Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Repair Services in Burbank, Illinois
Whether your home floods when there are heavy rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or you have large cracks along the foundation, you already know there may be a serious issue. Our experts are here to provide assistance when you've got any type of basement or crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, or buckling foundation wall problem. We use 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 correctly evaluate your problem and create a specific solution to that problem that will keep your home safe and protected. When we install a waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is very important that once you find an issue with your foundation, crawl space or basement that you get in touch with a trusted repair company. We say this due to there are a number of additional issues that will accompany these issues such as mildew, structural damage, and even permanent foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you are in need of our basement waterproofing services to prevent water from entering your home, foundation repair products to prevent your home from sinking, or crawl space services to prevent unnecessary damage under your home, our team is here to help you.
The basement is an important area of your home whether it is only being used for storage or have finished the area. This means it is important that the entire area is free of standing water and any flooding is prevented. Since water is able to get into your basement using a variety of different paths, there needs to be a variety of repair solutions and products that we will utilize to prevent damage to the area. The most common places that water is entering is through cracks in the walls, whether these are in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, which is where the walls and floor connect, and at any windows that may be at or below grade.
No matter where you're having the problem we have solutions that are designed to collect, transport, and eject the water from your basement. If there are dripping wall cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair procedure to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. If the water is entering at the cove joint or even your windows, installing a custom drainage system will remove the water from your basement. In some extreme cases, occasionally with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we will 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. If you've already got a waterproofing system installed but it struggles to keep up with demand, we can install a new, more powerful sump pump to make the system as good as new. In addition to installing systems, we can also evaluate the drainage in your yard to assist with preventing water from pooling at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The homes foundation is easily one of the most important parts. It not only holds the structure itself but it also forms the basement walls. If you've got foundation problems, they will generally show themselves as diagonal cracks in the outside brickwork, cracks that run along the foundation or across the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the windows and doors will stick when you open or close them or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also have a problem where the basement walls are bowing inward. You may not think these issues seem problematic when you notice them, each of them are indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for problems and determine if a repair needs to be in place.
It is good that many foundation problems stem from similar issues and our professionals are very good at noticing these issues. We can offer a repair product that is for your exact issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you've got a uneven foundation, we will install a system 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 are very strong and can help stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, we have a few different options. Our team can install a system of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that sit directly against the problem area to force them back in line and control further bowing, or even carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. These products will correct the buckling wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, many of the homes are built with crawl space areas and not basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, they were built with open vents which was intended to increase fresh air flow into the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. The vents allow water to enter the space when it rains or snows and then it never leaves which causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually facilitate the growth of mildew. Studies have shown that up to half of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so ensuring this area is protected from the outside and controlling excess humidity will increase the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been helping customers with their crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the proper way to close them off and control excess humidity. This is done using a method known as encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheets as well as covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that will seal the area completely and prevent any excess moisture from entering. Closing the area will also prevent bugs and animals from getting in your crawl space which will keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is protected, we will install a combination 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 add features to the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We carry basement windows to increase the air flow or provide additional light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can install a wall system that is waterproof as well as resistant to the growth of mildew. If 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. Even if you've have a waterproofing system we did not install in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance testing to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like to talk to someone about the solutions above, please fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our frequently asked questions page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and set up a meeting with a member of our team.