Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Repair Services in Maple Park, Illinois
If your basement experiences flooding when there are extended rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or you have large cracks in the foundation, you already know this is a serious problem. Our experts are here to help when your home has any type of crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, or buckling 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 professionals in the Maple Park area that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to come up with a specialized solution for your problem that will keep your home properly protected. When our team installs a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that if you've found a problem with the crawl space, foundation, or basement that you get in touch with an experienced repair company. We recommend this as there are quite a few additional problems that can happen along with these issues such as mildew, structural damage, and even permanent foundation damage. No matter if you're needing our basement waterproofing products 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 the home regardless of if it is only being used as a storage area or have already finished the area. Because of this, it is important that the area is free of standing water and any flooding is prevented. Due to the fact that water can get into the basement through a number of different paths, there needs to be a variety of repair solutions and products that we will install to keep the water under control. The most common places that water is entering is at cracks in the foundation walls, whether these are in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, where the foundation walls and floor meet, and at any windows that may be at or even below the soil.
Regardless of where you're having the problem we've got solutions that can collect, transport, and remove the water from the basement. If you have leaking basement 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 or even at your windows, having a custom drainage system installed can help remove the water from the basement. In some of the more extreme instances, occasionally with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we will install an entire wall solution that is made up of a floor to ceiling liner that will collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system installed but it cannot keep up with flooding water, we can replace it with a new, upgraded sump pump to make the system as good as new. We aren't just installing systems, we can also help you upgrade the drainage in the yard to assist with preventing water from pooling at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The foundation of your home is quite possibly one of the most important areas of the home. It not only supports the building itself but it also is the basement walls. If there are foundation problems, they will generally present themselves in the form of stair-step cracks in the brickwork, cracks that run the length of the foundation or along the basement walls. You may also notice that the doors will stick when you open or close them or there may be cracks at the corners of them. There may also be an issue where the basement walls are buckling inward. While these problems may not seem problematic when you notice them, they are all 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 in place.
Thankfully, many foundation problems are caused by similar things and our professionals are very good at noticing these problems. We can utilize a repair solution intended for your exact problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If the problem is a settling foundation, we will install a system of foundation piers to level 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 have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, there are some potential options. We can install a system of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that we mount vertically against the cracks to force the section back in line and stop further bowing, or even carbon fiber straps to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products will correct the buckling wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, many of the homes were built with crawl spaces instead of basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, these were built with vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh air flow into the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. Having open vents allows water to get in during rain and snow storms and the vents hinder airflow which results in the humidity level staying too high which can harbor the growth of mildew. We have found that up to 50% of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so having the space closed off from the outside and controlling excess humidity will improve the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been encapsulating crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the best way to close them off and control high humidity. This is done using a method known as encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are heavy duty plastic and vinyl sheets as well as covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that will seal the area totally and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. This will also stop rodents and animals from settling in the crawl space which will help keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once the crawl space is encapsulated, we will install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. This will prevent high levels of humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also provide a number of services to help add features to your basement area. We can upgrade, replace, or install new basement windows to improve the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can install a wall system that is both waterproof and resistant to mildew growth. When you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can prevent 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 so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like more information about the services above, feel free to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our frequently asked questions page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and organize a meeting with one of our experts.
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