Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Waterproofing Services in Maywood, Illinois
If you've noticed your home has excess water during extended rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or there are cracks along the foundation, you already know there could be a real issue. Our experts are here to provide assistance when you have any kind of basement flooding, 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 Maywood that are trained to correctly evaluate your problem and design a specific solution to that problem that will ensure your home is 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 very important that once you see an issue with the foundation, crawl space or basement that you get in touch with a trusted repair company. We recommend this due to there are some potentially dangerous problems that will happen along with these issues such as mildew, weakened structure, and even catastrophic foundation damage. No matter if you are needing our basement waterproofing products to protect your home, foundation repair services to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to prevent unnecessary damage under your home, our professionals 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. This means it is important that the space is dry and excess humidity is controlled. Because water is able to get into a basement by a number of different paths, that means there have to be a variety of repair options that we can utilize to keep the water under control. The primary places that we find water leaking is at cracks in the walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, where the walls and floor connect, and finally at any windows that are at or even below the soil.
Regardless of where the problem lies we have solutions that are designed to collect, transport, and eject water from the basement. If you have leaking cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair method to control the crack growth and leaking. If water is entering at the cove 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 instances, occasionally with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we can recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is made up of a floor to ceiling heavy duty liner that will collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system installed but it struggles to keep up with demand, we can replace it with a new, more powerful sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. On top of installing systems, we can also evaluate the drainage in the yard to help keep water from pooling next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your homes foundation is quite possibly one of the most important parts. It not only supports the home itself but it also forms the basement walls. If you have any foundation problems, usually, they will show themselves as diagonal cracks in the brickwork, horizontal cracks that run along the foundation or across basement walls. You may also notice that the windows or doors will get stuck or there may be cracks at the corners of them. There may also be an issue where the basement walls are pressing into the basement. While these problems may not seem critical at first, each of them are indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for particular problems and determine what type of a repair needs to be in place.
Thankfully, many foundation problems are caused by similar things and our team is very good at spotting these problems. We can implement a repair solution that is for your particular issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If there is a sloping foundation, we can 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 are very strong and can help stabilize your foundation. If you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, we have a few different options. We can utilize a system 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 cracks to force the section back in line and stop further bowing, or even carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products can straighten the bowed wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Maywood, many of the homes are built with crawl space areas and not basements. For a long time, these were created with open vents which was intended to increase fresh air flow into the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually 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 will eventually facilitate the growth of mildew. Up to ½ of the air in your home has come up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is protected from the outside and keeping the humidity levels low can increase the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been encapsulating crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the proper way to close them off and control excess humidity. This is done using a method called encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are thick 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 excess moisture from entering. This will also stop pests and animals from getting in the crawl space which will help keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once 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 provide a number of services to help add features to your basement area. 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, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to stop any water from entering the home before it can become a problem. 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 services above, don't hesitate to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our frequently asked questions page or give us a call at 630-206-1177 and schedule a consultation with one of our experts.
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