Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Repair Services in Burbank, Illinois
Whether your home has excess water when there are extended rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or you've got long cracks in your foundation, you already know this can be a real issue. Our experts are ready to provide assistance when you've got any type of crawl space water, foundation settlement, or bowing 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 Burbank that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and implement a unique solution for your problem that will ensure your home is safe and protected. When we install a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is very important that as soon as you see a problem with the craw space, basement, or foundation that you get in touch with an experienced repair company. We say this as there are quite a few potentially dangerous problems that can happen along with these issues such as mildew, structural damage, and even catastrophic foundation damage. If you are needing our basement waterproofing services to stop water damaging your home, foundation repair services to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to control mildew growth in the crawl space, our experts are here to help you.
Your basement is an important part of the home whether you're using it for storage or if you have a finished space down there. Due to this, it is important that the area is free of standing water and any flooding is prevented. Due to the fact that water is able to get into a basement through a variety of possible paths, there are a variety of repair options that we can use to keep the area safe. The main places that we see water leaks is at cracks in the walls, whether these are in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the wall and floor meet, and finally at the windows that may be at or even below the soil.
Regardless of where you're having the problem we've got solutions that can control, divert, and eject the water from the basement. If you have leaking wall cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair method to control the crack growth and leaking. If the water is entering at the cove joint or even basement windows, having a custom drainage system installed can remove the water from the basement. In some problematic locations, usually with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we can recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is made up 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, more powerful sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. On top of installing systems, we can also evaluate the drainage in the yard to help stop water from sitting at the foundation 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 forms the basement walls. If there are foundation problems, they will generally manifest themselves as stair stepping cracks in your brickwork, horizontal cracks that run along the foundation or along the basement walls. You may also notice that your windows or doors will get stuck or there may be cracks at the corners of them. There may also be a problem where your basement walls are coming into the basement. You may not think these issues seem problematic at first, each of them are indicative of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for specific problems and determine if a repair needs to be performed.
Thankfully, the most common foundation problems have very similar causes and our professionals are very good at spotting those problems. We can offer a repair product intended for your exact issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If there is a sinking foundation, we can implement 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 are very strong and are able to stabilize your foundation. If you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, there are a few potential options. We can install a system of wall anchors, these are 2 large plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that are installed directly against the cracks to force the section back in line and prevent further bowing, or even carbon fiber staples to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products can correct the bowing wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, there are many homes that are built with crawl space areas instead of basements. For a long time, these were created with vents which was intended to increase air flow into the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. Having open vents allows water to get in during rain and snow storms and the vents prevent proper evaporation which causes the humidity levels to stay high which can foster the growth of mildew. Up to ½ of the air in your home has come up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is closed off from the outside and controlling excess humidity can improve the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been encapsulating crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the proper way to seal them off and control high humidity. We do this using a process called 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 vent covers and a heavy duty door that can seal the area completely and prevent any unwanted moisture from entering. This will also prevent pests 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 can 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 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 provide additional light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can install a wall system that is both 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 prevent any water from entering the home before it can become a problem. Even if you've have a competitors waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance service 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 frequently asked questions page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and schedule a consultation with one of our experts.