Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Waterproofing Services in Bristol, Illinois
Whether your downstairs area experiences flooding when there are extended rains or in the spring during the snow melt or there are cracks along the foundation, you already know this can be a real problem. Our experts are ready to help when there is any type of basement water, sinking foundation, or bowing foundation 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 Bristol area that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to create a unique solution to that problem that will ensure your home is properly repaired. When our team installs a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is very important that as soon as you find an issue with the basement, foundation, or crawl space that you get in touch with a trusted repair company. We recommend this due to there are a number of additional issues that can happen along with these issues such as mildew, structural damage, and even permanent foundation damage. If you are in need of our basement waterproofing products to protect your home, foundation repair services to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to prevent damage to your floor joists, our professionals are here to help you.
Your basement is an important area of the home whether it is only being used as storage or have finished the area. Because of this, it is important that the entire area is dry and protected from flooding and excess humidity. Since water can get into a basement by a variety of different paths, there needs to be a variety of repair possibilities that we can utilize to keep the area safe. The main places that we find water leaking is at cracks in the basement walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the basement walls and floor meet, and finally at any windows that may be at or even below the soil.
Regardless of where the problem may be, there are solutions that are designed to control, divert, and eject the water from the basement. If you have dripping wall cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair procedure to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. When the water is leaking at the cove joint or even at the windows, having a custom drainage system installed can remove the water from the basement. In some problematic cases, occasionally with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we can install an entire wall solution that is a floor to ceiling liner that will collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system installed but it is unable to keep up with demand, we can install a new, more powerful sump pump to breathe new life into the system. On top of installing systems, we can also evaluate the drainage in the yard to help keep water from pooling next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The homes foundation is quite possibly one of, if not the, most important areas of the home. It not only supports the building itself but it also creates the basement walls. When you have any foundation problems, they will generally present themselves as stair-step cracks in the brickwork, cracks that run the length of the foundation or along the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the doors will stick when you open or close them or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also see an issue where the basement walls are coming into the basement. You may not think these issues seem critical when you notice them, they are all indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and it is important to have an expert evaluate the foundation for problems to determine what type of a repair needs to be performed.
Thankfully, many foundation problems have very similar causes and our professionals are very good at tracking down these issues. We can utilize a repair product intended for your particular problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you've got a uneven foundation, we can implement a series of foundation piers to level the foundation. Depending on how bad it is and where it is, we will use either helical piers or push piers. Both types of piers are very strong and can help stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, 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 tall braces that sit vertically against the problem area to force the section back in line and stop further bowing, or even carbon fiber staples to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. These products can correct the bowing wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, there are many homes that were built with crawl space areas instead of basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, these were created 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 prevent proper evaporation which results in the humidity level staying too high which can foster the growth of mildew. Up to 50% of the air in your home can come up through the crawl space so having the space protected from the elements and keeping the humidity levels low can improve the overall air quality in your home.
We have been encapsulating crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the proper way to close them off and control the humidity. This is done using a method called encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, occasionally installed with insulation products, and are heavy duty plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that can seal the area totally and stop any excess moisture from entering. This will also stop bugs 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 protected, we can install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. It will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to upgrade the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We have basement windows to improve the air flow or provide additional light in the area. When waterproofing the basement, we can install our wall system as part of a pre-finishing service that is both waterproof and resistant to mildew growth. If you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can stop any potential future water problems. Even if you've have a competitors waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance testing to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like more information about the products 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 one of our experts.
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