Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Services in Algonquin, Illinois
If your home experiences flooding when there are heavy rains or in the spring during the snow melt or you've got large cracks along the foundation, you know this can be a real issue. Our experts are ready to help when there is any type of crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, or bowed 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 experts in Algonquin that are trained to properly evaluate your problem to create a specialized solution to that problem that will keep your home properly repaired. When our team implements a waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of experience and trusted products.
It is critical that if you find a problem with your crawl space, foundation, or basement that you reach out to an experienced repair company. We recommend this as there are some additional problems that can arise with these issues such as mildew, weakened structure, and even permanent foundation damage. If you need our basement waterproofing products to protect your home, foundation repair services to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to prevent mildew growth in the crawl space, our team is here to help you.
The basement is a very important area of your home whether you're using it as storage or if you have a finished space down there. Because of this, it is necessary that the area is dry and excess humidity is controlled. Because water can get into a basement through a number of different places, there needs to be a number of repair possibilities that we can install to prevent damage to the area. The most common 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, which is where the wall and floor meet, and at the windows that may be at or even below grade.
Regardless of where the problem lies we've got solutions that are designed to collect, divert, and eject the water from your basement. If there are dripping basement cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair method to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. If the water is coming in at the cove joint or even basement windows, installing a custom drainage system can remove the water from your basement. In some extreme locations, occasionally with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we can 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 installed but it struggles to keep up with flooding water, we can install a new, upgraded sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. We aren't just installing systems, we can also help you improve the drainage in your yard to help keep water from sitting next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your foundation is easily one of, if not the, most important areas of the home. It not only holds the structure itself but it also creates the basement walls. If you have any foundation problems, usually, they will present themselves as stair stepping cracks in the outside brickwork, horizontal cracks that run the length of the foundation or along the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the doors or windows will get stuck or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also see a problem where the basement walls are coming into the area. You may not think these problems seem serious at first, each of them are indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for particular problems to determine if a repair needs to be in place.
Thankfully, many foundation problems stem from similar issues and our team is very good at spotting these problems. We can offer a repair product designed for your particular issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If the problem is a settling foundation, we can install a series of foundation piers to level the foundation. We will install either push piers or helical piers, depending on where and how bad the sinking is. Both types of piers are very strong and can stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how much the wall is buckling, we have a few possible options. Our team can install a number of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that sit vertically against the problem area to push them back in line and control further bowing, or even carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products can straighten the bowed wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Algonquin, many of the homes were built with crawl space areas and not basements. For many years, they were constructed with open vents to the outside where were intended to help air flow through the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. Having open vents allows 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. Studies have shown that up to half 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 can increase the overall air quality in your home.
We have been dealing with crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the best way to close them off and control excess humidity. This is done using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, occasionally installed with insulation products, and are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheets as well as covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that can seal the area totally and stop any excess moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also stop critters and animals from settling in your crawl space which will keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once the crawl space is closed off, we can install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. It will prevent high levels of humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also provide a number of services to upgrade your basement. We can upgrade your basement windows to increase the air flow or increase the amount of 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 waterproof and resistant to the growth of mildew. When you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to prevent any potential future water problems. If you've already got a waterproofing system 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 products above, don't hesitate 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.