Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Waterproofing and Repair Services in Bradley, Illinois
If you've noticed your basement has excess water when there are heavy rains or in the spring during the snow melt or there are large cracks along the foundation, you already know this can be a real issue. Our experts are ready to provide assistance when you have any type of basement water, sinking foundation, or bowing basement wall problem. We use time tested products and methods that our team stands behind. We have a team of professionals in the Bradley area that are trained to properly evaluate your problem to come up with a unique solution to that problem that will keep your home properly repaired. When we install a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that if you find an issue with the basement, foundation, or crawl space that you contact a trusted repair company. We say this because there are quite a few potentially dangerous problems that can arise with these issues including mildew, weakened structure, and even catastrophic foundation damage. No matter if you are needing our basement waterproofing services to prevent water damage in your home, foundation repair services to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to prevent damage to your floor joists, our professionals are here to help you.
The basement is an important area of the home whether it is being used as a storage area or have already finished the area. Due to this, it is important that the space is dry and any type of flooding is prevented. Since water is able to get into a basement through a number of possible places, there needs to be a variety of repair options that we can use to keep the water under control. The main places that water is entering is through cracks in the walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, where the wall and floor meet, and at any windows that may be at or even below grade.
Regardless of where the problem lies there are solutions that can collect, transport, and remove water from the basement. If you have leaky cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair method to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. If water is coming in at the cove or even at your windows, installing a custom drainage system can remove the water from the basement. In some of the more problematic locations, occasionally with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we can recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is made up of a floor to ceiling liner that will collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system in place but it struggles to keep up with the water, we can install a new, upgraded sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. In addition to installing systems, we can also help you evaluate the drainage in the yard to help stop water from pooling next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The foundation of your home is easily one of, if not the, most important parts. It not only supports the home itself but it also forms the basement walls. If you have any foundation problems, they will generally manifest themselves as stair-step cracks in the outside brickwork, horizontal cracks that run along the foundation or across basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the doors or windows will not open or close easily or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also have a problem where the basement walls are buckling into the basement. While these problems may not seem critical when you notice them, they are all indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and it is important to have an expert evaluate the foundation for particular problems to determine what type of a repair needs to be in place.
Thankfully, many foundation problems have very similar causes and our team is very good at tracking down these problems. We can implement a repair product intended for your particular issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you have a sinking foundation, we can install a system of foundation piers to level the foundation. We will install either push piers or helical piers, depending on where and how bad the sinking is. Both types of piers are very strong and can stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, we have some different options. Our team can install a system of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that sit directly against the cracks to force them back in line and prevent further bowing, or carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. These products can correct the bowing wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, there are many homes that were built with crawl space areas in addition to basements. For many years, they were created with open vents to the outside where were intended to help air flow through 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 can foster the growth of mildew. Studies have shown that 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.
We have been helping customers with their crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the proper way to close them off and control the humidity. We do this using a method known as encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, occasionally installed with insulation products, and are thick plastic and vinyl sheets as well as covers to close off existing vents and a heavy duty door that can close off the area totally and prevent any unwanted moisture from entering. This will also prevent critters and animals from settling in the crawl space which will keep any appliances 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 reduce the excess humidity to a proper level as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a number of services to upgrade the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We carry basement windows to increase the air flow or provide additional light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can install a wall system that is waterproof and 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. Even if you've have a competitors waterproofing system 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 services 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.