Foundation and Basement Repair Services in Belvidere, Illinois
It doesn't matter if your home floods during extended rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or you've got long cracks in your foundation, you already know this is a serious issue. Our team is ready to provide assistance when your home has any kind of crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, or buckling basement wall problem. We use methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that our team stands behind. We have a team of experts in the Belvidere area that are trained to correctly evaluate your problem to come up with a specific solution to that problem that will keep your home properly protected. When our team implements a waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is critical that once you've seen a problem with the foundation, crawl space or basement that you contact a trusted repair company. We say this due to there are quite a few additional problems that will accompany these issues including mildew, structural damage, and even permanent foundation damage. No matter if you require our basement waterproofing products to stop water damaging your home, foundation repair services to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to control mildew growth in the crawl space, our experts are here to help you.
The basement is a very important part of the home whether it is being used as a storage area or have already finished the area. Due to this, it is necessary that the area is dry and any type of flooding is prevented. Due to the fact that water is able to get into the basement by a variety of possible places, there are a variety of repair solutions and products that we will install to keep the area safe. The most common places that water leaks in 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 walls and floor connect, and finally at windows that may be at or below the soil.
Regardless of where you're having the problem there are solutions that are designed to control, transport, and eject water from the basement. If you have leaking wall cracks, the first step is installing a wall crack repair procedure to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. When water is leaking at the cove or even basement windows, having a custom drainage system installed will remove the water from the basement. In some problematic locations, typically with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we will recommend installing an entire wall solution that is a full height 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, upgraded sump pump to breathe new life into the system. We aren't just installing systems, we can also improve the drainage in the yard to help stop water from pooling at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your homes foundation is easily one of the most important parts. It not only holds the building itself but it also creates the basement walls. When you've got foundation problems, they will generally manifest themselves as stair stepping cracks in your brickwork, cracks that run along the foundation or along basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that your windows will not open or close easily or there may be cracks at the corners of them. There may also be a problem where your basement walls are coming into the basement. While these issues may not seem serious at first, each of them are indicative 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 in place.
It is good that many foundation problems are caused by similar things and our team is very good at noticing these problems. We can offer a repair solution intended for your specific issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you have 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 stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how much the wall is buckling, there are a few 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 tall braces that sit vertically against the problem area to force them back in line and control further bowing, or even carbon fiber staples to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products will repair the buckling wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, many of the homes were built with crawl spaces and not basements. For many years, these were constructed with vents which was intended to increase air flow into the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. The vents allow water to enter the space during rain and snow storms and the vents prevent proper evaporation which results in the humidity level staying too high which can harbor the growth of mildew. Studies have shown that up to ½ of the air in your home has come up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is protected from the weather and controlling excess humidity will increase the overall air quality in your home.
We have been working on crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the best way to seal them off and control excess humidity. We do this using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are thick plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that will seal the area completely and prevent any excess moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also prevent rodents and animals from moving in the crawl space which will keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once your crawl space is closed off, we will install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. It will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to upgrade 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 waterproof and resistant to mildew growth. When 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. If you've already got a waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance service so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like to talk to someone about the solutions above, feel free to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our frequently asked questions page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and organize a consultation with a member of our team.
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