Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Waterproofing Services in Bradley, IL
If your downstairs area has excess water when there are extended rains or in the spring during the snow melt or there are long cracks along your foundation, you know there could be a real problem. Our experts are ready to assist when your home has any type of crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, or bowed foundation wall problem. Our team uses time tested products and methods that we stand behind. We have a team of professionals in the Bradley area that are trained to properly evaluate your problem to create a specific solution for your problem that will keep your home safe and protected. When our team installs a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of experience and trusted products.
It is critical that if you've seen an issue with the foundation, crawl space or basement that you get in touch with an experienced repair company. We say this due to there are some additional problems that will accompany these issues including mildew, weakened structure, and even catastrophic foundation damage. If you are in need of our basement waterproofing products to prevent water from entering your home, foundation repair products to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to prevent mold growth in the crawl space, our experts are here to help you.
The basement is a very important part of the home whether it is being used as storage or if you have a finished space down there. Because of this, it is necessary that the entire area is dry and any type of flooding is prevented. Because water is able to get into a basement by a number of possible places, there are a number of repair possibilities that we will utilize to keep the water under control. The main places that we find water leaking is at cracks in the walls, whether these are in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, where the wall and floor meet, and finally at windows that are at or below the soil.
Regardless of where the problem may be, we've got solutions that are designed to control, divert, and remove the water from the basement. If you have leaky cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair to stop the crack from leaking and growing. If the water is leaking at the cove joint or even basement windows, having a custom drainage system installed will help remove the water from the basement. In some of the more extreme instances, typically with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we will install an entire wall solution that is comprised of a full height heavy duty liner that will collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system in place but it cannot keep up with the water, we can install a new, upgraded sump pump to make the system as good as new. In addition to installing systems, we can also improve the drainage in the yard to assist with preventing water from standing at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your foundation is quite possibly one of, if not the, most important parts. It not only holds the building itself but it also creates the basement walls. If there are foundation problems, they will generally manifest themselves in the form of stair stepping cracks in your brickwork, long cracks that run along the foundation or along the basement walls. You may also notice that your doors or windows will not open or close easily or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also see a problem where your basement walls are coming inward. You may not think these issues seem problematic at first, each of them are 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.
It is good that the most common foundation problems stem from similar issues and our team is very good at evaluating these problems. We can utilize a repair product that is for your specific problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If there is a uneven foundation, we will install 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 can stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, there are a few different options. Our team can install a system of wall anchors which are 2 large plates connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that sit vertically against the cracks to force the section back in line and prevent further bowing, or carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. These products will correct the bowed wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, there are many homes that are built with crawl spaces instead of basements. For many years, they were created with vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh air flow through the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. The vents allow 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 harbor the growth of mold and mildew. Up to ½ of the air in your home can come up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is protected from the outside and controlling excess humidity will increase the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been working on crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the most efficient way to seal them off and control the humidity. This is done using a method known as encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, which are sturdy 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 the crawl space which will help 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 as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also provide a number of services to help improve your basement. We have basement windows to increase the air flow or provide additional light in the area. After we install a waterproofing system, we can install a wall system that is both waterproof as well as resistant to mold or mildew growth. If you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to 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 more information about 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 consultation with one of our experts.
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