Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Waterproofing Services in Oak Brook, Illinois
If you've noticed your home experiences flooding during heavy rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or you have large cracks along the foundation, you already know there could be a real issue. We are here to provide assistance when you've got any type of crawl space water, foundation settlement, or buckling foundation wall problem. We use products that we've tested and methods that we've perfected over the years that our team stands behind. We have a team of experts in the Oak Brook area that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and come up with a unique solution for your problem that will ensure your home is properly repaired. When our team installs a basement or crawl space waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is very important that as soon as you see an issue with the basement, foundation, or crawl space that you reach out to an experienced repair company. We recommend this because there are a number of potentially dangerous problems that will arise with these issues such as mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even catastrophic foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you are needing our basement waterproofing services to prevent water damage in your home, foundation repair products to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to prevent damage to your floor joists, our team is here to help you.
The basement is a very important area of the home whether you're using it as storage or have finished the area. Due to this, it is necessary that the area is dry and any flooding is prevented. Since water is able to get into the basement by a variety of possible places, there are a number of repair possibilities that we can use to prevent damage to the area. The primary places that we see water leaks is at cracks in the walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, where the walls and floor connect, and finally at windows that may be at or below grade.
No matter where you're having the problem there are solutions that will control, transport, and remove the water from the basement. If there are leaky basement cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair method to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. When the water is coming in at the cove joint or even at basement 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 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 in the basement but it struggles to keep up with demand, we can install a new, more powerful sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. We aren't just installing systems, we can also help you improve the drainage in the yard to help keep water from standing 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 building itself but it also is the basement walls. When there are foundation problems, usually, they will present themselves as diagonal cracks in the outside brickwork, horizontal cracks that run the length of the foundation or across the basement walls. You may also notice that the doors or windows will not open or close easily or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also see a problem where the basement walls are coming into the area. While these problems may not seem serious when you notice them, each of them are indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and it is important to have an expert evaluate the foundation for specific problems and determine what type of a repair needs to be performed.
Thankfully, the most common foundation problems stem from similar issues and our team is very good at noticing these problems. We can implement a repair product intended for your specific issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If you have a sloping foundation, we can install 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 are very strong and can help stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, it can be solved with a few possible options. We can install a series of wall anchors which are 2 large plates connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that are installed directly against the problem area to force them back in line and stop further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products can correct the buckling wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, there are many homes that are built with crawl space areas instead of basements. For a long time, these were created with open vents to the outside where were intended to help air flow through the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. Having open vents allows water to get in when it rains or snows and then it never leaves which causes the humidity levels to stay high which can harbor the growth of mildew. Up to half of the air in your home has come up through the crawl space so ensuring this area is closed off from the weather and keeping the humidity levels low can improve the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been helping customers with their crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the best way to seal them off and control the humidity. We do this using a process called encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are heavy duty plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as covers to close off existing vents and a heavy duty door that can seal the area totally and prevent any unwanted moisture from entering. Closing the area will also prevent pests and animals from settling in the crawl space which will keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is encapsulated, we can install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. This will prevent high levels of humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also provide 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 mildew growth. If you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to stop any potential future water problems. Even if you've have a competitors waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance testing so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like more information about the services 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 schedule a meeting with a member of our team.
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