Basement and Foundation Repair Services in Saunemin, Illinois
Whether your basement has excess water during heavy rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or you have long cracks in the foundation, you know this is a serious issue. Our experts are here to provide assistance when there is any kind of basement or crawl space flooding, sinking foundation, or bowed foundation wall problem. We use time tested products and methods that our team stands behind. We have a team of professionals in the Saunemin area that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to come up with a specialized solution to that problem that will ensure your home is safe and protected. When our team implements a waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is very important that as soon as you find an issue with the craw space, basement, or foundation that you reach out to an experienced repair company. We say this because there are some potentially dangerous problems that will happen along with these issues including mildew, weakened structure, and even catastrophic foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you're needing our basement waterproofing products to stop water damaging your home, foundation repair services to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to control mildew growth in the crawl space, our professionals are here to help you.
Your basement is an important part of the home whether it is being used as storage or have already finished the area. Because of this, it is important that the entire area is dry and any flooding is prevented. Due to the fact that water can get into a basement through a number of different paths, there are a number of repair options that we can utilize to keep the area safe. The main places that water leaks in is through cracks in the foundation walls, whether these are in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, which is where the foundation wall and floor meet, and at the windows that may be at or below grade.
No matter where the problem lies there are solutions that are designed to control, divert, and remove the water from the basement. If there are leaky cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. When the water is coming in at the cove joint or even your windows, having a custom drainage system installed will help remove the water from the basement. In some of the more problematic instances, usually with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we can install an entire wall solution that is made up of a floor to ceiling heavy duty liner that will collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system in the basement but it struggles to keep up with demand, we can install a new, more powerful sump pump to make the system as good as new. On top of installing systems, we can also improve the drainage in the yard to help stop water from standing at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your foundation is quite possibly one of the most important parts. It not only holds the structure itself but it also forms the basement walls. When you've got foundation problems, usually, they will present themselves as stair stepping cracks in the brickwork, long cracks that run along the foundation or across the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the windows will stick when you open or close them or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also see an issue where the basement walls are buckling into the area. You may not think these issues seem problematic 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 if a repair needs to be in place.
Thankfully, many foundation problems have very similar causes and our team is very good at spotting these problems. We can utilize a repair solution that is for your exact issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If there is a sloping foundation, we can install a system of foundation piers to level the foundation. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical 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, there are a few possible options. Our team can utilize a number of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that we mount directly against the cracks to force the section back in line and stop further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. These products can straighten the bowed wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, there are many homes that were built with crawl spaces in addition to basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, they were created with open vents which was intended to increase air flow into the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. The vents allow water to get in during rain and snow storms and the vents hinder airflow which results in the humidity level staying too high which can harbor the growth of mildew. Studies have shown that up to half of the air in your home has come up through the crawl space so ensuring this area is protected from the elements and controlling excess humidity 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 proper way to close them off and control excess humidity. This is done using a process called encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, occasionally installed with insulation products, and are strong plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that can seal the area completely and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. Closing the area will also stop bugs and animals from moving in the crawl space which will help keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once the 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 in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also provide a number of services to help improve your basement area. We can upgrade, replace, or install new basement windows to increase the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. When waterproofing the basement, we can help with pre-finishing the area by installing 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 potential future water problems. If you've have a waterproofing system we did not install in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance service 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 FAQ page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and organize a meeting with a member of our team.
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