Basement and Foundation Repair Services in Des Plaines, Illinois
If your downstairs area experiences flooding when there are heavy rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or you've got long cracks along the foundation, you already know there could be a real issue. Our team is here to provide assistance when you have any kind of crawl space water, foundation settlement, or bowed basement 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 experts in the Des Plaines area that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to come up with a unique solution for your problem that will ensure your home is properly protected. When we install a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of experience and trusted products.
It is critical that once you've found an issue with your foundation, crawl space or basement that you contact a trusted repair company. We recommend this due to there are a number of potentially dangerous problems that can accompany these issues such as mildew, structural damage, and even permanent foundation damage. No matter if you're in need of our basement waterproofing products to stop water damaging your home, foundation repair products to prevent your home from sinking, or crawl space services to control water in the crawl space, our team is here to help you.
The basement is a very important part of your home regardless of if it is being used for storage or have finished the area. Because of this, it is important that the entire space is free of standing water and excess humidity is controlled. Because water is able to get into a basement using a variety of possible places, there are a variety of repair options that we will utilize to keep the water under control. The primary places that water leaks in is at cracks in the walls, whether these are in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the walls and floor connect, and finally at windows that are at or below the soil.
Regardless of where the problem may be, we have solutions that will collect, divert, and eject water from your basement. If there are dripping cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair procedure to control the crack growth and leaking. When water is entering at the cove joint or even at basement windows, installing a custom drainage system can remove the water from your basement. In some of the more extreme instances, typically with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we will recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is a full height heavy duty liner that will collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system in place but it cannot keep up with flooding water, we can replace it with a new, upgraded sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. We aren't just installing systems, we can also help you evaluate the drainage in your yard to help keep water from pooling next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your foundation is quite possibly one of the most important parts. It not only holds the building itself but it also is the basement walls. When you've got foundation problems, they will generally manifest themselves in the form of stair stepping cracks in the brickwork, horizontal cracks that run the length of the foundation or across basement walls. You may also notice that the doors and windows will stick when you open or close them or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also see an issue where the basement walls are pressing into the area. While these issues may not seem critical at first, each of them are indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for specific problems to determine what type of a repair needs to be performed.
Thankfully, many foundation problems have very similar causes and our professionals are very good at evaluating these problems. We can offer a repair solution intended for your particular issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If the problem is a settling foundation, we will install a series of foundation piers to correct the problem. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both types are very strong and are able to stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, we have a few possible options. We can utilize a series of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that sit vertically against the cracks to force them back in line and stop further bowing, or carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products will repair the bowed wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Des Plaines, many of the homes were built with crawl spaces and not basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, they were created with vents which was intended to increase fresh air flow through the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. The vents allow water to enter the space during rain and snow storms and the vents prevent proper evaporation which results in the humidity level staying too high which can facilitate the growth of mildew. We have found that up to half of the air in your home can come up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is protected from the elements and keeping the humidity levels low will improve the overall air quality in your home.
We have been encapsulating 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. This is done using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are thick plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as covers to close off existing vents and a heavy duty door that will seal the area totally and stop any excess moisture from entering. Closing the area will also stop rodents and animals from settling in your crawl space which will keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is protected, we will install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. It will prevent high levels of humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also provide a variety of services to add features to the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We can upgrade your basement windows to improve the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. When waterproofing the basement, we can install our wall system as part of a pre-finishing service that is both waterproof as well as resistant to the growth of mildew. If 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 testing to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like to talk to someone about the services above, feel free 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 meeting with one of our experts.