Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Repair Services in Bourbonnais, Illinois
If your basement floods during extended rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or there are cracks along the foundation, you already know there could be a real issue. We are here to assist when there is any kind of crawl space flooding, sinking foundation, or bowed basement wall problem. Our team uses 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 Bourbonnais area that are trained to properly evaluate your problem and create a unique solution for your problem that will keep your home properly protected. When our team installs a basement 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 the foundation, crawl space or basement that you reach out to a trusted repair company. We say this due to there are some additional issues that can happen along with these issues including mildew, weakened structure, and even catastrophic foundation damage. No matter if you're in need of our basement waterproofing products to protect your home, foundation repair products to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to prevent mildew growth in the crawl space, our experts are here to help you.
Your basement is an important part of the home whether it is only being used for storage or if you have a finished space down there. This means it is necessary that the entire area is dry and any type of flooding is prevented. Because water can get into your basement by a variety of different places, that means there have to be a variety of repair possibilities that we can use to keep the area safe. The most common places that water leaks in is through cracks in the foundation walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the foundation wall and floor connect, and finally at any windows that are at or even below grade.
No matter where the problem lies we have solutions that are designed to collect, transport, and remove water from the basement. If there are dripping wall cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair to stop the crack from leaking and growing. When water is entering at the cove or even the windows, having a custom drainage system installed can help remove the water from the basement. In some problematic cases, typically with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we can install one of our entire wall solution that is made up of a full height liner to collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system in the basement but it struggles to keep up with demand, we can install a new, more powerful sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. We aren't just installing systems, we can also improve the drainage in the yard to help keep water from standing at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The homes foundation is quite possibly one of, if not the, most important parts. It not only holds the structure itself but it also forms the basement walls. When you've got foundation problems, they will generally present themselves in the form of stair-step cracks in the outside brickwork, cracks that run along the foundation or along basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the doors will stick when you open or close them or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also have an issue where the basement walls are bowing inward. You may not think these problems seem critical at first, they are all indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for problems and determine if a repair needs to be in place.
It is good that many foundation problems have very similar causes and our professionals are very good at evaluating those issues. We can implement a repair solution intended for your exact issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If you've got a uneven foundation, we can implement a series of foundation piers to stabilize the foundation. We will install either push piers or helical piers, depending on where and how bad the sinking is. Both types are very strong and are able to stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, we have some potential options. Our team 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 vertically against the cracks to force the section back in line and prevent further bowing, or carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products can correct the bowed wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Bourbonnais, many of the homes were built with crawl spaces instead of basements. For many years, they were created with vents which was intended to increase air flow through the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. The vents allow water to enter the space during rain and snow storms and the vents prevent proper evaporation which results in the humidity level staying too high which will eventually harbor the growth of mildew. Up to ½ of the air in your home has come up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is closed off from the elements and keeping the humidity levels low can increase the overall air quality in your home.
We have been enclosing crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the best way to close them off and control excess humidity. This is done using a method called encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are strong plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that can seal the area totally and stop any excess moisture from entering. This will also stop bugs and animals from settling in the crawl space which will help keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is encapsulated, we can install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. This will control any excess humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to help improve your basement area. We can upgrade your basement windows to increase the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. When waterproofing the basement, we can install our wall system as part of a pre-finishing service that is both waterproof and resistant to mildew growth. If you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can prevent any potential future water problems. Even 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 are interested in any of the solutions above, feel free 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 meeting with one of our experts.