Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Waterproofing Services in West Chicago, Illinois
If you've noticed your basement experiences flooding during heavy rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or you've got cracks in your foundation, you know this can be a real issue. Our experts are ready to provide assistance when you have any kind of basement flooding, sinking foundation, or buckling basement wall problem. We use methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that our team stands behind. We have a team of professionals in West Chicago that are trained to properly evaluate your problem to design a specialized solution for your problem that will ensure your home is properly repaired. When we install a basement or crawl space waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that once you see an issue with the crawl space, foundation, or basement that you get in touch with a trusted repair company. We recommend this because there are a number of potentially dangerous problems that will arise with these issues such as mildew, weakened structure, and even catastrophic foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you need our basement waterproofing products to prevent water from entering your home, foundation repair products to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to prevent damage to your floor joists, our experts are here to help you.
The basement is a very important part of the home regardless of if it is only being used as a storage area or have already finished the area. Due to this, it is important that the space is dry and excess humidity and flooding are controlled. Due to the fact that water can get into a basement by a number of different paths, that means there have to be a variety of repair possibilities that we can utilize to prevent damage to the area. The primary places that we find water leaking is through cracks in the walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, where the wall and floor meet, and at any windows that may be at or below the soil.
Regardless of where the problem may be, there are solutions that will collect, transport, and remove the water from the basement. If there are dripping cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair method to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. When the water is leaking at the cove or even at your windows, installing a custom drainage system will remove the water from the basement. In some extreme cases, occasionally with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we can install an entire wall solution that is made up of a full height liner to collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system in place but it struggles to keep up with flooding water, we can install a new, upgraded sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. On top of installing systems, we can also upgrade the drainage in the yard to help stop water from pooling next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The foundation of your home is quite possibly one of, if not the, most important areas of the home. It not only supports the structure itself but it also forms the basement walls. When you have any foundation problems, usually, they will manifest themselves as diagonal cracks in your brickwork, long cracks that run along the foundation or across the basement walls. You may also notice that your windows or doors will stick when you open or close them or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also have a problem where your basement walls are buckling into the basement. You may not think these issues seem serious when you notice them, each of them are indicative of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for problems to determine what type of a repair needs to be in place.
Thankfully, many foundation problems have very similar causes and our team is very good at noticing those problems. We can implement a repair solution intended for your exact issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If you have a sinking foundation, we can install a system of foundation piers to correct the problem. We will install either push piers or helical piers, depending on where and how bad the sinking is. Both are very strong and can stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, we have some different options. We can install 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 we mount directly against the cracks to force the section back in line and prevent further bowing, or even carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products can correct the buckling wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, there are many homes that were built with crawl spaces instead of basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, these were built with vents which was intended to increase fresh air flow through the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. The vents allow water to get in during rain and snow storms and the vents hinder airflow which results in the humidity level staying too high which can facilitate the growth of mildew. Studies have shown that up to 50% of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is closed off from the elements and keeping the humidity levels low can increase the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been enclosing crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the best way to seal them off and control excess humidity. This is done using a process known as 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 covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that can close off the area totally and prevent any excess moisture from entering. Closing the area will also prevent rodents and animals from getting in the crawl space which will keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once your crawl space is protected, we can install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. This will prevent high levels of humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also offer a number of services to add features to the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We carry basement windows to increase the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. After we install a waterproofing system, we can install a wall system that is both waterproof and 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 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 inspection to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like more information about the services above, don't hesitate 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.
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