Foundation and Basement Services in Bedford Park, IL
It doesn't matter if your home has excess water when there are extended rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or there are large cracks along the foundation, you know there could be a real issue. Our team is ready to assist when you've got any type of basement water, foundation settlement, or bowed foundation wall problem. Our team uses methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that our team stands behind. We have a team of professionals in the Bedford Park area 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 waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that once you find an issue with your foundation, crawl space or basement that you get in touch with an experienced repair company. We say this as there are some potentially dangerous problems that will happen along with these issues including black mold, structural damage, and even catastrophic foundation damage. If you're needing our basement waterproofing services to protect your home, foundation repair services to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to prevent mold growth in the crawl space, our professionals are here to help you.
Your basement is an important part of your home regardless of if it is only being used as a storage area or have finished the area. Due to this, it is important that the entire space is dry 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 paths, that means there have to be a variety of repair options that we can utilize to keep the area safe. The most common places that water is entering is through cracks in the walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the walls and floor meet, and finally at any windows that may be at or even below the soil.
Regardless of where the problem lies there are solutions that are designed to control, divert, and eject water from your basement. If you've got dripping basement cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair procedure to control the crack growth and leaking. When water is coming in at the cove or even at the windows, installing a custom drainage system will help remove the water from your basement. In some of the more extreme cases, occasionally with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we can install one of our entire wall solution that is comprised of a full height liner to collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system in place but it struggles 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. We aren't just installing systems, we can also help you improve the drainage in your yard to help keep water from pooling at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The homes foundation is quite possibly one of the most important parts. It not only holds the home itself but it also forms the basement walls. When you've got foundation problems, usually, they will manifest themselves in the form of diagonal cracks in the brickwork, horizontal cracks that run along the foundation or along basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the doors will stick when you open or close them or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also have a problem where the basement walls are buckling into the basement. You may not think these issues seem serious at first, each of them are indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and it is important to have an expert evaluate the foundation for particular problems and determine what type of a repair needs to be in place.
It is good that the most common foundation problems stem from similar issues and our experts are very good at evaluating those problems. We can offer a repair solution intended for your specific issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If the problem is a settling foundation, we can install a series of foundation piers to correct the problem. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both 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, there are some potential options. Our team can utilize a series of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that sit directly against the problem area to push the section back in line and prevent further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber straps to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products can repair the bowed wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, many of the homes are built with crawl space areas instead of basements. For a long time, these were built with open vents which was intended to increase air flow through the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. The vents allow water to enter the space during rain and snow storms and the vents prevent proper evaporation which causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually harbor the growth of mold and mildew. We have found that up to ½ of the air in your home can come up through the crawl space so ensuring this area is closed off from the outside and controlling excess humidity can improve the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been working with crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the best way to seal them off and control excess humidity. This is done using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are strong plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that can seal the area totally and stop any excess moisture from entering. Closing the area will also stop bugs and animals from getting in your crawl space which will help keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once the crawl space is protected, we can install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. This will control any excess humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to help improve your basement. We can upgrade your basement windows to improve the air flow or provide additional light in the area. When waterproofing the basement, we can install a wall system that is waterproof as well as resistant to the growth of mold and mildew. When you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to stop any potential future water problems. If you've have a competitors waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance testing to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like more information about the products above, don't hesitate to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and set up a consultation with a member of our team.
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