Foundation and Basement Waterproofing Services in Cortland, Illinois
It doesn't matter if your basement experiences flooding when there are heavy rains or in the spring during the snow melt or you've got cracks in the foundation, you already know there may be a serious problem. Our experts are here to provide assistance when your home has any kind of basement flooding, sinking foundation, or buckling basement wall problem. Our team uses time tested products and methods that we stand behind. We have a team of experts in Cortland that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to come up with a specialized solution to that problem that will keep your home properly repaired. When our team implements a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that if you see an issue with your basement, foundation, or crawl space that you get in touch with an experienced repair company. We say this because there are a number of additional issues that will arise with these issues including mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even permanent foundation damage. No matter if you need our basement waterproofing products to control water entering your home, foundation repair services to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to control mildew growth in the crawl space, our professionals are here to help you.
Your basement is an important part of your home whether you're using it as storage or if you have a finished space down there. Due to this, it is necessary that the entire area is free of standing water and any type of flooding is prevented. Due to the fact that water can get into your basement using a variety of different places, there needs to be a variety of repair possibilities that we will install to keep the area safe. The main places that water is entering is at cracks in the basement walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the basement wall and floor meet, and at windows that are at or even below grade.
Regardless of where the problem lies we've got solutions that will collect, transport, and eject the water from your basement. If there are dripping cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair procedure to stop the crack from leaking and growing. If the water is coming in at the cove or even basement windows, installing a custom drainage system will remove the water from your basement. In some of the more problematic cases, usually with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we will recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is comprised of a floor to ceiling liner that will collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system in the basement but it is unable to keep up with the water, we can install a new, more powerful sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. On top of installing systems, we can also help you upgrade the drainage in your yard to assist with preventing water from pooling at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your foundation is easily one of, if not the, most important parts. It not only supports the building itself but it also is the basement walls. If you've got foundation problems, they will generally manifest themselves as diagonal cracks in the brickwork, cracks that run the length of the foundation or along the basement walls. You may also notice that the doors will get stuck or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also see an issue where the basement walls are coming into the basement. You may not think these problems seem serious at first, each of them are indicators of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for particular problems to determine what type of a repair needs to be in place.
Thankfully, the most common foundation problems have very similar causes and our team is very good at evaluating these issues. We can utilize a repair product that is for your exact problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If you have a settling foundation, we will install a system of foundation piers to level the foundation. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both types of piers 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. 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 the section back in line and prevent further bowing, or even carbon fiber staples to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products will repair the buckling wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Cortland, many of the homes are built with crawl space areas instead of basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, they were constructed with vents which was intended to increase air flow through the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. The vents allow water to enter the space when it rains or snows and the vents hinder airflow which causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually facilitate the growth of mildew. We have found that up to 50% of the air in your home can come up through the crawl space so having the space protected from the elements and keeping the humidity levels low will improve the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been dealing with crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the best way to close them off and control high humidity. We do this using a process called encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are heavy duty plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that will close off the area completely and prevent any unwanted moisture from entering. This will also prevent bugs and animals from moving in your crawl space which will keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once the crawl space is closed off, we will install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. It will control any excess humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to add features to your basement area. We have basement windows to improve the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. After we install a waterproofing system, we can install our wall system as part of a pre-finishing service that is both waterproof and resistant to the growth of mildew. 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. Even 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 to talk to someone about the solutions above, don't hesitate to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our frequently asked questions page or give us a call at 630-206-1177 and schedule a meeting with one of our experts.
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