Foundation and Basement Waterproofing Services in Addison, IL
If your home floods during heavy rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or there are large cracks in the foundation, you know this is a serious problem. Our team is here to help when your home has any kind of crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, or buckling foundation wall problem. We use time tested products and methods that our team stands behind. We have a team of experts in Addison that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to create a specialized solution to that problem that will keep your home properly protected. When our team installs a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is critical that once you've seen an issue with the foundation, crawl space or basement that you contact an experienced repair company. We recommend this due to there are a number of additional problems that can arise with these issues such as black mold, structural damage, and even catastrophic foundation damage. No matter if you need our basement waterproofing products to control water entering your home, foundation repair products to stabilize your foundation, or crawl space services to prevent unnecessary damage under your home, our team is here to help you.
The basement is a very important area of the home whether it is only being used for storage or if you have a finished space down there. Due to this, it is important that the area is dry and excess humidity and flooding are controlled. Since water can get into a basement using a variety of different places, that means there have to be a variety of repair possibilities that we will use to keep the area safe. The most common places that we see water leaks is through cracks in the foundation walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, where the foundation wall and floor connect, and finally at the windows that may be at or below the soil.
Regardless of where the problem lies there are solutions that can collect, divert, and remove the water from the basement. If you have leaky cracks, the first step is installing a wall crack repair method to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. When the water is leaking at the cove joint or even basement windows, installing a custom drainage system can remove the water from the basement. In some problematic cases, usually with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we will recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is made up of a floor to ceiling liner to collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system in place but it is unable to keep up with demand, we can install a new, more powerful sump pump to breathe new life into the system. On top of installing systems, we can also evaluate the drainage in the yard to help stop water from sitting at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your homes foundation is quite possibly one of, if not the, most important parts. It not only supports the home itself but it also forms the basement walls. When you have any foundation problems, they will generally present themselves in the form of stair stepping cracks in the brickwork, cracks that run along the foundation or along the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the doors or windows will stick when you open or close them or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also have an issue where the basement walls are pressing inward. While these problems may not seem problematic at first, they are all indicators of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for specific problems to determine what type of a repair needs to be performed.
It is good that many foundation problems are caused by similar things and our experts are very good at evaluating these problems. We can utilize a repair product intended for your exact problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If there is a settling foundation, we will install a series of foundation piers to correct the problem. We will install either push piers or helical piers, depending on where and how bad the sinking is. Both are very strong and are able to stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, we have a few possible options. Our team can install a series of wall anchors, these are 2 large plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that we mount vertically against the cracks to force the section back in line and prevent further bowing, or carbon fiber staples to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products will repair the buckling wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, there are many homes that are built with crawl spaces in addition to basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, they were created with open vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh air flow into the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. Having open vents allows water to get in during rain and snow storms and then it never leaves which results in the humidity level staying too high which can foster the growth of mold and mildew. Studies have shown that up to ½ of the air in your home has come up through the crawl space so ensuring this area is closed off from the outside and keeping the humidity levels low will improve the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been encapsulating crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the proper way to seal them off and control excess humidity. We do this using a process called encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are strong plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that will seal the area totally and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. Closing the area will also stop pests and animals from moving in the crawl space which will keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once the crawl space is closed off, we will install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. This will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also provide a variety of services to improve the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We carry basement windows to improve the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can install our wall system as part of a pre-finishing service that is waterproof and resistant to mold or 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 competitors waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance testing 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 set up a meeting with a member of our team.
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