Basement and Foundation Waterproofing Services in Batavia, Illinois
If your basement experiences flooding during heavy rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or you have cracks along the foundation, you already know this can be a real issue. Our team is ready to assist when you've got any kind of basement water, sinking foundation, or bowed foundation wall problem. We use methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that our team stands behind. We have a team of experts in Batavia that are trained to properly evaluate your problem and design a unique solution for your 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 industry experience and trusted products.
It is critical that as soon as you've seen an issue with the craw space, basement, or foundation that you reach out to a trusted repair company. We recommend this because there are a number of potentially dangerous issues that can arise with these issues including mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even catastrophic foundation damage. If you require our basement waterproofing products to prevent water from entering your home, foundation repair services to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to control humidity below the home, our experts are here to help you.
The basement is a very important area of the home regardless of if it is only being used as a storage area or if you have a finished space down there. Because of this, it is necessary that the entire area is free of standing water and any type of flooding is prevented. Due to the fact that water is able to get into your basement through a variety of different places, that means there have to be a number of repair options that we can utilize to keep the area safe. The primary places that water is entering is through cracks in the basement walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the basement walls and floor connect, and finally at the windows that are at or even below grade.
No matter where you're having the problem there are solutions that will collect, divert, and eject the water from the basement. If there are dripping cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. If the water is entering at the cove or even basement windows, having a custom drainage system installed can help remove the water from the basement. In some of the more problematic locations, typically 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 full height liner to collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system in place but it is unable to keep up with demand, we can install a new, upgraded sump pump to breathe new life into the system. In addition to installing systems, we can also help you upgrade the drainage in the yard to help prevent water from pooling next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The homes foundation is easily one of the most important areas of the home. It not only holds the home itself but it also is the basement walls. If there are foundation problems, normally they will show themselves as stair stepping cracks in the outside brickwork, cracks that run along the foundation or across the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the windows or doors will get stuck or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also have a problem where the basement walls are bowing inward. While these issues may not seem critical at first, each of them are indicative 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 in place.
Thankfully, many foundation problems stem from similar issues and our professionals are very good at noticing those issues. We can implement a repair product that is for your specific issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If there is a sinking foundation, we can install a series of foundation piers to stabilize the foundation. We will install either push piers or helical piers, depending on where and how bad the sinking is. Both types 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, we have a few different options. We can utilize a series of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that are installed vertically against the cracks to force them back in line and control further bowing, or carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products can correct the bowed wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Batavia, there are many homes that were built with crawl spaces in addition to basements. For a long time, these were created with vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh air flow into the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. The vents allow water to enter the space when it rains or snows and then it never leaves which results in the humidity level staying too high which can foster the growth of mildew. Up to ½ of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is protected from the elements and controlling excess humidity can increase the overall air quality in your home.
We have been dealing with crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the best way to close them off and control high humidity. We do this using a method called encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are thick plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that can seal the area completely and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. Closing the area will also stop pests and animals from settling in the crawl space which will help keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is closed off, we can install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. 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 your basement. We can upgrade, replace, or install new basement windows to increase the air flow or provide additional light in the area. When waterproofing the basement, we can help with pre-finishing the area by installing a wall system that is both waterproof and resistant to the growth of mildew. If you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to stop any water from entering the home before it can become a problem. Even if you've have a competitors 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 solutions above, feel free to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or give us a call at 630-206-1177 and schedule a meeting with one of our experts.
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