Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Waterproofing Services in Carpentersville, IL
Whether your downstairs area floods when there are extended rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or you have cracks along the foundation, you know this can be a real problem. Our team is here to provide assistance when your home has any kind of crawl space flooding, sinking foundation, or bowing basement wall problem. We use time tested products and methods that we stand behind. We have a team of professionals in Carpentersville that are trained to correctly evaluate your problem to implement a specialized solution for your problem that will ensure your home is safe and protected. When our team implements a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of experience and trusted products.
It is critical that once you find a problem with the crawl space, foundation, or basement that you contact a trusted repair company. We recommend this because there are a number of additional problems that can arise with these issues including mildew, weakened structure, and even permanent foundation damage. If you require our basement waterproofing products to prevent water from entering your home, foundation repair services to stabilize your foundation, or crawl space services to control mildew growth in the crawl space, our team is here to help you.
The basement is a very important part of the home whether it is being used as a storage area or have already finished the area. Because of this, it is important that the 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 options that we can install to prevent damage to the area. The main places that water leaks in is through cracks in the walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, which is where the walls and floor connect, and at the windows that are at or below the soil.
Regardless of where the problem may be, we have solutions that can control, transport, and eject the water from the basement. If there are dripping cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair to stop the crack from leaking and growing. If the water is coming in at the cove or even basement windows, installing a custom drainage system can remove the water from the basement. In some extreme instances, typically with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we can recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is comprised of a full height heavy duty 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 install a new, more powerful sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. In addition to installing systems, we can also help you upgrade the drainage in the yard to assist with preventing water from pooling next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The foundation of your home is easily one of the most important parts. It not only supports the structure itself but it also creates the basement walls. If there are foundation problems, usually, they will show themselves as stair stepping cracks in the brickwork, long cracks that run the length of the foundation or along the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the doors or 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 bowing inward. You may not think these problems seem problematic when you notice them, they are all indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for specific problems to determine what type of a repair needs to be installed.
It is good that the most common foundation problems stem from similar issues and our professionals are very good at tracking down these problems. We can offer a repair product designed for your specific problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If you have a sinking foundation, we can install a system of foundation piers to correct the problem. 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 you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how much the wall is buckling, it can be solved with some different options. We can install a series of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that we mount directly against the problem area to force the section back in line and control further bowing, or carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products can repair the bowing wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, there are many homes that are built with crawl space areas in addition to basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, these were constructed with vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh air flow through the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. Having open vents allows water to enter the space when it rains or snows and then it never leaves which results in the humidity level staying too high which can facilitate the growth of mildew. Up to half of the air in your home can come up through the crawl space so having the space protected from the elements and keeping the humidity levels low can improve the overall air quality in your home.
We have been encapsulating crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the most efficient 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, occasionally installed with insulation products, and are heavy duty plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that can close off the area completely and prevent any excess moisture from entering. This will also prevent critters and animals from settling in the crawl space which will keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once the crawl space is protected, we can install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. This will prevent high levels of humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also offer a number of services to add features to your basement area. We can upgrade your 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 mildew growth. When you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to stop any potential future water problems. If you've have a waterproofing system we did not install 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 call us directly at 630-206-1177 and set up a meeting with a member of our team.
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