Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Repair Services in Bedford Park, IL
When your downstairs area has excess water when there are extended rains or in the spring during the snow melt or you've got long cracks in your foundation, you already know this is a serious problem. We are here to provide assistance when you have any kind of crawl space water, foundation settlement, or bowing basement wall problem. We use time tested products and methods that our team stands behind. We have a team of professionals in Bedford Park that are trained to properly evaluate your problem to design a unique solution to that problem that will keep your home properly protected. When our team installs a basement or crawl space waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that as soon as you've seen a problem with your craw space, basement, or foundation that you get in touch with an experienced repair company. We recommend this due to there are a number of potentially dangerous issues that can happen along with these issues such as mildew, weakened structure, and even permanent foundation damage. No matter if you need 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 prevent damage to your floor joists, our professionals are here to help you.
Your basement is an important area of your home whether it is being used for storage or have already finished the area. Because of this, it is necessary that the entire space is free of standing water and protected from flooding and excess humidity. Because water can get into your basement by a number of possible places, there needs to be a number of repair solutions and products that we will utilize to keep the water under control. The most common places that water is entering is through 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 meet, and at the windows that are at or even below grade.
No matter where the problem lies we've got solutions that can control, divert, and remove the water from your basement. If there are leaky basement cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair method to stop the crack from leaking and growing. When the water is entering at the cove or even at the windows, installing a custom drainage system can help remove the water from your basement. In some extreme instances, typically with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we will recommend installing an entire wall solution that is a floor to ceiling heavy duty liner to collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system in place but it cannot keep up with flooding water, we can replace it with a new, upgraded sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. In addition to installing systems, we can also evaluate the drainage in your yard to help keep water from standing at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your foundation is quite possibly one of, if not the, most important parts. It not only supports the building itself but it also is the basement walls. When there are foundation problems, they will generally show themselves in the form of diagonal cracks in your outside brickwork, horizontal cracks that run the length of the foundation or across the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that your doors or windows will not open or close easily or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also have a problem where your basement walls are bowing into the area. You may not think these problems seem critical at first, each of them are indicators of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for particular problems to determine if a repair needs to be in place.
Thankfully, the most common foundation problems are caused by similar things and our professionals are very good at noticing these issues. We can implement a repair product designed for your particular problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If there is a sloping foundation, we will implement a series of foundation piers to level the foundation. Depending on how bad it is and where it is, we will use either helical piers or push piers. Both are very strong and can help stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, it can be solved with a few possible options. Our team can utilize a system of wall anchors, these are 2 large plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that are installed vertically against the cracks to force the section back in line and stop further bowing, or even carbon fiber straps to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products will straighten the bowing wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, many of the homes are built with crawl space areas in addition to basements. For many years, they were created with vents which was intended to increase fresh air flow into the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. Having open vents allows 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 foster the growth of mildew. Studies have shown that up to half of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so ensuring this area is closed off from the weather and keeping the humidity levels low will increase the overall air quality in your home.
We have been enclosing crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the proper way to seal them off and control excess humidity. This is done using a process called encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that will seal the area completely and prevent any unwanted moisture from entering. Closing the area will also prevent rodents and animals from moving in your crawl space which will help keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once your crawl space is closed off, we will install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. This will control any excess humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a number of services to help add features to your basement area. We have basement windows to increase the air flow or provide additional light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can install a wall system that is both waterproof and 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. If you've already got a waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance service to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you are interested in any of the services above, please fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or give us a call at 630-206-1177 and set up a consultation with one of our experts.
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