Basement and Foundation Repair Services in Bristol, Illinois
Whether your home has excess water during extended rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or you have long cracks along your foundation, you know this can be a real issue. Our experts are here to help when you've got any kind of basement flooding, sinking foundation, or buckling basement wall problem. We use time tested products and methods that we stand behind. We have a team of professionals in Bristol that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and create a specific solution to that 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 industry experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that as soon as you see 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 additional issues that can accompany these issues including mildew, weakened structure, and even permanent foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you're needing our basement waterproofing services to prevent water damage in your home, foundation repair services to prevent your home from sinking, or crawl space services to control water in the crawl space, our professionals are here to help you.
Your basement is a very important part of the home whether it is being used for storage or have already finished the area. This means it is important that the space is dry and any flooding is prevented. Since water is able to get into your basement using a number of possible places, there are a variety of repair options that we will utilize to prevent damage to the area. The main places that water leaks in is at cracks in the walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, which is where the walls and floor connect, and at windows that may be at or below the soil.
Regardless of where you're having the problem we have solutions that will collect, divert, and eject water from the basement. If you've got leaky wall cracks, the first step is installing a wall crack repair method to stop the crack from leaking and growing. When water is coming in at the cove or even the windows, installing a custom drainage system can help remove the water from the basement. In some of the more extreme locations, usually with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we will recommend installing an entire wall solution that is a floor to ceiling liner that will collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system in place but it cannot keep up with demand, we can replace it with a new, more powerful sump pump to make the system as good as new. We aren't just installing systems, we can also upgrade the drainage in the yard to help keep water from standing next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The homes foundation is quite possibly one of, if not the, most important parts. It not only holds the home itself but it also forms the basement walls. When you've got foundation problems, they will generally manifest themselves in the form of stair-step cracks in your brickwork, long cracks that run the length of the foundation or along basement walls. You may also notice that your windows or doors will stick when you open or close them or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also have a problem where your basement walls are bowing into the area. You may not think these problems seem critical at first, each of them are indicative 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 performed.
Thankfully, the most common foundation problems stem from similar issues and our team is very good at tracking down those issues. We can implement a repair solution designed for your particular issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If there is a sinking foundation, we will install 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 stabilize your foundation. If you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how much the wall is buckling, there are some potential options. Our team can utilize a series of wall anchors, these are 2 large plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that are installed directly against the cracks to push them 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 correct the buckling wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, there are many homes that are built with crawl spaces instead of basements. For a long time, they were constructed with 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 enter the space when it rains or snows and the vents prevent proper evaporation which causes the humidity levels to stay high which can harbor the growth of mildew. Up to ½ of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is protected from the elements and controlling excess humidity will increase the overall air quality in your home.
We have been encapsulating crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the best way to close them off and control high humidity. This is done using a process called encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, which are thick plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that will close off the area completely and stop any excess moisture from entering. This will also stop bugs and animals from getting in the crawl space which will help keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once your crawl space is closed off, we will install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. This will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also provide a number of services to help improve your basement area. We can upgrade your basement windows to increase the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. When waterproofing the basement, we can help with pre-finishing the area by installing a wall system that is waterproof as well as resistant to mildew growth. If 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 already got a waterproofing system 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 services above, don't hesitate to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or give us a call at 630-206-1177 and set up a meeting with one of our experts.
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