Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Waterproofing Services in Barrington, Illinois
When your downstairs area has excess water when there are extended rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or there are long cracks along the foundation, you already know this is a serious problem. Our team is ready to provide assistance when you have any kind of basement or crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, or buckling foundation wall problem. Our team uses methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that we stand behind. We have a team of experts in Barrington that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to design a specific solution to that problem that will ensure your home is safe and protected. When our team installs a basement or crawl space waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is very important that once you've seen a problem with your foundation, crawl space or basement that you get in touch with a trusted repair company. We recommend this as there are a number of additional issues that can arise with these issues including mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even catastrophic foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you require our basement waterproofing services to control water entering your home, foundation repair services to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to control water in the crawl space, our team is here to help you.
Your basement is a very important part of your home whether it is being used for storage or if you have a finished space down there. Because of this, it is necessary that the area is free of standing water and any type of flooding is prevented. Because water can get into your basement by a variety of different places, there needs to be a number of repair solutions and products that we can use to keep the area safe. The main places that we see water leaks is through cracks in the foundation walls, whether these are in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the foundation walls and floor connect, and finally at windows that are at or even below grade.
No matter where the problem may be, we've got solutions that are designed to control, divert, and eject the water from your basement. If you have leaky basement cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair method to control the crack growth and leaking. If the water is leaking at the cove or even basement windows, installing a custom drainage system can help remove the water from your basement. In some of the more problematic instances, occasionally with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we can recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is made up of a floor to ceiling liner that will collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system installed but it is unable to keep up with demand, we can install a new, more powerful sump pump to breathe new life into the system. We aren't just installing systems, we can also improve the drainage in your yard to help keep water from standing 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 building itself but it also creates the basement walls. If you've got foundation problems, they will generally manifest themselves in the form of diagonal cracks in the brickwork, horizontal cracks that run the length of the foundation or along the basement walls. You may also notice that the doors and windows will not open or close easily or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also see a problem where the basement walls are coming inward. While these issues may not seem critical at first, each of them are indicative of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for specific problems to determine what type of a repair needs to be in place.
Thankfully, many foundation problems have very similar causes and our team is very good at noticing these issues. We can implement a repair product designed for your specific problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you've got a sloping foundation, we can 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 stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, we have some potential options. Our team can utilize a number of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates 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, we also can apply carbon fiber staples to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products can straighten the buckling wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, there are many homes that are built with crawl spaces and not basements. For a long time, these were created with open vents to the outside where were intended to help air flow through the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. Having open vents allows water to get in when it rains or snows and the vents prevent proper evaporation which results in the humidity level staying too high which can facilitate the growth of mildew. Up to 50% of the air in your home has come up through the crawl space so having the space protected from the outside and keeping the humidity levels low can increase the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been dealing with crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the best way to seal them off and control the humidity. We do this using a method known as encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, occasionally installed with insulation products, and are thick plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that can seal the area completely and stop any excess moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also stop critters and animals from getting in your crawl space which will help keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once the crawl space is protected, we can install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. It will prevent high levels of humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to help improve 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 waterproof as well as resistant to mildew growth. When you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can stop any potential future water problems. Even 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 to talk to someone about the products 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 organize a meeting with a member of our team.