Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Waterproofing Services in Big Rock, IL
If your downstairs area experiences flooding during extended rains or in the spring during the snow melt or there are cracks along the foundation, you know this can be a real problem. Our experts are ready to help when you have any type of crawl space water, foundation settlement, or bowing basement wall problem. Our team uses time tested products and methods that our team stands behind. We have a team of professionals in Big Rock that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and implement a specific solution for your problem that will ensure your home is safe and protected. When our team implements a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of experience and trusted products.
It is very important that once you've found a problem with the basement, foundation, or crawl space that you get in touch with a trusted repair company. We say this due to there are some additional issues that can happen along with these issues such as black mold, reduced structural integrity, and even permanent foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you're needing our basement waterproofing products to stop water damaging your home, foundation repair services to prevent your home from sinking, or crawl space services to prevent damage to your floor joists, our team is here to help you.
Your basement is an important area of the home regardless of if it is being used for storage or have already finished the area. This means it is important that the entire space is dry and protected from flooding and excess humidity. Because water can get into a basement by a variety of different paths, that means there have to be a variety of repair solutions and products that we can install to prevent damage to the area. The primary places that water is entering is at cracks in the basement walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, where the basement wall and floor connect, and finally at any windows that are at or below grade.
Regardless of where you're having the problem we've got solutions that can control, divert, and eject water from the basement. If you've got dripping wall cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. If water is leaking at the cove joint or even the windows, having a custom drainage system installed can remove the water from the basement. In some extreme locations, usually with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we can install one of our entire wall solution that is a full height heavy duty liner to collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system installed but it is unable to keep up with flooding water, we can replace it with a new, more powerful sump pump to make the system as good as new. On top of installing systems, we can also upgrade the drainage in the yard to help keep water from pooling at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The foundation of your home is easily one of the most important parts. It not only holds the structure itself but it also creates the basement walls. If you've got foundation problems, normally they will present themselves as diagonal cracks in the brickwork, horizontal cracks that run along the foundation or across basement walls. You may also notice that the windows and doors will not open or close easily or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also see a problem where the basement walls are pressing into the area. While these problems may not seem problematic at first, each of them are indicative of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for problems and determine if a repair needs to be in place.
It is good that the most common foundation problems are caused by similar things and our team is very good at noticing those issues. We can offer a repair solution designed for your specific problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If the problem is a uneven foundation, we can install a series of foundation piers to stabilize the foundation. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both types of piers are very strong and can stabilize your foundation. If you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, there are some potential options. We can install a system of wall anchors which are 2 large plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that are installed directly against the problem area to force the section back in line and stop further bowing, or even carbon fiber straps to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. These products can repair the bowing wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, many of the homes were built with crawl spaces and not basements. For a long time, these were constructed with vents which was intended to increase fresh 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 prevent proper evaporation which causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually facilitate the growth of mold and mildew. We have found that up to 50% of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so ensuring this area is closed off from the outside and controlling excess humidity can improve the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been working with crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the proper way to close them off and control the humidity. We do this using a method called encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are heavy duty plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that can seal the area totally and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. This will also stop bugs and animals from moving in the crawl space which will keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is protected, we can install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. It will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also provide a variety of services to upgrade the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We can upgrade, replace, or install new basement windows to improve the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. After we install a waterproofing system, 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. If you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to prevent any potential future water problems. If you've have a competitors waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance inspection to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like more information about the services above, don't hesitate to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and set up a consultation with one of our experts.
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