Basement and Foundation Waterproofing and Repair Services in Buffalo Grove, Illinois
If your downstairs area floods during extended rains or in the spring during the snow melt or there are large cracks in the foundation, you already know this can be a real issue. Our team is ready to help when there is any type of basement or crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, or bowing foundation wall problem. We use products that we've tested and methods that we've perfected over the years that we stand behind. We have a team of experts in Buffalo Grove that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to design a specific solution for your problem that will keep your home safe and protected. When our team installs a waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that as soon as you've found an issue with the foundation, crawl space or basement that you get in touch with an experienced repair company. We recommend this as there are some additional issues that can accompany these issues including mildew, structural damage, and even catastrophic foundation damage. No matter if you require our basement waterproofing services to prevent water from entering your home, foundation repair products to stabilize your foundation, or crawl space services to control water in the crawl space, our professionals are here to help you.
Your basement is an important area of the home regardless of if it is being used for storage or have finished the area. Because of this, it is necessary that the space is free of standing water and protected from flooding and excess humidity. Due to the fact that water can get into a basement by a number of possible places, there are a number of repair possibilities that we will install to prevent damage to the area. The main places that water is entering is through 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 meet, and at the windows that may be at or even below grade.
Regardless of where the problem may be, we have solutions that can collect, divert, and remove water from the basement. If you have leaking wall cracks, the first step is installing a wall crack repair procedure to control the crack growth and leaking. If water is coming in at the cove or even basement windows, installing a custom drainage system can help remove the water from the basement. In some problematic cases, occasionally with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we will install an entire wall solution that is comprised of a floor to ceiling heavy duty liner that will collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system in place but it is unable to keep up with flooding water, we can replace it with a new, upgraded sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. On top of installing systems, we can also help you improve the drainage in the yard to assist with preventing water from standing at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your homes foundation is quite possibly one of, if not the, most important parts. It not only holds the building itself but it also forms the basement walls. If you have any foundation problems, usually, they will manifest 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 or doors will get stuck or even cracks at the corners of them. There may also be an issue where the basement walls are pressing inward. You may not think these issues seem serious at first, each of them are indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and it is important to have an expert evaluate the foundation for specific problems to determine what type of a repair needs to be performed.
It is good that many foundation problems have very similar causes and our team is very good at noticing these issues. We can offer a repair solution intended for your particular issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you've got a sinking foundation, we will install a series 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 types of piers are very strong and can stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, it can be solved with some potential options. We can utilize a series of wall anchors which are 2 large plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that are installed vertically against the cracks to push the section back in line and stop further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. These products will straighten the bowing wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, many of the homes were built with crawl spaces and not basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, they were built with vents which was intended to increase fresh air flow into 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 hinder airflow which causes the humidity levels to stay high which can harbor the growth of mildew. Up to ½ of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so ensuring this area is closed off from the elements and keeping the humidity levels low will improve the overall air quality in your home.
We have been helping customers with their crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the proper way to seal them off and control high humidity. We do this using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are strong plastic and vinyl sheets as well as covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that will close off the area completely and prevent any excess moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also prevent bugs and animals from moving in the crawl space which will help keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once the crawl space is encapsulated, we will install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. This will prevent high levels of humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a number of services to help improve the basement and crawl space areas of your home. 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 install a wall system that is both waterproof and resistant to mildew growth. 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 already got a waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance inspection to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you are interested in any of the products above, don't hesitate to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and organize a consultation with a member of our team.
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