Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Services in Barrington, IL
It doesn't matter if your home experiences flooding when there are extended rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or you've got cracks along your foundation, you know this can be a real problem. We are here to help when there is any kind of crawl space water, foundation settlement, or bowing basement wall problem. Our team uses methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that our team stands behind. We have a team of professionals in the Barrington area that are trained to properly evaluate your problem and create a specialized solution for your problem that will keep your home properly repaired. When our team implements a basement or crawl space waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of experience and trusted products.
It is critical that as soon as you see a problem with the craw space, basement, or foundation that you get in touch with a trusted repair company. We say this due to there are a number of additional problems that can happen along with these issues including mildew, structural damage, and even permanent foundation damage. If you need our basement waterproofing products to control water entering your home, foundation repair services to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to prevent unnecessary damage under your home, our team is here to help you.
Your basement is a very important part of the home whether it is only being used as storage or have already finished the area. Due to this, it is necessary that the space is free of standing water and excess humidity and flooding are controlled. Due to the fact that water is able to get into the basement using a variety of possible paths, there are a number of repair solutions and products that we can utilize to prevent damage to the area. The most common places that we find water leaking is through cracks in the walls, whether these are in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, which is where the walls and floor connect, and at any windows that may be at or even below the soil.
Regardless of where the problem lies there are solutions that can collect, transport, and eject the water from the basement. If you have leaky wall cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair procedure to control the crack growth and leaking. If the water is coming in at the cove or even the windows, having a custom drainage system installed can help remove the water from the basement. In some of the more extreme locations, usually with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we can recommend installing an entire wall solution that is a full height liner to collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system installed but it is unable to keep up with flooding water, we can replace it with a new, upgraded sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. On top of installing systems, we can also help you evaluate the drainage in the yard to help keep water from sitting next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The homes foundation is quite possibly 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, usually, they will show themselves in the form of stair-step cracks in your outside brickwork, long cracks that run the length of the foundation or across the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that your windows and doors will not open or close easily or even cracks at the corners of them. There may also be a problem where your basement walls are pressing into the basement. While these problems may not seem serious when you notice them, they are all indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for problems and determine what type of a repair needs to be in place.
It is good that many foundation problems stem from similar issues and our team is very good at evaluating these problems. We can implement a repair product that is for your specific problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you've got a settling foundation, we can install a system of foundation piers to correct the problem. 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 have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, it can be solved with some potential options. Our team can utilize a series of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that are installed vertically against the problem area to force them back in line and control further bowing, or even carbon fiber staples to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products can repair the bowing wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Barrington, there are many homes that were built with crawl space areas in addition to basements. For a long time, they were constructed with 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 enter the space during rain and snow storms and then it never leaves which results in the humidity level staying too high which will eventually foster the growth of mold and mildew. Studies have shown that up to ½ of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is protected from the weather and keeping the humidity levels low can improve the overall air quality in your home.
We have been encapsulating crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the proper way to close them off and control excess humidity. We do this using a process called encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are strong plastic and vinyl sheets as well as covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that can close off the area completely and stop any excess moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also stop bugs and animals from settling in the crawl space which will help keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once your crawl space is protected, we can install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. This will control any excess humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to help add features to the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We have basement windows to improve 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 mold or mildew growth. If you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to prevent 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 are interested in any of the solutions 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 consultation with a member of our team.