Basement and Foundation Waterproofing Services in North Chicago, Illinois
If you've noticed your basement experiences flooding when there are extended rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or you have large cracks along your foundation, you know there may be a serious problem. Our team is here to help when your home has any type of crawl space water, foundation settlement, or bowing foundation 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 professionals in the North Chicago area that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to implement a unique solution to that problem that will keep your home properly repaired. When we install a waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that once you find an issue with your basement, foundation, or crawl space that you contact a trusted repair company. We say this as there are some additional issues that can arise with these issues including mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even permanent foundation damage. If you need our basement waterproofing products to prevent water from entering your home, foundation repair services to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to control humidity below the home, our team is here to help you.
The basement is a very important area of your home regardless of if it is only being used for storage or have finished the area. Due to this, it is important that the entire area is dry and excess humidity is controlled. Because water is able to get into a basement by a variety of different paths, there needs to be a number of repair solutions and products that we will use to prevent damage to the area. The most common places that water leaks in is at cracks in the foundation walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, which is where the foundation wall and floor meet, and finally at windows that are at or even below grade.
No matter where you're having the problem we have solutions that will collect, transport, and remove the water from your basement. If there are dripping cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair procedure to control the crack growth and leaking. If the water is entering at the cove or even at your windows, installing a custom drainage system can remove the water from your basement. In some problematic instances, occasionally with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we will recommend installing an entire wall solution that is comprised of a floor to ceiling liner that will collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system in the basement but it is unable to keep up with demand, we can replace it with a new, more powerful sump pump to make the system as good as new. In addition to installing systems, we can also evaluate the drainage in your yard to help prevent water from pooling next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The foundation of your home is quite possibly one of, if not the, most important areas of the home. It not only holds the structure itself but it also creates the basement walls. If you have any foundation problems, usually, they will present themselves in the form of stair stepping cracks in your outside brickwork, cracks that run the length of the foundation or along the basement walls. You may also notice that your windows 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 buckling into the basement. While these problems may not seem critical when you notice them, each of them are indicative of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for specific problems to determine if a repair needs to be in place.
Thankfully, many foundation problems stem from similar issues and our professionals are very good at spotting those issues. We can implement a repair solution intended for your particular problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If the problem is a sloping foundation, we will implement a system of foundation piers to stabilize 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 are able to stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how much the wall is buckling, we have a few different options. Our team can utilize a system of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that sit vertically against the problem area to force them back in line and control further bowing, or even carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. These products will repair the bowing wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, there are many homes that were built with crawl space areas instead of basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, they were built with open vents which was intended to increase fresh air flow into the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. Having open vents allows water to enter the space when it rains or snows and the vents prevent proper evaporation which results in the humidity level staying too high which can foster the growth of mildew. We have found that up to 50% of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so ensuring this area is protected from the outside and keeping the humidity levels low will improve 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 the humidity. This is done using a method known as encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, which are strong plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that will seal the area totally and stop any excess moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also stop rodents and animals from settling in your 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. This will prevent high levels of humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to improve your basement. We carry basement windows to improve the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. After we install a waterproofing system, we can install a wall system that is waterproof as well as resistant to the growth of mildew. When you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to stop any potential future water problems. If you've have a competitors waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance service to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you are interested in any of the solutions above, please 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 set up a consultation with one of our experts.