Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Services in Broadview, IL
It doesn't matter if your home experiences flooding during heavy rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or you have cracks in the foundation, you already know this can be a real problem. Our experts are ready to help when there is any type of basement flooding, foundation settlement, or buckling basement wall problem. Our team uses products that we've tested and methods that we've perfected over the years that our team stands behind. We have a team of professionals in the Broadview area that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and create a specialized solution to that problem that will ensure your home is safe and protected. When our team installs a waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of experience and trusted products.
It is very important that if you find an issue with your basement, foundation, or crawl space that you contact an experienced repair company. We recommend this due to there are a number of additional problems that can arise with these issues including mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even catastrophic foundation damage. If you are in need of our basement waterproofing products to protect your home, foundation repair services to prevent your home from sinking, or crawl space services to prevent damage to your floor joists, our team is here to help you.
Your basement is an important part of your home regardless of if it is being used as a storage area or have finished the area. This means it is important that the area is free of standing water and any type of flooding is prevented. Since water is able to get into a basement using a variety of possible paths, that means there have to be a number of repair possibilities that we can utilize to prevent damage to the area. The primary places that we see water leaks is through cracks in the foundation walls, whether these are in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, where the foundation wall and floor meet, and at the windows that are at or below the soil.
Regardless of where the problem lies we've got solutions that are designed to collect, transport, and eject water from your basement. If there are dripping cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair to stop the crack from leaking and growing. When water is leaking at the cove joint or even at basement windows, having a custom drainage system installed can help remove the water from your basement. In some of the more extreme locations, occasionally with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we can install an entire wall solution that is made up of a full height heavy duty liner to collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system installed but it is unable to keep up with the water, we can install a new, upgraded sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. In addition to installing systems, we can also improve the drainage in your yard to assist with preventing water from pooling next to the home 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 home itself but it also is the basement walls. When you have any foundation problems, they will generally present themselves as stair-step cracks in the brickwork, cracks that run along the foundation or across basement walls. You may also notice that the windows will stick when you open or close them or there may be cracks at the corners of them. There may also be an issue where the basement walls are bowing into the area. You may not think these issues seem critical when you notice them, they are all indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and it is important to have an expert evaluate the foundation for specific problems and determine what type of a repair needs to be installed.
It is good that the most common foundation problems have very similar causes and our professionals are very good at noticing these problems. We can implement a repair solution that is for your exact problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you have a settling foundation, we can install a series of foundation piers to stabilize the foundation. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both types of piers are very strong and are able to stabilize your foundation. If you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, we have some different options. We can utilize a system of wall anchors, these are 2 large plates connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that we mount directly against the problem area to push the section back in line and prevent further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products can correct the buckling wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Broadview, there are many homes that are built with crawl space areas instead of basements. For many years, they were built with 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 get in when it rains or snows and the vents prevent proper evaporation which results in the humidity level staying too high which will eventually facilitate the growth of mold and mildew. Up to 50% 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 improve the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been dealing with 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 series of vapor barriers, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are strong plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that can seal the area completely and prevent any unwanted moisture from entering. This will also prevent critters and animals from getting in your crawl space which will help keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once the crawl space is encapsulated, we can install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. It will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to help upgrade your basement area. We can upgrade, replace, or install new basement windows to improve the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can help with pre-finishing the area by installing a wall system that is both waterproof as well as resistant to the growth of mold and mildew. 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. If you've have a waterproofing system we did not install in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance service to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like more information about the solutions above, please fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and set up a consultation with one of our experts.
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