Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Services in Richmond, Illinois
When your downstairs area has excess water when there are extended rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or you have large cracks in your foundation, you know this can be a real problem. We are ready to assist when you have any type of basement water, sinking foundation, or bowed foundation wall problem. Our team uses time tested products and methods that our team stands behind. We have a team of experts in Richmond that are trained to correctly evaluate your problem and create a specialized solution for your problem that will keep your home safe and protected. When our team installs a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of experience and trusted products.
It is critical that if you've found an issue with the foundation, crawl space or basement that you reach out to a trusted repair company. We say this as there are quite a few additional problems that can happen along with these issues including mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even catastrophic foundation damage. No matter if you are needing our basement waterproofing products to stop water damaging your home, foundation repair services to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to prevent unnecessary damage under your home, our professionals are here to help you.
The basement is a very important part of the home whether it is being used as a storage area or have already finished the area. Because of this, it is necessary that the area is free of standing water and excess humidity is controlled. Due to the fact that water is able to get into a basement through a number of different paths, there needs to be a variety of repair options that we will utilize to prevent damage to the area. The most common places that water leaks in is through cracks in the foundation walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, where the foundation wall and floor connect, and at the windows that may be at or even below the soil.
Regardless of where you're having the problem we've got solutions that are designed to collect, transport, and remove water from the basement. If you've got dripping wall cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair method to stop the crack from leaking and growing. If water is entering at the cove or even at your windows, having a custom drainage system installed can remove the water from the basement. In some extreme locations, usually with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we will recommend installing an entire wall solution that is a full height liner that will collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system in the basement but it is unable to keep up with demand, we can replace it with a new, upgraded sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. On top of installing systems, we can also evaluate the drainage in the yard to help prevent water from standing next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your foundation is easily one of the most important parts. It not only holds the home itself but it also forms the basement walls. If there are foundation problems, usually, they will manifest themselves in the form of stair-step cracks in your brickwork, horizontal cracks that run the length of the foundation or along basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that your doors will get stuck or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also have an issue where your basement walls are pressing into the basement. You may not think these issues seem critical at first, they are all indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for specific problems and determine if a repair needs to be installed.
Thankfully, many foundation problems stem from similar issues and our experts are very good at spotting those problems. We can utilize a repair product that is for your particular problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you've got a sloping foundation, we will implement a system of foundation piers to correct the problem. 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 stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, we have a few potential options. Our team can install a system of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that sit directly against the problem area to push the section back in line and control further bowing, or even carbon fiber staples to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products will repair the bowed wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, there are many homes that are built with crawl space areas instead of basements. For many years, these were created with vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh air flow through the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. Having open vents allows water to enter the space when it rains or snows and then it never leaves which results in the humidity level staying too high which will eventually facilitate the growth of mildew. We have found that up to 50% of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is closed off from the outside and controlling excess humidity will improve the overall air quality in your home.
We have been enclosing crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the most efficient way to seal them off and control the humidity. We do this using a method called encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are strong plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that will seal the area totally and prevent any unwanted moisture from entering. Closing the area will also prevent bugs and animals from getting in the crawl space which will keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After your crawl space is encapsulated, we will install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. It will control any excess humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also provide a number of services to improve the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We have basement windows to improve the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can install our wall system as part of a pre-finishing service that is both waterproof as well as resistant to the growth of mildew. If you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can prevent any potential future water problems. If you've have a competitors waterproofing system 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 solutions above, feel free to 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 consultation with a member of our team.
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