Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Repair Services in Waukegan, Illinois
Whether your basement has excess water when there are extended rains or in the spring during the snow melt or there are long cracks along the foundation, you already know this can be a real issue. We are here to help when your home has any kind of crawl space water, foundation settlement, or bowed foundation wall problem. Our team uses time tested products and methods that we stand behind. We have a team of professionals in the Waukegan area that are trained to properly evaluate your problem and create a unique solution to that problem that will ensure your home is safe and protected. When our team implements a basement or crawl space waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is critical that once you've found a problem with the crawl space, foundation, or basement that you contact an experienced repair company. We say this due to there are quite a few additional problems that can happen along with these issues such as mildew, weakened structure, and even permanent foundation damage. If you require our basement waterproofing services to prevent water damage in your home, foundation repair services to prevent your home from sinking, or crawl space services to prevent mildew growth in the crawl space, our professionals are here to help you.
Your basement is a very important part of the home regardless of if it is being used as a storage area or have already finished the area. Because of this, it is necessary that the area is free of standing water and protected from flooding and excess humidity. Due to the fact that water can get into your basement by a variety of possible places, that means there have to be a variety of repair options that we can install to keep the area safe. The main places that we see water leaks is through 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 connect, and at windows that may be at or even below grade.
Regardless of where the problem may be, we've got solutions that can collect, transport, and eject the water from the basement. If you've got leaking basement cracks, the first step is installing 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 at the windows, installing a custom drainage system can help remove the water from the basement. In some extreme cases, usually with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we can recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is comprised of a floor to ceiling liner to collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system in the basement but it cannot keep up with flooding water, we can replace it with a new, upgraded sump pump to breathe new life into the system. On top of installing systems, we can also help you upgrade the drainage in the yard to assist with preventing water from standing at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The foundation of your home is quite possibly one of the most important areas of the home. It not only holds the structure itself but it also forms the basement walls. When you have any foundation problems, usually, they will show themselves in the form of stair-step cracks in the brickwork, cracks that run the length of the foundation or along the basement walls. You may also notice that the windows and doors will not open or close easily or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also have a problem where the basement walls are bowing into the basement. While these problems 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 and determine what type of a repair needs to be installed.
It is good that many foundation problems stem from similar issues and our experts are very good at tracking down these problems. We can offer a repair product intended for your exact issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If the problem is a settling foundation, we can implement a series of foundation piers to correct the problem. Depending on how bad it is and where it is, we will use either helical piers or push piers. Both are very strong and are able to stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, there are some potential options. Our team can utilize a number of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that we mount vertically against the cracks to force the section back in line and control further bowing, or even carbon fiber staples to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products can straighten the bowed wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, many of the homes were built with crawl space areas in addition to basements. For many years, they were constructed with open vents which was intended to increase air flow into the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. Having open vents allows water to get in during rain and snow storms and the vents hinder airflow which results in the humidity level staying too high which will eventually facilitate the growth of mildew. We have found that up to 50% of the air in your home has come up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is protected from the weather and keeping the humidity levels low can improve the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been dealing with crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the proper way to close them off and control excess humidity. This is done 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 sheeting as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that can seal the area completely and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. This will also stop rodents and animals from settling in the crawl space which will help keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is encapsulated, we can 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 add features to your basement. We carry basement windows to improve the air flow or provide additional light in the area. After we install a waterproofing system, 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 prevent any water from entering the home before it can become a problem. Even if you've have a competitors waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance inspection to ensure it continues 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 FAQ page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and set up a consultation with a member of our team.