Basement and Foundation Services in Manhattan, Illinois
Whether your basement experiences flooding during heavy rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or you've got cracks in the foundation, you already know there could be a real problem. We are ready to provide assistance when you've got any type of crawl space water, sinking foundation, or buckling basement wall problem. Our team uses products that we've tested and methods that we've perfected over the years that we stand behind. We have a team of experts in the Manhattan area that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and come up with a specific solution for your problem that will ensure your home is properly repaired. When we install a waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of experience and trusted products.
It is critical that as soon as you see a problem with your craw space, basement, or foundation that you reach out to an experienced repair company. We say this as there are quite a few potentially dangerous problems that will accompany these issues such as mildew, weakened structure, and even catastrophic foundation damage. No matter if you are in need of our basement waterproofing services to prevent water from entering your home, foundation repair services to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to prevent damage to your floor joists, our experts are here to help you.
The basement is a very important part of your home regardless of if it is only being used for storage or have finished the area. Because of this, it is important that the space is dry and excess humidity and flooding are controlled. Since water is able to get into the basement through a variety of different paths, there needs to be a number of repair options that we can use to keep the area safe. The main places that water is entering is through cracks in the foundation walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the foundation wall and floor connect, and finally at windows that may be at or below grade.
Regardless of where you're having the problem we've got solutions that are designed to collect, divert, and remove the water from your basement. If you've got leaking wall cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair to control the crack growth and leaking. When the water is coming in at the cove or even at your 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 can install an entire wall solution that is a full height liner to collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system installed but it cannot 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 evaluate the drainage in your yard to help keep water from standing at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your homes foundation is easily one of, if not the, most important parts. It not only holds the home itself but it also creates the basement walls. When you have any foundation problems, they will generally present themselves as stair stepping cracks in the outside brickwork, long cracks that run along the foundation or across the basement walls. You may also notice that the doors or windows will get stuck or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also see a problem where the basement walls are buckling into the area. You may not think these issues seem serious when you notice them, each of them are indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and it is important to have an expert evaluate the foundation for particular problems and determine if a repair needs to be in place.
It is good that many foundation problems are caused by similar things and our professionals are very good at spotting those problems. We can offer a repair product intended for your specific problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If the problem is a settling foundation, we can install 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 are able to stabilize your foundation. If you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how much the wall is buckling, 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 sit directly against the cracks to force the section back in line and stop further bowing, or carbon fiber straps to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. These products can repair the buckling wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, many of the homes were built with crawl space areas and not basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, they were constructed with vents which was intended to increase fresh air flow through the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. The vents allow water to get in when it rains or snows and the vents hinder airflow which results in the humidity level staying too high which will eventually 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 closed off from the weather and keeping the humidity levels low can increase the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been encapsulating crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the best way to close them off and control high humidity. We do this using a method known as encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are strong plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that can seal 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 help keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is closed off, we can install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. This will control any excess humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to help upgrade your basement. 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 a wall system that is waterproof and resistant to mildew growth. When you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can stop any potential future water problems. If you've have a waterproofing system we did not install 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, 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 meeting with a member of our team.
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