Foundation and Basement Waterproofing Services in Carol Stream, IL
If you've noticed your home has excess water when there are extended rains or in the spring during the snow melt or there are cracks in the foundation, you already know there could be a real problem. We are ready to provide assistance when you have any kind of crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, or bowing basement wall problem. We use methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that our team stands behind. We have a team of professionals in Carol Stream that are trained to properly evaluate your problem and create a unique solution to that problem that will ensure your home is safe and protected. When our team implements a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of experience and trusted products.
It is very important that if you find an issue with the foundation, crawl space or basement that you get in touch with an experienced repair company. We recommend this as there are a number of additional issues that can arise with these issues including black mold, reduced structural integrity, and even permanent foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you are in need of our basement waterproofing services to prevent water damage in 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 experts are here to help you.
Your basement is an important part of the home regardless of if it is being used as a storage area or have already finished the area. Because of this, it is necessary that the area is free of standing water and excess humidity is controlled. Due to the fact that water is able to get into your basement by a variety of different paths, that means there have to be a variety of repair possibilities that we can use to prevent damage to the area. The primary places that we find water leaking is through cracks in the foundation walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the foundation walls and floor connect, and at any windows that are at or below grade.
Regardless of where the problem may be, we've got solutions that will collect, transport, and eject the water from the basement. If you have dripping wall cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair method to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. If the water is leaking at the cove joint or even at the windows, having a custom drainage system installed can remove the water from the basement. In some of the more problematic instances, occasionally with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we can recommend installing an entire wall solution that is made up of a floor to ceiling heavy duty liner that will collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system in place but it cannot keep up with flooding water, we can replace it with a new, more powerful sump pump to make the system as good as new. We aren't just installing systems, we can also upgrade the drainage in the yard to help keep 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 holds the building itself but it also creates the basement walls. If you've got foundation problems, usually, they will manifest themselves in the form of diagonal cracks in the brickwork, horizontal cracks that run along the foundation or along the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the doors and windows will not open or close easily or even cracks at the corners of them. There may also be a problem where the basement walls are coming into the basement. You may not think these issues seem serious when you notice them, they are all indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and it is important to have an expert evaluate the foundation for particular problems and determine if a repair needs to be in place.
It is good that the most common foundation problems stem from similar issues and our team is very good at noticing those issues. We can implement a repair product intended for your specific problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you've got a sloping foundation, we can implement a system of foundation piers to level the foundation. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both types of piers are very strong and can help stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, we have a few different options. We can utilize a system of wall anchors which are 2 large plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that sit vertically against the cracks to push the section back in line and stop further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products can straighten the bowing wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, there are many homes that were built with crawl space areas in addition to basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, these were built with vents to the outside where were intended to help 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 harbor the growth of mold and mildew. Studies have shown that up to half of the air in your home has come up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is protected from the weather and controlling excess humidity can increase the overall air quality in your home.
We have been encapsulating crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the most efficient way to close them off and control high humidity. This is done using a method known as encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are strong plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that can close off the area completely and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. This will also stop critters and animals from settling in the crawl space which will keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once the crawl space is closed off, we can install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. It will control any excess humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to upgrade your basement. We can upgrade your basement windows to increase the air flow or provide additional light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can help with pre-finishing the area by installing a wall system that is both waterproof as well as resistant to the growth of mold and 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 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 would like more information about the solutions above, don't hesitate to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or give us a call at 630-206-1177 and schedule a consultation with one of our experts.