Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Waterproofing and Repair Services in Brookfield, Illinois
It doesn't matter if your downstairs area experiences flooding during extended rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or you have large cracks in your foundation, you already know this is a serious problem. Our team is ready to help when you've got any kind of basement or crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, or buckling 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 experts in the Brookfield area that are trained to properly evaluate your problem to come up with a specialized solution to that problem that will ensure your home is safe and protected. When we install a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that if you see a problem with your basement, foundation, or crawl space that you get in touch with an experienced repair company. We recommend this as there are some additional issues that will arise with these issues such as mildew, weakened structure, and even permanent foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you're needing our basement waterproofing services to control water entering your home, foundation repair services to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to control water in the crawl space, our team is here to help you.
The basement is a very important area of your home regardless of if it is being used as a storage area or if you have a finished space down there. Due to this, it is necessary that the entire area is dry and excess humidity is controlled. Since water can get into your basement by a variety of possible paths, that means there have to be a variety of repair options that we can install to keep the water under control. The primary places that we see water leaks is at cracks in the foundation walls, whether these are in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the foundation walls and floor connect, and at any windows that may be at or even below grade.
No matter where the problem may be, we've got solutions that will collect, divert, and remove the water from your basement. If there are leaky wall cracks, the first step is installing a wall crack repair to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. If the water is leaking at the cove joint or even your windows, having a custom drainage system installed will help remove the water from your basement. In some extreme instances, typically with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we can recommend installing an entire wall solution that is comprised of a floor to ceiling liner that will collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system in the basement but it is unable to keep up with flooding water, we can install a new, upgraded sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. We aren't just installing systems, we can also upgrade the drainage in your yard to help prevent water from standing next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your foundation is quite possibly one of the most important parts. It not only holds the building itself but it also forms the basement walls. If you have any foundation problems, they will generally show themselves as stair-step cracks in your outside brickwork, horizontal cracks that run along the foundation or along the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that your doors will not open or close easily or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also see an issue where your basement walls are bowing into the basement. While these issues may not seem problematic when you notice them, each of them are indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for problems to determine what type of a repair needs to be in place.
It is good that the most common foundation problems stem from similar issues and our team is very good at tracking down these issues. We can utilize a repair product designed for your exact problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If the problem is a uneven foundation, we can install a system of foundation piers to correct the problem. 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 have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, there are a few possible options. Our team can utilize a system of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that sit directly against the cracks to force the section back in line and control further bowing, or even carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products can straighten the buckling wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Brookfield, many of the homes were built with crawl space areas instead of basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, these were built with vents to the outside where were intended to help air flow through the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. The vents allow water to get in during rain and snow storms and then it never leaves which causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually facilitate the growth of mildew. We have found that up to ½ of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so having the space closed off from the elements and keeping the humidity levels low can increase the overall air quality in your home.
We have been encapsulating crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the best way to seal them off and control the humidity. We do this using a method known as encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, occasionally installed with insulation products, and are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that can close off the area completely and prevent any excess moisture from entering. This will also prevent critters and animals from moving in your crawl space which will help keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After your crawl space is closed off, we can install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. This will prevent high levels of humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also provide a variety of services to help upgrade your basement. We can upgrade, replace, or install new basement windows to increase the air flow or increase the amount of 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 the growth of mildew. If you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to prevent any potential future water problems. Even if you've have a competitors waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance inspection so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you are interested in any of 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 organize a consultation with one of our experts.