Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Services in Lafox, Illinois
When your home experiences flooding during extended rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or there are cracks along the foundation, you know this is a serious issue. Our team is ready to help when your home has any kind of crawl space water, sinking foundation, or bowed basement wall problem. Our team uses methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that we stand behind. We have a team of professionals in the Lafox area that are trained to correctly evaluate your problem to create a unique solution for your problem that will ensure your home is properly protected. When we install a basement or crawl space waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that as soon as you see a problem with your crawl space, foundation, or basement that you reach out to an experienced repair company. We recommend this because there are quite a few potentially dangerous problems that can happen along with these issues such as mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even permanent foundation damage. If you're needing 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 control water in the crawl space, our team is here to help you.
The basement is an important area of your home regardless of if it is being used as storage or have already finished the area. Because of this, it is important that the entire area is dry and any type of flooding is prevented. Due to the fact that water can get into a basement by a variety of possible places, there needs to be a number of repair possibilities that we can utilize to prevent damage to the area. 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, which is where the basement walls and floor meet, and finally at the windows that may be at or below grade.
No matter where the problem may be, we have solutions that can collect, transport, and remove the water from your basement. If there are leaky wall cracks, the first step is installing a wall crack repair method to stop the crack from leaking and growing. If the water is coming in at the cove joint or even at your windows, having a custom drainage system installed can help remove the water from your basement. In some extreme instances, usually with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we can recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is a full height liner that will collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system installed but it is unable to keep up with flooding water, we can install a new, upgraded sump pump to breathe new life into the system. In addition to installing systems, we can also help you upgrade the drainage in your yard to assist with preventing water from sitting next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your homes foundation is easily one of the most important parts. It not only supports the structure itself but it also creates the basement walls. If there are foundation problems, normally they will manifest themselves in the form of stair stepping cracks in the outside brickwork, long cracks that run the length of the foundation or across the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the windows and doors will get stuck or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also have an issue where the basement walls are pressing inward. While these problems may not seem critical when you notice them, each of them are indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for specific problems to determine if a repair needs to be performed.
It is good that the most common foundation problems stem from similar issues and our professionals are very good at spotting those problems. We can implement a repair solution intended for your particular issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If you've got a sinking foundation, we can install a system of foundation piers to level the foundation. We will install either push piers or helical piers, depending on where and how bad the sinking is. Both 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, it can be solved with a few different options. We can install a system of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that we mount directly against the problem area to push the section back in line and stop further bowing, or carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. These products can correct the bowed wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, there are many homes that are built with crawl space areas in addition to basements. For many years, they were built with open vents to the outside where were intended to help air flow into the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. Having open vents allows water to enter the space when it rains or snows and the vents prevent proper evaporation which causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually facilitate the growth of mildew. We have found that up to 50% of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so having the space protected from the elements and controlling excess humidity can increase the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been helping customers with their crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the best way to seal them off and control high humidity. We do this using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are thick plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that can close off the area completely and prevent any unwanted moisture from entering. Closing the area will also prevent critters and animals from settling in your crawl space which will help keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is encapsulated, we can install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. It will control any excess humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to help improve your basement area. We can upgrade your basement windows to increase the air flow or provide additional light in the area. When waterproofing the basement, 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 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 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 FAQ page or give us a call at 630-206-1177 and set up a meeting with a member of our team.
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