Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Repair Services in Bellwood, IL
It doesn't matter if your downstairs area has excess water when there are extended rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or you have large cracks along the foundation, you know this is a serious issue. Our experts are ready to assist when there is any kind of basement water, sinking foundation, or bowed basement 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 Bellwood that are trained to properly evaluate your problem to create a specialized solution for your problem that will ensure your home is properly protected. When our team implements a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of experience and trusted products.
It is critical that once you've seen a problem with the foundation, crawl space or basement that you contact an experienced repair company. We recommend this as there are a number of potentially dangerous issues that can happen along with these issues such as mildew, structural damage, and even permanent foundation damage. If you are needing our basement waterproofing services to prevent water from entering your home, foundation repair services to stabilize your foundation, or crawl space services to control humidity below the home, our experts are here to help you.
Your basement is a very important area of the home whether it is being used as storage or have already finished the area. Due to this, it is important that the entire area is dry and protected from flooding and excess humidity. Since water can get into a basement through a number of different paths, there needs to be a number of repair possibilities that we will install to prevent damage to the area. The main places that we find water leaking is at cracks in the basement walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, where the basement wall and floor connect, and finally at any windows that may be at or even below the soil.
No matter where you're having the problem there are solutions that will control, transport, and remove the water from the basement. If there are leaky cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair procedure to control the crack growth and leaking. When the water is entering at the cove joint or even basement windows, having a custom drainage system installed can remove the water from the basement. In some of the more problematic cases, usually with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we will recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is made up of a full height heavy duty liner to collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system in place but it cannot keep up with the 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 help you upgrade the drainage in the yard to help keep water from pooling at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your homes foundation is quite possibly one of, if not the, most important areas of the home. It not only supports the building itself but it also creates the basement walls. When you have any foundation problems, usually, they will present themselves as stair stepping cracks in the outside brickwork, cracks that run along the foundation or across the basement walls. You may also notice that the doors or windows will stick when you open or close them or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also have an issue where the basement walls are bowing into the basement. You may not think these issues seem serious when you notice them, each of them are indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and it is important to have an expert evaluate the foundation for specific problems to determine what type of a repair needs to be performed.
It is good that many foundation problems have very similar causes and our experts are very good at noticing those issues. We can offer a repair product intended for your particular issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you've got a sloping foundation, we will install 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 types are very strong and can stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, there are a few different options. We can install a number of wall anchors, these are 2 large plates connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that we mount vertically against the cracks to push the section back in line and control further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber staples to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products will repair the bowed wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, many of the homes were built with crawl space areas in addition to basements. For a long time, they were created with vents to the outside where were intended to help air flow into the area 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 will eventually foster the growth of mold and mildew. Up to half of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so having the space protected from the weather and keeping the humidity levels low will improve the overall air quality in your home.
We have been working on crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the best way to close them off and control excess humidity. This is done using a method known as encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, 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. Closing the area will also stop critters and animals from getting in the crawl space which will keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once the crawl space is closed off, we will install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. It will control any excess humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also offer a number of services to upgrade your basement area. We can upgrade your basement windows to improve 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 mold or mildew growth. When you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can stop any potential future water problems. Even 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 solutions above, feel free to 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 set up a consultation with one of our experts.
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