Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Services in Bridgeview, IL
When your downstairs area experiences flooding when there are extended rains or in the spring during the snow melt or you've got long cracks in the foundation, you know this is a serious issue. Our experts are ready to provide assistance when you have any kind of basement water, sinking foundation, or buckling basement wall problem. Our team uses methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that we stand behind. We have a team of professionals in the Bridgeview area that are trained to properly evaluate your problem and implement a specific solution for your problem that will ensure your home is properly protected. When we install a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of experience and trusted products.
It is critical that if you've found an issue with the basement, foundation, or crawl space that you contact an experienced repair company. We recommend this as there are quite a few additional issues that will arise with these issues including mold, structural damage, and even permanent foundation damage. If you're needing our basement waterproofing services to protect your home, foundation repair services to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to prevent damage to your floor joists, our team is here to help you.
Your basement is a very important part of the home whether you're using it for storage or if you have a finished space down there. Due to this, it is necessary that the space is dry and protected from flooding and excess humidity. Since water is able to get into the basement using a variety of possible paths, there needs to be a variety of repair options that we will install to keep the area safe. The most common places that we find water leaking is through cracks in the basement walls, whether these are in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, where the basement wall and floor connect, and at windows that are at or below the soil.
Regardless of where you're having the problem there are solutions that will collect, transport, and remove the water from the basement. If you've got leaking cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair procedure to control the crack growth and leaking. When the water is coming in at the cove or even at your windows, installing a custom drainage system will remove the water from the basement. In some problematic cases, usually with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we will install one of our entire wall solution that is made up of a full height liner to collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system in place but it struggles to keep up with the water, we can install a new, more powerful sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. We aren't just installing systems, we can also evaluate the drainage in the yard to help prevent water from pooling next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The foundation of your home is easily one of, if not the, most important parts. It not only holds the structure itself but it also creates the basement walls. When you've got foundation problems, usually, they will show themselves as stair-step cracks in the outside brickwork, long cracks that run along the foundation or along the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the doors will not open or close easily or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also see a problem where the basement walls are pressing inward. You may not think these problems seem problematic at first, each of them are indicators of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for problems and 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 spotting those issues. We can utilize a repair product designed for your specific issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If the problem is a sloping foundation, we will implement a series of foundation piers to stabilize the foundation. We will install either push piers or helical piers, depending on where and how bad the sinking is. Both types of piers are very strong and can help stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how much the wall is buckling, there are some different options. We can install a number of wall anchors which are 2 large plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that sit directly against the cracks to force the section back in line and control further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products will straighten the buckling wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, there are many homes that are built with crawl space areas instead of basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, they were constructed with open vents to the outside where were intended to help air flow through the space 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 prevent proper evaporation which causes the humidity levels to stay high which can foster the growth of mold and mildew. We have found that up to 50% of the air in your home can come up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is protected from the weather and keeping the humidity levels low will improve the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been encapsulating crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the proper way to close them off and control excess humidity. This is done using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, which are strong plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as covers to close off existing vents and a heavy duty door that will seal the area completely and prevent any unwanted moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also prevent rodents and animals from getting in the crawl space which will keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is closed off, we will install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. It will control any excess humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to upgrade your basement. We carry basement windows to improve the air flow or provide additional 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 mold or mildew growth. If you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to prevent any potential future water problems. 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 would like to talk to someone about the services above, don't hesitate 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 consultation with a member of our team.
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