Foundation and Basement Waterproofing and Repair Services in Barrington, IL
Whether your downstairs area floods when there are heavy rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or you have large cracks in the foundation, you already know this can be a real issue. We are ready to assist when there is any kind of basement or crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, or buckling basement wall problem. Our team uses time tested products and methods that we stand behind. We have a team of professionals in Barrington that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and design a specific solution for your problem that will keep your home safe and protected. When our team installs a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of experience and trusted products.
It is critical that once you've found an issue with your foundation, crawl space or basement that you contact an experienced repair company. We recommend this because there are a number of additional problems that will happen along with these issues such as black mold, weakened structure, and even permanent foundation damage. If you're in need of our basement waterproofing products to prevent water from entering your home, foundation repair products to prevent your home from sinking, or crawl space services to control water in the crawl space, our team is here to help you.
Your basement is an important area of your home whether it is only being used as a storage area or have finished the area. Because of this, it is important that the space is free of standing water and any flooding is prevented. Because water can get into a basement using a number of different places, there are a number of repair solutions and products that we will install to keep the area safe. The main places that water leaks in is through cracks in the foundation walls, whether these are in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, where the foundation walls and floor meet, and finally at any windows that are at or even below grade.
No matter where the problem may be, we've got solutions that are designed to control, transport, and eject water from your basement. If you've got leaking wall cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair method to stop the crack from leaking and growing. If water is entering at the cove or even at the windows, having a custom drainage system installed will help remove the water from your basement. In some problematic locations, occasionally with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we will install one of our entire wall solution that is a floor to ceiling heavy duty liner to collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system in place but it struggles to keep up with flooding water, 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 sitting next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The homes foundation is quite possibly one of, if not the, most important parts. It not only supports the structure itself but it also forms the basement walls. If you've got foundation problems, usually, they will show themselves as stair-step cracks in the brickwork, long cracks that run the length of the foundation or across basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the doors or windows will stick when you open or close them or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also have an issue where the basement walls are bowing into the area. While these issues may not seem problematic when you notice them, each of them are indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for specific problems and determine if a repair needs to be in place.
Thankfully, many foundation problems are caused by similar things and our experts are very good at tracking down these problems. We can utilize a repair solution that is for your exact issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If there is a sloping foundation, we will install a series of foundation piers to correct the problem. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both types of piers are very strong and can help stabilize your foundation. If you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, it can be solved with some different options. Our team can utilize a number of wall anchors, these are 2 large plates connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that sit directly against the problem area to force them back in line and control further bowing, or carbon fiber staples to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products will correct the buckling wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, there are many homes that are built with crawl spaces and not basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, these were constructed with open vents which was intended to increase fresh air flow through the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually 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 foster the growth of mold and mildew. Studies have shown that up to half of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so having the space protected from the outside and keeping the humidity levels low 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 seal them off and control high humidity. We do this using a method known as encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that will seal the area totally and prevent any unwanted moisture from entering. Closing the area will also prevent rodents and animals from settling in your crawl space which will help keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is encapsulated, 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 as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also provide a number of services to help upgrade your basement. 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 help with pre-finishing the area by installing a wall system that is both 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 potential future water problems. If you've already got a waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance service so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like more information about the products above, feel free 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 set up a consultation with a member of our team.