Basement and Foundation Waterproofing Services in Caledonia, Illinois
When your downstairs area floods when there are heavy rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or you've got large cracks in the foundation, you know there could be a real problem. Our experts are here to help when your home has any kind of basement or crawl space flooding, sinking foundation, or bowing basement wall problem. Our team uses methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that we stand behind. We have a team of professionals in the Caledonia area that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and create a specific solution to that problem that will keep your home properly repaired. When our team implements a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of experience and trusted products.
It is very important that once you see an issue with the foundation, crawl space or basement that you get in touch with a trusted repair company. We say this because there are some additional issues that will happen along with these issues such as mildew, structural damage, and even catastrophic foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you're in need of our basement waterproofing services to protect your home, foundation repair services to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to control water in the crawl space, our team is here to help you.
Your basement is a very important part of the home whether it is only being used as storage or have already finished the area. Because of this, it is necessary that the entire space is free of standing water and any type of flooding is prevented. Due to the fact that water is able to get into the basement using a number of different paths, there needs to be a variety of repair options that we can use to prevent damage to the area. The main places that we see water leaks is through cracks in the walls, whether these are in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the walls and floor meet, and at windows that are at or even below grade.
No matter where you're having the problem we have solutions that can control, divert, and eject water from the basement. If there are leaking wall cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair method to stop the crack from leaking and growing. If water is leaking at the cove or even basement windows, installing a custom drainage system will help remove the water from the basement. In some problematic cases, typically with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we can install an entire wall solution that is made up of a floor to ceiling heavy duty liner that will collect and divert water. If you've already got 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. We aren't just installing systems, we can also upgrade the drainage in the yard to help keep water from pooling at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your homes foundation is quite possibly one of, if not the, most important parts. It not only holds the home itself but it also creates the basement walls. If there are foundation problems, usually, they will manifest themselves as diagonal cracks in the brickwork, cracks that run along the foundation or across basement walls. You may also notice that the windows will not open or close easily or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also see an issue where the basement walls are coming into the area. While these problems may not seem critical when you notice them, each of them are indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for particular problems and determine what type of a repair needs to be in place.
It is good that the most common foundation problems have very similar causes and our professionals are very good at noticing those issues. We can offer a repair product that is for your exact problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If the problem is a uneven foundation, we can install a system of foundation piers to correct the problem. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both types are very strong and can help stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how much the wall is buckling, there are a few different options. Our team can utilize a number of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that we mount vertically against the cracks to push them back in line and prevent further bowing, or even carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products can correct the bowing wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, many of the homes were built with crawl spaces in addition to basements. For many years, they were created with open vents to the outside where were intended to help air flow through the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. The vents allow water to enter the space when it rains or snows and then it never leaves which causes the humidity levels to stay high which can facilitate the growth of mildew. Studies have shown that up to 50% of the air in your home has come up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is protected from the weather and keeping the humidity levels low can increase the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been dealing with crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the best way to seal them off and control the humidity. We do this using a method known as encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, occasionally installed with insulation products, and are thick plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that can close off the area totally and prevent any excess moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also prevent rodents and animals from getting in the crawl space which will help keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once the crawl space is encapsulated, we can install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. It will prevent high levels of humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also offer a number of services to help add features to the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We can upgrade, replace, or install new basement windows to increase the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. After we install a waterproofing system, we can install our wall system as part of a pre-finishing service that is waterproof and resistant to the growth of mildew. If 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 already got a 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 products above, feel free to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and schedule a meeting with a member of our team.
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