Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Waterproofing Services in Richton Park, Illinois
When your basement floods during heavy rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or you've got long cracks in your foundation, you already know there could be a real issue. Our team is ready to assist when you have any kind of basement water, sinking foundation, or bowing 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 Richton Park area that are trained to properly evaluate your problem to come up with a specific solution for your problem that will keep your home properly repaired. When our team installs a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is very important that if you've found a problem with your crawl space, foundation, or basement that you contact a trusted repair company. We recommend this due to there are a number of potentially dangerous issues that can happen along with these issues including mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even permanent foundation damage. If you're needing our basement waterproofing services to protect your home, foundation repair services to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to control humidity below the home, our experts are here to help you.
Your basement is an important part of your home regardless of if you're using it for storage or have finished the area. This means it is necessary that the entire space is dry and any type of flooding is prevented. Due to the fact that water is able to get into your basement by a number of different paths, there needs to be a number of repair solutions and products that we can install to prevent damage to the area. The most common places that we find water leaking is at cracks in the foundation walls, whether these are in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the foundation wall and floor meet, and finally at windows that may be at or below grade.
Regardless of where the problem may be, there are solutions that can control, transport, and eject the water from your basement. If there are leaking wall cracks, the first step is installing a wall crack repair procedure to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. When the water is entering at the cove joint or even your windows, installing a custom drainage system can help remove the water from your basement. In some extreme locations, typically with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we can recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is a full height liner to collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system in place but it is unable to keep up with the water, we can install a new, upgraded sump pump to make the system as good as new. We aren't just installing systems, we can also improve the drainage in your yard to assist with preventing water from pooling next to the home 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 building itself but it also is the basement walls. When there are foundation problems, usually, they will manifest themselves as stair stepping cracks in your outside brickwork, horizontal cracks that run the length of the foundation or across the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that your doors will not open or close easily or even cracks at the corners of them. There may also be 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 indicators of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for particular problems to determine what type of a repair needs to be installed.
It is good that many foundation problems are caused by similar things and our experts are very good at spotting these issues. We can offer a repair product designed for your specific issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If there is a settling foundation, we can implement a series 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 of piers are very strong and can help stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, it can be solved with a few possible options. Our team can utilize a system of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates 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, or even carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. These products can straighten the bowing wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, there are many homes that were built with crawl spaces instead of basements. For many years, these were created with vents to the outside where were intended to help air flow through the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. The vents allow water to get in when it rains or snows and the vents hinder airflow which results in the humidity level staying too high which will eventually foster the growth of mildew. Up to ½ of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is protected from the elements and controlling excess humidity can improve the overall air quality in your home.
We have been working on crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the best way to seal them off and control high humidity. We do this using a method called encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are heavy duty plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as covers to close off existing vents and a heavy duty door that can close off the area totally and stop any excess moisture from entering. This will also stop critters and animals from moving in your crawl space which will help keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once your crawl space is protected, we can install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. It will control any excess humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a number of services to help improve your basement. We have basement windows to improve the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. After we install a waterproofing system, we can install a wall system that is both 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 prevent any water from entering the home before it can become a problem. Even if you've have a waterproofing system we did not install in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance testing so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like more information about the products above, don't hesitate to 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 consultation with a member of our team.
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