Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Services in Bradley, IL
Whether your basement floods during extended rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or there are cracks along the foundation, you already know this is a serious problem. Our experts are ready to provide assistance when there is any type of basement or crawl space flooding, sinking foundation, or buckling basement wall problem. We use time tested products and methods that we stand behind. We have a team of professionals in the Bradley area that are trained to correctly evaluate your problem to design a specialized solution to that problem that will ensure your home is properly repaired. When we install a basement or crawl space waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that once you've found a problem with your crawl space, foundation, or basement that you get in touch with a trusted repair company. We say this due to there are a number of potentially dangerous problems that will accompany these issues such as 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 products to stabilize your foundation, or crawl space services to control water in the crawl space, our team is here to help you.
Your basement is a very important part of your home whether it is being used as a storage area or if you have a finished space down there. Because of this, it is important that the area is free of standing water and excess humidity is controlled. Due to the fact that water can get into the basement through a variety of different paths, there are a number of repair options that we can use to keep the area safe. The primary places that we find water leaking is through cracks in the walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the wall and floor connect, and finally at windows that may be at or even below the soil.
No matter where the problem may be, we've got solutions that will collect, divert, and eject the water from your basement. If you have dripping wall cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair method to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. When the water is leaking at the cove or even your windows, installing a custom drainage system will remove the water from your basement. In some problematic instances, usually with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we can install an entire wall solution that is a full height liner to collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system in place but it cannot keep up with demand, we can replace it with a new, upgraded sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. We aren't just installing systems, we can also upgrade the drainage in your yard to help stop water from standing next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your foundation is easily one of the most important areas of the home. It not only supports the structure itself but it also creates the basement walls. When you've got foundation problems, normally they will present themselves as diagonal cracks in the outside brickwork, long cracks that run the length of the foundation or across the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the 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 buckling into the basement. You may not think these problems seem serious when you notice them, each of them are indicators 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 installed.
It is good that many foundation problems are caused by similar things and our professionals are very good at tracking down these problems. We can implement a repair product intended for your particular problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If the problem is a sloping foundation, we can implement a series of foundation piers to level the foundation. Depending on how bad it is and where it is, we will use either helical piers or push piers. Both types are very strong and are able to stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how much the wall is buckling, there are a few potential options. We can install a system of wall anchors which are 2 large plates connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that we mount vertically against the cracks to force the section back in line and stop further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber staples to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. These products can correct the buckling wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, there are many homes that are built with crawl spaces and not basements. For many years, these were created with open vents to the outside where were intended to help air flow into the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. Having open vents allows water to enter the space during rain and snow storms and the vents hinder airflow which results in the humidity level staying too high which will eventually facilitate the growth of mildew. Studies have shown that up to 50% 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 improve the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been enclosing crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the proper way to close 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, occasionally installed with insulation products, and are strong plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that can close off the area totally and prevent any excess moisture from entering. Closing the area will also prevent pests and animals from settling in your crawl space which will keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is protected, we can install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. It will control any excess humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to upgrade the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We can upgrade, replace, or install new basement windows to improve 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 the growth of mildew. If you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can prevent any potential future water problems. Even if you've have a competitors waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance testing to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like to talk to someone about the services above, feel free 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.
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