Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Waterproofing Services in Crest Hill, Illinois
When your downstairs area experiences flooding during heavy rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or you've got large cracks in the foundation, you already know this can be a real problem. Our team is here to assist when there is any type of crawl space water, foundation settlement, or buckling foundation wall problem. We use time tested products and methods that our team stands behind. We have a team of professionals in the Crest Hill area that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and implement a unique solution for your 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 strengthened by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that once you've seen a problem with your crawl space, foundation, or basement that you contact a trusted repair company. We say this due to there are a number of potentially dangerous problems that will arise with these issues such as mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even catastrophic foundation damage. If you require our basement waterproofing products to control water entering your home, foundation repair products to stabilize your foundation, or crawl space services to prevent unnecessary damage under your home, our professionals are here to help you.
Your basement is an important area of your home whether it is only being used as storage or if you have a finished space down there. This means it is important that the entire area is dry and any flooding is prevented. Due to the fact that water is able to get into a basement through a number of different places, that means there have to be a variety of repair possibilities that we will utilize to keep the water under control. The primary places that we find water leaking 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 walls and floor connect, and finally at any windows that may be at or below grade.
No matter where the problem may be, we have solutions that will control, divert, and remove the water from your basement. If you've got dripping cracks, the first step is installing a wall crack repair procedure to stop the crack from leaking and growing. If the water is leaking at the cove or even your windows, having a custom drainage system installed will help remove the water from your basement. In some problematic locations, typically 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. If you've already got a waterproofing system in place but it struggles to keep up with demand, we can replace it with a new, upgraded sump pump to breathe new life into the system. We aren't just installing systems, we can also help you improve 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 the most important parts. It not only holds the building itself but it also creates the basement walls. If you've got foundation problems, normally they will present themselves in the form of diagonal cracks in the outside brickwork, horizontal cracks that run along the foundation or across the basement walls. You may also notice that the windows or doors will get stuck or even cracks at the corners of them. There may also be a problem where the basement walls are pressing into the basement. While these issues may not seem critical at first, each of them are indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and it is important to have an expert evaluate the foundation for particular problems and determine if a repair needs to be performed.
It is good that the most common foundation problems stem from similar issues and our team is very good at noticing those problems. We can offer a repair solution intended for your exact problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If the problem is a sloping foundation, we will implement 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 have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, there are some potential options. Our team can utilize a series of wall anchors, these are 2 large plates connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that sit directly against the problem area to force the section back in line and stop further bowing, or even carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. These products will correct the buckling wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, many of the homes were built with crawl spaces in addition to basements. For many years, they were created with open vents which was intended to increase air flow into the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. The vents allow water to get in when it rains or snows and the vents hinder airflow which results in the humidity level staying too high which can foster the growth of mildew. Studies have shown that up to 50% of the air in your home has come up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is closed off from the outside and keeping the humidity levels low will improve the overall air quality in your home.
We have been dealing with crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the proper way to seal them off and control excess humidity. We do this using a method called encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, which are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that will close off the area totally 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 items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is encapsulated, we will install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. It will prevent high levels of humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also provide a number of services to help add features to the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We can upgrade, replace, or install new basement windows to improve the air flow or provide additional light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can install our wall system as part of a pre-finishing service that is waterproof and resistant to mildew growth. If you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to prevent 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 testing so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like more information about the solutions above, please fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or give us a call at 630-206-1177 and organize a meeting with a member of our team.
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