Foundation and Basement Services in Peotone, Illinois
If your basement experiences flooding when there are heavy rains or in the spring during the snow melt or you have cracks along your foundation, you already know this is a serious problem. We are here to help when you have any type of basement flooding, sinking foundation, or bowing basement wall problem. We use time tested products and methods that we stand behind. We have a team of experts in the Peotone area that are trained to properly evaluate your problem and come up with a unique solution to that problem that will ensure your home is properly protected. When we install a basement or crawl space waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is very important that as soon as you find an issue with the basement, foundation, or crawl space that you reach out to a trusted repair company. We say this as there are some additional problems that will accompany these issues including mildew, weakened structure, and even permanent foundation damage. If you're needing our basement waterproofing products to prevent water damage in your home, foundation repair services to stabilize your 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 area of the home regardless of if it is being used as storage or have finished the area. This means it is necessary that the space is free of standing water and protected from flooding and excess humidity. Since water can get into a basement by a variety of different places, there are a variety of repair options that we will install to keep the water under control. The most common places that we see water leaks is at cracks in the basement walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the basement wall and floor connect, and finally at the windows that may be at or even below the soil.
No matter where the problem lies we have solutions that are designed to collect, divert, and eject the water from the basement. If you've got leaky cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair method to control the crack growth and leaking. If the water is entering at the cove or even at your windows, having a custom drainage system installed will help remove the water from the basement. In some of the more extreme locations, typically with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we will install an entire wall solution that is comprised of a full height heavy duty liner that will collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system in the basement but it is unable to keep up with the water, we can install a new, more powerful sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. In addition to installing systems, we can also help you upgrade the drainage in the yard to help stop water from sitting at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your homes foundation is quite possibly one of, if not the, most important areas of the home. It not only holds the structure itself but it also forms the basement walls. If you have any foundation problems, usually, they will show themselves in the form of stair stepping cracks in your outside brickwork, horizontal cracks that run the length of the foundation or across the basement walls. You may also notice that your windows and doors will get stuck or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also have an issue where your basement walls are bowing into the area. You may not think these problems seem critical at first, each of them are indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for specific problems and determine what type of a repair needs to be in place.
Thankfully, many foundation problems are caused by similar things and our experts are very good at spotting those problems. We can implement a repair solution intended for your exact problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If there is a sinking foundation, we will implement 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 can help stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, we have a few possible options. Our team can install a system of wall anchors which are 2 large plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that are installed vertically against the cracks to force them back in line and prevent further bowing, or even carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products will repair the bowing wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, there are many homes that were built with crawl space areas and not basements. For many years, they were built with open vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh air flow through 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 then it never leaves which causes the humidity levels to stay high which can facilitate the growth of mildew. Up to 50% of the air in your home can come up through the crawl space so ensuring this area is closed off from the elements and controlling excess humidity will increase the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been dealing with crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the best way to seal them off and control the humidity. This is done using a process called encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are thick plastic and vinyl sheets as well as covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that will seal the area totally and prevent any excess moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also prevent critters and animals from moving in the crawl space which will help keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once your crawl space is closed off, we will install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. This will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also provide a variety of services to help add features to your basement. We can upgrade your basement windows to increase the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. When waterproofing the basement, we can install our wall system as part of a pre-finishing service 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 potential future water problems. Even if you've already got a waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance inspection so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like more information about the solutions above, please fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and schedule a consultation with a member of our team.
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