Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Services in Lansing, Illinois
It doesn't matter if your downstairs area experiences flooding during heavy rains or in the spring during the snow melt or there are cracks along your foundation, you already know there could be a real problem. Our experts are here to assist when you've got any kind 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 we stand behind. We have a team of experts in Lansing that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and create a specific solution for your problem that will ensure your home is safe and protected. When our team implements a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that once you find a problem with your crawl space, foundation, or basement that you get in touch with a trusted repair company. We recommend this as there are some potentially dangerous problems that can happen along with these issues such as mildew, weakened structure, and even permanent foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you need our basement waterproofing products to protect your home, foundation repair services to stabilize your foundation, or crawl space services to control mildew growth in the crawl space, our experts are here to help you.
The basement is an important part of your home regardless of if you're using it as storage or have already finished the area. This means it is important that the space is dry and excess humidity is controlled. Because water is able to get into your basement through a number of different paths, there are a number of repair options that we can install to keep the water under control. The primary places that water is entering is through cracks in the foundation walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, where the foundation wall and floor meet, and at the windows that may be at or even below the soil.
No matter where the problem lies there are solutions that are designed to collect, divert, and remove water from your basement. If you've got dripping cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. When water is leaking at the cove or even at your windows, installing a custom drainage system can remove the water from your basement. In some problematic cases, typically with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we can install an entire wall solution that is a full height heavy duty liner to collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system in place but it struggles to keep up with the water, we can install a new, more powerful sump pump to make the system as good as new. In addition to installing systems, we can also improve the drainage in your yard to assist with preventing water from standing next to the home 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 creates the basement walls. When there are foundation problems, they will generally manifest themselves in the form of stair-step cracks in your outside brickwork, horizontal cracks that run along the foundation or along basement walls. You may also notice that your windows or doors will get stuck or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also have a problem where your basement walls are bowing inward. While these issues may not seem critical when you notice them, each of them are indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for specific problems and 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 tracking down those problems. We can utilize a repair product that is for your particular problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If there is a sloping foundation, we can implement a system of foundation piers to correct the problem. We will install either push piers or helical piers, depending on where and how bad the sinking is. Both types of piers 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, it can be solved with some different options. Our team can utilize a series of wall anchors, these are 2 large plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that we mount vertically against the problem area to force the section back in line and control 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 bowing wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Lansing, there are many homes that were built with crawl space areas in addition to basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, these were constructed with vents which was intended to increase fresh 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 causes the humidity levels to stay high which can harbor the growth of mildew. We have found that up to half of the air in your home has come up through the crawl space so having the space closed off from the outside and controlling excess humidity can improve the overall air quality in your home.
We have been working on crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the proper way to close them off and control high humidity. This is done using a process called encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as covers to close off existing vents and a heavy duty door that can seal the area completely and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. This will also stop bugs and animals from getting 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 an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. It will prevent high levels of humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also provide a number of services to upgrade the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We can upgrade, replace, or install new basement windows to improve the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. After we install a waterproofing system, we can install our wall system as part of a pre-finishing service that is waterproof as well as resistant to the growth of mildew. If you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to prevent any potential future water problems. Even if you've already got a waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance testing to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like more information about the solutions 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 set up a consultation with one of our experts.