Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Waterproofing Services in Braidwood, IL
It doesn't matter if your basement floods during extended rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or you've got large cracks along your foundation, you know there may be a serious issue. Our team is ready to assist when you've got any kind of basement or crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, or bowed basement wall problem. Our team uses time tested products and methods that we stand behind. We have a team of experts in the Braidwood area that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to come up with a unique solution for your problem that will ensure your home is safe and protected. When our team implements 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 as soon as you find an issue with the foundation, crawl space or basement that you get in touch with an experienced repair company. We say this because there are quite a few potentially dangerous issues that will accompany these issues including mildew, weakened structure, and even catastrophic foundation damage. If you're in need of our basement waterproofing products to prevent water from entering your home, foundation repair services to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to control mold growth in the crawl space, our professionals are here to help you.
Your basement is a very important part of the home whether it is only being used for storage or have already finished the area. This means it is important that the entire area is free of standing water and excess humidity and flooding are controlled. Due to the fact that water is able to get into a basement by a number of possible paths, there needs to be a number of repair solutions and products that we can use to prevent damage to the area. The main places that water leaks in is through 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 wall and floor meet, and at windows that are at or below grade.
No matter where the problem may be, there are solutions that will control, transport, and eject the water from the basement. If there are leaking basement cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair method to stop the crack from leaking and growing. If the water is coming in at the cove or even basement windows, having a custom drainage system installed will remove the water from the basement. In some problematic cases, usually with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we can install one of our entire wall solution that is made up of a floor to ceiling liner to collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system in the basement but it struggles to keep up with the water, we can replace it with a new, more powerful sump pump to breathe new life into the system. On top of installing systems, we can also help you improve the drainage in the yard to help stop water from pooling at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your foundation is easily one of the most important parts. It not only supports the structure itself but it also is the basement walls. If there are foundation problems, usually, they will present themselves as diagonal cracks in your brickwork, horizontal cracks that run along the foundation or across the basement walls. You may also notice that your windows or doors will get stuck or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also see a problem where your basement walls are coming into the basement. You may not think these problems seem problematic at first, they are all indicators of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for specific problems to determine what type of a repair needs to be in place.
Thankfully, the most common foundation problems are caused by similar things and our team is very good at evaluating these issues. We can offer a repair product designed for your particular issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you have a settling foundation, we can implement a series of foundation piers to correct the problem. 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 you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how much the wall is buckling, we have some possible options. We can install a number of wall anchors which are 2 large plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that we mount directly against the cracks to force the section back in line and control further bowing, or carbon fiber staples to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products can correct the bowed wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Braidwood, there are many homes that were built with crawl spaces and not basements. For many years, these were constructed with open vents to the outside where were intended to help air flow through the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. Having open vents allows water to get in when it rains or snows and then it never leaves which causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually harbor the growth of mold and mildew. We have found that up to half of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so having the space protected from the elements and controlling excess humidity can improve the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been working on crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the proper way to close them off and control excess humidity. We do this using a process called encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, occasionally installed with insulation products, and are strong plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that can seal the area completely and stop any excess moisture from entering. Closing the area will also stop pests and animals from settling in the crawl space which will keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After your crawl space is protected, we can install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. 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 improve your basement area. We can upgrade your basement windows to improve the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. After we install a waterproofing system, we can help with pre-finishing the area by installing a wall system that is both waterproof and resistant to the growth of mold and mildew. When you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can stop any potential future water problems. Even if you've have a waterproofing system we did not install in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance testing so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you are interested in any of the solutions 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 set up a consultation with one of our experts.
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