Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Waterproofing and Repair Services in Barrington, Illinois
It doesn't matter if your basement floods during extended rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or you have large cracks along the foundation, you already know there may be a serious problem. We are ready to assist when you have any type of crawl space flooding, sinking foundation, or buckling basement wall problem. Our team uses time tested products and methods that we stand behind. We have a team of experts in Barrington that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and create a unique solution for your problem that will keep your home properly protected. When we install a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of experience and trusted products.
It is very important that if you see a problem with your craw space, basement, or foundation that you get in touch with a trusted repair company. We recommend this as there are quite a few additional problems that will arise with these issues such as mildew, structural damage, and even catastrophic foundation damage. If you're needing our basement waterproofing products to prevent water from entering your home, foundation repair products to stop foundation issues, 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 part of your home whether it is only being used for storage or have finished the area. Because of this, it is necessary that the area is free of standing water and excess humidity is controlled. Because water can get into the basement by a variety of possible paths, there needs to be a variety of repair solutions and products that we will use to prevent damage to the area. The most common places that water leaks in is at cracks in the foundation walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the foundation walls and floor meet, and at windows that may be at or even below the soil.
No matter where the problem may be, we've got solutions that are designed to control, divert, and eject water from your basement. If you have leaking basement cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair procedure to control the crack growth and leaking. If water is leaking at the cove joint or even at your windows, having a custom drainage system installed will remove the water from your basement. In some of the more problematic locations, typically with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we will install one of our entire wall solution that is made up of a floor to ceiling heavy duty liner to collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system in place but it struggles to keep up with demand, we can replace it with a new, more powerful sump pump to breathe new life into the system. On top of installing systems, we can also upgrade the drainage in your yard to help prevent water from sitting 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 home itself but it also is the basement walls. If there are foundation problems, they will generally manifest themselves as diagonal cracks in the brickwork, horizontal cracks that run along the foundation or along basement walls. You may also notice that the windows will get stuck or even cracks at the corners of them. There may also be a problem where the basement walls are bowing into the area. While these issues may not seem problematic at first, they are all indicative of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for specific problems and determine if a repair needs to be in place.
Thankfully, many foundation problems stem from similar issues and our experts are very good at evaluating these problems. We can implement a repair product intended for your exact problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If you've got a settling foundation, we will install 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 are very strong and can stabilize your foundation. If you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how much the wall is buckling, there are some possible options. Our team can utilize a system of wall anchors, these 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 the section back in line and prevent further bowing, or even carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products will straighten the buckling wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, there are many homes that were built with crawl spaces in addition to basements. For a long time, they were constructed with vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh air flow into the area 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 causes the humidity levels to stay high which can harbor the growth of mildew. We have found that up to 50% of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so having the space protected from the weather and controlling excess humidity will increase the overall air quality in your home.
We have been enclosing crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the most efficient way to seal them off and control high humidity. We do this using a method called encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are thick plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that will close off the area completely and prevent any excess moisture from entering. Closing the area will also prevent rodents and animals from moving in your crawl space which will keep any items 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. This will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to upgrade your basement. We have basement windows to increase the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can install a wall system that is both waterproof as well as resistant to mildew growth. If you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to prevent any water from entering the home before it can become a problem. Even if you've have a competitors waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance inspection so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like more information about the solutions above, please fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our frequently asked questions page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and set up a meeting with a member of our team.