Foundation and Basement Services in Berwyn, IL
When your basement floods when there are extended rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or there are large cracks along the foundation, you already know there could be a real problem. Our team is ready to provide assistance when there is any type of basement flooding, sinking foundation, or buckling foundation wall problem. We use time tested products and methods that we stand behind. We have a team of experts in Berwyn that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and come up with a unique solution to that problem that will keep your home properly repaired. When our team installs a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that once you see a problem with the crawl space, foundation, or basement that you contact a trusted repair company. We say this due to there are some potentially dangerous problems that can accompany these issues including mold, reduced structural integrity, and even catastrophic foundation damage. If you require our basement waterproofing services to protect your home, foundation repair products to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to prevent damage to your floor joists, our professionals are here to help you.
Your basement is an important area of the home regardless of if it is being used as a storage area or have finished the area. This means it is important that the entire space is free of standing water and any type of flooding is prevented. Since water is able to get into a basement using a number of different places, there needs to be a number of repair solutions and products that we can utilize to prevent damage to the area. The primary places that we see water leaks 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 at the windows that may be at or below grade.
Regardless of where the problem may be, we've got solutions that are designed to collect, divert, and remove the water from the basement. If there are leaky wall cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair method to control the crack growth and leaking. If the water is coming in at the cove joint or even your windows, installing a custom drainage system can help remove the water from the basement. In some of the more extreme cases, usually with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we can recommend installing an entire wall solution that is comprised of a full height heavy duty liner that will collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system in place but it struggles to keep up with flooding water, we can install a new, more powerful sump pump to make the system as good as new. On top of installing systems, we can also help you upgrade the drainage in the yard to assist with preventing water from pooling at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your foundation is easily one of the most important areas of the home. It not only supports the building itself but it also forms the basement walls. If there are foundation problems, usually, they will manifest themselves in the form of stair stepping cracks in the outside brickwork, cracks that run the length of the foundation or across the basement walls. You may also notice that the doors or windows will not open or close easily or there may be cracks at the corners of them. There may also be an issue where the basement walls are pressing into the basement. While these issues may not seem problematic when you notice them, each of them are indicators of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for problems and determine if a repair needs to be performed.
It is good that many foundation problems have very similar causes and our professionals are very good at noticing those problems. We can implement a repair product designed for your exact problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If the problem is a sinking foundation, we can install a system of foundation piers to stabilize the foundation. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both types are very strong and are able to stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, there are a few possible options. We can utilize a series of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that sit directly against the problem area to force the section back in line and control further bowing, or carbon fiber staples to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. These products can straighten the buckling wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Berwyn, many of the homes were built with crawl spaces instead of basements. For a long time, these were constructed with open vents which was intended to increase air flow into the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. Having open vents allows water to get in 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. 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 closed off from the elements and controlling excess humidity can increase the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been working on crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the most efficient way to close them off and control excess humidity. We do this using a process called encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, which are strong plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that can seal the area completely and stop any excess moisture from entering. This will also stop critters and animals from moving in the crawl space which will help keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is protected, we can install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. This will control any excess humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also provide a number of services to help add features to the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We carry basement windows to increase the air flow or provide additional light in the area. When waterproofing the basement, we can install a wall system that is waterproof and resistant to the growth of mold and 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 already got a waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance inspection to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like to talk to someone about the services above, please 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 organize a meeting with a member of our team.
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