Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Waterproofing and Repair Services in Blackstone, Illinois
Whether your home floods during heavy rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or you have cracks along the foundation, you already know this can be a real problem. We are ready to provide assistance when your home has 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 professionals in Blackstone that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and create a specialized solution to that problem that will ensure your home is safe and protected. When our team implements a waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of experience and trusted products.
It is critical that once you've seen an issue with the foundation, crawl space or basement that you contact an experienced repair company. We say this due to there are a number of potentially dangerous problems that can accompany these issues including mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even catastrophic foundation damage. If you need our basement waterproofing products to protect your home, foundation repair products to prevent your home from sinking, or crawl space services to prevent damage to your floor joists, our experts are here to help you.
The basement is a very important area of the home regardless of if it is only being used as a storage area or have already finished the area. Because of this, it is necessary that the space is dry and excess humidity is controlled. Due to the fact that water can get into a basement using a number of possible places, that means there have to be a number of repair options that we can use to prevent damage to the area. The most common places that water leaks in 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 connect, and at the windows that are at or below the soil.
No matter where the problem may be, we have solutions that are designed to collect, divert, and eject water from the basement. If you have leaky cracks, the first step is installing a wall crack repair method to control the crack growth and leaking. When water is entering at the cove or even at your windows, installing a custom drainage system can help remove the water from the basement. In some problematic locations, occasionally with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we can install one of our entire wall solution that is a floor to ceiling heavy duty liner that will collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system installed but it cannot keep up with demand, we can install a new, upgraded sump pump to make the system as good as new. We aren't just installing systems, we can also help you improve the drainage in the yard to help stop water from pooling 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 structure itself but it also forms the basement walls. When there are foundation problems, usually, they will show themselves in the form of stair-step cracks in the brickwork, cracks that run the length of the foundation or along basement walls. You may also notice that the windows or doors will not open or close easily or there may be cracks at the corners of them. There may also be a problem where the basement walls are buckling into the area. While these issues may not seem serious when you notice them, each of them are indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for problems and determine what type of a repair needs to be performed.
Thankfully, many foundation problems have very similar causes and our team is very good at evaluating these problems. We can offer a repair product designed for your specific problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If there is a sloping foundation, we can implement a system 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 help stabilize your foundation. If you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, we have a few different options. Our team can utilize a number of wall anchors which are 2 large plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that we mount vertically against the problem area to push them back in line and stop further bowing, or even carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products can correct the bowing wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, many of the homes are built with crawl spaces and not basements. For a long time, they were built with vents to the outside where were intended to help air flow through the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually 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 can harbor the growth of mildew. Up to 50% of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so having the space protected from the weather and keeping the humidity levels low can increase the overall air quality in your home.
We have been enclosing crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the most efficient way to seal them off and control high humidity. We do this using a method known as encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, which are strong plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that can seal the area completely and stop any excess moisture from entering. This will also stop rodents and animals from settling in the crawl space which will help keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is encapsulated, we can 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 offer a number of services to help improve your basement area. We can upgrade, replace, or install new basement windows to increase the air flow or provide additional 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 mildew growth. If you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to stop any potential future water problems. Even if you've have a waterproofing system we did not install 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 solutions above, please fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and organize a meeting with one of our experts.
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