Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Services in Caledonia, Illinois
If you've noticed your home has excess water when there are heavy rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or there are cracks in the foundation, you know there could be a real issue. Our team is here to assist when your home has any kind of crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, or bowed basement wall problem. We use time tested products and methods that we stand behind. We have a team of experts in the Caledonia area that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to implement a specialized solution for your problem that will ensure your home is 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 crucial that once you've seen a problem with your basement, foundation, or crawl space that you contact a trusted repair company. We recommend this due to there are quite a few potentially dangerous problems that will arise with these issues such as mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even catastrophic foundation damage. If you need our basement waterproofing services to control water entering your home, foundation repair services to prevent your home from sinking, or crawl space services to control water in the crawl space, our professionals are here to help you.
Your basement is an important part of your home regardless of if it is only being used as storage or have finished the area. Due to this, it is necessary that the area is free of standing water and any flooding is prevented. Since water can get into a basement by a variety of different places, there needs to be a variety of repair options that we can use to keep the area safe. The main places that water leaks in is through cracks in the basement walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, where the basement wall and floor connect, and finally at the windows that are at or even below the soil.
No matter where the problem may be, we have solutions that can control, divert, and eject the water from your basement. If there are leaky wall cracks, the first step is installing a wall crack repair method to control the crack growth and leaking. When the water is coming in at the cove joint or even at the windows, installing a custom drainage system will remove the water from your basement. In some problematic locations, typically with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we can recommend installing an entire wall solution that is made up of a full height liner to collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system installed but it cannot keep up with demand, we can replace it with a new, more powerful sump pump to make the system as good as new. On top of installing systems, we can also improve the drainage in your yard to help prevent water from sitting next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The foundation of your home is easily one of the most important parts. It not only supports the home itself but it also creates the basement walls. When there are foundation problems, usually, they will manifest themselves in the form of stair-step cracks in the outside brickwork, cracks that run the length of the foundation or across the basement walls. You may also notice that the windows will stick when you open or close them or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also see an issue where the basement walls are coming into the basement. While these issues may not seem serious at first, they are all indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and it is important to have an expert evaluate the foundation for particular problems to determine if a repair needs to be performed.
It is good that many foundation problems have very similar causes and our team is very good at spotting those problems. We can implement a repair solution that is for your exact issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If the problem is a uneven foundation, we can install a system of foundation piers to stabilize the foundation. Depending on how bad it is and where it is, we will use either helical piers or push piers. Both types of piers are very strong and can help stabilize your foundation. If you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, we have some possible options. Our team can install a system of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that sit directly against the cracks to force the section back in line and stop further bowing, or carbon fiber staples to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. These products can repair the bowed wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Caledonia, many of the homes are built with crawl space areas in addition to basements. For many years, they were built with open vents which was intended to increase fresh air flow into the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. The vents allow water to enter the space during rain and snow storms and then it never leaves which results in the humidity level staying too high which will eventually harbor the growth of mildew. Up to 50% of the air in your home has come up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is closed off from the elements and controlling excess humidity can improve the overall air quality in your home.
We have been working with crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the proper way to close them off and control excess humidity. We do this using a process called encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, occasionally installed with insulation products, and are thick plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that can seal the area completely and prevent any excess moisture from entering. Closing the area will also prevent pests and animals from moving 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 can install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. This will prevent high levels of humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also provide a variety of services to upgrade the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We can upgrade your 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 waterproof and resistant to mildew growth. If 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 already got a waterproofing system 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 products above, feel free to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or give us a call at 630-206-1177 and organize a consultation with a member of our team.
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