Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Services in Bourbonnais, IL
It doesn't matter if your downstairs area floods during extended rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or you have cracks along the foundation, you already know there could be a real problem. Our team is ready to provide assistance when there is any kind of basement flooding, foundation settlement, or bowing foundation wall problem. Our team uses time tested products and methods that we stand behind. We have a team of professionals in Bourbonnais that are trained to correctly evaluate your problem and design a specific solution to that problem that will keep your home properly protected. When we install a waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is critical that as soon as you find a problem with the basement, foundation, or crawl space that you reach out to an experienced repair company. We say this because there are quite a few additional issues that can arise with these issues such as mold, structural damage, and even permanent foundation damage. If you require our basement waterproofing products to stop water damaging your home, foundation repair products to stabilize your foundation, or crawl space services to prevent mold growth in the crawl space, our team is here to help you.
The basement is an important part of the home regardless of if it is only being used as a storage area or have finished the area. This means it is necessary that the entire area is free of standing water and any type of flooding is prevented. Because water is able to get into the basement by a variety of different paths, there are a number of repair solutions and products that we will utilize to keep the area safe. The primary places that water leaks in 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 wall and floor meet, and at any windows that may be at or even below grade.
Regardless of where you're having the problem we've got solutions that are designed to control, divert, and remove water from the basement. If you've got dripping cracks, the first step is installing a wall crack repair procedure to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. If water is leaking at the cove joint or even your windows, having a custom drainage system installed can help remove the water from the basement. In some problematic locations, occasionally with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we will recommend installing an entire wall solution that is comprised 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. On top of installing systems, we can also improve the drainage in the yard to help stop water from sitting next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The homes foundation is easily one of the most important areas of the home. It not only supports the building itself but it also creates the basement walls. If you have any foundation problems, they will generally show themselves in the form of diagonal cracks in the outside brickwork, cracks that run the length of the foundation or along basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the doors or windows will not open or close easily or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also see an issue where the basement walls are pressing into the area. You may not think these problems seem serious when you notice them, each of them are indicators of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for problems and determine what type of a repair needs to be in place.
It is good that many foundation problems stem from similar issues and our team is very good at spotting these issues. We can offer a repair product designed for your specific problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you've got a settling foundation, we will 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 are able to stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, we have a few different options. Our team can install a number of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that are installed vertically against the problem area to push the section back in line and stop further bowing, or even carbon fiber staples to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products will straighten the bowing wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, many of the homes were built with crawl space areas and not basements. For many years, these were created with open vents which was intended to increase air flow through the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. Having open vents allows water to get in when it rains or snows and the vents prevent proper evaporation which causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually facilitate the growth of mold and mildew. Up to 50% of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space 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 since 1979 and we know the most efficient way to close them off and control excess humidity. This is done using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are thick plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that will seal the area completely and stop any excess moisture from entering. Encapsulation 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 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 offer a variety of services to help improve your basement area. We have 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 both waterproof and resistant to mold or mildew growth. If you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to prevent any water from entering the home before it can become a problem. If you've have a waterproofing system we did not install in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance service so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like more information 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 organize a consultation with a member of our team.