Foundation and Basement Waterproofing Services in Bloomingdale, Illinois
It doesn't matter if your basement floods when there are heavy rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or you have long cracks in the foundation, you already know there may be a serious issue. Our team is here to assist when you have any type of basement flooding, foundation settlement, or buckling foundation 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 professionals in the Bloomingdale area that are trained to properly evaluate your problem to come up with a unique solution for your problem that will ensure your home is properly repaired. When our team installs a waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that once you've found an issue with the crawl space, foundation, or basement that you reach out to an experienced repair company. We say this due to there are a number of potentially dangerous problems that can arise with these issues including mildew, weakened structure, and even permanent foundation damage. If you need our basement waterproofing services to control water entering your home, foundation repair services to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to control mildew growth in the crawl space, our team is here to help you.
The basement is a very important area of the home regardless of if you're using it as storage or have finished the area. This means it is important that the space is free of standing water and excess humidity is controlled. Because water is able to get into the basement by a number of different places, there needs to be a variety of repair solutions and products that we can install to keep the water under control. The most common places that water is entering is through cracks in the walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, which is where the walls and floor connect, and at any windows that may be at or below the soil.
Regardless of where you're having the problem we've got solutions that can collect, divert, and eject the water from the basement. If there are leaking wall cracks, the first step is installing a wall crack repair procedure to stop the crack from leaking and growing. When the water is coming in at the cove or even your windows, installing a custom drainage system can remove the water from the basement. In some of the more extreme locations, usually with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we can recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is a floor to ceiling liner to collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system in place but it is unable to keep up with demand, 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 help you evaluate the drainage in the yard to help keep water from standing at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your foundation is quite possibly one of, if not the, most important parts. It not only holds the structure itself but it also is the basement walls. When there are foundation problems, normally they will manifest themselves in the form of stair stepping cracks in the outside brickwork, horizontal cracks that run the length of the foundation or across the basement walls. You may also notice that the doors will get stuck or even cracks at the corners of them. There may also be a problem where the basement walls are buckling inward. You may not think these problems seem problematic at first, each of them are indicators of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for problems to determine if a repair needs to be performed.
It is good that the most common foundation problems stem from similar issues and our team is very good at evaluating those problems. We can utilize a repair product that is for your exact issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If the problem 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 the severity of the bowing wall, we have a few potential options. We can install a number 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 push the section back in line and control further bowing, or carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products can straighten the buckling wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, there are many homes that are built with crawl space areas and not basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, they were created with vents which was intended to increase fresh air flow through the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. The vents allow water to get in during rain and snow storms and the vents hinder airflow which causes the humidity levels to stay high which can facilitate the growth of mildew. Up to 50% of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so ensuring this area is protected from the weather and keeping the humidity levels low can increase the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been helping customers with their crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the most efficient way to seal them off and control the humidity. This is done using a method known as encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheets as well as covers to close off existing vents and a heavy duty door that can close off the area completely and stop any excess moisture from entering. Closing the area will also stop pests and animals from settling in the crawl space which will keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is protected, we can install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. It will prevent high levels of humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also provide a number of services to improve your basement. 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 install our wall system as part of a pre-finishing service that is waterproof as well as resistant to mildew growth. When you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to prevent any potential future water problems. Even if you've have a competitors waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance service so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like to talk to someone about the products 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 schedule a meeting with one of our experts.
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