Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Services in Batavia, Illinois
If you've noticed your basement has excess water when there are extended rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or there are cracks along the foundation, you already know this can be a real issue. Our experts are ready to help when your home has any type of basement flooding, foundation settlement, or bowed basement wall problem. We use time tested products and methods that we stand behind. We have a team of professionals in the Batavia area that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and design a unique solution for your problem that will ensure your home is properly protected. When our team implements a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of experience and trusted products.
It is very important that if you've found a problem with the foundation, crawl space or basement that you contact a trusted repair company. We say this because there are a number of additional problems that can arise with these issues including mildew, structural damage, and even catastrophic foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you need our basement waterproofing services to stop water damaging your home, foundation repair products to stabilize your foundation, or crawl space services to control mildew growth in the crawl space, our professionals are here to help you.
Your basement is a very important area of the home regardless of if you're using it as a storage area or have already finished the area. Due to this, it is necessary that the space is free of standing water and any flooding is prevented. Due to the fact that water can get into your basement through a number of possible paths, that means there have to be a number of repair possibilities that we will use to keep the water under control. The primary places that water is entering is through cracks in the foundation walls, whether these are in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, which is where the foundation wall and floor meet, and finally at any windows that may be at or even below the soil.
Regardless of where the problem lies we've got solutions that will collect, divert, and eject the water from the basement. If you have leaking wall cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair procedure to stop the crack from leaking and growing. 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 cases, typically with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we will recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is a floor to ceiling liner to collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system installed but it is unable to keep up with flooding water, we can replace it with a new, more powerful sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. In addition to installing systems, we can also upgrade the drainage in the yard to assist with preventing water from sitting next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The homes foundation is easily one of, if not the, most important parts. It not only holds the home itself but it also forms the basement walls. If you've got foundation problems, normally they will show themselves as diagonal cracks in the outside brickwork, horizontal cracks that run the length of the foundation or across the basement walls. You may also notice that the windows will not open or close easily or even cracks at the corners of them. There may also be an issue where the basement walls are buckling into the area. You may not think these problems seem critical at first, 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 the most common foundation problems have very similar causes and our professionals are very good at noticing those problems. We can offer a repair product intended for your exact issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If the problem is a settling foundation, we will implement a system of foundation piers to level the foundation. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both types are very strong and can help stabilize your foundation. If you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how much the wall is buckling, it can be solved with some possible options. We can utilize a series of wall anchors, these are 2 large plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that sit directly against the cracks to force them back in line and control further bowing, or carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. These products will repair the bowed wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Batavia, there are many homes that were built with crawl spaces instead of basements. For a long time, they were constructed with vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh air flow into the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. The vents allow water to get in during rain and snow storms and the vents hinder airflow which results in the humidity level staying too high which can harbor 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 this area is protected from the outside and keeping the humidity levels low will increase the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been dealing with crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the proper way to seal them off and control high humidity. We do this using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are thick plastic and vinyl sheets as well as covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that will close off the area completely and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. This will also stop bugs and animals from getting in the crawl space which will help keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is protected, we will install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. It will control any excess humidity as well as remove 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 carry basement windows to increase the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. After we install a waterproofing system, we can install a wall system that is both waterproof and resistant to mildew growth. If you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can 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 to ensure it continues 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 FAQ page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and organize a consultation with a member of our team.
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