Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Waterproofing and Repair Services in Antioch, Illinois
If your home experiences flooding when there are heavy rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or you have cracks in the foundation, you already know this is a serious issue. Our experts are ready to assist when your home has any type of basement flooding, foundation settlement, or bowing 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 the Antioch area that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and come up with a specific solution for your problem that will ensure your home is safe and protected. When our team implements a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is critical that if you find an issue with your craw space, basement, or foundation that you get in touch with a trusted repair company. We say this because there are a number of potentially dangerous issues that can accompany these issues such as mildew, structural damage, and even catastrophic foundation damage. No matter if you need our basement waterproofing products to stop water damaging your home, foundation repair services to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, 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 for storage or have already finished the area. Due to this, it is necessary that the area is dry and excess humidity and flooding are controlled. Due to the fact that water can get into the basement by a variety of different places, there are a number of repair possibilities that we will utilize to prevent damage to the area. The most common places that we find water leaking is at cracks in the basement walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the basement walls and floor meet, and at the windows that may be at or below grade.
No matter where the problem lies we've got solutions that are designed to control, divert, and remove water from your basement. If there are leaky cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair procedure to stop the crack from leaking and growing. When water is leaking at the cove or even at basement windows, installing a custom drainage system can help remove the water from your basement. In some problematic locations, usually with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we will install an entire wall solution that is comprised of a full height liner that will collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system in the basement but it cannot keep up with demand, 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 upgrade the drainage in your yard to help stop water from standing next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The foundation of your home is easily one of the most important areas of the home. It not only supports the home itself but it also creates the basement walls. When you have any foundation problems, usually, they will present themselves as diagonal cracks in the brickwork, long cracks that run the length of the foundation or across basement walls. You may also notice that the windows and doors will get stuck or there may be cracks at the corners of them. There may also be a problem where the basement walls are pressing into the basement. While these issues 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 problems and determine if a repair needs to be in place.
Thankfully, the most common foundation problems are caused by similar things and our team is very good at spotting these issues. We can utilize a repair solution designed for your exact issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If the problem is a settling foundation, we will implement a system of foundation piers to level the foundation. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both types are very strong and can help stabilize your foundation. If you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, we have some different options. Our team can install a system of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that we mount vertically against the cracks to force them back in line and stop further bowing, or even carbon fiber staples to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. These products will correct the bowing wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Antioch, many of the homes are built with crawl spaces instead of basements. For many years, they were constructed with open vents which was intended to increase fresh air flow through the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. The vents allow water to get in when it rains or snows and the vents hinder airflow which causes the humidity levels to stay high which can facilitate the growth of mildew. Studies have shown that up to 50% of the air in your home has come up through the crawl space so having the space closed off from the elements and keeping the humidity levels low will increase the overall air quality in your home.
We have been encapsulating crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the proper way to close them off and control excess humidity. This is done using a process called encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are thick plastic and vinyl sheets as well as covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that will seal the area completely and prevent any unwanted moisture from entering. This will also prevent critters and animals from getting in your crawl space which will help keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once the crawl space is protected, we will install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. It will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also provide a variety of services to help add features to your basement. We can upgrade, replace, or install new basement windows to increase the air flow or provide additional 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 both waterproof as well as resistant to mildew growth. If you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can stop any potential future water problems. If you've have a competitors 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 solutions above, don't hesitate to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our frequently asked questions page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and schedule a consultation with one of our experts.