Basement and Foundation Repair Services in Burlington, IL
If you've noticed your home has excess water 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 is a serious problem. We are ready to help when you have any type of crawl space water, sinking foundation, or bowed basement wall problem. Our team uses time tested products and methods that our team stands behind. We have a team of experts in Burlington 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 properly repaired. When our team installs a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of experience and trusted products.
It is very important that if you've found a problem with the basement, foundation, or crawl space that you contact an experienced repair company. We say this because there are quite a few potentially dangerous problems that will arise with these issues including black mold, reduced structural integrity, and even permanent foundation damage. No matter if you are needing 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 experts are here to help you.
The basement is a very important part of the home whether it is being used for storage or have already finished the area. This means it is necessary that the entire area is free of standing water and protected from flooding and excess humidity. Due to the fact that water can get into your basement by a variety of different places, that means there have to be a variety of repair possibilities that we can install to keep the area safe. The primary places that we find water leaking is at cracks in the basement walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, where the basement wall and floor meet, and at the windows that may be at or below the soil.
Regardless of where the problem lies there are solutions that are designed to control, divert, and remove the water from the basement. If you have dripping cracks, the first step is installing a wall crack repair method to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. If the water is entering at the cove or even at your windows, installing a custom drainage system will help remove the water from the basement. In some extreme instances, typically with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we can recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is made up of a floor to ceiling heavy duty liner that will collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system installed but it cannot keep up with the water, we can replace it with a new, more powerful sump pump to make the system as good as new. We aren't just installing systems, we can also upgrade the drainage in the yard to assist with preventing water from sitting next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The foundation of your home is quite possibly one of the most important parts. It not only supports the structure itself but it also is the basement walls. If you've got foundation problems, normally they will manifest themselves as diagonal cracks in your brickwork, horizontal cracks that run along the foundation or across the basement walls. You may also notice that your windows and doors will not open or close easily or there may be cracks at the corners of them. There may also be an issue where your basement walls are pressing into the area. You may not think these problems seem critical when you notice them, 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 in place.
Thankfully, many foundation problems are caused by similar things and our team is very good at spotting those problems. We can offer a repair solution that is for your exact problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If the problem is a uneven 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 types are very strong and can stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, there are a few potential options. We can install a number of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that we mount vertically against the problem area to force the section back in line and control further bowing, or even carbon fiber staples to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products can straighten the bowed wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Burlington, there are many homes that were built with crawl spaces and not basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, these were built with 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 get in during rain and snow storms and the vents hinder airflow which causes the humidity levels to stay high which can foster the growth of mold and mildew. Studies have shown that up to half of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is protected from the weather and controlling excess humidity can improve the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been dealing with crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the most efficient way to close them off and control excess humidity. This is done using a process called encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, occasionally installed with insulation products, and are strong plastic and vinyl sheets as well as covers to close off existing vents and a heavy duty door that can seal the area totally and prevent any excess moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also prevent bugs and animals from settling in the crawl space which will help keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After your crawl space is closed off, we can install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. It will control any excess humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also provide a variety of services to help improve your basement. We have basement windows to improve the air flow or provide additional light in the area. When waterproofing the basement, we can install a wall system that is both waterproof and resistant to mold or 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. If you've have a competitors waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance service so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like more information about the services above, feel free 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 set up a meeting with a member of our team.
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