Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Waterproofing and Repair Services in Ancona, IL
It doesn't matter if your basement experiences flooding during extended rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or there are large cracks in the foundation, you know there may be a serious problem. Our experts are ready to help when there is any type of basement water, foundation settlement, or bowed foundation wall problem. We use time tested products and methods that our team stands behind. We have a team of experts in Ancona that are trained to properly evaluate your problem and come up with a unique solution for your problem that will keep your home properly repaired. When our team implements a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of experience and trusted products.
It is very important that as soon as you find a problem with your foundation, crawl space or basement that you contact a trusted repair company. We say this because there are a number of additional issues that can arise with these issues including black mold, weakened structure, and even permanent foundation damage. If you are needing our basement waterproofing services to protect your home, foundation repair products to stabilize your foundation, or crawl space services to control mold growth in the crawl space, our professionals are here to help you.
Your basement is an important part of your home whether you're using it as storage or if you have a finished space down there. This means it is important that the area is dry and excess humidity is controlled. Since water can get into the basement through a variety of different places, that means there have to be a number of repair possibilities that we will use to keep the area safe. The primary places that we find water leaking is through cracks in the basement walls, whether these are in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, where the basement walls and floor connect, and finally at windows that may be at or below the soil.
No matter where the problem lies we have solutions that will collect, divert, and eject water from your basement. If you have leaky basement cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair procedure to control the crack growth and leaking. If water is coming in at the cove or even at basement windows, installing a custom drainage system can remove the water from your basement. In some problematic locations, typically with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we will recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is comprised of a full height liner that will collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system in the basement but it is unable to keep up with demand, 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 your yard to help stop water from pooling at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your foundation is easily 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. If you have any foundation problems, usually, they will present themselves as stair-step cracks in the outside brickwork, long cracks that run along the foundation or across basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the doors will get stuck or there may be cracks at the corners of them. There may also be an issue where the basement walls are coming inward. You may not think these issues seem problematic when you notice them, they are all indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and it is important to have an expert evaluate the foundation for specific problems and determine what type of a repair needs to be performed.
Thankfully, many foundation problems have very similar causes and our experts are very good at noticing these issues. We can offer a repair solution that is for your exact problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If there is a sinking foundation, we will implement a series 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 are very strong and can help 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. Our team can utilize a number of wall anchors which are 2 large plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that are installed vertically against the cracks to force them back in line and stop further bowing, or carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products will repair the bowed wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Ancona, there are many homes that are built with crawl space areas and not basements. For a long time, these were constructed with open vents to the outside where were intended to help air flow into the area 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 causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually facilitate the growth of mold and mildew. We have found that up to half of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is closed off from the outside and keeping the humidity levels low will increase the overall air quality in your home.
We have been helping customers with their crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the proper way to close them off and control excess humidity. This is done using a method called encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, which are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheets as well as covers to close off existing vents and a heavy duty door that will seal the area totally and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. Closing the area will also stop bugs and animals from getting in your crawl space which will keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is encapsulated, we will install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. It will prevent high levels of humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also provide a variety of services to improve the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We can upgrade, replace, or install new 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 mold or mildew growth. If you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to stop any water from entering the home before it can become a problem. Even if you've already got a waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance testing to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like to talk to someone about the services above, feel free 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 a member of our team.
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