Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Waterproofing and Repair Services in Blackstone, IL
Whether your basement floods during heavy rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or you have large cracks in your foundation, you know this is a serious issue. Our team is here to help when your home has any type of basement or crawl space flooding, sinking foundation, or bowed foundation wall problem. Our team uses products that we've tested and methods that we've perfected over the years that our team stands behind. We have a team of professionals in the Blackstone area that are trained to properly evaluate your problem to create a specific solution for your problem that will keep your home safe and protected. When our team implements a waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of experience and trusted products.
It is critical that once you've found an issue with your basement, foundation, or crawl space that you get in touch with an experienced repair company. We say this due to there are a number of potentially dangerous issues that will arise with these issues such as mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even catastrophic foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you are needing our basement waterproofing products to prevent water from entering your home, foundation repair services to stabilize your foundation, or crawl space services to prevent damage to your floor joists, our team is here to help you.
The basement is a very important part of your home whether it is only being used as a storage area or have finished the area. Due to this, it is necessary that the space is dry and protected from flooding and excess humidity. Since water can get into your basement using a number of different places, there needs to be a variety of repair solutions and products that we will install to keep the water under control. The most common places that water leaks in is through cracks in the basement walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, where the basement walls and floor connect, and finally at windows that are at or even below the soil.
Regardless of where the problem may be, we have solutions that can control, divert, and eject the water from your basement. If there are dripping cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair procedure to stop the crack from leaking and growing. If the water is entering at the cove joint or even at basement windows, installing a custom drainage system will help remove the water from your basement. In some of the more problematic cases, usually with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we will install an 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 replace it with a new, upgraded sump pump to breathe new life into the system. In addition to installing systems, we can also improve the drainage in your yard to assist with preventing water from sitting at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your homes foundation is easily one of, if not the, most important parts. It not only supports the home itself but it also forms the basement walls. If you've got foundation problems, normally they will show themselves as stair stepping cracks in your brickwork, horizontal cracks that run the length of the foundation or across the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that your doors will not open or close easily or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also have an issue where your basement walls are pressing into the area. You may not think these issues seem problematic at first, they are all indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for problems to determine if a repair needs to be in place.
Thankfully, the most common foundation problems have very similar causes and our professionals are very good at noticing those issues. We can utilize a repair product designed for your specific issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you have a sinking foundation, we will install a series of foundation piers to correct the problem. We will install either push piers or helical piers, depending on where and how bad the sinking is. Both types of piers are very strong and can stabilize your foundation. If you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, it can be solved with some possible options. We can utilize a series of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that are installed directly against the cracks to force them back in line and prevent further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. These products will repair the bowed wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, there are many homes that are built with crawl spaces instead of basements. For a long time, they were constructed with open vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh air flow into the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. The vents allow water to get in when it rains or snows and the vents hinder airflow which causes the humidity levels to stay high which can foster the growth of mildew. Studies have shown that up to ½ of the air in your home can come up through the crawl space so ensuring this area is protected from the weather and controlling excess humidity will increase the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been enclosing crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the most efficient way to seal 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, and are heavy duty plastic and vinyl sheets as well as covers to close off existing vents and a heavy duty door that will close off the area totally and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. Closing the area will also stop critters and animals from settling in your crawl space which will help keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After your crawl space is closed off, we will install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. This will prevent high levels of 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 can upgrade, replace, or install new basement windows to increase the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. When waterproofing the basement, 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. When you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can 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 inspection so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like to talk to someone about the products above, please fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our frequently asked questions page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and schedule a consultation with a member of our team.
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