Basement and Foundation Services in South Wilmington, Illinois

Basement Waterproofing in South Wilmington

It doesn't matter if your basement experiences flooding during extended rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or you've got cracks in the foundation, you already know there may be a serious problem. Our team is ready to help when there is any kind of crawl space water, foundation settlement, or bowing foundation wall problem. Our team uses time tested products and methods that our team stands behind. We have a team of experts in the South Wilmington area that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and design a unique solution to that problem that will ensure your home is properly protected. When our team installs a basement or crawl space waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of industry 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 as there are quite a few additional issues that can arise with these issues such as mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even permanent foundation damage. If you're in need of our basement waterproofing services to prevent water damage in your home, foundation repair products to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to prevent damage to your floor joists, our team is here to help you.

Basement Waterproofing

Interior Basement Waterproofing in South Wilmington

Your basement is a very important area of your home regardless of if you're using it for storage or have already finished the area. Due to this, it is important that the area is free of standing water and excess humidity is controlled. Since water is able to get into a basement using a variety of possible places, there needs to be a number of repair options that we can utilize to keep the area safe. The most common places that water is entering is through cracks in the foundation walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the foundation walls and floor connect, and at windows that may be at or below grade.

No matter where the problem may be, we've got solutions that can control, transport, and remove the water from your basement. If there are dripping cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair method to control the crack growth and leaking. When the water is entering at the cove or even at basement windows, having a custom drainage system installed can remove the water from your basement. In some of the more extreme instances, usually with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we can recommend installing an entire wall solution that is comprised of a floor to ceiling liner to collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system installed but it cannot keep up with the water, we can replace it with a new, upgraded sump pump to make the system as good as new. We aren't just installing systems, we can also improve the drainage in your yard to help stop water from pooling at the foundation and seeping in.

Structural Foundation Repair

Bowed Wall Repair - Wall Anchors in South Wilmington

Your foundation is quite possibly one of, if not the, most important parts. It not only supports the home 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, horizontal cracks that run the length of the foundation or across the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the doors will stick when you open or close them or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also see an issue where the basement walls are pressing into the basement. While these issues may not seem serious when you notice them, each of them are indicators 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 in place.

Thankfully, the most common foundation problems have very similar causes and our experts are very good at evaluating those issues. We can utilize a repair solution intended for your particular problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you've got a sloping foundation, we can implement a system of foundation piers to correct the problem. 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 badly the wall is bowing, we have some possible options. We can utilize a system of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that are installed directly against the problem area to force them back in line and stop further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products can repair the bowing wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.

Crawl Space Solutions

Crawl Space Repair Solutions in South Wilmington

In South Wilmington, many of the homes were built with crawl spaces 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 area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. Having open vents allows water to enter the space during rain and snow storms and the vents prevent proper evaporation which results in the humidity level staying too high which can harbor the growth of mildew. Studies have shown that up to 50% of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so ensuring this area is protected from the weather and keeping the humidity levels low can improve the overall air quality in your home.

Our team has been dealing with crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the best way to seal them off and control high humidity. We do this using a process called encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, which are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that can close off the area totally and prevent any excess moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also prevent critters and animals from moving in your crawl space which will keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once the 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 as well as remove pollutants from the air.

Additional Services

We also offer a variety of services to add features to your basement. We have basement windows to improve the air flow or provide additional 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. If you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to stop 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 testing to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.

Contact Us

If you are interested in any of the products above, please fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or give us a call at 630-206-1177 and set up a meeting with a member of our team.

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