Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Repair Services in Ancona, Illinois
It doesn't matter if your basement experiences flooding during heavy rains or in the spring during the snow melt or there are long cracks along your foundation, you already know this is a serious issue. Our experts are here to help when you've got any kind of basement water, sinking foundation, or bowing foundation wall problem. Our team uses 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 Ancona area that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to implement a specialized solution to that problem that will keep your home properly protected. When our team implements a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is very important that if you've seen a problem with the basement, foundation, or crawl space that you contact an experienced repair company. We say this because there are quite a few additional problems that will accompany these issues such as mildew, weakened structure, and even catastrophic foundation damage. If you require our basement waterproofing services to prevent water damage in your home, foundation repair services to prevent your home from sinking, or crawl space services to control mildew growth in the crawl space, our experts are here to help you.
Your basement is an important part of the home whether it is only being used 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 is controlled. Due to the fact that water can get into your basement using a variety of possible paths, there are a variety of repair options that we can use to keep the water under control. The most common places that water leaks in is through cracks in the basement walls, whether these are in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, where the basement walls and floor meet, and at the windows that are at or even below grade.
No matter where you're having the problem we have solutions that are designed to collect, transport, and eject the water from the basement. If you've got leaky cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair procedure to stop the crack from leaking and growing. When the water is entering at the cove or even your windows, having a custom drainage system installed will remove the water from the basement. In some problematic instances, occasionally with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we can install an entire wall solution that is a full height liner that will collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system installed but it struggles to keep up with the water, we can replace it with a new, upgraded sump pump to make the system as good as new. In addition to installing systems, we can also improve the drainage in the yard to help keep 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 areas of the home. It not only supports the structure itself but it also is the basement walls. When you have any foundation problems, normally they will manifest themselves as diagonal cracks in your outside brickwork, horizontal cracks that run along the foundation or across the basement walls. You may also notice that your doors or windows will not open or close easily or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also have a problem where your basement walls are coming into the basement. You may not think these issues seem critical at first, they are all indicative of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for problems to determine what type of a repair needs to be performed.
Thankfully, many foundation problems have very similar causes and our professionals are very good at tracking down these problems. We can offer a repair product intended for your exact issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If the problem is a settling foundation, we can install a system 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 can help stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, it can be solved with some different options. We 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 force them back in line and control further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber staples to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. These products can straighten the bowing wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Ancona, many of the homes are built with crawl spaces instead of basements. For a long time, 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. The vents allow water to get in during rain and snow storms and then it never leaves which results in the humidity level staying too high which can foster the growth of mildew. We have found that up to ½ of the air in your home can come up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is protected from the elements and keeping the humidity levels low can improve the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been working with crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the most efficient way to close them off and control the humidity. This is done 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 sheeting as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that can close off the area totally and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. Closing the area will also stop pests and animals from settling in the crawl space which will keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once your crawl space is protected, 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 offer a variety of services to improve the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We can upgrade your basement windows to improve the air flow or provide additional light in the area. After we install a waterproofing system, we can help with pre-finishing the area by installing a wall system that is both waterproof and resistant to mildew growth. When you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can stop any potential future water problems. Even 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 services above, please 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 a member of our team.
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