Basement and Foundation Waterproofing Services in Waterman, Illinois
It doesn't matter if your home floods when there are extended rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or there are long cracks in your foundation, you already know this can be a real problem. We are ready to provide assistance when your home has any kind of basement water, foundation settlement, or buckling basement wall problem. Our team uses products that we've tested and methods that we've perfected over the years that we stand behind. We have a team of experts in the Waterman area that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to implement a specialized solution for your problem that will keep your home properly protected. When our team implements a waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that if you see a problem with your crawl space, foundation, or basement that you reach out to an experienced repair company. We recommend this due to there are some additional problems that will arise with these issues including mildew, weakened structure, and even permanent foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you're in need of our basement waterproofing services to prevent water damage in your home, foundation repair services to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to control water in the crawl space, our experts are here to help you.
Your basement is an important part of your home whether it is only being used for storage or if you have a finished space down there. Due to this, it is important that the space is dry and excess humidity is controlled. Due to the fact that water is able to get into a basement using a variety of possible places, that means there have to be a number of repair solutions and products that we will install to keep the area safe. The most common places that we find water leaking is at cracks in the walls, whether these are in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, which is where the wall and floor connect, and finally at the windows that are at or below the soil.
No matter where you're having the problem we have solutions that will control, divert, and remove water from your basement. If you've got leaking basement cracks, the first step is installing a wall crack repair procedure to control the crack growth and leaking. If water is entering at the cove joint or even at your windows, having a custom drainage system installed will help remove the water from your basement. In some of the more extreme cases, usually with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we will install an entire wall solution that is a full height heavy duty liner that will collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system in place but it struggles to keep up with demand, we can replace it with a new, more powerful sump pump to make the system as good as new. In addition to installing systems, we can also help you upgrade the drainage in your yard to assist with preventing water from sitting next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your homes foundation is quite possibly one of, if not the, most important areas of the home. It not only holds the building itself but it also is the basement walls. If you have any foundation problems, normally they will present themselves in the form of stair stepping cracks in your outside brickwork, horizontal cracks that run the length of the foundation or across basement walls. You may also notice that your windows and doors will get stuck or even cracks at the corners of them. There may also be an issue where your basement walls are bowing into the basement. While these issues may not seem problematic at first, each of them are 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 performed.
It is good that many foundation problems have very similar causes and our experts are very good at tracking down those problems. We can implement a repair product intended for your particular problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If you've got a uneven foundation, we will implement a system of foundation piers to level the foundation. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both types are very strong and can help stabilize your foundation. If you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, it can be solved with a few potential options. Our team can utilize a system of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that sit directly against the cracks to force the section back in line and prevent further bowing, or carbon fiber straps to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products will correct the buckling 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. For a long time, these were built with open vents which was intended to increase air flow through the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. Having open vents allows water to get in 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. Studies have shown that up to half of the air in your home has come up through the crawl space so having the space closed off from the weather and keeping the humidity levels low will increase the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been encapsulating crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the most efficient way to seal them off and control high humidity. We do this using a method called encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are heavy duty plastic and vinyl sheets as well as covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that will close off the area totally and prevent any unwanted moisture from entering. This will also prevent pests and animals from getting in your crawl space which will help keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After your crawl space is encapsulated, we will install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. This will prevent high levels of humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to help upgrade your basement. We have basement windows to increase the air flow or provide additional light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can install a wall system that is waterproof as well as resistant to mildew growth. 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. 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 services above, don't hesitate 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 consultation with a member of our team.
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