Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Services in Bartlett, IL
When your home experiences flooding when there are heavy rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or you've got cracks in the foundation, you already know there may be a serious problem. Our team is ready to provide assistance when your home has any type of crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, or bowing foundation wall problem. Our team uses time tested products and methods that we stand behind. We have a team of professionals in the Bartlett area that are trained to properly evaluate your problem and implement a specific solution to that problem that will keep your home properly protected. When we install a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of experience and trusted products.
It is critical that as soon as you see a problem with your crawl space, foundation, or basement that you contact an experienced repair company. We say this because there are a number of additional issues that can arise with these issues including mildew, structural damage, and even permanent foundation damage. No matter if you're needing our basement waterproofing products to prevent water damage in your home, foundation repair products to stabilize your foundation, or crawl space services to control mildew growth in the crawl space, our team is here to help you.
Your basement is an important part of your home whether it is only being used for storage or if you have a finished space down there. Because of this, it is important that the area is free of standing water and excess humidity is controlled. Because water can get into a basement using a number of possible places, there needs to be a number of repair options that we can use to keep the area safe. The most common places that water leaks in is at cracks in the basement walls, whether these are in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, where the basement walls and floor connect, and at windows that are at or even below the soil.
Regardless of where the problem may be, there are solutions that can collect, transport, and eject the water from your basement. If there are leaky cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair to control the crack growth and leaking. When the water is leaking at the cove joint or even your windows, installing a custom drainage system can help remove the water from your basement. In some problematic cases, occasionally with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we can install one of our entire wall solution that is made up of a floor to ceiling heavy duty liner to collect and divert water. If you've already got 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. We aren't just installing systems, we can also upgrade the drainage in your yard to assist with preventing water from pooling at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The foundation of your home is quite possibly one of the most important areas of the home. It not only supports the building itself but it also forms the basement walls. When you've got foundation problems, they will generally manifest themselves as stair-step cracks in the outside brickwork, long cracks that run along the foundation or across the basement walls. You may also notice that the doors or windows will stick when you open or close them or there may be cracks at the corners of them. There may also be an issue where the basement walls are bowing into the area. While these issues may not seem problematic at first, they are all indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and it is important to have an expert evaluate the foundation for specific problems and determine what type of a repair needs to be installed.
Thankfully, many foundation problems stem from similar issues and our professionals are very good at spotting those issues. We can utilize a repair product designed for your exact problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If there is a uneven foundation, we can install a system of foundation piers to correct the problem. Depending on how bad it is and where it is, we will use either helical piers or push piers. Both are very strong and are able to stabilize your foundation. If you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how much the wall is buckling, there are some potential options. Our team can install a series of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that are installed vertically against the cracks to push them back in line and stop further bowing, or even carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products can straighten the bowing wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, many of the homes were built with crawl space areas in addition to basements. For a long time, these were built 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 then it never leaves which results in the humidity level staying too high which will eventually foster the growth of mildew. Up to half of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so ensuring this area is closed off from the elements and keeping the humidity levels low can improve the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been working with crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the most efficient way to seal them off and control the humidity. We do this using a method known as encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, 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 close off the area totally and prevent any unwanted moisture from entering. This 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 the crawl space is closed off, we can install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. This will prevent high levels of humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also provide a number 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. During basement waterproofing, we can install a wall system that is both waterproof and resistant to the growth of mildew. When you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can prevent any potential future water problems. If you've have a waterproofing system we did not install 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 solutions 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 organize a consultation with a member of our team.