Foundation and Basement Services in Chatsworth, Illinois
If you've noticed your downstairs area floods 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 this is a serious problem. Our experts are here to provide assistance when there is any kind of crawl space flooding, sinking foundation, or bowing foundation wall problem. Our team uses time tested products and methods that we stand behind. We have a team of experts in the Chatsworth area that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to create a unique solution for your problem that will ensure your home is safe and protected. When our team installs a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that once you've found a problem with your foundation, crawl space or basement that you reach out to an experienced repair company. We say this as there are some potentially dangerous problems that will accompany these issues including mildew, weakened structure, and even catastrophic foundation damage. If you're needing our basement waterproofing services to prevent water damage in your home, foundation repair products to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to prevent unnecessary damage under your home, our experts are here to help you.
Your basement is a very important area of your home regardless of if you're using it as a storage area or have finished the area. Due to this, it is necessary that the area is free of standing water and any type of flooding is prevented. Because water is able to get into the basement using a variety of possible paths, there are a number of repair options that we can install to keep the area safe. The main places that water leaks in is through cracks in the foundation walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, which is where the foundation walls and floor meet, and finally at the windows that may be at or even below grade.
No matter where the problem may be, we've got solutions that can control, transport, and eject water from your basement. If there are leaky basement cracks, the first step is installing a wall crack repair procedure to control the crack growth and leaking. If water is leaking at the cove or even at basement windows, installing a custom drainage system will help remove the water from your basement. In some extreme instances, occasionally with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we can install 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 installed but it is unable to keep up with demand, we can replace it with a new, more powerful sump pump to make the system as good as new. On top of installing systems, we can also evaluate the drainage in your yard to help keep water from standing next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your homes foundation is easily one of the most important parts. It not only supports the building itself but it also creates the basement walls. If you have any foundation problems, normally they will manifest themselves in the form of diagonal cracks in your outside brickwork, horizontal cracks that run along the foundation or across basement walls. You may also notice that your doors or windows will get stuck or even cracks at the corners of them. There may also be an issue where your basement walls are coming inward. You may not think these problems seem serious at first, they are all indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and it is important to have an expert evaluate the foundation for problems to determine what type of a repair needs to be installed.
It is good that many foundation problems have very similar causes and our experts are very good at spotting these problems. We can utilize a repair solution designed for your specific problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If the problem is a sinking foundation, we can implement a system 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 help stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how much the wall is buckling, we have a few potential options. We can install a number of wall anchors which 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 push the section back in line and stop further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. These products can repair the bowing wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Chatsworth, many of the homes were built with crawl spaces and not basements. For many years, they were created with vents which was intended to increase air flow into the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. Having open vents allows 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 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 weather and controlling excess humidity can increase the overall air quality in your home.
We have been encapsulating crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the most efficient way to seal them off and control high humidity. This is done using a process called encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, which are strong plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that can seal the area totally and stop any excess moisture from entering. This will also stop rodents 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 can install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. It will control any excess humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also provide a variety of services to help improve your basement area. We have basement windows to increase 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, our new construction waterproofing solutions can prevent any water from entering the home before it can become a problem. Even if you've already got a 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 to talk to someone about the products above, don't hesitate 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 consultation with a member of our team.
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