Foundation and Basement Services in Saint Anne, Illinois
When your downstairs area experiences flooding during heavy rains or in the spring during the snow melt or there are large cracks along your foundation, you know there could be a real issue. We are ready to provide assistance when you've got any kind of basement flooding, foundation settlement, or bowing foundation wall problem. We use methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that our team stands behind. We have a team of experts in Saint Anne that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to come up with a unique solution for your problem that will keep your home properly repaired. When we install a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of experience and trusted products.
It is critical that if you find an issue with the basement, foundation, or crawl space that you get in touch with an experienced repair company. We recommend this as there are some additional issues that will arise with these issues including mildew, weakened structure, and even permanent foundation damage. No matter if you're needing our basement waterproofing products to prevent water damage in your home, foundation repair products to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to control mildew growth in the crawl space, our experts are here to help you.
The basement is a very important area of the home whether you're using it as a storage area or have already finished the area. Because of this, it is necessary that the entire space is dry and any type of flooding is prevented. Since water is able to get into your basement by a number of possible paths, there needs to be a variety of repair possibilities that we can use to prevent damage to the area. The most common places that we find water leaking is through cracks in the walls, whether these are in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the walls and floor meet, and finally at windows that may be at or below the soil.
No matter where the problem lies we've got solutions that are designed to control, divert, and eject the water from the basement. If you have leaking basement cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair procedure to stop the crack from leaking and growing. If the water is entering at the cove or even at basement windows, installing a custom drainage system will help remove the water from the basement. In some extreme locations, occasionally with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we can install an entire wall solution that is made up of a full height liner that will collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system installed but it struggles to keep up with flooding water, we can install a new, upgraded sump pump to breathe new life into the system. In addition to installing systems, we can also help you upgrade the drainage in the yard to help prevent water from standing at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The homes foundation is quite possibly one of, if not the, most important parts. It not only holds the home itself but it also is the basement walls. If you've got foundation problems, normally they will present themselves as stair stepping cracks in your outside brickwork, long cracks that run the length of the foundation or across the basement walls. You may also notice that your doors and windows will get stuck or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also see an issue where your basement walls are pressing inward. You may not think these problems seem problematic at first, they are all indicators of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for problems to determine if a repair needs to be installed.
Thankfully, the most common foundation problems stem from similar issues and our team is very good at tracking down these issues. We can offer a repair solution designed for your specific issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If there is a uneven foundation, we can implement a system of foundation piers to correct the problem. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both are very strong and can help stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, we have a few potential options. Our team can install a series of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that we mount vertically against the problem area to push the section back in line and prevent further bowing, or carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products can correct the bowing wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Saint Anne, many of the homes are built with crawl space areas and not basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, they were constructed with open vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh air flow into the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. Having open vents allows water to enter the space when it rains or snows and the vents hinder airflow which causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually harbor the growth of mildew. Studies have shown that up to half of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so ensuring this area is closed off from the weather and keeping the humidity levels low can increase the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been enclosing crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the best way to close them off and control excess humidity. We do this using a method known as encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are thick plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as covers to close off existing vents and a heavy duty door that can close off the area completely and prevent any unwanted moisture from entering. This will also prevent bugs and animals from moving in the crawl space which will help keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once your crawl space is encapsulated, we can install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. This will prevent high levels of humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also provide a number of services to help improve your basement area. We can upgrade your 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 both waterproof and resistant to the growth of mildew. When you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to 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 so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you are interested in any of the products above, please fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our frequently asked questions page or give us a call at 630-206-1177 and set up a consultation with a member of our team.
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