Basement and Foundation Services in Bartlett, Illinois
If you've noticed your basement floods when there are extended rains or in the spring during the snow melt or there are cracks along the foundation, you already know there could be a real issue. We are here to help when your home has any type of basement flooding, foundation settlement, or bowing foundation wall problem. Our team uses products that we've tested and methods that we've perfected over the years that our team stands behind. We have a team of professionals in Bartlett that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to create a specialized solution for your problem that will ensure your home is properly protected. When our team installs a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is very important that once you find an issue with the basement, foundation, or crawl space that you get in touch with a trusted repair company. We say this due to there are some additional problems that can happen along with these issues such as mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even catastrophic foundation damage. No matter if you need our basement waterproofing services to stop water damaging your home, foundation repair products to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to control mildew growth in the crawl space, our team is here to help you.
Your basement is a very important part of the home regardless of if it is only being used as storage or if you have a finished space down there. Because of this, it is important that the entire space is dry and protected from flooding and excess humidity. Since water can get into the basement using a variety of possible places, there needs to be a variety of repair options that we can utilize to keep the area safe. The main places that we find water leaking is through cracks in the foundation walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, which is where the foundation walls and floor meet, and at the windows that are at or even below grade.
Regardless of where the problem may be, we've got solutions that will control, divert, and remove water from the basement. If there are leaking cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair method to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. If water is coming in at the cove or even at the windows, having a custom drainage system installed can remove the water from the basement. In some of the more problematic cases, usually with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we can recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is a full height liner to collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system in the basement but it cannot 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 the yard to help stop water from sitting next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your homes foundation is quite possibly one of the most important parts. It not only supports the home itself but it also forms the basement walls. If there are foundation problems, normally they will manifest themselves as diagonal cracks in the outside brickwork, long cracks that run the length of the foundation or across 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. There may also be an issue where the basement walls are buckling inward. While these problems may not seem serious at first, they are all indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for specific problems to determine what type of a repair needs to be performed.
Thankfully, many foundation problems stem from similar issues and our team is very good at noticing those problems. We can offer a repair product designed for your particular issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you have a settling foundation, we can implement a system of foundation piers to stabilize the foundation. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both types of piers are very strong and are able to stabilize your foundation. If you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, we have a few potential options. We can utilize a series of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that are installed directly against the cracks to push them back in line and control further bowing, or 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 stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, many of the homes were built with crawl spaces and not basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, they were built with 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 prevent proper evaporation which results in the humidity level staying too high which will eventually harbor the growth of mildew. We have found that up to half of the air in your home has come up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is closed off from the weather and controlling excess humidity can increase the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been helping customers with their crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the best way to close them off and control high 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 strong plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that can close off the area completely and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. Closing the area will also stop bugs and animals from moving in the crawl space which will keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is protected, we can install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. It will prevent high levels of humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to upgrade your basement. We can upgrade your basement windows to increase 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 mildew growth. If you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to prevent any water from entering the home before it can become a problem. Even if you've have a waterproofing system we did not install in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance testing 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 schedule a consultation with one of our experts.