Basement and Foundation Waterproofing and Repair Services in Northbrook, Illinois
Whether your home has excess water during heavy rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or you've got large cracks in your foundation, you already know there may be a serious problem. Our experts are ready to help when your home has any type of basement water, foundation settlement, or bowed foundation wall problem. We use time tested products and methods that our team stands behind. We have a team of professionals in the Northbrook area that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and come up with a specialized solution to that problem that will keep your home properly protected. When we install a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is critical that once you find a problem with the foundation, crawl space or basement that you get in touch with an experienced repair company. We say this as there are quite a few potentially dangerous problems that will arise with these issues including mildew, weakened structure, and even permanent foundation damage. No matter if you are in need of our basement waterproofing products to protect your home, foundation repair services to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to prevent unnecessary damage under your home, our team is here to help you.
Your basement is a very important part of the home regardless of if you're using it for storage or have already finished the area. Because of this, it is important that the space is dry and excess humidity is controlled. Since water is able to get into your basement through a variety of possible paths, there needs to be a number of repair possibilities that we can use to prevent damage to the area. The primary places that water is entering is through cracks in the basement walls, whether these are in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, which is where the basement wall and floor meet, and finally at windows that are at or even below grade.
No matter where the problem may be, there are solutions that will control, transport, and remove water from the basement. If you've got dripping wall cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair procedure to control the crack growth and leaking. When water is entering at the cove joint or even at the windows, installing a custom drainage system will remove the water from the basement. In some of the more extreme cases, usually with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we can recommend installing an entire wall solution that is a floor to ceiling heavy duty liner that will collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system installed but it is unable to keep up with the 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 evaluate the drainage in the yard to help prevent water from standing at the foundation 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. When you've got foundation problems, they will generally present themselves as stair stepping cracks in your outside brickwork, cracks that run the length of the foundation or across basement walls. You may also notice that your doors or windows will get stuck or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also have an issue where your basement walls are coming inward. While these problems may not seem critical when you notice them, each of them are indicators 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 installed.
It is good that many foundation problems are caused by similar things and our team is very good at tracking down these problems. We can offer a repair solution intended for your specific problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If the problem is a sloping foundation, we can implement a series 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 are very strong and are able to stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, there are a few possible options. Our team can install a series of wall anchors, these are 2 large plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that are installed vertically against the problem area to force the section back in line and control further bowing, or even carbon fiber staples to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products can correct the bowed wall and prevent 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. For a long time, they were created with open vents to the outside where were intended to help air flow through the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. The vents allow water to get in when it rains or snows and the vents hinder airflow which causes the humidity levels to stay high which can foster the growth of mildew. We have found that up to ½ of the air in your home can come up through the crawl space so ensuring this area is protected from the weather and controlling excess humidity can improve the overall air quality in your home.
We have been working on crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the best way to seal 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 heavy duty plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that can close off the area totally and prevent any excess moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also prevent pests and animals from settling in the crawl space which will keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once your crawl space is encapsulated, we can install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. It will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to add features to your basement area. We carry basement windows to improve the air flow or provide additional light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can install a wall system that is waterproof as well as resistant to the growth of mildew. 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. 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 solutions above, don't hesitate to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and set up a meeting with a member of our team.