Basement and Foundation Services in Alsip, IL
If your downstairs area floods during heavy rains or in the spring during the snow melt or you have cracks in the foundation, you know this is a serious problem. Our experts are here to assist when your home has any type of basement or crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, or bowed basement wall problem. We use products that we've tested and methods that we've perfected over the years that we stand behind. We have a team of professionals in the Alsip area that are trained to properly evaluate your problem and implement a specific solution for your problem that will ensure your home is properly protected. When our team installs a basement or crawl space waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is very important that once you've seen a problem with your craw space, basement, or foundation that you get in touch with an experienced repair company. We say this because there are some additional issues that can accompany these issues including mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even permanent foundation damage. No matter if you're in need of our basement waterproofing products to prevent water from entering your home, foundation repair products to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to control mold growth in the crawl space, our professionals are here to help you.
The basement is an important part of your home regardless of if you're using it as storage or if you have a finished space down there. Because of this, it is important that the entire space is dry and excess humidity and flooding are controlled. Since water is able to get into your basement through a number of possible places, there needs to be a number of repair possibilities that we will utilize to prevent damage to the area. The main places that water leaks in is at cracks in the walls, whether these are in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, where the wall and floor meet, and finally at any windows that may be at or even below grade.
Regardless of where you're having the problem we've got solutions that will control, divert, and remove water from your basement. If there are dripping wall cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair procedure to stop the crack from leaking and growing. When water is coming in at the cove joint or even at basement windows, having a custom drainage system installed can remove the water from your basement. In some of the more problematic instances, occasionally 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 that will collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system installed but it struggles to keep up with flooding water, we can install a new, upgraded sump pump to breathe new life into the system. We aren't just installing systems, we can also evaluate the drainage in your yard to help keep water from sitting at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your foundation is quite possibly one of, if not the, most important areas of the home. It not only holds the structure itself but it also forms the basement walls. When there are foundation problems, they will generally present themselves in the form of stair-step cracks in the brickwork, cracks that run the length of the foundation or along basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the windows will not open or close easily or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also have an issue where the basement walls are bowing inward. While these problems may not seem serious when you notice them, each of them are indicators of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for particular problems and determine if a repair needs to be installed.
It is good that many foundation problems are caused by similar things and our professionals are very good at spotting these issues. We can utilize a repair solution that is for your particular problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If there is a uneven foundation, we will implement a system of foundation piers to stabilize 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 are able to stabilize your foundation. If you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how much the wall is buckling, we have a few different options. We can utilize a number of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that sit vertically against the problem area to push the section back in line and prevent further bowing, or even carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products will correct the bowed 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 and not basements. For many years, these were built with open vents to the outside where were intended to help air flow through the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. Having open vents allows water to enter the space during rain and snow storms and the vents prevent proper evaporation which results in the humidity level staying too high which can facilitate the growth of mold and mildew. Up to 50% of the air in your home has come up through the crawl space so ensuring this area is protected from the elements and controlling excess humidity will increase the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been dealing with crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the proper way to close them off and control high humidity. We do this using a process called encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are heavy duty plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that will seal the area totally and stop any excess moisture from entering. Closing the area will also stop pests and animals from getting in your crawl space which will keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is encapsulated, we will install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. This will prevent high levels of humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also provide a number of services to improve your basement area. 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 a wall system that is waterproof as well as resistant to the growth of mold and mildew. 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 would like to talk to someone about the solutions above, feel free to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and set up a consultation with one of our experts.
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