Foundation and Basement Waterproofing Services in Riverdale, Illinois
If you've noticed your home has excess water during heavy rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or there are long cracks in your foundation, you already know this can be a real problem. We are here to help when your home has any kind of crawl space water, foundation settlement, or buckling basement wall problem. We use products that we've tested and methods that we've perfected over the years that we stand behind. We have a team of experts in Riverdale that are trained to correctly evaluate your problem to come up with a specific solution for your problem that will keep your home safe and protected. When our team implements a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of experience and trusted products.
It is very important that if you see a problem with your foundation, crawl space or basement that you get in touch with an experienced repair company. We recommend this because there are a number of additional issues that will arise with these issues such as mildew, weakened structure, and even catastrophic foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you require our basement waterproofing products to stop water damaging your home, foundation repair services to stabilize your foundation, or crawl space services to prevent damage to your floor joists, our team is here to help you.
Your basement is an important part of your home whether it is being used as storage or have already finished the area. Due to this, it is necessary that the entire area is dry and any flooding is prevented. Since water can get into a basement through a variety of different paths, that means there have to be a variety of repair options that we can use to keep the area safe. The main places that we find water leaking is at cracks in the walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, where the wall and floor connect, and finally at windows that are at or even below grade.
Regardless of where the problem may be, we have solutions that can control, divert, and remove water from your basement. If you have leaking wall cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair procedure to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. When water is entering at the cove joint or even at the windows, installing a custom drainage system will remove the water from your basement. In some of the more problematic cases, typically with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we can install one of our entire wall solution that is made up of a full height heavy duty liner to collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system in place but it struggles to keep up with the water, we can replace it with a new, more powerful sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. We aren't just installing systems, we can also evaluate the drainage in your yard to help prevent water from sitting at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The foundation of your home is quite possibly one of, if not the, most important parts. It not only holds the building itself but it also forms the basement walls. When you have any foundation problems, normally they will show themselves in the form of stair stepping cracks in your outside brickwork, cracks that run along the foundation or along basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that your windows and 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 area. While these issues may not 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 to determine what type of a repair needs to be performed.
It is good that the most common foundation problems stem from similar issues and our experts are very good at tracking down these issues. We can offer a repair product intended for your particular problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If you've got a settling foundation, we can install a series of foundation piers to stabilize the foundation. We will install either push piers or helical piers, depending on where and how bad the sinking is. Both types of piers are very strong and can stabilize your foundation. If you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how much the wall is buckling, it can be solved with a few possible options. Our team can install a number of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that are installed directly against the problem area to push the section back in line and stop further bowing, or even carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products can repair the buckling wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, there are many homes that are built with crawl spaces and not basements. For many years, these were built with open vents to the outside where were intended to help air flow into the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. Having open vents allows water to enter the space during rain and snow storms and the vents hinder airflow which causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually facilitate the growth of mildew. We have found that up to half of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so ensuring this area is closed off from the outside and keeping the humidity levels low can improve the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been dealing with 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. This is done using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, which are strong plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as covers to close off existing vents and a heavy duty door that can seal the area completely and prevent any unwanted moisture from entering. Closing the area will also prevent bugs and animals from settling in your crawl space which will keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After your crawl space is protected, we can install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. It will control any excess humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also provide a variety of services to add features to your basement area. We have basement windows to improve 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 and resistant to mildew growth. If you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can stop any potential future water problems. If you've have a competitors 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 to talk to someone about the products 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 meeting with a member of our team.
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