Foundation and Basement Services in Wauconda, Illinois
If you've noticed your basement floods when there are extended rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or there are large cracks along the foundation, you already know there could be a real issue. Our team is here to help when there is any type of crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, or buckling basement wall problem. Our team uses methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that our team stands behind. We have a team of experts in Wauconda that are trained to correctly evaluate your problem and implement a specialized solution for your problem that will ensure your home is properly protected. When our team installs a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that once you find a problem with the foundation, crawl space or basement that you reach out to an experienced repair company. We say this due to there are quite a few additional problems that will arise with these issues such as mildew, weakened structure, and even catastrophic foundation damage. No matter if you require our basement waterproofing products to prevent water from entering 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 professionals are here to help you.
Your basement is a very important part of the home whether it is only being used as a storage area or have finished the area. Because of this, it is necessary that the entire space is free of standing water and excess humidity is controlled. Because water is able to get into the basement through a variety of possible paths, that means there have to be a number of repair solutions and products that we will use to prevent damage to the area. The most common places that we see water leaks is at cracks in the basement walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, which is where the basement wall and floor meet, and at any windows that may be at or below the soil.
Regardless of where you're having the problem we have solutions that will collect, transport, and remove water from the basement. If there are dripping basement cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair procedure to control the crack growth and leaking. If water is entering at the cove or even your windows, having a custom drainage system installed will help remove the water from the basement. In some extreme cases, occasionally with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we will recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is made up of a floor to ceiling heavy duty liner that will collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system installed but it is unable 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 evaluate the drainage in the yard to help prevent water from pooling next to the home 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 structure itself but it also is the basement walls. If there are foundation problems, usually, they will present themselves as diagonal cracks in the outside brickwork, cracks that run the length of the foundation or across basement walls. You may also notice that the windows or doors will not open or close easily or even cracks at the corners of them. There may also be an issue where the basement walls are bowing into the basement. While these issues may not seem problematic when you notice them, each of them are indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for problems and determine what type of a repair needs to be in place.
Thankfully, many foundation problems are caused by similar things and our professionals are very good at spotting those problems. We can offer a repair product that is for your specific issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If there is a sinking foundation, we will implement a series of foundation piers to stabilize the foundation. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both types are very strong and can stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, there are a few possible options. We can utilize a series of wall anchors, these are 2 large plates connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that sit directly against the problem area to push them back in line and prevent further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber straps to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. These products will repair the buckling wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, many of the homes are built with crawl space areas in addition to basements. For a long time, they were created 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 then it never leaves which causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually facilitate the growth of mildew. We have found that up to ½ of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so ensuring this area is protected from the weather and keeping the humidity levels low will increase the overall air quality in your home.
We have been dealing with crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the best way to close them off and control the humidity. We do this using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are strong plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that will close off the area totally and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. This will also stop bugs and animals from settling 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 will install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. It will prevent high levels of humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also provide a variety of services to help add features to your basement area. We can upgrade your basement windows to increase the air flow or provide additional light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can help with pre-finishing the area by installing a wall system that is both waterproof as well as resistant to mildew growth. If you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to prevent any potential future water problems. Even if you've have a competitors waterproofing system 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 solutions 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 schedule a meeting with a member of our team.