Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Waterproofing Services in Barrington, IL
When your basement floods when there are heavy rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or you have cracks in your foundation, you already know this can be a real issue. We are here to assist when you have any kind of crawl space flooding, sinking foundation, or buckling basement 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 experts in Barrington that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to come up with a specific solution to that problem that will ensure your home is properly protected. When we install 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 see a problem with your basement, foundation, or crawl space that you get in touch with a trusted repair company. We recommend this due to there are some potentially dangerous issues that will happen along with these issues such as mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even catastrophic foundation damage. No matter if you are in need of our basement waterproofing products to control water entering your home, foundation repair services to prevent your home from sinking, or crawl space services to control humidity below the home, our experts are here to help you.
The basement is an important part of your home regardless of if it is only being used as storage or have already finished the area. Because of this, it is important that the area is dry and any flooding is prevented. Because water can get into the basement using a variety of possible places, there needs to be a variety of repair possibilities that we will utilize to keep the area safe. 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, which is where the basement walls and floor meet, and finally at the windows that may be at or below the soil.
No matter where the problem lies we have solutions that are designed to control, divert, and eject the water from your basement. If you've got leaking cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair procedure to control the crack growth and leaking. When the water is entering at the cove joint or even the windows, having a custom drainage system installed will help remove the water from your basement. In some extreme instances, occasionally with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we will install an entire wall solution that is comprised of a floor to ceiling liner to collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system in place but it struggles to keep up with demand, we can install a new, upgraded sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. On top of installing systems, we can also evaluate the drainage in your yard to help stop water from sitting next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your homes foundation is easily one of the most important areas of the home. It not only holds the home itself but it also is the basement walls. When you've got foundation problems, usually, they will present themselves as stair stepping cracks in your brickwork, cracks that run the length of the foundation or along the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that your doors or windows will not open or close easily or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also see a problem where your basement walls are buckling into the basement. While these issues may not seem critical at first, each of them are indicators of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for particular problems to determine if a repair needs to be installed.
It is good that many foundation problems have very similar causes and our professionals are very good at evaluating those issues. We can utilize a repair solution intended for your particular issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you have a settling foundation, we will install a series of foundation piers to level 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 are able to 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 possible options. We can utilize a series of wall anchors which are 2 large plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that we mount directly against the cracks to force the section back in line and prevent further bowing, or even carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products will straighten the buckling wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Barrington, many of the homes were built with crawl space areas instead of basements. For many years, they were constructed with open vents which was intended to increase air flow through the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. Having open vents allows water to get in during rain and snow storms and then it never leaves which results in the humidity level staying too high which will eventually harbor the growth of mold and mildew. We have found that up to 50% of the air in your home has come up 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 encapsulating crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the proper way to close them off and control excess humidity. This is done using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, occasionally installed with insulation products, and are strong plastic and vinyl sheets as well as covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that will close off the area totally and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. This will also stop critters and animals from moving in your crawl space which will help keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once your crawl space is protected, we will install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. It will control any excess humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also provide a variety of services to help add features to your basement area. We have basement windows to increase the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. When waterproofing the basement, we can help with pre-finishing the area by installing a wall system that is both waterproof as well as resistant to mold or mildew growth. When you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to stop any potential future water problems. Even if you've have a competitors waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance service to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like more information 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 schedule a meeting with a member of our team.