Basement and Foundation Services in Capron, Illinois
If you've noticed your home floods when there are heavy rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or you've got large cracks along your foundation, you know there could be a real issue. Our team is here to assist when there is any type of crawl space flooding, sinking foundation, or buckling basement wall problem. Our team uses time tested products and methods that we stand behind. We have a team of experts in the Capron area that are trained to properly evaluate your problem to design a specialized solution to that problem that will keep your home properly repaired. When our team implements 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 seen a problem with your craw space, basement, or foundation that you reach out to an experienced repair company. We recommend this as there are a number of additional problems that will happen along with these issues including mildew, structural damage, and even catastrophic foundation damage. No matter if you are needing our basement waterproofing products to protect your home, foundation repair services to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to prevent unnecessary damage under your home, our professionals are here to help you.
The basement is an important part of your home regardless of if it is being used as storage or if you have a finished space down there. Due to this, it is necessary that the entire space is dry and protected from flooding and excess humidity. Because water can get into your basement using a number of different places, there are a variety of repair possibilities that we will use to keep the area safe. The primary places that water leaks in is through cracks in the walls, whether these are in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, which is where the wall and floor connect, and finally at any windows that are at or below grade.
No matter where the problem may be, we've got solutions that are designed to control, transport, and eject the water from your basement. If you've got leaky cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. When the water is leaking at the cove joint or even at the windows, having a custom drainage system installed will remove the water from your basement. In some problematic cases, typically with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we will install an entire wall solution that is comprised of a full height heavy duty liner that will collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system installed but it is unable to keep up with demand, we can replace it with a new, upgraded sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. We aren't just installing systems, we can also help you improve the drainage in your yard to help keep water from standing at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your foundation is easily one of the most important parts. It not only supports the structure itself but it also is the basement walls. When you've got foundation problems, usually, they will show themselves in the form of diagonal cracks in your outside brickwork, horizontal cracks that run the length of the foundation or along the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that your doors or windows will not open or close easily or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also see a problem where your basement walls are buckling into the area. While these problems may not seem problematic at first, each of them are indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and it is important to have an expert evaluate the foundation for particular problems to determine what type of a repair needs to be installed.
It is good that the most common foundation problems have very similar causes and our team is very good at tracking down those problems. We can utilize a repair solution intended for your particular issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If the problem is a sinking foundation, we will install a system of foundation piers to level the foundation. Depending on how bad it is and where it is, we will use either helical piers 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 system of wall anchors, these are 2 large plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that are installed directly against the problem area to force the section back in line and control further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber straps to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. These products will straighten the buckling wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, many of the homes were built with crawl space areas instead of basements. For a long time, these were constructed with vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh air flow through the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. The vents allow water to get in when it rains or snows and the vents hinder airflow which results in the humidity level staying too high which can facilitate the growth of mildew. Up to ½ of the air in your home can come up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is protected from the weather and keeping the humidity levels low will increase the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been helping customers with their crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the most efficient 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 heavy duty plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that will close off the area completely and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also stop critters and animals from getting in your crawl space which will keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once your crawl space is protected, we will install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. This will prevent high levels of humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a number of services to upgrade your basement. We carry basement windows to increase the air flow or provide additional light in the area. After we install a waterproofing system, 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, our new construction waterproofing solutions can prevent any water from entering the home before it can become a problem. If you've have a competitors waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance testing to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like more information about the solutions above, please fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our frequently asked questions page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and schedule a meeting with a member of our team.
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