Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Repair Services in Berkeley, Illinois
If you've noticed your downstairs area floods when there are extended rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or you've got long cracks in your foundation, you already know there may be a serious issue. Our team is here to assist when you've got any kind of basement or crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, or bowing foundation wall problem. Our team uses methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that we stand behind. We have a team of experts in the Berkeley area that are trained to properly evaluate your problem to create a unique solution for your problem that will keep your home properly protected. When our team installs a waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of experience and trusted products.
It is very important that once you see an issue with the foundation, crawl space or basement that you contact a trusted repair company. We recommend this due to there are a number of additional problems that can arise with these issues including mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even catastrophic foundation damage. If you are in need of our basement waterproofing services to prevent water from entering your home, foundation repair products to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to control humidity below the home, our experts are here to help you.
The basement is a very important area of the home whether it is being used for storage or have already finished the area. Because of this, it is necessary that the entire area is free of standing water and protected from flooding and excess humidity. Since water can get into your basement through a number of possible paths, that means there have to be a variety of repair solutions and products that we will use to prevent damage to the area. The primary places that we see water leaks is at cracks in the walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, where the walls and floor meet, and at any windows that may be at or even below grade.
No matter where you're having the problem we've got solutions that will control, transport, and remove water from the basement. If there are leaky cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair procedure to stop the crack from leaking and growing. When water is leaking at the cove joint or even at your windows, installing a custom drainage system can remove the water from the basement. In some of the more problematic cases, usually with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we will install one of our 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. On top of installing systems, we can also help you upgrade the drainage in the yard to help stop water from standing at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your homes foundation is quite possibly one of, if not the, most important parts. It not only supports the building itself but it also forms the basement walls. When you've got foundation problems, normally they will show themselves as stair stepping cracks in your outside brickwork, horizontal cracks that run the length of the foundation or along basement walls. You may also notice that your windows will stick when you open or close them or even cracks at the corners of them. There may also be a problem where your basement walls are buckling inward. While these problems 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 installed.
Thankfully, the most common foundation problems stem from similar issues and our professionals are very good at tracking down those problems. We can implement a repair solution designed for your specific issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If you've got a uneven foundation, we will implement a series of foundation piers to level the foundation. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both are very strong and can stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, we have a few different options. We can install a system of wall anchors which are 2 large plates connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that are installed vertically against the problem area to push the section back in line and stop further bowing, or even carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. These products will repair the bowing wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Berkeley, there are many homes that were built with crawl space areas instead of basements. For many years, these were created with open vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh air flow through 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 hinder airflow which causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually facilitate the growth of mildew. We have found that up to half of the air in your home has come up through the crawl space so having the space protected from the elements and controlling excess humidity will improve the overall air quality in your home.
We have been dealing with crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the best way to close them off and control the humidity. We do this using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are strong plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that will seal the area totally and prevent any unwanted moisture from entering. Closing the area will also prevent pests and animals from moving in the crawl space which will keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once your crawl space is closed off, we will install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. This will control any excess humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also provide a number of services to improve your basement. We have basement windows to improve the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can help with pre-finishing the area by installing a wall system that is waterproof as well as resistant to the growth of mildew. If you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to stop any water from entering the home before it can become a problem. Even if you've already got a waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance testing to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you are interested in any of the services above, feel free to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or give us a call at 630-206-1177 and organize a meeting with a member of our team.
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