Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Waterproofing and Repair Services in Campus, Illinois
If you've noticed your basement 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 already know there may be a serious problem. Our team is here to assist when you've got any kind of crawl space flooding, sinking foundation, or buckling basement wall problem. Our team uses methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that our team stands behind. We have a team of professionals in the Campus area that are trained to correctly evaluate your problem and come up with a unique solution to that problem that will ensure your home is properly repaired. When our team installs a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that as soon as you've found an issue with the foundation, crawl space or basement that you get in touch with an experienced repair company. We say this because there are quite a few additional issues that can arise with these issues such as mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even permanent foundation damage. If you are in need of 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 humidity below the home, our professionals are here to help you.
The basement is an important part of the home whether you're using it as a storage area or if you have a finished space down there. This means it is important that the entire area is dry and any type of flooding is prevented. Due to the fact that water can get into a basement through a number of possible paths, there are a number of repair solutions and products that we will install to keep the area safe. The primary places that water is entering is through cracks in the foundation walls, whether these are in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the foundation wall and floor connect, and at the windows that are at or even below the soil.
Regardless of where the problem may be, we've got solutions that can control, transport, and remove water from the basement. If you have leaky wall cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair to control the crack growth and leaking. If water is leaking at the cove or even the windows, having a custom drainage system installed can help remove the water from the basement. In some of the more problematic instances, occasionally with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we will recommend installing 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 in the basement but it cannot keep up with flooding water, we can replace it with a new, more powerful sump pump to breathe new life into the system. We aren't just installing systems, we can also improve the drainage in the yard to help stop water from standing at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The foundation of your home is quite possibly one of, if not the, most important areas of the home. It not only supports the home itself but it also forms the basement walls. If there are foundation problems, usually, they will show themselves in the form of stair stepping cracks in the brickwork, long cracks that run along the foundation or across basement walls. You may also notice that the windows will get stuck or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also see a problem where the basement walls are buckling into the basement. While these problems may not seem critical at first, each of them are indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for specific problems and determine if a repair needs to be installed.
Thankfully, the most common foundation problems stem from similar issues and our professionals are very good at evaluating these issues. We can implement a repair product that is for your specific problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If the problem is a sinking foundation, we will 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 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 utilize a series of wall anchors, these are 2 large plates connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that we mount vertically against the cracks to force them back in line and prevent further bowing, or carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. These products will straighten the buckling wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, there are many homes that were built with crawl spaces in addition to basements. For many years, they were built with open vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh air flow into the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. The vents allow water to enter the space when it rains or snows and the vents prevent proper evaporation which causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually foster the growth of mildew. We have found that up to half of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so ensuring this area is closed off from the elements and keeping the humidity levels low will improve the overall air quality in your home.
We have been working with crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the proper way to seal them off and control excess humidity. This is done using a method known as encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, which are heavy duty plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that will close off the area totally and prevent any excess moisture from entering. This will also prevent rodents and animals from getting in the crawl space which will help keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is encapsulated, we will install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. It will control any excess humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also provide a number of services to help upgrade your basement. We have 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 as well as resistant to the growth of mildew. 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. If you've have a waterproofing system we did not install in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance testing to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you are interested in any of the services above, don't hesitate 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 organize a meeting with one of our experts.
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