Basement and Foundation Services in Stone Park, Illinois
If you've noticed your downstairs area floods during extended rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or there are cracks along your foundation, you already know this is a serious issue. Our team is here to provide assistance when you have any type of crawl space flooding, sinking foundation, or bowing basement wall problem. Our team uses time tested products and methods that our team stands behind. We have a team of professionals in the Stone Park area that are trained to correctly evaluate your problem and design a unique solution to that problem that will ensure your home is safe and protected. When we install a waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that once you see a problem with the foundation, crawl space or basement that you reach out to an experienced repair company. We recommend this because there are quite a few additional issues that can happen along with these issues such as mildew, weakened structure, and even permanent foundation damage. No matter if you need our basement waterproofing products to prevent water damage in your home, foundation repair products to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to prevent damage to your floor joists, our experts are here to help you.
Your basement is a very important part of the home whether you're using it for storage or if you have a finished space down there. This means it is necessary that the entire space is dry and excess humidity and flooding are controlled. Because water can get into the basement using a variety of possible paths, there needs to be a number of repair solutions and products that we can use to keep the area safe. The main places that we see water leaks is at cracks in the walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, where the walls and floor meet, and finally at any windows that are at or below grade.
No matter where the problem may be, we have solutions that are designed to control, transport, and eject water from the basement. If you've got leaky cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair method to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. If water is entering at the cove joint or even basement windows, installing a custom drainage system can remove the water from the basement. In some problematic instances, usually with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we can install an entire wall solution that is a full height 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 flooding 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 the yard to help stop water from pooling next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The homes foundation is quite possibly one of the most important areas of the home. It not only holds the building itself but it also creates the basement walls. If you have any foundation problems, usually, they will present themselves in the form of diagonal cracks in your outside brickwork, long cracks that run the length of the foundation or along 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 a problem where your basement walls are pressing into the area. While these issues may not seem serious at first, each of them are indicators of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for particular problems and determine what type of a repair needs to be in place.
It is good that the most common foundation problems are caused by similar things and our professionals are very good at tracking down these issues. We can utilize a repair product intended for your specific issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you've got a sloping foundation, we can install a series of foundation piers to level the foundation. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both types of piers 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, there are a few potential options. We can install a series of wall anchors, these are 2 large plates that are 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 control further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber staples to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products can repair the bowing wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Stone Park, many of the homes are built with crawl spaces instead of basements. For many years, these were created with vents which was intended to increase air flow into the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. The vents allow water to get in when it rains or snows and the vents prevent proper evaporation which results in the humidity level staying too high which can foster the growth of mildew. Studies have shown that up to ½ of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so having the space protected from the outside and keeping the humidity levels low can increase the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been dealing with crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the most efficient way to close them off and control the humidity. This is done using a process called encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, 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 stop any excess moisture from entering. Closing the area will also stop pests and animals from settling in the crawl space which will keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once your crawl space is closed off, we can install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. It will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also provide a variety of services to improve your basement. We carry basement windows to increase the air flow or provide additional light in the area. After we install a waterproofing system, we can help with pre-finishing the area by installing a wall system that is waterproof as well as resistant to mildew growth. If you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can stop any water from entering the home before it can become a problem. Even if you've already got a waterproofing system 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 solutions 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 organize a meeting with a member of our team.
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