Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Waterproofing and Repair Services in Algonquin, Illinois
If you've noticed your home has excess water when there are heavy rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or there are long cracks in your foundation, you know there could be a real problem. Our experts are ready to help when your home has any type of crawl space flooding, sinking foundation, or buckling basement wall problem. Our team uses time tested products and methods that we stand behind. We have a team of professionals in Algonquin that are trained to correctly evaluate your problem to implement a unique solution for your problem that will keep your home safe and protected. When our team implements a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that if you see an issue with the craw space, basement, or foundation that you get in touch with a trusted repair company. We say this due to there are some potentially dangerous problems that can happen along with these issues such as mildew, structural damage, and even permanent foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you are needing our basement waterproofing products to prevent water damage in your home, foundation repair services to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to control mildew growth in the crawl space, our professionals are here to help you.
Your basement is a very important area of the home regardless of if you're using it as storage or have finished the area. Due to this, it is important that the space is free of standing water and excess humidity is controlled. Since water can get into a basement by a number of possible places, there are a variety of repair possibilities that we will install to keep the area safe. The primary places that water is entering is at cracks in the walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, where the walls and floor meet, and finally at the windows that may be at or even below grade.
No matter where the problem may be, we have solutions that will collect, transport, and eject the water from the basement. If there are leaking cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair procedure to stop the crack from leaking and growing. If the water is entering at the cove or even at your windows, having a custom drainage system installed can remove the water from the basement. In some extreme instances, occasionally with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we will recommend installing an entire wall solution that is made up of a floor to ceiling liner to collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system in place but it struggles to keep up with flooding water, we can install a new, more powerful sump pump to make the system as good as new. On top of installing systems, we can also help you improve the drainage in the yard to help stop water from standing next to the home 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 building itself but it also is the basement walls. If you have any foundation problems, normally they will present themselves in the form of diagonal cracks in your brickwork, long cracks that run along the foundation or across the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that your doors or windows will not open or close easily or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also see a problem where your basement walls are buckling into the basement. While these issues may not seem problematic when you notice them, each of them are indicative of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for particular problems to determine if a repair needs to be in place.
It is good that the most common foundation problems have very similar causes and our professionals are very good at evaluating these problems. We can offer a repair solution intended for your exact problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If you have a sloping foundation, we will install a system of foundation piers to level the foundation. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both types of piers are very strong and can stabilize your foundation. If you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, there are some possible options. Our team can utilize a system of wall anchors, these are 2 large plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that are installed vertically against the problem area to push the section back in line and control further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. These products will repair the buckling wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, many of the homes were built with crawl spaces instead of basements. For many years, they were constructed with vents which was intended to increase 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 results in the humidity level staying too high which will eventually foster the growth of mildew. Up to 50% of the air in your home can come up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is protected from the weather and keeping the humidity levels low will increase the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been dealing with crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the proper way to close them off and control excess humidity. We do this using a method known as encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheets as well as covers to close off existing vents and a heavy duty door that will seal the area totally and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. Closing the area will also stop rodents and animals from getting in the crawl space which will keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After your crawl space is closed off, we will install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. It will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a number of services to improve your basement. We have basement windows to increase the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. When waterproofing the basement, we can install our wall system as part of a pre-finishing service that is waterproof as well as resistant to mildew growth. When you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can stop any water from entering the home before it can become a problem. Even if you've already got a waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance testing so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like more information about the solutions above, please 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 meeting with a member of our team.