Basement and Foundation Waterproofing and Repair Services in South Elgin, Illinois
Whether your basement has excess water during extended rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or there are large cracks in the foundation, you know there could be a real issue. We are here to provide assistance when there is any type of crawl space flooding, sinking foundation, or bowing foundation wall problem. We use time tested products and methods that we stand behind. We have a team of experts in South Elgin that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to come up with a specialized solution to that problem that will keep your home safe and protected. When we install a waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of experience and trusted products.
It is very important that as soon as you find an issue with your basement, foundation, or crawl space that you get in touch with a trusted repair company. We recommend this as there are quite a few potentially dangerous problems that can accompany these issues such as mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even catastrophic foundation damage. No matter if you need our basement waterproofing services to control water entering your home, foundation repair services to stabilize your foundation, or crawl space services to prevent unnecessary damage under your home, our experts are here to help you.
Your basement is an important area of your home whether it is only being used for storage or have already finished the area. This means it is important that the entire space is free of standing water and excess humidity and flooding are controlled. Due to the fact that water is able to get into a basement using a variety of possible paths, there are a variety of repair possibilities that we can utilize to keep the area safe. The primary places that water is entering is through cracks in the walls, whether these are in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, which is where the walls and floor meet, and finally at any windows that are at or even below the soil.
Regardless of where the problem may be, we have solutions that are designed to collect, divert, and remove the water from your basement. If you have dripping basement cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair to control the crack growth and leaking. When the water is leaking at the cove joint or even at basement windows, having a custom drainage system installed can help remove the water from your basement. In some of the more problematic locations, 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 floor to ceiling heavy duty liner to collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system in place but it struggles to keep up with demand, we can replace it with a new, upgraded sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. In addition to installing systems, we can also improve the drainage in your yard to assist with preventing water from sitting next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your foundation is easily one of, if not the, most important parts. It not only holds the structure itself but it also creates the basement walls. When there are foundation problems, they will generally show themselves in the form of stair-step cracks in the outside brickwork, long cracks that run the length of the foundation or along 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. There may also be a problem where the basement walls are coming into the area. You may not think these problems seem serious at first, each of them are indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for particular problems to determine if a repair needs to be installed.
Thankfully, many foundation problems have very similar causes and our team is very good at noticing these problems. We can offer a repair product designed for your exact issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you've got a uneven foundation, we can install a system of foundation piers to level the foundation. Depending on how bad it is and where it is, we will use either helical piers or push piers. Both types of piers 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, it can be solved with some possible options. We can utilize a series of wall anchors, these are 2 large plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that we mount directly against the problem area to push the section back in line and stop further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. These products can repair the bowing wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In South Elgin, there are many homes that are built with crawl space areas in addition to basements. For a long time, they were built with vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh air flow through the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. Having open vents allows water to get in during rain and snow storms and the vents prevent proper evaporation which causes the humidity levels to stay high which can facilitate the growth of mildew. Up to ½ of the air in your home can come up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is protected from the outside and keeping the humidity levels low 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 best way to seal them off and control the humidity. We do this using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, occasionally installed with insulation products, and are strong plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that can seal the area totally and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. Closing the area will also stop pests and animals from moving in your crawl space which will help keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once the crawl space is closed off, we can install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. This will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to help add features to your basement. We have basement windows to improve the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. During basement waterproofing, 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 waterproofing system we did not install in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance testing so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like to talk to someone about the services 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 meeting with one of our experts.