Basement and Foundation Waterproofing Services in Sugar Grove, Illinois
It doesn't matter if your home floods during heavy rains or in the spring during the snow melt or you've got long cracks in the foundation, you already know this can be a real problem. Our experts are here to help when you've got any kind of crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, or bowed foundation wall problem. Our team uses time tested products and methods that we stand behind. We have a team of experts in the Sugar Grove area that are trained to properly evaluate your problem and create a unique solution for your problem that will keep your home properly repaired. When our team implements a basement or crawl space waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of experience and trusted products.
It is very important that once you find a problem with your foundation, crawl space or basement that you reach out to an experienced repair company. We say this due to there are a number of potentially dangerous issues that will accompany these issues such as mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even catastrophic foundation damage. No matter if you're in need of our basement waterproofing products to prevent water damage in your home, foundation repair products to prevent your home from sinking, or crawl space services to control humidity below the home, our professionals are here to help you.
The basement is a very important part of your home whether you're using it as 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. Since water can get into a basement through a number of different paths, there needs to be a variety of repair possibilities that we will install to keep the water under control. The most common 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, where the foundation wall and floor meet, and finally at windows that are at or below the soil.
Regardless of where the problem lies there are solutions that are designed to collect, transport, and eject the water from your basement. If you've got leaky wall cracks, the first step is installing a wall crack repair method to stop the crack from leaking and growing. If the water is coming in at the cove joint or even at the windows, installing a custom drainage system will remove the water from your basement. In some extreme locations, usually with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we will recommend installing an entire wall solution that is made up of a floor to ceiling liner to collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system installed but it struggles to keep up with the water, we can replace it with a new, more powerful sump pump to make the system as good as new. On top of installing systems, we can also help you improve the drainage in your yard to help keep water from sitting at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The foundation of your home is easily one of, if not the, most important areas of the home. It not only holds the home itself but it also creates the basement walls. If there are foundation problems, normally they will present themselves in the form of stair stepping cracks in the outside brickwork, cracks that run along the foundation or along the basement walls. You may also notice that the windows 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 area. You may not think these issues seem critical when you notice them, they are all indicators of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for specific problems and determine what type of a repair needs to be installed.
Thankfully, many foundation problems stem from similar issues and our experts are very good at noticing these issues. We can utilize a repair solution intended for your particular problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you have a sinking foundation, we will install a system of foundation piers to stabilize the foundation. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both types are very strong and are able to stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, it can be solved with a few potential options. We can install a series of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that are installed directly against the cracks to force them back in line and stop further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber staples to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products will repair the bowed wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, there are many homes that are built with crawl space areas in addition to basements. For a long time, these were created with vents which was intended to increase fresh air flow through the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. Having open vents allows water to enter the space when it rains or snows and the vents hinder airflow which causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually harbor the growth of mildew. Up to ½ of the air in your home has come up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is closed off from the elements and keeping the humidity levels low will improve the overall air quality in your home.
We have been encapsulating crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the proper way to seal them off and control the humidity. We do this using a method called encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, occasionally installed with insulation products, and are strong plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as covers to close off existing vents and a heavy duty door that will close off the area totally and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. Closing the area will also stop rodents and animals from settling in your crawl space which will keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once the crawl space is closed off, we will install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. This will control any excess humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a number of services to add features to your basement area. We carry basement windows to improve the air flow or provide additional light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can help with pre-finishing the area by installing a wall system that is both waterproof as well as resistant to the growth of mildew. 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 already got a waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance testing to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like to talk to someone about the solutions above, feel free 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 organize a meeting with one of our experts.