Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Services in Chatsworth, Illinois
If your home has excess water when there are extended rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or there are large cracks along your foundation, you already know there may be a serious problem. Our experts are ready to help when you've got any kind of crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, or buckling foundation wall problem. We use products that we've tested and methods that we've perfected over the years that we stand behind. We have a team of experts in Chatsworth that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to design a specific solution to that problem that will ensure your home is safe and protected. When our team implements a waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of experience and trusted products.
It is very important that if you've found an issue with your craw space, basement, or foundation that you get in touch with a trusted repair company. We say this as there are quite a few potentially dangerous problems that can happen along with these issues including mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even catastrophic foundation damage. No matter if you are in need of our basement waterproofing products to protect your home, foundation repair products to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to prevent damage to your floor joists, our professionals are here to help you.
The basement is a very important part of your home whether it is only being used as storage or if you have a finished space down there. 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 a basement using a variety of possible paths, there are a variety of repair possibilities that we can use to prevent damage to the area. The primary places that we find water leaking is at cracks in the basement walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, which is where the basement walls and floor connect, and at any windows that may be at or even below grade.
No matter where the problem lies there are solutions that are designed to 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 procedure to control the crack growth and leaking. If water is entering at the cove joint or even at the windows, installing a custom drainage system can help remove the water from your basement. In some of the more problematic instances, typically with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we can recommend installing an entire wall solution that is made up of a floor to ceiling liner to collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system installed but it cannot keep up with the water, we can replace it with a new, upgraded sump pump to breathe new life into the system. In addition to 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
The homes foundation is quite possibly one of the most important parts. It not only holds the building itself but it also forms the basement walls. If you have any foundation problems, they will generally show themselves in the form of diagonal cracks in your brickwork, horizontal cracks that run the length of the foundation or along basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that your doors and windows will stick when you open or close them or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also see an issue where your basement walls are pressing inward. You may not think these issues seem serious when you notice them, they are all indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and it is important to have an expert evaluate the foundation for specific problems to determine what type of a repair needs to be performed.
It is good that many foundation problems stem from similar issues and our experts are very good at spotting those problems. We can implement a repair solution intended for your exact problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you have a uneven 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 stabilize your foundation. If you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, it can be solved with a few different options. Our team can install a number of wall anchors which are 2 large plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that sit vertically against the problem area to force them back in line and stop further bowing, or even carbon fiber straps to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products can correct the buckling wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, many of the homes are 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 air flow into the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. Having open vents allows water to get in during rain and snow storms and then it never leaves which causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually harbor 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 outside and controlling excess humidity can increase the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been working with crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the best way to seal them off and control the humidity. We do this using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, which are heavy duty plastic and vinyl sheets as well as covers to close off existing vents and a heavy duty door that can close off the area completely and prevent any unwanted moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also prevent critters and animals from moving in your crawl space which will help keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After your crawl space is encapsulated, we can install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. This will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also provide a variety of services to help upgrade your basement. We can upgrade your basement windows to increase the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. When waterproofing the basement, we can install a wall system that is waterproof and resistant to the growth of mildew. If you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to prevent any potential future water problems. If you've have a competitors waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance testing so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like more information about the solutions 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 schedule a consultation with a member of our team.
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