Foundation and Basement Repair Services in Dolton, Illinois
Whether your home experiences flooding when there are heavy rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or you've got cracks along your foundation, you already know this is a serious problem. We are here to assist when your home has any type of basement or crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, or bowed basement wall problem. We use products that we've tested and methods that we've perfected over the years that we stand behind. We have a team of professionals in the Dolton area that are trained to properly evaluate your problem and design a unique solution to that problem that will ensure your home is safe and protected. When our team implements a waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is critical that if you find an issue with your crawl space, foundation, or basement that you get in touch with an experienced repair company. We say this because there are quite a few additional issues that will arise with these issues such as mildew, structural damage, and even catastrophic foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you are needing our basement waterproofing services to prevent water from entering your home, foundation repair products to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to control humidity below the home, our professionals are here to help you.
The basement is a very important part of your home regardless of if it is only being used for storage or have already finished the area. This means it is necessary that the entire space is dry and protected from flooding and excess humidity. Since water can get into the basement by a number of possible places, that means there have to be a variety of repair solutions and products that we can utilize to keep the area safe. The most common places that we see water leaks 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 walls and floor connect, and finally at windows that may be at or below grade.
No matter where the problem may be, we've got solutions that will collect, transport, and remove the water from your basement. If you have leaking wall cracks, the first step is installing a wall crack repair to control the crack growth and leaking. If the water is coming in at the cove or even the windows, installing a custom drainage system will remove the water from your basement. In some problematic locations, usually with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we can install one of our entire wall solution that is a full height heavy duty liner to collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system in place but it is unable to keep up with demand, we can install a new, upgraded sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. On top of installing systems, we can also help you evaluate the drainage in your yard to help prevent water from pooling next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your foundation is quite possibly one of the most important areas of the home. It not only supports the structure itself but it also creates the basement walls. If there are foundation problems, they will generally manifest themselves in the form of stair stepping cracks in your outside brickwork, long cracks that run along the foundation or across the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that your doors will get stuck or even cracks at the corners of them. There may also be a problem where your basement walls are buckling into the area. You may not think these issues seem problematic at first, they are all indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and it is important to have an expert evaluate the foundation for particular problems and determine what type of a repair needs to be in place.
It is good that the most common foundation problems are caused by similar things and our experts are very good at tracking down these issues. We can offer a repair product intended for your particular problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you've got a uneven foundation, we can install a series 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 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, we have some different options. Our team can install a system of wall anchors, these are 2 large plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that sit directly against the cracks to push the section back in line and stop further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber staples to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products can correct the bowed wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, many of the homes were built with crawl spaces instead of basements. For a long time, these were constructed with open vents which was intended to increase fresh air flow through the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. Having open vents allows water to enter the space during rain and snow storms and then it never leaves which results in the humidity level staying too high which will eventually foster the growth of mildew. We have found that up to ½ of the air in your home has come up through the crawl space so ensuring this area is protected from the weather and keeping the humidity levels low can improve the overall air quality in your home.
We have been working on crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the most efficient way to seal them off and control the humidity. This is done using a method called encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are heavy duty plastic and vinyl sheets as well as covers to close off existing vents and a heavy duty door that can close off the area completely and prevent any unwanted moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also prevent pests and animals from settling in your crawl space which will keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After your crawl space is closed off, we can install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. This will control any excess humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also offer a number of services to upgrade your basement area. 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 mildew growth. If you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to stop any potential future water problems. Even if you've have a competitors waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance service to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like more information about the products 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 schedule a consultation with one of our experts.
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