Basement and Foundation Waterproofing Services in Campus, Illinois
When your home experiences flooding during extended rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or you've got large cracks in the foundation, you know this can be a real issue. Our experts are here to help when you have any kind of crawl space flooding, sinking foundation, or bowed basement wall problem. We use methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that we stand behind. We have a team of experts in the Campus area that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to come up with a specific solution to that problem that will ensure your home is properly repaired. When we install a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is critical that if you find an issue with your basement, foundation, or crawl space that you contact a trusted repair company. We recommend this as there are quite a few potentially dangerous issues that can accompany these issues including mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even permanent foundation damage. No matter if you're needing our basement waterproofing services to stop water damaging your home, foundation repair services to stabilize your foundation, or crawl space services to control mildew growth in the crawl space, our experts are here to help you.
Your basement is an important area of your home whether it is only being used as a storage area or have finished the area. Because of this, it is important that the entire area is free of standing water and excess humidity and flooding are controlled. Since water is able to get into your basement using a number of different paths, that means there have to be a variety of repair possibilities that we will utilize to prevent damage to the area. The primary places that water is entering is through 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 connect, and finally at windows that are at or below grade.
No matter where you're having the problem there are solutions that will collect, divert, and eject water from your basement. If you've got dripping cracks, the first step is installing a wall crack repair method to control the crack growth and leaking. If water is coming in at the cove joint or even at the windows, having a custom drainage system installed can help remove the water from your basement. In some of the more problematic locations, occasionally with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we will install an entire wall solution that is a full height heavy duty liner that will collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system installed but it struggles 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 pooling next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The foundation of your home is easily one of, if not the, most important parts. It not only supports the building itself but it also is the basement walls. If you have any foundation problems, normally they will manifest themselves as diagonal cracks in the outside brickwork, horizontal cracks that run along the foundation or across basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the doors will get stuck or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also see an issue where the basement walls are pressing into the basement. You may not think these issues seem problematic at first, each of them are indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for particular problems to determine if a repair needs to be performed.
Thankfully, the most common foundation problems are caused by similar things and our experts are very good at tracking down these issues. We can implement a repair product that is for your exact issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you have a uneven foundation, we will implement a series of foundation piers to correct the problem. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both 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, there are a few different options. We can utilize a system of wall anchors, these are 2 large plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that we mount directly against the cracks to push the section back in line and prevent further bowing, or carbon fiber straps to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products will repair the bowed wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Campus, there are many homes that were built with crawl space areas in addition to basements. For many years, they were created with open vents which was intended to increase air flow into the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. Having open vents allows water to get in when it rains or snows and then it never leaves which results in the humidity level staying too high which will eventually foster the growth of mildew. Up to 50% of the air in your home can come up through the crawl space so having the space protected from the outside and controlling excess humidity will improve the overall air quality in your home.
We have been helping customers with their crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the proper way to seal them off and control high humidity. We do this using a process called encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are thick plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that will close off the area completely and prevent any unwanted moisture from entering. Closing the area will also prevent bugs and animals from getting in your crawl space which will help keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once the crawl space is protected, we will install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. This will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also provide a number of services to help add features to your basement. We carry basement windows to improve the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. When waterproofing the basement, we can help with pre-finishing the area by installing a wall system that is waterproof as well as resistant to mildew growth. When you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to stop any water from entering the home before it can become a problem. Even if you've have a competitors waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance service to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you are interested in any of 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 meeting with one of our experts.
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