Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Repair Services in Crete, Illinois
When your basement floods when there are extended rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or you have long cracks along the foundation, you know there could be a real problem. We are here to help when your home has any type of basement flooding, sinking foundation, or bowed basement wall problem. Our team uses time tested products and methods that our team stands behind. We have a team of professionals in the Crete area that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to create 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 strengthened by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is critical that once you see a problem with your craw space, basement, or foundation that you reach out to a trusted repair company. We recommend this as there are some additional issues that can accompany these issues such as mildew, structural damage, and even permanent foundation damage. No matter if you require our basement waterproofing products to stop water damaging your home, foundation repair services to prevent your home from sinking, or crawl space services to control water in the crawl space, our experts are here to help you.
The basement is a very important area of your home whether it is being used for storage or have finished the area. Because of this, it is necessary that the area is free of standing water and any flooding is prevented. Since water is able to get into a basement using a number of possible places, there needs to be a number of repair possibilities that we can install to prevent damage to the area. The main places that we find water leaking is at cracks in the walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, where the walls and floor meet, and at any windows that may be at or even below the soil.
Regardless of where the problem may be, we have solutions that will collect, transport, and remove the water from your basement. If you have leaky basement cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair method to stop the crack from leaking and growing. If the water is entering at the cove joint or even at basement windows, installing a custom drainage system can help remove the water from your basement. In some extreme locations, occasionally with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we can recommend installing an entire wall solution that is a full height liner to collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system in the basement but it struggles to keep up with the water, we can install a new, more powerful sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. In addition to installing systems, we can also evaluate the drainage in your yard to assist with preventing water from pooling at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your homes foundation is easily one of the most important areas of the home. It not only holds the building itself but it also is the basement walls. If you have any foundation problems, normally they will show themselves as stair stepping cracks in the brickwork, cracks that run the length of the foundation or across the basement walls. You may also notice that the windows will not open or close easily or even cracks at the corners of them. There may also be an issue where the basement walls are pressing into the area. You may not think these problems seem critical at first, each of them are indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for particular problems to determine what type of a repair needs to be installed.
It is good that the most common foundation problems have very similar causes and our professionals are very good at tracking down these issues. We can offer a repair solution that is for your particular problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If you have a settling 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 help stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, we have a few potential options. Our team can install a system of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that are installed directly against the cracks to force them back in line and stop further bowing, or carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. These products can correct the bowed wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, many of the homes were built with crawl space areas instead of basements. For a long time, they were created with open vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh air flow into the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. The vents allow water to enter the space when it rains or snows and the vents hinder airflow which results in the humidity level staying too high which can facilitate 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 having the space closed off from the outside and keeping the humidity levels low can improve the overall air quality in your home.
We have been working with crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the proper way to seal them off and control the humidity. This is done using a method known as encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that can seal the area totally and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also stop bugs and animals from moving in your crawl space which will help keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once the crawl space is protected, we can install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. This will prevent high levels of humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also offer a number of services to help improve your basement. We can upgrade your basement windows to improve the air flow or provide additional light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can install a wall system that is both waterproof as well as resistant to the growth of mildew. When you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to stop any water from entering the home before it can become a problem. Even if you've have a competitors waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance inspection to ensure it continues 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 give us a call at 630-206-1177 and organize a meeting with a member of our team.