Foundation and Basement Waterproofing and Repair Services in Union, Illinois
If your home floods during heavy rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or you have large cracks in the foundation, you already know this can be a real problem. Our team is here to help when you've got any type of basement water, sinking foundation, or bowing foundation 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 Union that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and create a specific solution for your problem that will keep your home properly protected. When we install a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is critical that as soon as you've found an issue with your crawl space, foundation, or basement that you contact a trusted repair company. We say this as there are some additional problems that will accompany these issues such as mildew, structural damage, and even permanent foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you are needing our basement waterproofing services to prevent water from entering your home, foundation repair services to stabilize your foundation, or crawl space services to prevent unnecessary damage under your home, our experts are here to help you.
Your basement is a very important area of your home regardless of if you're using it as storage or have finished the area. Because of this, it is important that the entire space is free of standing water and excess humidity and flooding are controlled. Since water is able to get into the basement by a variety of possible paths, there needs to be a number of repair options that we will install to keep the water under control. The most common places that we see water leaks is at cracks in the foundation walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the foundation walls and floor meet, and at the windows that are at or even below the soil.
Regardless of where the problem lies we have solutions that will collect, transport, and eject the water from your basement. If you've got leaking wall cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair method to stop the crack from leaking and growing. When the water is coming in at the cove joint or even basement windows, installing a custom drainage system will help remove the water from your basement. In some of the more problematic instances, occasionally with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we will install one of our entire wall solution that is comprised of a floor to ceiling liner to collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system in place but it is unable to keep up with the water, we can install a new, upgraded sump pump to breathe new life into the system. On top of installing systems, we can also help you evaluate the drainage in your yard to help stop water from pooling next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your foundation is easily one of the most important parts. It not only supports the structure itself but it also creates the basement walls. When there are foundation problems, they will generally show themselves as diagonal cracks in the outside brickwork, cracks that run along the foundation or across the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the windows or doors will get stuck or there may be cracks at the corners of them. There may also be a problem where the basement walls are pressing into the area. You may not think these problems seem serious at first, each of them are indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for particular problems and determine what type of a repair needs to be in place.
Thankfully, many foundation problems are caused by similar things and our experts are very good at tracking down these problems. We can utilize a repair solution designed for your exact problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If there is a settling foundation, we will install a system of foundation piers to correct the problem. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both are very strong and are able to stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how much the wall is buckling, we have some potential options. We can utilize 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 push them back in line and stop further bowing, we also can apply 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.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, there are many homes that are built with crawl space areas instead of basements. For many years, they were constructed with vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh 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 harbor the growth of mildew. Up to half of the air in your home can come up through the crawl space so ensuring this area is closed off from the outside and keeping the humidity levels low will improve the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been enclosing crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the most efficient way to close them off and control excess humidity. This is done using a method known as encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are thick plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that will close off the area completely and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. Closing the area will also stop bugs and animals from moving in your crawl space which will help keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is protected, we will install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. This will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to help upgrade the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We carry basement windows to improve the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can help with pre-finishing the area by installing a wall system that is waterproof as well as resistant to the growth of mildew. If you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to prevent any potential future water problems. If you've have a waterproofing system we did not install in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance inspection so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like more information about the services above, feel free 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 set up a consultation with one of our experts.