Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Services in Channahon, IL
Whether your downstairs area experiences flooding during heavy rains or in the spring during the snow melt or there are large cracks along the foundation, you already know there may be a serious problem. Our experts are ready to help when you have any kind of basement flooding, sinking foundation, or bowing 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 Channahon area that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and design a specialized solution to that problem that will ensure your home is properly protected. When our team installs a waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that once you've seen an issue with your craw space, basement, or foundation that you contact a trusted repair company. We say this as there are some additional issues that will happen along with these issues such as black mold, reduced structural integrity, and even catastrophic foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you are needing our basement waterproofing services to prevent water from entering your home, foundation repair services to stabilize your foundation, or crawl space services to control water in the crawl space, our team is here to help you.
The basement is a very important area of your home regardless of if it is only being used as a storage area or have already finished the area. Because of this, it is necessary that the entire space is free of standing water and protected from flooding and excess humidity. Since water can get into the basement by a variety of different paths, there are a variety of repair options that we will use to keep the water under control. The most common places that water leaks in 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 meet, and finally at windows that are at or below grade.
Regardless of where you're having the problem we have solutions that can control, transport, and eject water from your basement. If you've got leaky wall cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair to stop the crack from leaking and growing. When water is leaking at the cove joint or even at basement windows, installing a custom drainage system will help remove the water from your basement. In some problematic locations, typically with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we will recommend installing an entire wall solution that is comprised of a floor to ceiling liner to collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system in the basement but it is unable to keep up with flooding water, we can install a new, more powerful sump pump to breathe new life into the system. We aren't just installing systems, we can also help you upgrade the drainage in your yard to help keep water from sitting at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The foundation of your home is easily one of the most important parts. It not only holds the building itself but it also forms the basement walls. When you have any foundation problems, they will generally manifest themselves in the form of stair stepping cracks in the outside brickwork, horizontal cracks that run along the foundation or across basement walls. You may also notice that the windows and doors will get stuck or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also have an issue where the basement walls are pressing into the area. You may not think these problems seem problematic at first, each of them are indicative of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for particular problems and determine what type of a repair needs to be in place.
Thankfully, many foundation problems stem from similar issues and our team is very good at spotting those issues. We can implement a repair solution designed for your exact problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If you've got a uneven foundation, we will implement a series of foundation piers to correct the problem. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both types 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 some different options. We can utilize a number of wall anchors which are 2 large plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that are installed vertically against the cracks to push the section back in line and control further bowing, or carbon fiber staples to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. These products will straighten the bowing wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Channahon, many of the homes were built with crawl spaces and not basements. For many years, these were built with open vents which was intended to increase air flow into the space 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 causes the humidity levels to stay high which can foster the growth of mold and mildew. Studies have shown that up to ½ of the air in your home can come up through the crawl space so having the space protected from the outside and controlling excess humidity will improve the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been enclosing crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the proper way to close them off and control the humidity. This is done using a method known as encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are thick plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that will close off the area completely and prevent any excess moisture from entering. Closing the area will also prevent pests and animals from moving in your crawl space which will help keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is closed off, we will install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. This will control any excess humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to help add features to your basement area. We can upgrade your basement windows to improve the air flow or provide additional light in the area. After we install a waterproofing system, we can install a wall system that is both waterproof and resistant to the growth of mold and mildew. When you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can stop any potential future water problems. If you've have a competitors waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance inspection so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like more information about the products 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 meeting with one of our experts.
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