Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Waterproofing Services in Belvidere, IL
When your downstairs area has excess water when there are heavy rains or in the spring during the snow melt or you've got cracks in the foundation, you already know this is a serious problem. Our experts are ready to assist when you've got any type of basement or crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, or buckling basement wall problem. We use time tested products and methods that our team stands behind. We have a team of experts in the Belvidere area that are trained to properly evaluate your problem to implement a specific solution to that problem that will ensure your home is properly protected. When we install a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of experience and trusted products.
It is very important that as soon as you've seen an issue with the crawl space, foundation, or basement that you get in touch with an experienced repair company. We recommend this because there are a number of additional problems that will happen along with these issues including mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even catastrophic foundation damage. If you need our basement waterproofing products to protect your home, foundation repair products to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to control water in the crawl space, our professionals are here to help you.
Your basement is an important part of the home whether it is only being used for storage or have already finished the area. Because of this, it is important that the entire space is free of standing water and protected from flooding and excess humidity. Since water can get into the basement using a number of different places, that means there have to be a number of repair possibilities that we will use to keep the water under control. The most common places that we see water leaks 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 grade.
Regardless of where the problem may be, we have solutions that are designed to collect, divert, and remove the water from the basement. If you've got leaky wall cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair procedure to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. When the water is leaking at the cove joint or even basement windows, installing a custom drainage system will remove the water from the basement. In some of the more extreme cases, usually with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we will install an entire wall solution that is comprised of a floor to ceiling heavy duty liner that will collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system in place but it cannot keep up with demand, we can install a new, more powerful sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. We aren't just installing systems, we can also evaluate the drainage in the yard to help stop water from standing at the foundation 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 creates the basement walls. When you've got foundation problems, usually, they will show themselves as stair-step cracks in the outside brickwork, cracks that run along the foundation or along the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the doors and windows will stick when you open or close them or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also have a problem where the basement walls are buckling into the area. You may not think these problems seem problematic when you notice them, each of them are indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for specific problems to determine what type of 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 problems. We can offer a repair solution intended for your exact problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If there is a sinking foundation, we will implement a system 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 of piers are very strong and can stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, it can be solved with a few possible options. Our team can install a system of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that are installed directly against the problem area to push them back in line and prevent further bowing, or carbon fiber staples to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products will correct the buckling wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, there are many homes that are built with crawl space areas and not basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, these were built with open vents which was intended to increase fresh air flow through the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. The vents allow water to get in during rain and snow storms and the vents hinder airflow which causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually harbor the growth of mildew. We have found that up to ½ of the air in your home has come up through the crawl space so ensuring this area is closed off from the outside and controlling excess humidity will improve the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been working on crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the proper 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, occasionally installed with insulation products, and are thick plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that will seal the area totally and prevent any unwanted moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also prevent bugs and animals from settling in the crawl space which will keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is closed off, we will install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. This will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also offer a number of services to upgrade the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We can upgrade your basement windows to improve the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. When waterproofing the basement, we can install our wall system as part of a pre-finishing service that is both waterproof and resistant to mildew growth. When you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to prevent any potential future water problems. If you've have a competitors waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance testing so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you are interested in any of the products above, feel free to 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 one of our experts.
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