foundation, we will implement a series of foundation piers to level the foundation. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both are very strong and are able to stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how much the wall is buckling, we have some potential options. Our team can install a number of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that sit vertically against the cracks to force them back in line and prevent 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 repair the bowing wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, there are many homes that are built with crawl spaces in addition to basements. For a long time, they were created with open vents which was intended to increase air flow into the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. Having open vents allows water to get in during rain and snow storms and the vents hinder airflow which results in the humidity level staying too high which can facilitate the growth of mildew. Up to 50% of the air in your home can come up through the crawl space so ensuring this area is closed off from the elements and keeping the humidity levels low will increase the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been working on crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the most efficient way to seal them off and control the humidity. We do this using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, which are thick plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that will close off the area totally and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. This will also stop critters and animals from getting 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 protected, we will install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. It will control any excess humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also provide a number of services to help upgrade your basement. We can upgrade your basement windows to increase the air flow or provide additional light in the area. After we install a waterproofing system, we can install our wall system as part of a pre-finishing service that is both waterproof as well as resistant to mildew growth. If you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can stop any potential future water problems. If you've have a waterproofing system we did not install in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance service to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you are interested in any of the solutions above, don't hesitate to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or give us a call at 630-206-1177 and organize a consultation with one of our experts.
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