Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Services in Berkeley, IL
It doesn't matter if your downstairs area floods during heavy rains or in the spring during the snow melt or you've got cracks along the foundation, you already know this is a serious issue. Our experts are here to provide assistance when there is any type of basement flooding, sinking foundation, or bowing basement wall problem. We use methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that we stand behind. We have a team of professionals in the Berkeley area that are trained to correctly evaluate your problem and design a specialized solution for your problem that will ensure your home is properly protected. When our team installs a basement or crawl space waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of experience and trusted products.
It is very important that as soon as you find an issue with your basement, foundation, or crawl space that you get in touch with an experienced repair company. We recommend this due to there are some additional problems that can accompany these issues such as mildew, structural damage, and even catastrophic foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you are in need of our basement waterproofing services to control water entering your home, foundation repair services to stabilize your foundation, or crawl space services to prevent damage to your floor joists, our experts are here to help you.
The basement is a very important part of your home whether it is being used as storage or have finished the area. Because of this, it is necessary that the space is free of standing water and any type of flooding is prevented. Due to the fact that water is able to get into the basement through a number of different paths, there needs to be a variety of repair possibilities that we can utilize to keep the water under control. The main places that we find water leaking is through cracks in the foundation walls, whether these are in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, which is where the foundation wall and floor meet, and at any windows that are at or below grade.
No matter where you're having the problem there are solutions that are designed to collect, divert, and eject the water from your basement. If there are leaky wall cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair to control the crack growth and leaking. When the water is entering at the cove joint or even basement windows, installing a custom drainage system can help remove the water from your basement. In some problematic cases, occasionally with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we can install an entire wall solution that is a full height liner to collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system in the basement but it cannot keep up with demand, we can replace it with a new, more powerful sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. On top of installing systems, we can also help you improve the drainage in your yard to assist with preventing water from sitting next to the home 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 holds the home itself but it also creates the basement walls. When there are foundation problems, they will generally manifest themselves in the form of stair stepping cracks in the brickwork, cracks that run along the foundation or across the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the doors or windows will get stuck or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also see an issue where the basement walls are pressing inward. You may not think these problems seem critical at first, each of them are indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for particular problems and determine what type of a repair needs to be installed.
It is good that the most common foundation problems stem from similar issues and our experts are very good at tracking down these problems. We can utilize a repair solution intended for your particular issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you've got a sinking foundation, we can implement a series of foundation piers to correct the problem. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both are very strong and are able to stabilize your foundation. If you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how much the wall is buckling, there are a few potential options. Our team can utilize a number of wall anchors which are 2 large plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that we mount vertically against the problem area to force them back in line and prevent 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 can correct the bowing wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, there are many homes that are built with crawl spaces instead of basements. For many years, they were created with vents which was intended to increase fresh 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 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 mold and mildew. We have found that up to half of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is protected from the outside and controlling excess humidity can increase the overall air quality in your home.
We have been enclosing crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the most efficient way to close 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, and are heavy duty plastic and vinyl sheets as well as covers to close off existing vents and a heavy duty door that can close off the area completely and prevent any excess moisture from entering. Closing the area will also prevent rodents and animals from settling in your crawl space which will help keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is encapsulated, we can install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. It will control any excess humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also provide a number of services to help add features to your basement. We have basement windows to increase the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. After we install a waterproofing system, we can help with pre-finishing the area by installing a wall system that is both 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 waterproofing system we did not install in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance testing so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like more information about the products above, please fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and schedule a consultation with a member of our team.
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