Basement and Foundation Waterproofing Services in Arlington Heights, Illinois
If your basement experiences flooding when there are heavy rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or there are large cracks along your foundation, you already know this can be a real problem. Our team is ready to help when you've got any kind of crawl space flooding, sinking foundation, or buckling 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 professionals in the Arlington Heights area that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to design a specialized solution for your problem that will ensure your home is properly protected. When our team installs a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of experience and trusted products.
It is very important that if you see a problem with your foundation, crawl space or basement that you get in touch with an experienced repair company. We say this because there are some additional problems that can accompany these issues including mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even permanent foundation damage. If you need our basement waterproofing products to control water entering your home, foundation repair services to prevent your home from sinking, or crawl space services to prevent mildew growth in the crawl space, our experts are here to help you.
Your basement is a very important area of your home whether it is being used as a storage area or if you have a finished space down there. Because of this, it is necessary that the entire area is dry and any flooding is prevented. Since water can get into your basement through a variety of possible paths, that means there have to be a variety of repair options that we can install to keep the area safe. The most common places that water leaks in is at cracks in the walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, which is where the wall and floor connect, and at the windows that are at or below grade.
No matter where the problem may be, we have solutions that are designed to control, transport, and remove the water from your basement. If you've got dripping wall cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. When the water is coming in at the cove joint or even basement windows, installing a custom drainage system can help remove the water from your basement. In some problematic cases, usually with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we can install an entire wall solution that is a full height heavy duty liner to collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system in the basement but it struggles to keep up with demand, we can replace it with a new, upgraded sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. We aren't just installing systems, we can also help you improve the drainage in your yard to help prevent water from sitting at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The homes foundation is quite possibly one of the most important parts. It not only holds the structure itself but it also is the basement walls. When you've got foundation problems, usually, they will present themselves in the form of stair stepping cracks in your brickwork, cracks that run along the foundation or along the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that your doors or windows will not open or close easily or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also see a problem where your basement walls are buckling into the area. You may not think these problems seem critical when you notice them, they are all indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for particular problems to determine what type of a repair needs to be in place.
It is good that many foundation problems stem from similar issues and our experts are very good at spotting those problems. We can utilize a repair product that is for your specific problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you've got a sloping foundation, we can install 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 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, it can be solved with a few possible options. We can install a number of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that sit vertically against the problem area to force the section back in line and prevent further bowing, or even carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products can correct the buckling wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, many of the homes are built with crawl space areas and not basements. For a long time, these were built with vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh air flow through the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. Having open vents allows water to get in 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 mildew. Up to half of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so having the space closed off from the outside and keeping the humidity levels low can increase the overall air quality in your home.
We have been working on crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the proper way to seal them off and control excess humidity. This is done using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, which are heavy duty plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that can close off the area completely and stop any excess moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also stop bugs and animals from getting in your crawl space which will help keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After your crawl space is protected, we can install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. This will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also provide a variety of services to help improve your basement area. 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 help with pre-finishing the area by installing a wall system that is waterproof as well as resistant to mildew growth. If you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can prevent any potential future water problems. 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 are interested in any of the solutions 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 set up a meeting with a member of our team.