Foundation and Basement Services in Alsip, IL
If you've noticed your basement has excess water during extended rains or in the spring during the snow melt or you have large cracks in your foundation, you already know there could be a real problem. Our experts are ready to help when your home has any kind of crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, or bowing foundation wall problem. We use products that we've tested and methods that we've perfected over the years that our team stands behind. We have a team of experts in Alsip that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to create a specific solution to that problem that will ensure your home is safe and protected. When we install a waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that if you've seen a problem with the crawl space, foundation, or basement that you contact an experienced repair company. We say this because there are a number of potentially dangerous issues that can arise with these issues including mildew, weakened structure, and even permanent foundation damage. If you're needing our basement waterproofing products to control water entering your home, foundation repair products to stabilize your foundation, or crawl space services to control humidity below the home, our team is here to help you.
Your basement is an important part of the home regardless of if you're using it as storage or if you have a finished space down there. Due to this, it is important that the area is free of standing water and any flooding is prevented. Since water is able to get into the basement through a number of different paths, that means there have to be a variety of repair options that we will install to keep the water under control. The most common places that water is entering is at cracks in the foundation walls, whether these are in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, where the foundation wall and floor connect, and at any windows that are at or even below the soil.
Regardless of where the problem lies there are solutions that can control, transport, and remove the water from the basement. If there are dripping basement cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. If the water is leaking at the cove or even at the windows, installing a custom drainage system can remove the water from the basement. In some problematic instances, usually with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we will install one of our entire wall solution that is comprised of a full height liner to collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system installed but it cannot keep up with the water, we can replace it with a new, upgraded sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. In addition to installing systems, we can also help you upgrade the drainage in the yard to help keep water from sitting next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your foundation is easily one of the most important areas of the home. It not only supports the building itself but it also forms the basement walls. If you have any foundation problems, normally they will manifest themselves as diagonal cracks in your brickwork, horizontal cracks that run the length of the foundation or across the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that your doors will not open or close easily or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also see an issue where your basement walls are buckling into the area. While these problems may not seem serious at first, they are all indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and it is important to have an expert evaluate the foundation for particular problems to determine if a repair needs to be in place.
It is good that many foundation problems have very similar causes and our team is very good at spotting these issues. We can offer a repair solution designed for your particular problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If you've got a sinking foundation, we will install a series of foundation piers to correct the problem. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both types of piers are very strong and can help stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how much the wall is buckling, there are a few possible options. Our team can install a number of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that we mount directly against the problem area to push them back in line and prevent further bowing, or carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. These products will correct the bowing wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, many of the homes were built with crawl spaces in addition to basements. For a long time, they were constructed with vents which was intended to increase air flow into the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. The vents allow water to enter the space when it rains or snows and the vents prevent proper evaporation which results in the humidity level staying too high which can facilitate the growth of mildew. We have found that up to half of the air in your home has come up through the crawl space so having the space protected from the elements and controlling excess humidity will improve the overall air quality in your home.
We have been enclosing crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the proper way to close them off and control excess humidity. We do this using a method called 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 vent covers and a sturdy door that will seal the area totally and prevent any excess moisture from entering. This will also prevent bugs and animals from moving in the crawl space which will keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After your crawl space is closed off, we will install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. It will control any excess humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a number of services to upgrade your basement area. We can upgrade, replace, or install new basement windows to improve the air flow or provide additional light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can install our wall system as part of a pre-finishing service that is both waterproof and resistant to mildew growth. When you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can prevent any potential future water problems. If you've have a competitors 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 to talk to someone about the products above, don't hesitate to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our frequently asked questions page or give us a call at 630-206-1177 and organize a meeting with one of our experts.
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