Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Repair Services in Elwood, Illinois
If your downstairs area floods during extended rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or you have large cracks in the foundation, you know this is a serious issue. Our experts are ready to help when there is any kind of crawl space water, sinking foundation, or bowed basement wall problem. We use time tested products and methods that our team stands behind. We have a team of experts in Elwood that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and design a specialized solution to that problem that will ensure your home is properly protected. When our team installs a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that if you've found an issue with your crawl space, foundation, or basement that you contact a trusted repair company. We recommend this because there are quite a few potentially dangerous problems that can happen along with these issues such as mildew, structural damage, and even permanent foundation damage. If you're in need of our basement waterproofing services to prevent water damage in your home, foundation repair products to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to prevent mildew growth in the crawl space, our professionals are here to help you.
Your basement is a very important part of your home regardless of if it is only being used for storage or if you have a finished space down there. This means it is important that the entire space is dry and excess humidity and flooding are controlled. Due to the fact that water can get into the basement through a number of possible paths, there needs to be a number of repair options that we can install to keep the area safe. The main places that we find water leaking is at cracks in the basement walls, whether these are in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, where the basement wall and floor connect, and finally at the windows that may be at or even below grade.
Regardless of where the problem lies we have solutions that can collect, transport, and remove water from your basement. If there are leaking basement cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. When water is leaking at the cove or even basement windows, installing a custom drainage system can remove the water from your basement. In some of the more problematic cases, occasionally with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we can install an entire wall solution that is made up of a floor to ceiling liner to collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system installed but it cannot keep up with demand, we can replace it with a new, upgraded sump pump to make the system as good as new. We aren't just installing systems, we can also help you evaluate the drainage in your yard to help stop water from sitting at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your foundation is quite possibly one of the most important parts. It not only supports the structure itself but it also forms the basement walls. When you have any foundation problems, usually, they will show themselves as diagonal cracks in the outside brickwork, long cracks that run along the foundation or along basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the windows will stick when you open or close them or there may be cracks at the corners of them. There may also be an issue where the basement walls are coming inward. While these problems may not seem problematic when you notice them, each of them are indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for problems and determine what type of a repair needs to be installed.
Thankfully, the most common foundation problems stem from similar issues and our professionals are very good at noticing these problems. We can utilize a repair solution designed for your particular issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If there is a uneven foundation, we can install a system of foundation piers to stabilize the foundation. We will install either push piers or helical piers, depending on where and how bad the sinking is. 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 number of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that are installed directly against the cracks to push the section back in line and prevent further bowing, or 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 stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, there are many homes that were built with crawl space areas and not basements. For a long time, they were constructed with vents which was intended to increase air flow into 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 hinder airflow which results in the humidity level staying too high which can foster the growth of mildew. We have found that up to 50% of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so having the space protected from the elements and keeping the humidity levels low can increase the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been encapsulating crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the best way to close them off and control excess humidity. We do this using a method called encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are thick plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that can close off the area totally and stop any excess moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also stop bugs and animals from settling in your crawl space which will keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is protected, we can install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. It will control any excess humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also offer a number of services to add features to the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We can upgrade your basement windows to increase the air flow or increase the amount of 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. When you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can prevent any potential future water problems. If you've have a competitors waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance testing to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you are interested in any of the products above, please 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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