Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Services in Spring Grove, Illinois
If your basement experiences flooding during extended rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or you have cracks along your foundation, you already know there may be a serious problem. Our team is ready to assist when you have any type of crawl space flooding, sinking foundation, or bowing basement wall problem. Our team uses methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that our team stands behind. We have a team of professionals in Spring Grove that are trained to correctly evaluate your problem to come up with a specialized solution for your problem that will ensure your home is properly repaired. When our team implements a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is critical that if you see a problem with the basement, foundation, or crawl space that you reach out to an experienced repair company. We recommend this as there are some potentially dangerous issues that can arise with these issues such as mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even permanent foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you are needing our basement waterproofing services to prevent water damage in your home, foundation repair services to prevent your home from sinking, or crawl space services to prevent unnecessary damage under your home, our team is here to help you.
Your basement is a very important part of the home whether it is being used as a storage area 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 is controlled. Due to the fact that water can get into a basement by a variety of possible paths, that means there have to be a number of repair options that we will use to keep the water under control. The most common places that we find water leaking is through cracks in the basement walls, whether these are in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the basement walls and floor meet, and finally at any windows that are at or even below the soil.
Regardless of where the problem lies there are solutions that are designed to collect, transport, and eject the water from the basement. If there are dripping basement cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair procedure to stop the crack from leaking and growing. When the water is leaking at the cove or even the windows, installing a custom drainage system can help remove the water from the basement. In some of the more problematic locations, typically with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we will install one of our entire wall solution that is made up of a full height heavy duty liner to collect and divert water. If you've already got 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 breathe new life into the system. On top of installing systems, we can also help you upgrade the drainage in the yard to help keep water from standing at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The homes foundation is easily one of, if not the, most important areas of the home. It not only supports the building itself but it also forms the basement walls. When you have any foundation problems, normally they will present themselves as stair-step cracks in your brickwork, cracks that run along the foundation or across the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that your windows or doors will stick when you open or close them or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also see an issue where your basement walls are bowing into the area. While these issues may not seem critical at first, each of them are indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and it is important to have an expert evaluate the foundation for problems to determine what type of a repair needs to be installed.
It is good that the most common foundation problems are caused by similar things and our professionals are very good at spotting those issues. We can implement a repair solution intended for your particular problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you've got a sinking foundation, we will install a series of foundation piers to correct the problem. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both types of piers are very strong and can help stabilize your foundation. If you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how much the wall is buckling, we have a few different options. We can utilize a series of wall anchors which are 2 large plates connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that we mount directly against the problem area to push the section back in line and stop further bowing, or carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products will repair the bowing wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, many of the homes were built with crawl spaces and not basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, they were created with vents which was intended to increase fresh air flow into the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. The vents allow water to enter the space when it rains or snows and the vents prevent proper evaporation which results in the humidity level staying too high which can facilitate the growth of mildew. We have found that up to half of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is closed off from the weather and controlling excess humidity will increase the overall air quality in your home.
We have been encapsulating crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the most efficient way to close them off and control high humidity. We do this using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are thick plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that will close off the area completely and stop any excess moisture from entering. This will also stop pests and animals from getting 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 protected, we will install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. It will prevent high levels of humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also provide a variety of services to help upgrade 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. After we install a waterproofing system, we can install a wall system that is both waterproof and resistant to mildew growth. If you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to prevent any water from entering the home before it can become a problem. If you've already got a waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance inspection to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you are interested in any of the solutions above, don't hesitate to 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 schedule a consultation with a member of our team.
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