Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Waterproofing Services in Oak Forest, Illinois
If your downstairs area experiences flooding when there are heavy rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or you have long cracks in your foundation, you know this can be a real problem. Our experts are here to help when there is any type of basement water, sinking foundation, or buckling basement wall problem. Our team uses methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that our team stands behind. We have a team of professionals in the Oak Forest area that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to design a unique solution for your problem that will keep your home properly repaired. When our team implements a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of experience and trusted products.
It is critical that as soon as you've found an issue with the basement, foundation, or crawl space that you reach out to a trusted repair company. We recommend this due to there are quite a few additional issues that will accompany these issues including mildew, structural damage, and even permanent foundation damage. No matter if you're in need of our basement waterproofing services to control water entering your home, foundation repair products to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to control water in the crawl space, our professionals are here to help you.
Your basement is an important area of the home whether it is only being used for storage or have already finished the area. Due to this, it is necessary that the entire space is free of standing water and any type of flooding is prevented. Since water can get into a basement using a number of possible places, there are a variety of repair possibilities that we will install to prevent damage to the area. The most common places that water is entering is at cracks in the basement walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, which is where the basement wall and floor connect, and finally at any windows that may be at or even below grade.
No matter where the problem may be, we've got solutions that can control, transport, and eject water from the basement. If there are leaking cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair method to stop the crack from leaking and growing. If water is coming in at the cove joint or even your windows, having a custom drainage system installed will help remove the water from the basement. In some of the more extreme cases, usually with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we will install one of our entire wall solution that is a full height heavy duty liner that will collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have 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. On top of installing systems, we can also help you evaluate the drainage in the yard to help prevent water from standing next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The homes foundation is easily one of, if not the, most important parts. It not only supports the building itself but it also is the basement walls. If you have any foundation problems, usually, they will manifest themselves in the form of stair stepping cracks in your outside brickwork, cracks that run the length of the foundation or along basement walls. You may also notice that your doors will not open or close easily or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also have an issue where your basement walls are coming into the basement. While these problems may not seem serious when you notice them, each of them are indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for particular problems to determine what type of a repair needs to be installed.
It is good that the most common foundation problems are caused by similar things and our team is very good at tracking down these issues. We can offer a repair product intended for your exact problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If there is a sloping foundation, we will install 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 the severity of the bowing wall, it can be solved with a few potential options. We can utilize a system of wall anchors which are 2 large plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that we mount vertically against the problem area to force the section back in line and prevent further bowing, or even carbon fiber staples to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products will straighten the buckling wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, many of the homes are built with crawl spaces and not basements. For many years, they were built 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. The vents allow 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 will eventually harbor the growth of mildew. Up to ½ of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so having the space protected from the weather and controlling excess humidity will improve the overall air quality in your home.
We have been helping customers with their 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 known as encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are thick plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that will close off the area totally and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also stop critters and animals from getting in the crawl space which will help keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After your crawl space is closed off, we will install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. This will control any excess humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also offer a number of services to help upgrade your basement area. We can upgrade your basement windows to improve the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. When waterproofing the basement, we can install a wall system that is both waterproof and 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 potential future water problems. If you've have a waterproofing system we did not install 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 products above, please fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and organize a consultation with one of our experts.