Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Services in Caledonia, IL
It doesn't matter if your home experiences flooding when there are heavy rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or you've got large cracks along the foundation, you know there could be a real problem. We are ready to assist when there is any type of crawl space flooding, sinking foundation, or bowed foundation wall problem. We use time tested products and methods that our team stands behind. We have a team of experts in Caledonia that are trained to correctly evaluate your problem to implement a specialized solution to that problem that will keep your home safe and protected. When our team installs a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is very important that once you see an issue with your foundation, crawl space or basement that you get in touch with an experienced repair company. We recommend this due to there are some potentially dangerous issues that can arise with these issues such as mold, weakened structure, and even permanent foundation damage. No matter if you are needing our basement waterproofing products to stop water damaging your home, foundation repair services to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to prevent mold growth in the crawl space, our experts are here to help you.
Your basement is an important part of your home whether you're using it as storage or have already finished the area. Because of this, it is important that the entire area is dry and excess humidity and flooding are controlled. Because 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 utilize to prevent damage to the area. The main places that water is entering is through cracks in the basement walls, whether these are in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, where the basement wall and floor connect, and finally at the windows that are at or even below grade.
No matter where you're having the problem there are solutions that will collect, transport, and remove the water from your basement. If there are leaking cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. When the water is leaking at the cove or even the windows, having a custom drainage system installed can remove the water from your basement. In some problematic locations, usually with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we can install one of our entire wall solution that is made up of a floor to ceiling liner that will collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system installed but it is unable to keep up with the water, we can replace it with a new, more powerful sump pump to breathe new life into the system. On top of installing systems, we can also help you evaluate the drainage in your yard to assist with preventing water from sitting next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your homes foundation is quite possibly one of the most important parts. It not only supports the building itself but it also creates the basement walls. When you have any foundation problems, they will generally manifest themselves in the form of diagonal cracks in the outside brickwork, horizontal 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 there may be cracks at the corners of them. There may also be an issue where the basement walls are coming into the area. While these problems may not seem serious at first, each of them are indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for specific problems to determine if a repair needs to be in place.
Thankfully, the most common foundation problems have very similar causes and our professionals are very good at tracking down these issues. We can utilize a repair solution intended for your exact problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If you've got a settling foundation, we can install a series of foundation piers to level 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 badly the wall is bowing, we have a few potential options. Our team can install a series of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates that are 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 to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products can repair the bowed wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, there are many homes that were built with crawl space areas and not basements. For many years, these were constructed with open vents to the outside where were intended to help air flow through the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely 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 will eventually harbor the growth of mold and mildew. We have found that up to half of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is closed off from the elements and keeping the humidity levels low can improve the overall air quality in your home.
We have been encapsulating crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the most efficient way to seal them off and control excess humidity. This is done using a method known as encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, which are heavy duty plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that can seal the area totally and stop any excess moisture from entering. Closing the area will also stop rodents and animals from settling in your crawl space which will keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is encapsulated, we can install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. This will control any excess humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also provide a number 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 increase the amount of light in the area. After we install a waterproofing system, we can help with pre-finishing the area by installing a wall system that is waterproof as well as resistant to the growth of mold and mildew. If you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can prevent any potential future water problems. Even if you've have a waterproofing system we did not install in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance inspection to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like more information about the services above, please fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or give us a call at 630-206-1177 and schedule a consultation with one of our experts.
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