Foundation and Basement Waterproofing and Repair Services in Algonquin, Illinois
When your home floods when there are extended rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or you have large cracks along your foundation, you know there could be a real issue. Our team is here to assist when you have any kind of basement water, foundation settlement, or bowed basement wall problem. We use methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that we stand behind. We have a team of professionals in Algonquin that are trained to properly evaluate your problem to come up with a specialized solution for your problem that will ensure your home is properly repaired. When we install a basement or crawl space waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of experience and trusted products.
It is very important that once you see an issue with your foundation, crawl space or basement that you get in touch with an experienced repair company. We recommend this as there are a number of additional issues that will happen along with these issues such as mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even permanent foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you are needing our basement waterproofing products to stop water damaging your home, foundation repair products to prevent your home from sinking, or crawl space services to prevent mildew growth in the crawl space, our experts are here to help you.
The basement is a very important area of your home regardless of if it is only being used as storage or have finished the area. This means it is important that the space is free of standing water and excess humidity and flooding are controlled. Since water can get into the basement using a number of possible paths, that means there have to be a variety of repair options that we will use to keep the water under control. The primary places that water is entering is at cracks in the foundation walls, whether these are in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, where the foundation wall and floor connect, and at the windows that are at or even below the soil.
Regardless of where you're having the problem we've got solutions that can control, divert, and eject water from your basement. If there are leaky wall cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair procedure to stop the crack from leaking and growing. If water is leaking at the cove joint or even at the windows, installing a custom drainage system will help remove the water from your basement. In some of the more problematic locations, occasionally with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we will recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is a floor to ceiling liner to collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system in place but it is unable to keep up with flooding water, we can install a new, upgraded sump pump to make the system as good as new. In addition to installing systems, we can also upgrade the drainage in your yard to assist with preventing water from pooling next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The homes foundation is easily one of the most important parts. It not only supports the building itself but it also forms the basement walls. If there are foundation problems, usually, they will show themselves in the form of stair-step cracks in your brickwork, long cracks that run along the foundation or along basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that your windows or doors will get stuck or there may be cracks at the corners of them. There may also be a problem where your basement walls are coming into the basement. You may not think these problems seem serious 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 stem from similar issues and our professionals are very good at evaluating these issues. We can offer a repair solution intended for your specific issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you've got a sinking foundation, we will install a series of foundation piers to correct the problem. Depending on how bad it is and where it is, we will use either helical piers or push piers. Both types of piers are very strong and are able to stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, there are a few potential 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 are installed directly against the problem area to push the section back in line and control further bowing, or carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products will repair the bowed wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, there are many homes that are built with crawl space areas and not basements. For many years, they were created with vents which was intended to increase fresh air flow through the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. Having open vents allows water to enter the space when it rains or snows and the vents hinder airflow which results in the humidity level staying too high which will eventually facilitate the growth of mildew. Up to ½ of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so ensuring this area is closed off from the weather and controlling excess humidity will increase the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been working with crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the proper way to seal them off and control excess humidity. We do this using a method known as encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, which are heavy duty plastic and vinyl sheets 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. Closing the area will also prevent critters and animals from moving in your crawl space which will help keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After your crawl space is closed off, we will install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. It will control any excess humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also offer a number of services to help add features to your basement. We have basement windows to increase the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can help with pre-finishing the area by installing a wall system that is waterproof as well as resistant to mildew growth. If you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to stop any potential future water problems. Even if you've have a waterproofing system we did not install in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance testing so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you are interested in any of the solutions above, feel free to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our frequently asked questions page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and organize a meeting with a member of our team.