Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Repair Services in Barrington, IL
If your home has excess water when there are heavy rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or there are cracks along your foundation, you know there could be a real issue. Our experts are ready to assist when there is any kind of basement 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 professionals in the Barrington area that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and come up with a specialized solution to that problem that will keep your home properly protected. When we install a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is critical that as soon as you find an issue with your foundation, crawl space or basement that you contact an experienced repair company. We say this due to there are a number of potentially dangerous issues that will arise with these issues such as mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even catastrophic foundation damage. No matter if you're needing our basement waterproofing services to protect your home, foundation repair services to prevent your home from sinking, or crawl space services to control water in the crawl space, our experts are here to help you.
Your basement is a very important area of your home regardless of if you're using it for storage or have already finished the area. This means it is necessary that the entire space is free of standing water and any flooding is prevented. Because water is able to get into the basement through a variety of possible places, there are a variety of repair options that we can install to prevent damage to the area. The main places that water is entering is at cracks in the basement walls, whether these are in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, which is where the basement walls and floor meet, and at any windows that are at or below the soil.
Regardless of where the problem may be, there are solutions that are designed to collect, divert, and remove water from your basement. If you've got dripping cracks, the first step is installing a wall crack repair to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. When water is leaking at the cove or even the windows, installing a custom drainage system will help remove the water from your basement. In some of the more problematic instances, occasionally with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we can recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is comprised of a floor to ceiling liner that will collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system installed but it struggles to keep up with demand, we can install 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 assist with preventing water from standing next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your foundation is easily one of, if not the, most important areas of the home. It not only holds the home itself but it also is the basement walls. When there are foundation problems, normally they will present themselves in the form of stair stepping cracks in your outside brickwork, long cracks that run the length of the foundation or along basement walls. You may also notice that your windows and doors will get stuck or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also have an issue where your basement walls are buckling into the area. While these problems may not seem problematic at first, each of them are indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for particular problems and determine what type of a repair needs to be performed.
It is good that many foundation problems are caused by similar things and our experts are very good at noticing these issues. We can offer a repair product that is for your specific issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If there is a uneven foundation, we can install a system of foundation piers to correct the problem. 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 your basement walls are bowing, depending on how much the wall is buckling, there are a few different options. Our team can utilize a number of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that are installed vertically against the cracks to push them back in line and prevent further bowing, or carbon fiber staples to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products can correct the buckling wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, there are many homes that are built with crawl spaces in addition to basements. For a long time, they were built with open vents which was intended to increase fresh air flow into the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. The vents allow water to get in during rain and snow storms and then it never leaves which results in the humidity level staying too high which can foster the growth of mildew. Studies have shown that up to 50% of the air in your home has come up through the crawl space so ensuring this area is protected from the weather and keeping the humidity levels low can improve the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been dealing with crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the proper way to seal them off and control excess 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, which are thick plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as covers to close off existing vents and a heavy duty door that can close off the area completely and prevent any unwanted moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also prevent critters and animals from getting 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 closed off, we can install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. It will prevent high levels of humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to help add features to your basement. We can upgrade, replace, or install new basement windows to improve the air flow or provide additional light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can install our wall system as part of a pre-finishing service that is waterproof and resistant to mildew growth. If you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can stop any water from entering the home before it can become a problem. If you've already got a waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance inspection so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you are interested in any of the products above, don't hesitate to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and organize a meeting with one of our experts.