Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Waterproofing and Repair Services in Palos Park, Illinois
When your basement floods when there are extended rains or in the spring during the snow melt or you have long cracks along your foundation, you know this can be a real issue. Our team is here to assist when there is any kind of basement or crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, or buckling foundation wall problem. We use time tested products and methods that we stand behind. We have a team of experts in Palos Park that are trained to properly evaluate your problem and create a unique solution to that problem that will ensure your home is safe and protected. When our team installs a waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is very important that if you see an issue with the basement, foundation, or crawl space that you reach out to a trusted repair company. We recommend this as there are some additional problems that will arise with 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 products to prevent your home from sinking, 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 regardless of if it is only being used as storage or have already finished the area. This means it is important that the entire area is dry and excess humidity is controlled. Because water can get into a basement by a number of different paths, that means there have to be a number of repair options that we will install to keep the water under control. The main places that water leaks in is through cracks in the walls, whether these are in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the walls and floor connect, and finally at windows that are at or even below grade.
No matter where the problem may be, we have solutions that will control, transport, and eject water from the basement. If you've got leaking wall cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair method to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. When water is leaking at the cove joint or even at basement windows, having a custom drainage system installed will help remove the water from the basement. In some extreme instances, usually with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we will recommend installing an entire wall solution that is made up of a floor to ceiling liner to collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system in place but it cannot keep up with flooding water, we can replace it with a new, upgraded sump pump to breathe new life into the system. On top of installing systems, we can also help you evaluate the drainage in the yard to help keep 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 supports the structure itself but it also forms the basement walls. When there are foundation problems, usually, they will show themselves as diagonal cracks in your outside brickwork, cracks that run along the foundation or along basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that your windows will stick when you open or close them 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. You may not think these problems seem critical when you notice them, they are all indicative of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for specific problems and determine if a repair needs to be in place.
It is good that the most common foundation problems are caused by similar things and our team is very good at evaluating these problems. We can offer a repair solution that is for your exact issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you've got a settling foundation, we will install a system of foundation piers to correct the problem. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both 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 some different options. We can utilize a system of wall anchors, these are 2 large plates 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 control further bowing, or carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products will correct the buckling wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, many of the homes are built with crawl space areas and not basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, they were built with open vents which was intended to increase air flow through the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. The vents allow water to enter the space during rain and snow storms and the vents prevent proper evaporation which causes the humidity levels to stay high which can facilitate the growth of mildew. Up to ½ of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is closed off from the elements and controlling excess humidity will increase the overall air quality in your home.
We have been working with crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the proper way to seal them off and control high humidity. This is done using a method called encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are strong plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that will close off the area totally and stop any excess moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also stop critters and animals from getting in the crawl space which will help keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once your crawl space is closed off, we will install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. It will prevent high levels of humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also provide a number of services to help upgrade your basement. We can upgrade, replace, or install new basement windows to increase 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. When 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 already got a waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance service so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you are interested in any of the services above, please fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our frequently asked questions page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and organize a meeting with one of our experts.
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