Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Services in Bartlett, Illinois
Whether your home experiences flooding during heavy rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or you've got long cracks in the foundation, you already know this is a serious problem. We are here to assist when your home has any kind of crawl space water, sinking foundation, or bowed foundation wall problem. We use time tested products and methods that we stand behind. We have a team of professionals in Bartlett that are trained to correctly evaluate your problem and design a specialized solution to that problem that will ensure your home is properly repaired. When our team installs a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of experience and trusted products.
It is very important that as soon as you see an issue with your crawl space, foundation, or basement that you contact an experienced repair company. We recommend this due to there are some potentially dangerous problems that will accompany these issues including mildew, structural damage, and even catastrophic foundation damage. No matter if you're needing our basement waterproofing products to stop water damaging your home, foundation repair products to prevent your home from sinking, or crawl space services to control water in the crawl space, our professionals are here to help you.
Your basement is a very important area of your home whether you're using it as storage or have finished the area. Because of this, it is necessary that the entire space is free of standing water and excess humidity is controlled. Due to the fact that water is able to get into the basement through a variety of possible paths, there needs to be a variety of repair solutions and products that we will use to prevent damage to the area. The main places that we find water leaking is at 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 below grade.
No matter where the problem may be, there are solutions that can collect, divert, and remove water from your basement. If you've got leaking wall cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair method to control the crack growth and leaking. If water is entering at the cove joint or even at basement windows, installing a custom drainage system will help remove the water from your basement. In some extreme locations, usually with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we will recommend installing 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 installed 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 help you upgrade the drainage in your yard to help keep water from sitting at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The foundation of your home is quite possibly one of, if not the, most important parts. It not only holds the building itself but it also creates the basement walls. If there are foundation problems, they will generally present themselves in the form of stair stepping cracks in the brickwork, long cracks that run along the foundation or along basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the doors will not open or close easily or there may be cracks at the corners of them. There may also be a problem where the basement walls are pressing inward. You may not think these problems seem problematic when you notice them, each of them are indicative of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for specific problems and determine if a repair needs to be performed.
Thankfully, the most common foundation problems stem from similar issues and our experts are very good at tracking down those problems. We can implement a repair product intended for your exact problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you've got a sloping foundation, we will implement a series 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 types 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 a few potential options. Our team can install a number of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that we mount directly against the problem area to force the section back in line and stop further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products will straighten the bowed wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, many of the homes are built with crawl spaces instead of basements. For many years, these were created with open vents to the outside where were intended to help air flow through the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. Having open vents allows water to get in during rain and snow storms and the vents hinder airflow which causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually facilitate the growth of mildew. Studies have shown that up to 50% of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is protected from the weather and controlling excess humidity will improve the overall air quality in your home.
We have been working on crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the most efficient way to close them off and control excess humidity. This is done 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 sheets as well as covers to close off existing vents and a heavy duty door that will close off the area totally and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also stop bugs and animals from settling in your crawl space which will help keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once the crawl space is protected, we will install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. It will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to help add features to your basement. We can upgrade your basement windows to improve the air flow or provide additional light in the area. After we install a waterproofing system, we can install a wall system that is waterproof as well as resistant to the growth of mildew. 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 inspection so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like to talk to someone about the solutions above, don't hesitate 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 schedule a consultation with one of our experts.