Foundation and Basement Repair Services in Shorewood, Illinois
If your basement experiences flooding during heavy rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or you have long cracks in the foundation, you already know this is a serious issue. Our team is here to help when your home has any type of basement 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 our team stands behind. We have a team of experts in the Shorewood area that are trained to correctly evaluate your problem and design a specialized solution for your problem that will ensure your home is properly protected. When our team implements a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of experience and trusted products.
It is very important that as soon as you see a problem with your craw space, basement, or foundation that you get in touch with an experienced repair company. We say this as there are some additional issues that can accompany these issues such as mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even permanent foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you are in need of our basement waterproofing products to prevent water damage in your home, foundation repair products to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to control humidity below the home, our experts are here to help you.
The basement is an important part of your home regardless of if you're using it as storage or if you have a finished space down there. Due to this, it is important that the space is free of standing water and excess humidity and flooding are controlled. Since water can get into a basement using a variety of possible places, there needs to be a number of repair possibilities that we can use to prevent damage to the area. The primary places that we find water leaking 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 connect, and at any windows that may be at or below the soil.
Regardless of where the problem may be, we have solutions that are designed to collect, transport, and eject the water from your basement. If there are dripping basement cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair procedure to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. When the water is entering at the cove or even your windows, installing a custom drainage system can help remove the water from your basement. In some of the more extreme locations, usually with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we can install an entire wall solution that is a full height liner that will collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have 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. On top of installing systems, we can also upgrade the drainage in your yard to assist with preventing water from standing next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your foundation is quite possibly one of, if not the, most important parts. It not only holds the building itself but it also is the basement walls. When there are foundation problems, they will generally present themselves as diagonal cracks in the outside brickwork, long cracks that run the length of the foundation or along the basement walls. You may also notice that the doors will not open or close easily or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also have a problem where the basement walls are buckling into the area. While these problems may not seem critical at first, they are all 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 installed.
It is good that the most common foundation problems have very similar causes and our team is very good at tracking down those issues. We can offer a repair solution that is for your specific issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you've got a settling foundation, we can install a system of foundation piers to level the foundation. We will install either push piers or helical piers, depending on where and how bad the sinking is. Both types are very strong and are able to stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, it can be solved with some potential options. We can install a series of wall anchors, these are 2 large plates and these are 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 carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products can straighten the buckling wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, many of the homes are built with crawl space areas in addition to basements. For many years, these were constructed with open vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh air flow into the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. The vents allow water to get in during rain and snow storms and the vents prevent proper evaporation which causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually harbor the growth of mildew. Up to 50% of the air in your home has come up through the crawl space so having the space closed off from the elements and controlling excess humidity can improve the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been working on crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the proper way to seal them off and control high humidity. We do this using a process called encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are strong plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that can seal the area totally and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also stop pests and animals from getting in your crawl space which will help keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once the crawl space is closed off, we can install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. This will control any excess humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also provide a variety of services to help add features to the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We can upgrade, replace, or install new basement windows to improve the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. When waterproofing the basement, 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 potential future water problems. Even if you've have a waterproofing system we did not install in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance inspection so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like more information about the services above, please 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 meeting with a member of our team.
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