Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Services in Braidwood, Illinois
If you've noticed your basement experiences flooding when there are heavy rains or in the spring during the snow melt or you've got long cracks along the foundation, you already know this can be a real problem. We are ready to provide assistance when you've got any type of crawl space water, sinking foundation, or bowing basement wall problem. We use methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that our team stands behind. We have a team of experts in the Braidwood area that are trained to properly evaluate your problem to design 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 strengthened by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is very important that once you've seen an issue with the craw space, basement, or foundation that you reach out to an experienced repair company. We recommend this as there are a number of potentially dangerous issues that will accompany these issues such as mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even catastrophic foundation damage. No matter if you're needing our basement waterproofing services to prevent water damage in your home, foundation repair services to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to control mildew growth in the crawl space, our team is here to help you.
The basement is an important area of the home whether you're using it as a storage area or have already finished the area. This means it is necessary that the space is free of standing water and any type of flooding is prevented. Because water is able to get into a basement using a variety of possible places, there needs to be a number of repair solutions and products that we can install to prevent damage to the area. The most common places that water leaks in is at cracks in the foundation walls, whether these are in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, which is where the foundation wall and floor connect, and at any windows that are at or even below the soil.
Regardless of where you're having the problem we've got solutions that can control, divert, and remove the water from the basement. If you've got 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 coming in at the cove or even basement windows, having a custom drainage system installed will remove the water from the basement. In some of the more extreme cases, usually with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we can install one of our entire wall solution that is comprised of a full height liner to collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system installed but it cannot keep up with flooding water, we can install a new, more powerful sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. In addition to installing systems, we can also improve the drainage in the yard to help stop water from pooling at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your foundation is quite possibly one of, if not the, most important areas of the home. It not only supports the structure itself but it also forms the basement walls. If there are foundation problems, they will generally manifest themselves in the form of stair-step cracks in the brickwork, long cracks that run along the foundation or along the basement walls. You may also notice that the doors will stick when you open or close them or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also have an issue where the basement walls are coming inward. While these issues may not seem critical at first, each of them are indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert 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 tracking down these issues. We can offer a repair solution that is for your specific problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If there is a uneven foundation, we can install a system of foundation piers to stabilize the foundation. Depending on how bad it is and where it is, we will use either helical piers or push piers. Both are very strong and can help stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how much the wall is buckling, it can be solved with some potential options. We can utilize a number of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that sit directly against the problem area to push the section back in line and prevent further bowing, or even carbon fiber staples to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. These products can repair the bowing wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Braidwood, there are many homes that are built with crawl space areas and not basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, these were constructed with open vents which was intended to increase air flow into the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely 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 harbor the growth of mildew. Up to half of the air in your home has come up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is closed off from the elements and controlling excess humidity can increase the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been helping customers with their crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the most efficient way to close 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 thick plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that can seal the area totally 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 equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once the crawl space is closed off, we can install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. It will prevent high levels of humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also provide a variety of services to add features to the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We can upgrade, replace, or install new basement windows to increase the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. After we install a waterproofing system, we can install our wall system as part of a pre-finishing service that is both 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 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 meeting with one of our experts.
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