Basement and Foundation Waterproofing Services in Melrose Park, Illinois
It doesn't matter if your basement experiences flooding during extended rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or you have cracks in your foundation, you know this is a serious issue. Our experts are here to help when there is any kind of crawl space water, sinking foundation, or buckling foundation wall problem. Our team uses time tested products and methods that we stand behind. We have a team of professionals in the Melrose Park area that are trained to properly evaluate your problem to come up with a specific solution for your problem that will ensure your home is properly repaired. When we install a basement or crawl space waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that as soon as you've found a problem with the foundation, crawl space or basement that you get in touch with a trusted repair company. We say this as there are quite a few additional issues that can accompany these issues including mildew, structural damage, and even permanent foundation damage. No matter if you are needing our basement waterproofing products to protect your home, foundation repair products to stabilize your foundation, or crawl space services to control humidity below the home, our professionals are here to help you.
Your basement is an important part of the home regardless of if it is only being used as a storage area or if you have a finished space down there. Due to this, it is necessary that the entire area is dry and excess humidity and flooding are controlled. Since water can get into a basement through a number of possible paths, there are a variety of repair solutions and products that we will use to prevent damage to the area. The main places that we find water leaking is through cracks in the walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, which is where the walls and floor meet, and at the windows that are at or even below grade.
Regardless of where the problem lies we've got solutions that can collect, transport, and eject water from the basement. If you've got leaking wall cracks, the first step is installing a wall crack repair to control the crack growth and leaking. If water is entering at the cove joint or even at basement windows, installing a custom drainage system can remove the water from the basement. In some of the more problematic locations, occasionally with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we will recommend installing an entire wall solution that is comprised of a full height liner to 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 breathe new life into the system. We aren't just installing systems, we can also help you improve the drainage in the yard to help stop water from standing at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The homes foundation is quite possibly one of, if not the, most important areas of the home. It not only supports the home itself but it also is the basement walls. If you've got foundation problems, usually, they will show themselves as diagonal cracks in your brickwork, horizontal cracks that run along the foundation or along basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that your windows and doors will not open or close easily or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also have a problem where your basement walls are pressing into the basement. While these issues may not seem critical at first, each of them are indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for particular problems to determine if a repair needs to be in place.
Thankfully, the most common foundation problems have very similar causes and our experts are very good at evaluating those issues. We can offer a repair solution intended for your specific issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If you have a sinking foundation, we will implement a system of foundation piers to correct the problem. 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 can 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 possible options. We can utilize a system of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that we mount directly against the cracks to force the section back in line and prevent further bowing, or carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products will repair the buckling wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, there are many homes that are built with crawl spaces instead of basements. For a long time, they were built with open vents which was intended to increase air flow into the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. The vents allow water to get in when it rains or snows and then it never leaves which results in the humidity level staying too high which will eventually facilitate the growth of mildew. Up to half of the air in your home can come up through the crawl space so having the space protected from the outside and controlling excess humidity will increase the overall air quality in your home.
We have been dealing with crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the most efficient way to seal them off and control high humidity. This is done using a method known as encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, occasionally installed with insulation products, and are strong plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that will close off the area completely and stop any excess moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also stop pests and animals from moving in the crawl space which will keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After your crawl space is protected, we will install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. It will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also provide a number of services to add features to your basement area. We can upgrade, replace, or install new basement windows to increase the air flow or provide additional 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 both waterproof as well as resistant to mildew growth. If 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. If you've already got a waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance service to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like to talk to someone about the products above, feel free to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or give us a call at 630-206-1177 and schedule a consultation with one of our experts.
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