Foundation and Basement Waterproofing Services in Ringwood, Illinois
It doesn't matter if your basement experiences flooding during extended rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or there are large cracks along the foundation, you already know there could be a real issue. Our team is ready to assist when your home has any kind of basement or crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, or bowing foundation wall problem. Our team uses time tested products and methods that our team stands behind. We have a team of professionals in the Ringwood area that are trained to correctly evaluate your problem and implement a specific solution to that problem that will keep your home properly protected. When we install a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is critical that once you find an issue with your craw space, basement, or foundation that you get in touch with a trusted repair company. We recommend this because there are a number of potentially dangerous problems that can accompany these issues such as mildew, structural damage, and even catastrophic foundation damage. No matter if you are needing our basement waterproofing services to protect your home, foundation repair products to stabilize your foundation, or crawl space services to prevent damage to your floor joists, our team is here to help you.
The basement is a very important area of your home whether you're using it as a storage area or have finished the area. Due to this, it is important that the area is dry and any type of flooding is prevented. Due to the fact that water is able to get into the basement using a number of possible places, that means there have to be a number of repair options that we will use to prevent damage to the area. The primary places that we find water leaking is at cracks in the walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, where the walls and floor meet, and at the windows that are at or below grade.
No matter where the problem lies we've got solutions that can collect, transport, and remove water from your basement. If you've got leaking wall cracks, the first step is installing a wall crack repair procedure to control the crack growth and leaking. When water is coming in at the cove or even basement windows, installing a custom drainage system can help remove the water from your basement. In some of the more problematic instances, typically with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we will recommend installing an entire wall solution that is a full height liner to collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system installed but it is unable to keep up with flooding water, we can replace it with a new, more powerful sump pump to make the system as good as new. We aren't just installing systems, we can also help you upgrade the drainage in your yard to help stop 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 supports the home itself but it also forms the basement walls. When you have any foundation problems, normally they will show themselves as stair-step cracks in the outside brickwork, long cracks that run along the foundation or across basement walls. You may also notice that the windows will get stuck or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also have an issue where the basement walls are pressing inward. You may not think these issues seem critical at first, each of them are indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and it is important to have an expert evaluate the foundation for particular problems and determine if a repair needs to be in place.
Thankfully, the most common foundation problems are caused by similar things and our experts are very good at evaluating those problems. We can utilize a repair product intended for your exact issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you have a uneven foundation, we will implement a series 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 are very strong and are able to stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, there are some potential options. We can install a system of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that we mount vertically against the cracks to force the section back in line and control further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products will straighten the bowing wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, many of the homes were built with crawl space areas instead of basements. For many years, they were created with open vents which was intended to increase fresh air flow through the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely 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 will eventually facilitate the growth of mildew. Studies have shown that up to half of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so having the space protected from the weather and controlling excess humidity will increase the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been encapsulating crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the proper way to seal them off and control the humidity. We do this using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, occasionally installed with insulation products, and are strong plastic and vinyl sheets as well as covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that will seal the area completely and prevent any unwanted moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also prevent pests and animals from settling in your crawl space which will help keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is closed off, we will install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. It 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 add features to the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We have 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 and resistant to mildew growth. When you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can stop any water from entering the home before it can become a problem. Even if you've have a competitors waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance testing to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you are interested in any of the solutions 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 schedule a consultation with a member of our team.
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