Foundation and Basement Repair Services in Bourbonnais, IL
It doesn't matter if your home experiences flooding during heavy rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or there are cracks in your foundation, you know there may be a serious problem. Our experts are ready to help when there is any type of crawl space water, foundation settlement, or buckling foundation wall problem. We use methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that we stand behind. We have a team of professionals in the Bourbonnais area that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and come up with a specific solution for your problem that will ensure your home is properly protected. When our team implements a waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that as soon as you've found a problem with your craw space, basement, or foundation that you contact an experienced repair company. We recommend this because there are a number of potentially dangerous issues that will arise with these issues such as black mold, structural damage, and even permanent foundation damage. 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 mold growth in the crawl space, our team is here to help you.
The basement is an important area of your home whether you're using it as a storage area or if you have a finished space down there. This means it is important that the entire space is dry and excess humidity is controlled. Due to the fact that water is able to get into your basement through a variety of possible places, there needs to be a number of repair options that we will use to keep the area safe. The primary places that we find water leaking is at cracks in the walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the walls and floor connect, and at windows that are at or below the soil.
No matter where the problem lies there are solutions that can collect, transport, and remove water from your basement. If there are leaking wall cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair method to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. If water is leaking at the cove or even at your windows, installing a custom drainage system will remove the water from your basement. In some extreme cases, occasionally with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we will install an entire wall solution that is a full height liner that will collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system in the basement but it is unable to keep up with flooding water, 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 improve the drainage in your yard to help prevent water from sitting next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your homes foundation is easily one of, if not the, most important areas of the home. It not only holds the structure itself but it also is the basement walls. If you've got foundation problems, they will generally show themselves as diagonal cracks in your brickwork, horizontal cracks that run along the foundation or along basement walls. You may also notice that your doors and windows will stick when you open or close them or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also see a problem where your basement walls are coming into the basement. You may not think these problems seem serious at first, they are all indicative of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for specific problems and determine if a repair needs to be in place.
It is good that many foundation problems are caused by similar things and our team is very good at noticing these issues. We can implement a repair solution intended for your specific problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you have a settling foundation, we will install a system of foundation piers to correct the problem. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both types of piers are very strong and can stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how much the wall is buckling, it can be solved with a few possible options. We can utilize a system of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that sit directly against the cracks to push the section back in line and prevent further bowing, or carbon fiber straps to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products will repair the buckling wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, many of the homes are built with crawl space areas instead of basements. For many years, 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 get in during rain and snow storms and then it never leaves which causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually foster the growth of mold and mildew. Studies have shown that up to ½ of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is protected from the weather and keeping the humidity levels low will improve the overall air quality in your home.
We have been working on crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the best way to seal them off and control the humidity. We do this using a process called encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are heavy duty plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that will seal the area totally and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also stop pests and animals from settling in your crawl space which will keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After your crawl space is closed off, we will install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. This will control any excess humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to upgrade your basement. We have basement windows to improve 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 the growth of mold and mildew. If you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to prevent any potential future water problems. If you've already got a waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance service 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 a member of our team.
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