Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Waterproofing and Repair Services in Buckingham, IL
If your downstairs area floods when there are heavy rains or in the spring during the snow melt or there are long cracks along the foundation, you know there may be a serious issue. Our experts are ready to assist when you have any kind of basement or crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, or bowing basement wall problem. Our team uses time tested products and methods that our team stands behind. We have a team of professionals in the Buckingham area that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to come up with a unique solution for your problem that will ensure your home is properly protected. When our team installs a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is critical that as soon as you've seen 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 potentially dangerous problems that will accompany these issues such as mildew, weakened structure, and even permanent foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you are needing our basement waterproofing products to prevent water damage in your home, foundation repair products to stabilize your foundation, or crawl space services to prevent damage to your floor joists, our experts are here to help you.
Your basement is an important part of the home regardless of if it is only being used as storage or if you have a finished space down there. Due to this, it is necessary that the entire space is free of standing water and any flooding is prevented. Because water is able to get into your basement by a variety of different places, there are a number of repair possibilities that we can install to keep the area safe. The most common places that water is entering is at cracks in the foundation walls, whether these are in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, where the foundation walls and floor meet, and at the windows that are at or below grade.
No matter where the problem may be, we've got solutions that can control, divert, and remove water from the basement. If you've got dripping wall cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair method to stop the crack from leaking and growing. If water is entering at the cove or even the windows, having a custom drainage system installed will help remove the water from the basement. In some extreme locations, usually 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. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system in place but it is unable to keep up with the water, we can install a new, upgraded sump pump to breathe new life into the system. In addition to installing systems, we can also help you evaluate the drainage in the yard to help prevent water from sitting next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The homes foundation is easily one of, if not the, most important parts. It not only supports the structure itself but it also creates the basement walls. If there are foundation problems, usually, they will manifest themselves as diagonal cracks in the brickwork, horizontal cracks that run the length of the foundation or along basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the windows 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 coming inward. While these problems may not seem critical at first, they are all indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for particular problems to determine what type of a repair needs to be installed.
It is good that many foundation problems are caused by similar things and our experts are very good at tracking down those problems. We can utilize a repair solution that is for your exact issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If the problem is a uneven foundation, we can implement a system of foundation piers to correct the problem. We will install either push piers or helical piers, depending on where and how bad the sinking is. Both are very strong and can help stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how much the wall is buckling, we have some different options. Our team can install a system of wall anchors which are 2 large plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that we mount directly against the cracks to push them back in line and control further bowing, or carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products can repair the bowing wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, many of the homes were built with crawl spaces and not basements. For a long time, these were built with open vents to the outside where were intended to help 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 hinder airflow which results in the humidity level staying too high which will eventually foster the growth of mold and mildew. We have found that up to ½ of the air in your home has come up through the crawl space so having the space closed off from the weather and controlling excess humidity can improve the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been enclosing crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the proper way to close them off and control high humidity. This is done using a method called encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are strong plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that can close off the area totally and prevent any unwanted moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also prevent bugs and animals from getting in the crawl space which will help keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is encapsulated, we can install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. It will control any excess humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to help add features to your basement area. We can upgrade your basement windows to improve the air flow or increase the amount of 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. When you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to 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 to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like more information about the services above, please fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and schedule a consultation with a member of our team.
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