Basement and Foundation Services in Chatsworth, IL
When your home has excess water when there are extended rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or you have long cracks in the foundation, you already know there may be a serious problem. Our team is ready to help when your home has any kind of basement or crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, or bowing foundation wall problem. We use 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 Chatsworth that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to design a unique solution to that problem that will ensure your home is properly repaired. When our team installs a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of experience and trusted products.
It is very important that if you've seen a problem with your craw space, basement, or foundation that you get in touch with an experienced repair company. We recommend this because there are quite a few additional issues that can accompany these issues such as black mold, reduced structural integrity, and even permanent foundation damage. If you need our basement waterproofing services to stop water damaging your home, foundation repair products to prevent your home from sinking, or crawl space services to prevent damage to your floor joists, our experts are here to help you.
The basement is a very important part of your home regardless of if it is only being used as a storage area or have finished the area. Because of this, it is important that the area is free of standing water and any type of flooding is prevented. Because water is able to get into your basement using a number of different places, there needs to be a variety of repair solutions and products that we will utilize to prevent damage to the area. The main places that water is entering is at cracks in the foundation walls, whether these are in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, where the foundation wall and floor meet, and at windows that are at or below grade.
No matter where the problem may be, we have solutions that can control, divert, and remove water from your basement. If you've got dripping cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. When water is coming in at the cove or even the windows, having a custom drainage system installed can remove the water from your basement. In some of the more extreme cases, occasionally with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we will recommend installing one of our 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 in place but it struggles to keep up with flooding water, we can replace it with a new, more powerful sump pump to make the system as good as new. We aren't just installing systems, we can also help you improve the drainage in your yard to assist with preventing water from sitting at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your foundation is easily one of the most important areas of the home. It not only holds the structure itself but it also creates the basement walls. When there are foundation problems, they will generally present themselves in the form of stair stepping cracks in the outside brickwork, horizontal cracks that run along the foundation or across basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the windows or doors will get stuck or there may be cracks at the corners of them. There may also be an issue where the basement walls are pressing inward. While these issues may not seem problematic at first, they are all indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and it is important to have an expert evaluate the foundation for specific problems to determine if a repair needs to be installed.
Thankfully, the most common foundation problems are caused by similar things and our professionals are very good at tracking down these issues. We can utilize a repair product that is for your specific problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you have a sloping foundation, we will install a series 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 have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, there are some possible options. Our team can install a number of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates and these 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, or even carbon fiber staples to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products will repair the bowing wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, there are many homes that are built with crawl spaces and not basements. For many years, 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 get in when it rains or snows and then it never leaves which results in the humidity level staying too high which can foster the growth of mold and mildew. Up to ½ of the air in your home has come up through the crawl space so having the space protected from the elements and keeping the humidity levels low will increase the overall air quality in your home.
We have been working with crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the most efficient way to close them off and control excess humidity. We do this using a process called encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are thick plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that will seal 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 keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is encapsulated, we will install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. This will prevent high levels of humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a number of services to improve the basement and crawl space areas of your home. 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 water from entering the home before it can become a problem. If you've have a competitors waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance service so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you are interested in any of the services above, don't hesitate 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 set up a consultation with a member of our team.
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