Foundation and Basement Waterproofing Services in Wadsworth, Illinois
If you've noticed your downstairs area has excess water when there are heavy rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or you've got long cracks in the foundation, you know there could be a real problem. We are ready to help when your home has any type of basement or crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, or bowing foundation wall problem. We use time tested products and methods that we stand behind. We have a team of professionals in Wadsworth that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to come up with 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 experience and trusted products.
It is critical that once you've seen an issue with your craw space, basement, or foundation that you reach out to a trusted repair company. We recommend this due to there are quite a few potentially dangerous issues that can arise with these issues such as mildew, weakened structure, and even catastrophic foundation damage. It doesn't 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 mildew growth in the crawl space, our team is here to help you.
Your basement is a very important part of your home regardless of if you're using it as storage or have already finished the area. Because of this, it is important that the entire area is dry and excess humidity and flooding are controlled. Since water is able to get into a basement by a variety of different paths, that means there have to be a number of repair possibilities that we can use to prevent damage to the area. The most common places that water is entering is at cracks in the walls, whether these are in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the walls and floor connect, and finally at any windows that may be at or even below the soil.
No matter where the problem may be, we've got solutions that are designed to collect, divert, and eject the water from your basement. If you have leaky wall cracks, the first step is installing a wall crack repair to stop the crack from leaking and growing. If the water is coming in at the cove or even your windows, installing a custom drainage system can remove the water from your basement. In some problematic cases, usually with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we can install one of our entire wall solution that is comprised of a floor to ceiling liner to collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system in place but it struggles to keep up with the water, we can install a new, more powerful sump pump to breathe new life into the system. On top of installing systems, we can also improve the drainage in your yard to help keep water from standing at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The foundation of your home is quite possibly one of, if not the, most important parts. It not only supports the home itself but it also creates the basement walls. If you've got foundation problems, normally they will present themselves in the form of stair stepping cracks in the brickwork, horizontal cracks that run along the foundation or along the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the doors or windows will get stuck or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also have an issue where the basement walls are pressing into the basement. While these issues may not seem problematic at first, they are all indicators of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for particular problems to determine what type of a repair needs to be in place.
It is good that the most common foundation problems stem from similar issues and our professionals are very good at tracking down these issues. We can utilize a repair solution designed for your exact problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If the problem is a sloping 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 are able to stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how much the wall is buckling, there are some potential options. Our team can utilize a number 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 force the section back in line and stop further bowing, or carbon fiber staples to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. These products can correct the bowing wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, many of the homes are built with crawl spaces instead of basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, they were built with vents to the outside where were intended to help air flow through the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. Having open vents allows water to get in when it rains or snows and the vents hinder airflow which results in the humidity level staying too high which will eventually facilitate the growth of mildew. Up to ½ of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so ensuring this area is protected from the outside and controlling excess humidity can improve the overall air quality in your home.
We have been working with crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the most efficient way to close them off and control high humidity. We do this using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are thick plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that can close off the area totally and prevent any excess moisture from entering. Closing the area will also prevent pests and animals from getting in your crawl space which will keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is protected, 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 area. We can upgrade your basement windows to improve the air flow or provide additional light in the area. When waterproofing the basement, we can install our wall system as part of a pre-finishing service that is both waterproof and resistant to the growth of mildew. 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. 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 would like to talk to someone about the products above, please 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 organize a consultation with one of our experts.
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