Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Repair Services in Buckingham, Illinois
When your downstairs area experiences flooding when there are heavy rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or you have large cracks along your foundation, you already know this can be a real problem. Our team is ready to provide assistance when your home has any kind of basement flooding, sinking foundation, or bowed basement wall problem. Our team uses methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that our team stands behind. We have a team of experts in the Buckingham area that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and create a specific solution for your problem that will ensure your home is safe and protected. When our team implements a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of experience and trusted products.
It is critical that once you see a problem with the crawl space, foundation, or basement that you reach out to a trusted repair company. We say this as there are some additional problems that can accompany these issues such as mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even permanent foundation damage. No matter if you require our basement waterproofing products to prevent water from entering your home, foundation repair services to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to prevent damage to your floor joists, our experts 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. Because of this, it is necessary that the entire space is dry and excess humidity is controlled. Due to the fact that water can get into your basement through a variety of possible paths, there needs to be a number of repair options that we will utilize to keep the area safe. The primary places that we find water leaking is at cracks in the walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, where the walls and floor connect, and at windows that are at or below the soil.
No matter where the problem may be, we've got solutions that can control, divert, and eject the water from the basement. If there are leaky cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair method to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. If the water is entering at the cove joint or even at the windows, installing a custom drainage system can remove the water from the basement. In some extreme cases, occasionally with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we will install an entire wall solution that is comprised of a full height heavy duty liner that will collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system in the basement but it struggles 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 upgrade the drainage in the yard to help prevent water from sitting at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The foundation of your home is easily one of the most important areas of the home. It not only supports the home itself but it also creates the basement walls. If you've got foundation problems, usually, they will present themselves in the form of stair stepping cracks in your outside brickwork, long cracks that run along the foundation or across the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that your windows and 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 area. You may not think these issues seem serious when you notice them, each of them are indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and it is important to have an expert evaluate the foundation for particular problems and determine if a repair needs to be installed.
Thankfully, the most common foundation problems have very similar causes and our team is very good at tracking down these problems. We can implement a repair product designed for your specific problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you have a sinking foundation, we will 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 are very strong and can stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, it can be solved with a few potential options. We can install a series of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that are installed vertically against the problem area to push them back in line and stop further bowing, or carbon fiber straps to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products will correct the bowed wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, there are many homes that were built with crawl spaces in addition to basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, they were created with open vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh air flow through the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. Having open vents allows water to enter the space when it rains or snows and the vents prevent proper evaporation which results in the humidity level staying too high which can harbor the growth of mildew. We have found that up to 50% of the air in your home has come up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is protected from the outside and controlling excess humidity will increase the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been enclosing crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the best way to seal them off and control the humidity. This is done using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that will seal the area completely 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. After your crawl space is closed off, we will install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. It will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also provide a variety of services to upgrade your basement. We carry basement windows to increase 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 waterproof as well as resistant to mildew growth. When you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to stop any water from entering the home before it can become a problem. 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 would like to talk to someone 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 schedule a consultation with one of our experts.
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