Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Services in Berwyn, Illinois
When your home has excess water during extended rains or in the spring during the snow melt or you have long cracks in the foundation, you already know there may be a serious issue. Our experts are ready to help when there is any type of basement or crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, or buckling basement wall problem. We use products that we've tested and methods that we've perfected over the years that we stand behind. We have a team of experts in the Berwyn area that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and design a specific solution for your problem that will keep your home properly repaired. When we install a waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that as soon as you find a problem with your craw space, basement, or foundation that you contact an experienced repair company. We say this because there are quite a few potentially dangerous issues that will arise with these issues including mildew, weakened structure, and even catastrophic foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you need our basement waterproofing services to prevent water from entering your home, foundation repair services to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to prevent mildew growth in the crawl space, our team is here to help you.
The basement is a very important part of your home whether it is only being used for storage or have finished the area. Because of this, it is necessary that the entire space is dry and any flooding is prevented. Because water is able to get into your basement using a variety of different paths, there are a variety of repair options that we can install to keep the water under control. The main places that we find water leaking is through cracks in the walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the walls and floor meet, and finally at windows that are at or even below the soil.
No matter where you're having the problem there are solutions that can control, divert, and remove the water from your basement. If you've got leaky cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair method to stop the crack from leaking and growing. When the water is entering at the cove or even your windows, having a custom drainage system installed will help remove the water from your basement. In some problematic locations, occasionally with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we can recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is made up of a full height liner that will collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system installed but it cannot 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. On top of installing systems, we can also help you upgrade the drainage in your yard to help stop water from standing at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your foundation is quite possibly one of the most important areas of the home. It not only holds the building itself but it also creates the basement walls. When you have any foundation problems, usually, they will present themselves in the form of stair stepping cracks in the brickwork, horizontal cracks that run along 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. There may also be a problem where the basement walls are pressing into the basement. While these issues may not seem serious when you notice them, they are all indicative of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for problems and determine what type of a repair needs to be installed.
It is good that many foundation problems are caused by similar things and our team is very good at tracking down these issues. We can utilize a repair solution that is for your particular issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If the problem is a uneven foundation, we can 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 types are very strong and can help stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, it can be solved with some different options. We can install a system of wall anchors, these are 2 large plates connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that we mount vertically against the cracks to force the section back in line and control further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products can correct the buckling wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, there are many homes that were built with crawl spaces instead of basements. For a long time, they were constructed with vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh air flow through the space 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 results in the humidity level staying too high which can harbor the growth of mildew. We have found that up to ½ of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so having the space protected from the weather and controlling excess humidity can improve the overall air quality in your home.
We have been enclosing crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the proper way to seal them off and control high humidity. This is done using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are strong plastic and vinyl sheets as well as covers to close off existing vents and a heavy duty door that can seal the area totally and prevent any unwanted moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also prevent critters and animals from getting in your crawl space which will help keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once the crawl space is closed off, we can install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. This will control any excess humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to help improve the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We have basement windows to improve the air flow or provide additional 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 waterproof and resistant to mildew growth. When you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can stop any potential future water problems. If you've have a competitors waterproofing system 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 solutions above, feel free to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our frequently asked questions page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and set up a meeting with a member of our team.
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