Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Repair Services in Blue Island, Illinois
If your home floods when there are extended rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or there are long cracks along your foundation, you already know this is a serious issue. We are ready to help when there is any kind of basement flooding, sinking foundation, or bowing 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 experts in the Blue Island area that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and create a specific solution to that problem that will keep your home properly repaired. When our team installs a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that if you've seen a problem with the foundation, crawl space or basement that you reach out to a trusted repair company. We say this because there are some additional problems that will happen along with these issues including mildew, structural damage, and even permanent foundation damage. If you are in need of our basement waterproofing services to stop water damaging your home, foundation repair products to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to prevent damage to your floor joists, our experts are here to help you.
Your basement is an important part of the home whether it is being used as a storage area or if you have a finished space down there. Due to this, it is necessary that the space is dry and any flooding is prevented. Since water is able to get into a basement by a variety of different places, there needs to be a number of repair options that we can install to keep the area safe. The most common places that we find water leaking is at cracks in the foundation walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, where the foundation walls and floor connect, and at the windows that may be at or below the soil.
No matter where you're having the problem there are solutions that are designed to collect, divert, and remove the water from the basement. If you've got dripping wall cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair to stop the crack from leaking and growing. When the water is coming in at the cove or even at the windows, installing a custom drainage system will help remove the water from the basement. In some extreme cases, usually with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we can recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is a floor to ceiling liner to collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system in place but it struggles to keep up with flooding water, we can install a new, upgraded sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. We aren't just installing systems, we can also help you evaluate the drainage in the yard to help keep water from standing next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your homes foundation is quite possibly one of the most important parts. It not only holds the structure itself but it also forms the basement walls. When you've got foundation problems, usually, they will present themselves in the form of stair-step cracks in your outside brickwork, long cracks that run along the foundation or along the basement walls. You may also notice that your doors will stick when you open or close them or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also have a problem where your basement walls are pressing into the basement. While these issues may not seem problematic at first, each of them are indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for particular problems and determine if a repair needs to be installed.
Thankfully, many foundation problems are caused by similar things and our team is very good at evaluating those problems. We can offer a repair product that is for your particular issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If you've got a settling foundation, we can install a system of foundation piers to stabilize 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, there are some possible options. We can utilize a system of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that are installed vertically against the problem area to force them back in line and control further bowing, or carbon fiber staples to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products can straighten the bowing wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, there are many homes that were built with crawl space areas in addition to basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, these were created with vents which was intended to increase fresh air flow into the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. Having open vents allows water to enter the space when it rains or snows and the vents prevent proper evaporation which results in the humidity level staying too high which will eventually harbor the growth of mildew. Studies have shown that up to half of the air in your home can come up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is protected from the outside and controlling excess humidity can 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 best way to close them off and control high humidity. This is done using a process called encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, occasionally installed with insulation products, and are thick 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 rodents and animals from moving in the crawl space which will help keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once your 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 in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to help improve your basement. We carry basement windows to increase the air flow or increase the amount of 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 both waterproof and resistant to mildew growth. If you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can prevent any water from entering the home before it can become a problem. Even if you've have a competitors waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance testing to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you are interested in any of the products above, don't hesitate 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 consultation with a member of our team.