Basement and Foundation Services in Sycamore, Illinois
If your basement has excess water during heavy rains or in the spring during the snow melt or there are long cracks in the foundation, you already know there could be a real problem. Our experts are here to assist when there is any kind of basement water, sinking foundation, or buckling basement wall problem. Our team uses products that we've tested and methods that we've perfected over the years that our team stands behind. We have a team of experts in the Sycamore area that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and create a specialized solution to that problem that will keep your home properly repaired. When our team installs a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is very important that if you've found an issue with the basement, foundation, or crawl space that you reach out to a trusted repair company. We recommend this due to there are quite a few potentially dangerous problems that can arise with these issues such as mildew, weakened structure, and even catastrophic foundation damage. No matter if you are in need of our basement waterproofing services to prevent water damage in your home, foundation repair services to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to prevent damage to your floor joists, our team is here to help you.
Your basement is a very important part of the home regardless of if it is only being used as a storage area or if you have a finished space down there. This means it is important that the space is free of standing water and any flooding is prevented. Since water can get into a basement using a number of different places, that means there have to be a number of repair possibilities that we can utilize to keep the water under control. The primary places that water leaks in is at cracks in the walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, which is where the walls and floor connect, and finally at windows that may be at or below grade.
No matter where you're having the problem we've got solutions that will control, divert, and eject the water from the basement. If you have leaky basement cracks, the first step is installing a wall crack repair to control the crack growth and leaking. When the water is leaking at the cove or even the windows, having a custom drainage system installed can help remove the water from the basement. In some problematic instances, usually with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we can install an entire wall solution that is made up of a full height heavy duty liner that will collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system installed but it struggles to keep up with demand, we can replace it with a new, upgraded sump pump to make the system as good as new. On top of installing systems, we can also help you evaluate the drainage in the yard to help prevent water from standing at the foundation 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 is the basement walls. When you've got foundation problems, normally they will present themselves as stair-step cracks in the outside brickwork, cracks that run the length of the foundation or across the basement walls. You may also notice that the windows and doors will get stuck or even cracks at the corners of them. There may also be a problem where the basement walls are buckling inward. You may not think these issues seem serious when you notice them, each of them are indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for specific problems and determine what type of a repair needs to be performed.
It is good that many foundation problems have very similar causes and our experts are very good at evaluating those problems. We can utilize a repair solution intended for your particular problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If you have a uneven foundation, we can implement 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 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, there are a few potential options. We can utilize a number of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that are installed vertically against the problem area to push them back in line and stop further bowing, or carbon fiber staples to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products can repair the buckling wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, many of the homes were built with crawl spaces instead of basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, these were constructed with open 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. The vents allow water to get in when it rains or snows and the vents prevent proper evaporation which causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually 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 having the space protected from the outside and controlling excess humidity can improve the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been enclosing crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the proper way to seal them off and control high humidity. This is done using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, occasionally installed with insulation products, and are thick plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that can seal the area completely and prevent any excess moisture from entering. This will also prevent rodents and animals from getting in the crawl space which will help keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once the crawl space is encapsulated, we can install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. This will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also offer a number of services to help improve your basement. We carry basement windows to improve the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. When waterproofing the basement, we can install our wall system as part of a pre-finishing service that is waterproof and resistant to mildew growth. When you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to stop any water from entering the home before it can become a problem. Even if you've have a waterproofing system we did not install in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance service so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you are interested in any of the services above, feel free to 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 one of our experts.
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