Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Repair Services in Braidwood, IL
If you've noticed your basement experiences flooding during heavy rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or you've got large cracks in your foundation, you already know this can be a real problem. Our experts are here to provide assistance when there is any kind of basement or 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 experts in Braidwood that are trained to correctly evaluate your problem to design a unique solution for your problem that will keep your home properly protected. When we install a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of experience and trusted products.
It is critical that as soon as you've found a problem with your foundation, crawl space or basement that you reach out to a trusted repair company. We say this because there are quite a few potentially dangerous problems that can happen along with these issues such as mold, structural damage, and even catastrophic foundation damage. No matter if you're needing our basement waterproofing products to protect your home, foundation repair services to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to prevent unnecessary damage under your home, our professionals are here to help you.
Your basement is an important part of your home whether it is only being used as storage or have already finished the area. This means it is necessary that the entire area is dry and excess humidity and flooding are controlled. Because water is able to get into the basement by a number of possible places, there are a variety of repair solutions and products that we can install to keep the area safe. The primary places that we find water leaking is at 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 walls and floor meet, and finally at windows that may be at or even below grade.
Regardless of where the problem lies we've got solutions that can control, transport, and remove the water from your basement. If there are dripping wall cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair procedure to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. If the water is leaking at the cove joint or even the windows, installing a custom drainage system can help remove the water from your basement. In some problematic locations, occasionally with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we can install one of our 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 struggles to keep up with demand, we can replace it with a new, upgraded sump pump to breathe new life into the system. On top of installing systems, we can also help you upgrade the drainage in your yard to help stop water from sitting at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your homes foundation is quite possibly one of the most important parts. It not only supports the building itself but it also creates the basement walls. If there are foundation problems, normally they will present themselves as diagonal cracks in your outside brickwork, long cracks that run along the foundation or along the basement walls. You may also notice that your doors or windows will stick when you open or close them or even cracks at the corners of them. There may also be a problem where your basement walls are pressing inward. You may not think these problems seem critical at first, 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 if 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 noticing these problems. We can offer a repair solution designed for your specific problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If you have a sloping foundation, we can install a series of foundation piers to level the foundation. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both types are very strong and can help stabilize your foundation. If you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how much the wall is buckling, it can be solved with a few possible options. We can install a series of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that are installed directly against the cracks to force 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. These products can correct the bowed wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Braidwood, there are many homes that are built with crawl spaces in addition to basements. For many years, they were constructed with open 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 enter the space during rain and snow storms and the vents hinder airflow which results in the humidity level staying too high which can facilitate the growth of mold and mildew. We have found that up to ½ of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so ensuring this area is protected from the weather and controlling excess humidity can improve the overall air quality in your home.
We have been dealing with crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the proper way to close them off and control the humidity. This is done using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, occasionally installed with insulation products, and are thick plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as covers to close off existing vents and a heavy duty door that can seal the area totally and stop any excess moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also stop pests and animals from moving in your crawl space which will help keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After your crawl space is closed off, we can install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. It will control any excess humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a number of services to help improve your basement. We carry basement windows to improve 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 both waterproof as well as resistant to the growth of mold and mildew. When 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 already got a waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance inspection to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like more information about the products above, feel free to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our frequently asked questions page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and organize a meeting with a member of our team.
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