Basement and Foundation Services in Westchester, Illinois
If your basement floods during extended rains or in the spring during the snow melt or you've got large cracks along the foundation, you already know this is a serious problem. Our experts are ready to help when you've got any kind of crawl space water, foundation settlement, or buckling foundation wall problem. We use methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that we stand behind. We have a team of professionals in Westchester that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to create a unique solution to that problem that will keep your home properly repaired. When we install a basement or crawl space waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of experience and trusted products.
It is critical that if you've found an issue with the foundation, crawl space or basement that you reach out to a trusted repair company. We say this as there are quite a few potentially dangerous problems that will happen along with these issues such as mildew, structural damage, and even catastrophic foundation damage. No matter if you are in need of our basement waterproofing products to protect your home, foundation repair services to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to control mildew growth in the crawl space, our team is here to help you.
Your basement is a very important part of the home whether you're using it as storage or have finished the area. Because of this, it is necessary that the entire area is dry and any type of flooding is prevented. Due to the fact that water can get into the basement through a number of different places, that means there have to be a number of repair options that we will install to keep the water under control. The primary places that we find water leaking is at cracks in the foundation walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, where the foundation wall and floor connect, and at the windows that may be at or below the soil.
Regardless of where you're having the problem there are solutions that can control, transport, and eject the water from the basement. If you have leaking cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair method to control the crack growth and leaking. When the water is coming in at the cove or even your windows, having a custom drainage system installed will remove the water from the basement. In some of the more problematic cases, usually with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we will install one of our 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 cannot keep up with demand, 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 help you evaluate the drainage in the yard to help keep water from sitting 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 parts. It not only supports the structure itself but it also forms the basement walls. When there are foundation problems, usually, they will present themselves as diagonal cracks in the brickwork, cracks that run the length of the foundation or along the basement walls. You may also notice that the doors or windows will stick when you open or close them or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also have an issue where the basement walls are coming into the area. 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 to determine what type of a repair needs to be installed.
Thankfully, many foundation problems have very similar causes and our team is very good at tracking down those problems. We can offer a repair product intended for your exact problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If there is a sinking foundation, we will implement a series of foundation piers to stabilize the foundation. Depending on how bad it is and where it is, we will use either helical piers or push piers. Both types of piers are very strong and can stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how much the wall is buckling, we have a few different options. We can utilize a system of wall anchors, these are 2 large plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that we mount directly against the cracks to force the section back in line and prevent further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber straps to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products will 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 in addition to basements. For many years, these were created with open vents which was intended to increase air flow into the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. The vents allow water to enter the space during rain and snow storms and the vents hinder airflow which causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually facilitate the growth of mildew. We have found that up to half of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so ensuring this area is protected from the outside and keeping the humidity levels low will increase the overall air quality in your home.
We have been helping customers with their crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the proper way to close them off and control excess humidity. We do this using a method known as encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, occasionally installed with insulation products, and are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that will seal the area completely and prevent any excess moisture from entering. This will also prevent bugs and animals from settling in the crawl space which will keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is protected, we will install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. This will prevent high levels of humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also provide a number of services to upgrade the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We carry basement windows to increase the air flow or provide additional light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can install our wall system as part of a pre-finishing service that is waterproof as well as resistant to mildew growth. When 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 solutions 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 meeting with one of our experts.
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