Foundation and Basement Services in Braceville, IL
If you've noticed your basement experiences flooding during heavy rains or in the spring during the snow melt or you have cracks in your foundation, you already know there could be a real issue. We are here to provide assistance when your home has any kind of crawl space flooding, sinking foundation, 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 experts in the Braceville area that are trained to correctly evaluate your problem to design a specialized solution for your problem that will ensure your home is properly protected. When we install a basement or crawl space waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of experience and trusted products.
It is critical that as soon as you've found a problem with the basement, foundation, or crawl space that you get in touch with a trusted repair company. We say this because there are quite a few additional problems that can happen along with these issues including mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even catastrophic foundation damage. If you require our basement waterproofing products to stop water damaging your home, foundation repair services to stabilize your foundation, or crawl space services to control humidity below the home, our professionals are here to help you.
Your basement is an important area of the home whether it is only being used as a storage area or if you have a finished space down there. Because of this, it is necessary that the area is dry and any flooding is prevented. Because water can get into the basement through a variety of possible places, there needs to be a variety of repair options that we can utilize to keep the water under control. The main places that we see water leaks is through cracks in the foundation walls, whether these are in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, where the foundation wall and floor connect, and finally at any windows that may be at or even below the soil.
Regardless of where the problem lies we have solutions that are designed to control, transport, and remove water from the basement. If you have dripping wall cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair method to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. When water is coming in at the cove joint or even the windows, having a custom drainage system installed can remove the water from the basement. In some extreme locations, usually with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we can install an entire wall solution that is made up of a full height heavy duty liner that will collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system in the basement but it is unable to keep up with demand, we can install a new, upgraded sump pump to make the system as good as new. We aren't just installing systems, we can also help you evaluate the drainage in the yard to help stop water from pooling at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your homes foundation is easily one of the most important areas of the home. It not only supports the home itself but it also is the basement walls. When there are foundation problems, normally they will present themselves as stair-step cracks in your brickwork, horizontal cracks that run along the foundation or along basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that your windows or doors will get stuck or even cracks at the corners of them. There may also be a problem where your basement walls are buckling inward. While these issues may not seem critical at first, they are all indicative of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for particular problems to determine if a repair needs to be in place.
Thankfully, many foundation problems are caused by similar things and our team is very good at spotting those problems. We can offer a repair solution intended for your exact issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If the problem is a uneven foundation, we can install a series of foundation piers to correct the problem. We will install either push piers or helical piers, depending on where and how bad the sinking is. Both types are very strong and can help stabilize your foundation. If you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, it can be solved with some possible options. Our team can install a series of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates that 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 even carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products can repair the buckling wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, there are many homes that were built with crawl spaces in addition to basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, these were built with vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh air flow into the area 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 the vents prevent proper evaporation which results in the humidity level staying too high which can foster the growth of mold and mildew. Up to ½ of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so having the space closed off from the outside and controlling excess humidity can increase the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been dealing with crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the best way to seal them off and control the humidity. This is done using a method called encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, which are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that can seal the area totally and stop any excess moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also stop critters and animals from moving in the crawl space which will keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once your crawl space is closed off, we can install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. This will prevent high levels of humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also provide a variety of services to upgrade the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We have basement windows to increase the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can help with pre-finishing the area by installing a wall system that is waterproof and resistant to the growth of mold and mildew. When you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can stop any potential future water problems. If you've have a waterproofing system we did not install in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance service to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like to talk to someone about the services above, please 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 a member of our team.
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