Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Waterproofing and Repair Services in Lake Zurich, Illinois
It doesn't matter if your downstairs area experiences flooding when there are heavy rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or there are cracks along the foundation, you know this is a serious issue. We are here to help when you have any type of crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, or bowing basement 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 Lake Zurich that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to create a unique solution to that problem that will ensure your home is properly repaired. When we install a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that if you see a problem with the basement, foundation, or crawl space that you get in touch with an experienced repair company. We recommend this because there are some additional problems that will arise with these issues including mildew, weakened structure, and even catastrophic foundation damage. If you are in need of our basement waterproofing services to stop water damaging your home, foundation repair services to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to control mildew growth in the crawl space, our professionals are here to help you.
The basement is an important part of the home regardless of if you're using it as storage or if you have a finished space down there. Due to this, it is necessary that the space is dry and any flooding is prevented. Since water is able to get into your basement by a variety of possible paths, there needs to be a variety of repair solutions and products that we can use to keep the water under control. The most common places that water is entering is through cracks in the walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the wall and floor meet, and finally at any windows that are at or even below grade.
No matter where you're having the problem we've got solutions that will collect, transport, and remove water from the basement. If you've got leaky basement cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair procedure to stop the crack from leaking and growing. If water is coming in at the cove joint or even at basement windows, having a custom drainage system installed will help remove the water from the basement. In some of the more extreme cases, usually with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we can recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is comprised of a full height liner to collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system in the basement but it is unable to keep up with flooding water, we can install a new, more powerful sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. In addition to installing systems, we can also help you upgrade the drainage in the yard to help stop water from sitting 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 holds the building itself but it also creates the basement walls. If you've got foundation problems, usually, they will manifest themselves as stair-step cracks in the outside brickwork, cracks that run the length of the foundation or along basement walls. You may also notice that the windows and doors will stick when you open or close them or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also have an issue where the basement walls are bowing inward. While these issues may not seem problematic 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.
It is good that many foundation problems are caused by similar things and our experts are very good at tracking down those problems. We can utilize a repair product intended for your exact issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If the problem is a sinking foundation, we can install a system 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 types are very strong and are able to stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, it can be solved with a few possible options. Our team can install a number of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that we mount vertically against the problem area to push them back in line and control further bowing, or carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products can correct the bowing wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Lake Zurich, many of the homes are built with crawl spaces in addition to basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, 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. Having open vents allows 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 comes up through the crawl space so having the space protected from the weather and controlling excess humidity can increase the overall air quality in your home.
We have been enclosing crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the proper way to close them off and control the humidity. We do this using a method known as encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, occasionally installed with insulation products, and are strong 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. Encapsulation will also prevent critters and animals from getting in the crawl space which will help keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is protected, we can install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. It will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to help add features to your basement. We can upgrade your basement windows to increase the air flow or provide additional light in the area. After we install a waterproofing system, we can help with pre-finishing the area by installing a wall system that is both waterproof and resistant to mildew growth. 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 competitors waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance testing so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like more information about the products above, don't hesitate to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or give us a call at 630-206-1177 and schedule a meeting with a member of our team.