Basement and Foundation Waterproofing Services in Bensenville, Illinois
When your home floods during heavy rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or you have long cracks along the foundation, you already know this can be a real problem. Our experts are ready to help when you've got any kind of basement or crawl space flooding, sinking foundation, or buckling basement wall problem. We use time tested products and methods that our team stands behind. We have a team of professionals in the Bensenville area that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to come up with a specialized solution for your problem that will ensure your home is properly repaired. When our team installs a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is very important that if you've seen an issue with your craw space, basement, or foundation that you get in touch with a trusted repair company. We say this as there are some additional issues that can arise with these issues such as mildew, weakened structure, and even catastrophic foundation damage. If you're in need of our basement waterproofing products to control water entering your home, foundation repair products to prevent your home from sinking, or crawl space services to control mildew growth in the crawl space, our experts are here to help you.
Your basement is a very important area of your home regardless of if you're using it as a storage area or have finished the area. Due to this, it is necessary that the entire space is free of standing water and any type of flooding is prevented. Because water is able to get into a basement through a variety of different places, there are a variety of repair options that we will utilize to prevent damage to the area. The most common places that water leaks in is at cracks in the foundation walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, where the foundation wall and floor connect, and finally at windows that are at or even below grade.
Regardless of where the problem may be, there are solutions that can collect, divert, and remove the water from your basement. If there are leaky basement cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair procedure to control the crack growth and leaking. If the water is entering at the cove joint or even basement windows, installing a custom drainage system can remove the water from your basement. In some problematic instances, occasionally with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we will recommend installing an entire wall solution that is a full height liner to collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system installed 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 improve the drainage in your yard to help keep water from standing at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your homes foundation is quite possibly one of the most important areas of the home. It not only holds the building itself but it also is the basement walls. If there are foundation problems, they will generally show themselves as diagonal cracks in the outside brickwork, long cracks that run the length of the foundation or along the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see 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 a problem where the basement walls are coming into the area. You may not think these problems seem critical when you notice them, each of them are indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for problems to determine if a repair needs to be installed.
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 intended for your specific problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you have a sloping foundation, we will implement a system of foundation piers to correct the problem. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both types of piers are very strong and can help stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how much the wall is buckling, there are a few different options. Our team can install a number of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that we mount vertically against the problem area to push the section back in line and stop further bowing, or even carbon fiber staples to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. These products will repair the buckling wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, many of the homes were built with crawl spaces in addition to basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, these were built with open vents which was intended to increase air flow through the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. Having open vents allows water to enter the space when it rains or snows and the vents prevent proper evaporation which causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually harbor the growth of mildew. Studies have shown that up to 50% of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is protected from the elements and keeping the humidity levels low will improve the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been encapsulating crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the most efficient way to close them off and control high humidity. We do this using a method called encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, which are thick plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that will close off the area totally and prevent any unwanted moisture from entering. This will also prevent critters and animals from getting in your crawl space which will keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is closed off, we will install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. This will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also provide a variety of services to upgrade your basement area. We can upgrade, replace, or install new basement windows to improve the air flow or provide additional light in the area. After we install a waterproofing system, we can install our wall system as part of a pre-finishing service that is waterproof as well as resistant to the growth of mildew. When 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 have a competitors 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 services 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 meeting with one of our experts.