Foundation and Basement Waterproofing Services in Berkeley, IL
If your home floods during extended rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or you've got cracks along the foundation, you already know this is a serious issue. We are here to assist when you've got any type of basement or crawl space flooding, sinking foundation, or bowed basement wall problem. Our team uses time tested products and methods that we stand behind. We have a team of professionals in Berkeley that are trained to properly evaluate your problem to come up with a specialized solution to that problem that will ensure your home is properly protected. When our team installs a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is very important that once you've seen an issue with your basement, foundation, or crawl space that you reach out to an experienced repair company. We recommend this due to there are some potentially dangerous issues that will accompany these issues such as mold, reduced structural integrity, and even permanent foundation damage. If you're in need of our basement waterproofing products to prevent water from entering your home, foundation repair products to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to control humidity below the home, our professionals are here to help you.
The basement is an important area of your home whether it is only being used as storage or have already finished the area. Due to this, it is important that the area is free of standing water and any flooding is prevented. Because water is able to get into the basement using a number of different places, there are a number of repair options that we will install to keep the area safe. The primary places that water is entering is at cracks in the foundation walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, which is where the foundation walls and floor meet, and at windows that may be at or even below grade.
No matter where the problem may be, we have solutions that will control, transport, and eject water from your basement. If there are leaking basement cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. If water is entering at the cove or even the windows, installing a custom drainage system will remove the water from your basement. In some of the more problematic cases, typically with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we will install an entire wall solution that is a full height heavy duty liner to collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system in place but it struggles to keep up with flooding water, we can replace it with a new, more powerful sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. We aren't just installing systems, we can also improve the drainage in your yard to help stop water from standing at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The foundation of your home is quite possibly one of, if not the, most important areas of the home. It not only supports the home itself but it also forms the basement walls. If there are foundation problems, usually, they will show themselves as stair-step cracks in the brickwork, horizontal cracks that run along the foundation or across basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the doors or windows will not open or close easily or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also have an issue where the basement walls are coming into the area. While these problems may not seem problematic 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 problems to determine if a repair needs to be performed.
Thankfully, the most common foundation problems have very similar causes and our experts are very good at evaluating those issues. We can utilize a repair product designed for your specific issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you have a sinking 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 types are very strong and can stabilize your foundation. If you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how much the wall is buckling, there are a few different options. We can install a series of wall anchors which are 2 large plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that are installed directly against the cracks to force the section back in line and stop further bowing, or carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products will straighten the bowed wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Berkeley, many of the homes were built with crawl space areas in addition to basements. For a long time, they were created with open vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh air flow into the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. Having open vents allows water to enter the space during rain and snow storms and the vents hinder airflow which causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually facilitate the growth of mold and mildew. Up to half of the air in your home has come up 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 enclosing crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the most efficient way to seal them off and control high humidity. This is done using a method called encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are thick plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as covers to close off existing vents and a heavy duty door that will close off the area completely and prevent any excess moisture from entering. Closing the area will also prevent bugs and animals from getting in your crawl space which will keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is protected, we will install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. It will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also provide a number of services to add features to your basement. We carry basement windows to improve the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can install our wall system as part of a pre-finishing service that is waterproof as well as resistant to mold or mildew growth. When you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to stop any potential future water problems. Even if you've have a waterproofing system we did not install in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance service to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like to talk to someone about the products 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 schedule a meeting with a member of our team.
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