Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Waterproofing Services in Carpentersville, Illinois
Whether your downstairs area has excess water during heavy rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or you have cracks along your foundation, you know there could be a real problem. We are ready to assist when you've got any kind of basement or crawl space flooding, sinking foundation, or buckling basement wall problem. We use time tested products and methods that we stand behind. We have a team of professionals in the Carpentersville area that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and create a unique solution to that problem that will keep your home safe and protected. When our team installs a basement or crawl space waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is critical that as soon as you see a problem with your basement, foundation, or crawl space that you reach out to a trusted repair company. We recommend this as there are some additional issues that can accompany these issues including mildew, structural damage, and even permanent foundation damage. No matter if you are in need of our basement waterproofing services to prevent water from entering your home, foundation repair products to stabilize your foundation, or crawl space services to control mildew growth in the crawl space, our professionals are here to help you.
The basement is a very important area of your home regardless of if it is only being used for storage or have finished the area. This means it is necessary that the entire space is dry and any type of flooding is prevented. Due to the fact that water is able to get into the basement using a variety of possible places, there are a variety of repair options that we will utilize to keep the water under control. The primary places that we see water leaks is at cracks in the basement walls, whether these are in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, where the basement wall and floor meet, and at windows that may be at or below grade.
No matter where the problem lies we have solutions that are designed to collect, divert, and remove the water from your basement. If you've got leaking cracks, the first step is installing a wall crack repair method to control the crack growth and leaking. If the water is coming in at the cove or even at your windows, having a custom drainage system installed can help remove the water from your basement. In some problematic locations, typically with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we will recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is comprised of a floor to ceiling heavy duty liner to collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system in the basement but it cannot keep up with demand, we can replace it with a new, upgraded sump pump to make the system as good as new. We aren't just installing systems, we can also upgrade the drainage in your yard to help stop water from sitting next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your homes foundation is easily one of, if not the, most important areas of the home. It not only supports the structure itself but it also creates the basement walls. If you've got foundation problems, they will generally manifest themselves as stair-step cracks in your brickwork, long cracks that run along the foundation or along the basement walls. You may also notice that your windows and doors will stick when you open or close them or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also have a problem where your basement walls are bowing into the basement. You may not think these issues seem serious at first, they are all indicative of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for problems and determine what type of a repair needs to be in place.
It is good that the most common foundation problems stem from similar issues and our experts are very good at noticing those issues. We can utilize a repair product designed for your particular problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If there is a sloping foundation, we will install a series of foundation piers to correct the problem. We will install either push piers or helical piers, depending on where and how bad the sinking is. Both types of piers are very strong and can stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, it can be solved with a few possible options. We can install a system of wall anchors, these are 2 large plates 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 stop further bowing, or carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products will correct 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. As long as there have been crawl spaces, they were created with vents which was intended to increase 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 causes the humidity levels to stay high which can foster the growth of mildew. Up to half of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is protected from the elements and controlling excess humidity will increase the overall air quality in your home.
We have been working on crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the best way to seal them off and control high humidity. This is done using a method called encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, which are strong plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as covers to close off existing vents and a heavy duty door that will close off the area completely and stop any excess moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also stop bugs and animals from settling in your crawl space which will help keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After your crawl space is encapsulated, we will install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. It will prevent high levels of humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to help add features to your basement area. 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 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 potential future water problems. 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 would like to talk to someone about the products above, feel free 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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