Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Repair Services in Union, Illinois
It doesn't matter if your home experiences flooding during heavy rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or there are cracks in your foundation, you know this is a serious issue. Our team is ready to help when you've got any kind of crawl space water, foundation settlement, or buckling basement wall problem. Our team uses methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that we stand behind. We have a team of professionals in Union that are trained to properly evaluate your problem to implement a unique solution for your problem that will ensure your home is properly repaired. When our team installs a basement or crawl space waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of experience and trusted products.
It is very important that if you've seen an issue with your craw space, basement, or foundation that you get in touch with a trusted repair company. We say this as there are quite a few additional problems that can accompany these issues including mildew, structural damage, and even permanent foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you need our basement waterproofing products to prevent water from entering your home, foundation repair services to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to control water in the crawl space, our experts are here to help you.
Your basement is a very important part of your home regardless of if it is only being used as storage or have finished the area. Because of this, it is necessary that the entire space is free of standing water and excess humidity and flooding are controlled. Because water can get into your basement through a variety of possible paths, there needs to be a variety of repair options that we can utilize to keep the water under control. The primary places that water is entering is at 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 wall and floor meet, and at the windows that are at or below the soil.
No matter where the problem may be, there are solutions that are designed to control, divert, and remove water from your basement. If you've got leaky cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair to control the crack growth and leaking. When water is leaking at the cove or even at your windows, installing a custom drainage system can help remove the water from your basement. In some of the more problematic locations, occasionally with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we can install one of our entire wall solution that is comprised of a full height liner to collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system in place but it cannot keep up with the water, we can replace it with a new, more powerful sump pump to breathe new life into the system. We aren't just installing systems, we can also improve the drainage in your yard to help prevent water from pooling at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The homes foundation is quite possibly one of, if not the, most important parts. It not only supports the building itself but it also is the basement walls. When there are foundation problems, they will generally present themselves in the form of diagonal cracks in your brickwork, long cracks that run the length of the foundation or across basement walls. You may also notice that your doors or windows will not open or close easily or even cracks at the corners of them. There may also be an issue where your basement walls are coming into the basement. While these issues may not seem critical when you notice them, each of them are indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and it is important to have an expert evaluate the foundation for specific problems to determine what type of a repair needs to be installed.
It is good that the most common foundation problems stem from similar issues and our experts are very good at evaluating those problems. We can utilize a repair solution designed for your exact issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If you've got a uneven foundation, we can implement a system of foundation piers to stabilize the foundation. We will install either push piers or helical piers, depending on where and how bad the sinking is. Both types are very strong and can stabilize your foundation. If you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, we have some potential options. We can utilize a system of wall anchors, these are 2 large plates that 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 prevent further bowing, or even carbon fiber straps to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. 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 are built with crawl space areas instead of basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, they were created with open vents which was intended to increase fresh air flow into the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually 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 can foster the growth of mildew. We have found that up to 50% of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so ensuring this area is protected from the elements and keeping the humidity levels low can improve the overall air quality in your home.
We have been enclosing crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the proper way to seal them off and control the humidity. This is done using a method called encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, occasionally installed with insulation products, and are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that can close off the area completely and prevent any excess moisture from entering. Closing the area will also prevent rodents and animals from getting in your crawl space which will help keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once your 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 provide a variety 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. During basement waterproofing, 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 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 to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like to talk to someone about the products above, feel free to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and organize a meeting with a member of our team.