Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Waterproofing and Repair Services in Burlington, Illinois
Whether your downstairs area has excess water during heavy rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or you have cracks in your foundation, you already know there could be a real issue. Our experts are here to assist when you've got any kind of crawl space flooding, sinking foundation, or bowed basement wall problem. Our team uses products that we've tested and methods that we've perfected over the years that we stand behind. We have a team of professionals in the Burlington area that are trained to properly evaluate your problem and design a specialized solution for your problem that will ensure your home is properly repaired. When we install a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that as soon as you see a problem with the basement, foundation, or crawl space that you get in touch with a trusted repair company. We recommend this due to there are quite a few additional problems that will happen along with these issues including mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even catastrophic foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you're in need of our basement waterproofing products to control water entering your home, foundation repair services 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 whether it is only being used for storage or have already finished the area. Because of this, it is necessary that the area is free of standing water and any flooding is prevented. Due to the fact that water is able to get into your basement by a number of different places, there needs to be a number of repair solutions and products that we can install to prevent damage to the area. The most common places that we see water leaks is through cracks in the basement walls, whether these are in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the basement wall and floor connect, and finally at the windows that may be at or even below grade.
No matter where the problem may be, there are solutions that can collect, transport, and eject water from the basement. If there are dripping basement cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair procedure to control the crack growth and leaking. When water is entering at the cove joint or even your windows, having a custom drainage system installed will remove the water from the basement. In some problematic instances, typically with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we can recommend installing an entire wall solution that is comprised of a full height liner to collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system in place but it cannot keep up with flooding water, we can replace it with a new, upgraded sump pump to breathe new life into the system. In addition to installing systems, we can also evaluate the drainage in the yard to help prevent water from pooling next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The homes foundation is easily one of the most important parts. It not only supports the structure itself but it also creates the basement walls. When you've got foundation problems, they will generally present themselves as stair stepping cracks in your brickwork, long cracks that run the length of the foundation or across basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that your doors or windows will get stuck or there may be cracks at the corners of them. There may also be an issue where your basement walls are pressing inward. While these problems may not seem serious at first, they are all indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for specific problems and determine if a repair needs to be performed.
It is good that the most common foundation problems stem from similar issues and our professionals are very good at evaluating those problems. We can offer a repair solution designed for your specific issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If the problem is a uneven foundation, we can install a series of foundation piers to stabilize the foundation. We will install either push piers or helical piers, depending on where and how bad the sinking is. Both are very strong and can stabilize your foundation. If you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, we have a few possible options. Our team can utilize a series of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that are installed vertically against the problem area to force the section back in line and control further bowing, or even carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products can correct the bowed wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, many of the homes were built with crawl spaces instead of basements. For a long time, they were created with vents to the outside where were intended to help air flow through the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. The vents allow water to get in during rain and snow storms and the vents prevent proper evaporation which causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually facilitate the growth of mildew. We have found that up to ½ of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so having the space protected from the weather and controlling excess humidity can improve the overall air quality in your home.
We have been enclosing crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the best way to close them off and control high humidity. We do this using a method called encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are strong plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as covers to close off existing vents and a heavy duty door that can close off the area totally and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. Closing the area will also stop critters and animals from moving in the crawl space which will keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once your crawl space is protected, we can 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 offer a number of services to upgrade 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. After we install a waterproofing system, we can install a wall system that is waterproof as well as resistant to mildew growth. When 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. Even if you've have a waterproofing system we did not install in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance testing so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you are interested in any of the services above, don't hesitate to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our frequently asked questions page or give us a call at 630-206-1177 and organize a consultation with a member of our team.
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