Basement and Foundation Waterproofing Services in Markham, Illinois
It doesn't matter if your home has excess water during heavy rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or there are long cracks in your foundation, you know this can be a real problem. We are here to provide assistance when your home has any type of basement water, foundation settlement, or bowed foundation wall problem. We use 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 Markham that are trained to properly evaluate your problem and implement a unique solution for your problem that will ensure your home is properly protected. When our team installs a waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is very important that as soon as you see a problem with your basement, foundation, or crawl space that you reach out to an experienced repair company. We recommend this because there are a number of additional issues that can happen along with these issues such as mildew, structural damage, and even catastrophic foundation damage. If you're needing our basement waterproofing products to stop water damaging your home, foundation repair products to stabilize your foundation, or crawl space services to control water in the crawl space, our experts are here to help you.
The basement is a very important part of your home regardless of if you're using it as a storage area or if you have a finished space down there. This means it is necessary that the entire space is free of standing water and any flooding is prevented. Because water is able to get into a basement by a number of different paths, that means there have to be a number of repair solutions and products that we will utilize to keep the area safe. The primary places that we see water leaks is through cracks in the walls, whether these are in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the walls and floor meet, and at the windows that may be at or even below grade.
No matter where you're having the problem we have solutions that will collect, divert, and remove the water from your basement. If you've got dripping wall cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair procedure to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. If the water is coming in at the cove joint or even basement windows, installing a custom drainage system can help remove the water from your basement. In some extreme locations, occasionally with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we will 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 installed but it cannot keep up with flooding water, we can replace it with a new, upgraded sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. In addition to installing systems, we can also improve the drainage in your yard to help keep water from pooling 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 supports the structure itself but it also forms the basement walls. If you have any foundation problems, normally they will manifest themselves in the form of stair-step cracks in your outside brickwork, long cracks that run along the foundation or across the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that your windows or doors will get stuck or there may be cracks at the corners of them. There may also be an issue where your basement walls are coming inward. While these issues may not seem serious when you notice them, they are all indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and it is important to have an expert evaluate the foundation for specific problems and determine if a repair needs to be in place.
It is good that the most common foundation problems stem from similar issues and our experts are very good at noticing those issues. We can offer a repair product that is for your specific problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If there is a uneven foundation, we will implement a series of foundation piers to level the foundation. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both types of piers are very strong and can stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how much the wall is buckling, it can be solved with some potential options. We can install a series of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that are installed directly against the problem area to push the section back in line and stop further bowing, or even carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. These products will straighten the bowed wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Markham, many of the homes are built with crawl spaces instead of basements. For many years, they were created with vents which was intended to increase air flow into the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. The vents allow 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 will eventually harbor the growth of mildew. We have found that up to 50% of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is closed off from the weather and keeping the humidity levels low will improve the overall air quality in your home.
We have been working with crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the best way to close them off and control the humidity. This is done using a method called encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are strong plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that will close off the area completely and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. Closing the area will also stop pests and animals from moving in your crawl space which will help keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once your crawl space is protected, we will install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. This will control any excess humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also provide a number of services to help upgrade your basement area. We have basement windows to improve the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. When waterproofing the basement, we can install a wall system that is waterproof as well as 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 service so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like more information about the products above, please fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or give us a call at 630-206-1177 and organize a consultation with a member of our team.
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