Foundation and Basement Services in Braceville, Illinois
It doesn't matter if your home floods when there are heavy rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or there are cracks along the foundation, you already know this is a serious issue. We are here to provide assistance when you have 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 Braceville that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to design a specific solution for your problem that will ensure your home is properly repaired. When our team installs a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that once you've seen a problem with the crawl space, foundation, or basement that you reach out to an experienced repair company. We say this due to there are some potentially dangerous problems that will accompany these issues including mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even catastrophic foundation damage. No matter if you need our basement waterproofing products to protect your home, foundation repair products to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to control humidity below the home, our professionals are here to help you.
Your basement is an important part of the home whether it is being used as storage or if you have a finished space down there. Due to this, it is necessary that the entire space is dry and protected from flooding and excess humidity. Since water can get into a basement by a variety of possible paths, there are a number of repair options that we will utilize to keep the water under control. The main 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 finally at the windows that are at or below grade.
No matter where the problem lies there are solutions that will collect, divert, and remove water from the basement. If there are dripping cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair to stop the crack from leaking and growing. If water is coming in at the cove or even at the windows, having a custom drainage system installed will help remove the water from the basement. In some of the more problematic cases, occasionally with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we will recommend installing an entire wall solution that is made up of a floor to ceiling heavy duty liner that will collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system installed but it cannot keep up with the water, we can replace it with a new, upgraded sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. On top of installing systems, we can also help you upgrade the drainage in the yard to help prevent water from pooling at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The foundation of your home is quite possibly one of, if not the, most important parts. It not only supports the building itself but it also is the basement walls. If you have any foundation problems, normally they will present themselves in the form of stair stepping cracks in the brickwork, horizontal cracks that run along the foundation or across basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the doors and windows will not open or close easily or there may be cracks at the corners of them. There may also be a problem where the basement walls are coming inward. You may not think these problems seem critical when you notice them, each of them are indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for particular problems to determine what type of a repair needs to be performed.
It is good that the most common foundation problems are caused by similar things and our professionals are very good at evaluating those problems. We can utilize a repair product designed for your particular issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you've got a sloping foundation, we will implement a series of foundation piers to stabilize the foundation. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both types are very strong and can stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, we have a few different options. We can utilize a system of wall anchors which are 2 large plates connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that sit directly against the problem area to force them back in line and stop further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen along cracks 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 Braceville, there are many homes that are built with crawl spaces instead of basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, these were constructed 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 causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually foster the growth of mildew. We have found that up to ½ of the air in your home can come up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is closed off from the weather and controlling excess humidity will improve the overall air quality in your home.
We have been working with crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the proper way to seal them off and control the humidity. This is done using a process called encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are strong plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that will seal the area totally and stop any excess moisture from entering. Closing the area will also stop pests and animals from settling in the crawl space which will help keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is closed off, we will install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. It will prevent high levels of humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to help upgrade your basement area. We can upgrade, replace, or install new basement windows to improve the air flow or provide additional light in the area. After we install a waterproofing system, we can install a wall system that is waterproof as well as resistant to mildew growth. When 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. If you've have a waterproofing system we did not install in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance inspection so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like to talk to someone about the services above, don't hesitate to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our frequently asked questions page or give us a call at 630-206-1177 and set up a consultation with one of our experts.