Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Services in Fox Valley, Illinois
Whether your home 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 this is a serious problem. We are here to assist when you have any kind of basement flooding, foundation settlement, or buckling foundation wall problem. We use methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that our team stands behind. We have a team of experts in Fox Valley that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to design a specialized solution to that problem that will ensure your home is properly protected. When we install a waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that once you've seen an issue with your craw space, basement, or foundation that you contact a trusted repair company. We say this because there are quite a few potentially dangerous issues that will happen along with these issues such as mildew, weakened structure, and even catastrophic foundation damage. If you are in need of our basement waterproofing services to prevent water from entering your home, foundation repair products to stabilize your foundation, or crawl space services to control water in the crawl space, our experts are here to help you.
Your basement is an important area of your home whether it is only being used as storage or have finished the area. This means it is necessary that the space is free of standing water and any flooding is prevented. Due to the fact that water is able to get into a basement through a variety of different paths, that means there have to be a number of repair solutions and products that we will use to keep the water under control. The main places that water leaks in is at cracks in the basement walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, where the basement wall and floor connect, and at windows that may be at or below the soil.
Regardless of where you're having the problem we have solutions that will collect, transport, and eject the water from your basement. If there are leaking wall cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair procedure to stop the crack from leaking and growing. When the water is leaking at the cove joint or even the windows, installing a custom drainage system will help remove the water from your basement. In some problematic instances, occasionally with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we will recommend installing 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 in place but it cannot keep up with demand, we can install a new, more powerful 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 keep water from standing at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The homes foundation is easily one of the most important parts. It not only holds the structure itself but it also forms the basement walls. When there are foundation problems, they will generally present themselves in the form of stair-step cracks in the brickwork, cracks that run along the foundation or along the basement walls. You may also notice that the doors and windows will stick when you open or close them or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also see an issue where the basement walls are coming into the area. While these issues may not seem serious at first, each of them are indicative of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for specific problems to determine what type of a repair needs to be installed.
It is good that many foundation problems stem from similar issues and our team is very good at tracking down these issues. We can utilize a repair solution that is for your particular problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If the problem is a settling foundation, we will implement a series of foundation piers to stabilize the foundation. Depending on how bad it is and where it is, we will use either helical piers or push piers. Both types of piers are very strong and are able to stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how much the wall is buckling, we have a few potential options. We can utilize a system of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that sit vertically against the problem area to push them back in line and prevent further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. These products will straighten the buckling wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, there are many homes that are built with crawl spaces and not basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, these were built with open vents to the outside where were intended to help air flow through the space 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 prevent proper evaporation 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 enters through the crawl space so ensuring this area is protected from the elements and keeping the humidity levels low will improve the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been working with crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the most efficient way to close them off and control high humidity. This is done using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are heavy duty plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that will close off the area completely and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. This 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. 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 offer a variety of services to help add features to your basement area. We can upgrade your basement windows to improve 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 the growth of mildew. If you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can stop any water from entering the home before it can become a problem. Even if you've have a waterproofing system we did not install in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance service to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like to talk to someone about the solutions 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 a member of our team.
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