Basement and Foundation Waterproofing Services in Oak Lawn, Illinois
If your home floods when there are extended rains or in the spring during the snow melt or you've got cracks along your foundation, you already know there could be a real problem. Our team is here to assist when your home has any type of basement water, foundation settlement, or buckling basement wall problem. Our team uses 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 Lawn area that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to come up with a unique solution to that problem that will keep your home properly protected. When our team implements a waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of experience and trusted products.
It is very important that if you find a problem with the craw space, basement, or foundation that you reach out to an experienced repair company. We say this as there are some additional issues that can accompany these issues including mildew, structural damage, and even catastrophic foundation damage. If you're in need of our basement waterproofing products to prevent water damage in your home, foundation repair services to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to prevent mildew growth in the crawl space, our professionals are here to help you.
The basement is an important part of the home regardless of if it is only being used as a storage area or have finished the area. Because of this, it is important that the entire space is dry and excess humidity is controlled. Since water is able to get into your basement through a number of different paths, there are a variety of repair solutions and products that we will install to prevent damage to the area. The primary places that we find water leaking is at cracks in the walls, whether these are in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, where the walls and floor meet, and finally at windows that are at or even below grade.
Regardless of where the problem lies we've got solutions that are designed to control, transport, and remove water from the basement. If you have dripping wall cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair procedure to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. When water is coming in at the cove or even the windows, having a custom drainage system installed can help remove the water from the basement. In some extreme instances, usually with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we will install one of our entire wall solution that is made up of a full height heavy duty liner to collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system in place but it is unable to keep up with the water, we can install a new, upgraded sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. We aren't just installing systems, we can also help you evaluate the drainage in the yard to assist with preventing water from sitting next to the home 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 holds the home itself but it also is the basement walls. When there are foundation problems, normally they will show themselves in the form of stair-step cracks in your brickwork, cracks that run the length of the foundation or along basement walls. You may also notice that your windows or doors will stick when you open or close them or even cracks at the corners of them. There may also be an issue where your basement walls are coming inward. You may not think these issues seem serious when you notice them, each of them are indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for specific problems to determine what type of a repair needs to be installed.
It is good that many foundation problems have very similar causes and our experts are very good at evaluating those issues. We can implement a repair product intended for your exact problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you have a sinking foundation, we will install a series of foundation piers to correct the problem. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical 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 potential options. We can install a number of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that sit directly against the cracks to force the section back in line and prevent further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber staples to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. These products will correct the buckling wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Oak Lawn, there are many homes that are built with crawl space areas in addition to basements. For a long time, these were built with vents which was intended to increase fresh air flow into the space 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 the vents hinder airflow which causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually facilitate the growth of mildew. Studies have shown that up to ½ of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is protected from the outside and controlling excess humidity will improve the overall air quality in your home.
We have been working with crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the proper way to close 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, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are thick plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that will close off the area completely and stop any excess moisture from entering. Closing the area will also stop pests and animals from settling in the crawl space which will help keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once your crawl space is encapsulated, we will install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. This will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also offer a number of services to help upgrade your basement. We can upgrade your basement windows to improve the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can install a wall system that is both 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 potential future water problems. If you've have a waterproofing system we did not install in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance inspection 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 frequently asked questions page or give us a call at 630-206-1177 and organize a meeting with a member of our team.