Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Waterproofing Services in Channahon, IL
When your basement floods during heavy rains or in the spring during the snow melt or there are large cracks in the foundation, you already know there could be a real problem. Our experts are ready to assist when there is any kind of crawl space water, foundation settlement, or bowing basement wall problem. Our team uses products that we've tested and methods that we've perfected over the years that our team stands behind. We have a team of professionals in the Channahon area that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and design a specialized solution for your problem that will ensure your home is properly protected. When we install a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that as soon as you find a problem with your craw space, basement, or foundation that you get in touch with a trusted repair company. We recommend this because there are a number of additional issues that can arise with these issues such as black mold, structural damage, and even permanent foundation damage. If you're in need of our basement waterproofing products to stop water damaging your home, foundation repair products to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to prevent mold growth in the crawl space, our professionals are here to help you.
Your basement is a very important part of your home whether you're using it for storage or have already finished the area. This means it is important that the entire area is dry and any type of flooding is prevented. Due to the fact that water can get into your basement using a number of different paths, that means there have to be a number of repair options that we will utilize to prevent damage to the area. The main places that we see water leaks is at cracks in the foundation walls, whether these are in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the foundation wall and floor connect, and at the windows that are at or even below the soil.
No matter where you're having the problem there are solutions that will control, divert, and remove water from your basement. If you have leaking wall cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair method to control the crack growth and leaking. When water is coming in at the cove joint or even at the windows, having a custom drainage system installed can help remove the water from your basement. In some extreme locations, occasionally with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we will recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is comprised of a full height heavy duty liner to collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system in the basement but it cannot keep up with the water, we can install 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 sitting next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your homes foundation is easily one of, if not the, most important parts. It not only holds the building itself but it also creates the basement walls. When you've got foundation problems, they will generally manifest themselves as stair-step cracks in the brickwork, long cracks that run the length of the foundation or across basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the doors will not open or close easily or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also have an issue where the basement walls are bowing into the area. You may not think these issues seem serious at first, each of them are indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for problems and determine if a repair needs to be in place.
Thankfully, the most common foundation problems have very similar causes and our experts are very good at evaluating those issues. We can implement a repair solution designed for your exact problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If there is a sloping foundation, we will install a system of foundation piers to stabilize the foundation. Depending on how bad it is and where it is, we will use either helical piers or push piers. Both types of piers are very strong and can stabilize your foundation. If you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, it can be solved with some different options. We can install a system of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that are installed directly against the problem area to push them back in line and control further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. These products will correct the bowing wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Channahon, there are many homes that are built with crawl spaces instead of basements. For a long time, these were built with open 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. The vents allow water to get in when it rains or snows and the vents prevent proper evaporation which causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually foster the growth of mold and mildew. We have found that up to ½ of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so ensuring this area is closed off from the weather and controlling excess humidity will increase the overall air quality in your home.
We have been enclosing crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the most efficient way to seal them off and control excess humidity. We do this using a method called encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, which are strong plastic and vinyl sheets as well as covers to close off existing vents and a heavy duty door that will close off the area completely and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. This will also stop bugs and animals from getting in your crawl space which will help keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is protected, we will install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. It will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also provide a number 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. During basement waterproofing, we can help with pre-finishing the area by installing a wall system that is waterproof as well as resistant to mold or mildew growth. If you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can 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 inspection so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like more information about the services above, feel free to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our frequently asked questions page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and organize a meeting with one of our experts.
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