Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Waterproofing Services in Caledonia, IL
If you've noticed your downstairs area floods during heavy rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or you've got cracks in your foundation, you know there may be a serious issue. Our team is ready to assist when your home has any kind of crawl space water, sinking foundation, or bowing basement 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 the Caledonia area that are trained to properly evaluate your problem and implement a specific solution to that problem that will ensure your home is properly 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 crucial that as soon as you find an issue with your crawl space, foundation, or basement that you reach out to an experienced repair company. We recommend this due to there are quite a few potentially dangerous issues that can happen along with these issues such as black mold, reduced structural integrity, and even permanent foundation damage. No matter if you require 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 control mold growth in the crawl space, our experts are here to help you.
The basement is an important part of your home regardless of if it is only being used as storage or if you have a finished space down there. Because of this, it is important that the entire space is free of standing water and excess humidity is controlled. Due to the fact that water is able to get into the basement by a number of different paths, there are a variety of repair solutions and products that we can install to keep the area safe. The most common 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.
No matter where the problem may be, we have solutions that are designed to control, transport, and remove the water from your basement. If you have leaky basement cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair to control the crack growth and leaking. When the water is coming in at the cove or even your windows, installing a custom drainage system can help remove the water from your basement. In some of the more extreme locations, occasionally with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we can install one of our entire wall solution that is a floor to ceiling liner to collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system in the basement but it is unable to keep up with flooding water, we can install a new, more powerful sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. In addition to installing systems, we can also improve the drainage in your yard to help stop water from standing 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 home itself but it also creates the basement walls. When you have any foundation problems, they will generally show themselves as stair stepping cracks in your brickwork, long cracks that run the length of the foundation or across the basement walls. You may also notice that your windows or doors will get stuck or even cracks at the corners of them. There may also be a problem where your basement walls are pressing into the area. You may not think these problems seem problematic at first, each of them are indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and it is important to have an expert evaluate the foundation for particular 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 issues. We can utilize a repair product that is for your specific issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you have a sloping 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 types are very strong and can stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, it can be solved with a few possible options. Our team can install a system of wall anchors which are 2 large plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that sit directly against the cracks to push them back in line and stop further bowing, or carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. These products can repair the bowing wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Caledonia, there are many homes that were built with crawl space areas instead of basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, these were built with open vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh air flow through the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. Having open vents allows water to get in when it rains or snows and the vents prevent proper evaporation which results in the humidity level staying too high which can harbor the growth of mold and mildew. We have found that up to ½ of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is closed off from the outside and controlling excess humidity can increase the overall air quality in your home.
We have been encapsulating crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the best way to close them off and control high humidity. We do this using a method known as encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are strong plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that can close off the area completely and prevent any excess moisture from entering. Closing the area will also prevent critters and animals from moving in your crawl space which will help keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once your crawl space is encapsulated, we can install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. This will control any excess humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a number of services to help upgrade your basement area. We have basement windows to increase the air flow or provide additional light in the area. When waterproofing the basement, we can install our wall system as part of a pre-finishing service that is waterproof as well as resistant to the growth of mold and mildew. When you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can stop 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 testing so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like to talk to someone about the solutions 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 schedule a consultation with a member of our team.
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