Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Repair Services in Wheaton, Illinois
If your home experiences flooding when there are heavy rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or you have large cracks in your foundation, you already know there could be a real problem. We are here to provide assistance when you've got any kind of crawl space water, foundation settlement, or bowing foundation wall problem. Our team uses methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that we stand behind. We have a team of professionals in the Wheaton area that are trained to properly evaluate your problem to design a unique solution to that problem that will ensure your home is properly repaired. When our team implements a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is very important that as soon as you've found an issue with the crawl space, foundation, or basement that you contact an experienced repair company. We say this as there are a number of potentially dangerous issues that will accompany these issues such as mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even catastrophic foundation damage. If you need our basement waterproofing services to control water entering your home, foundation repair services to prevent your home from sinking, or crawl space services to prevent damage to your floor joists, our professionals are here to help you.
Your basement is an important area of the home regardless of if it is only being used for storage or have finished the area. This means it is necessary that the area is dry and excess humidity is controlled. Because water is able to get into the basement using a number of possible places, there are a number of repair options that we can use to keep the water under control. The primary places that we see water leaks is through 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 connect, and at the windows that may be at or even below the soil.
Regardless of where the problem may be, there are solutions that will collect, transport, and eject water from the basement. If you've got dripping cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair procedure to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. If water is leaking at the cove or even at the windows, installing a custom drainage system will help remove the water from the basement. In some problematic locations, occasionally with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we can install one of our entire wall solution that is a full height heavy duty liner to collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system in place but it struggles to keep up with demand, we can install a new, more powerful sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. In addition to installing systems, we can also help you upgrade the drainage in the yard to help keep water from pooling at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your foundation is quite possibly one of 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 show themselves as stair stepping cracks in your outside brickwork, horizontal cracks that run along the foundation or along basement walls. You may also notice that your doors or windows will not open or close easily or there may be cracks at the corners of them. There may also be a problem where your basement walls are buckling inward. You may not think these issues seem problematic at first, they are all indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for specific problems to determine what type of a repair needs to be performed.
Thankfully, many foundation problems have very similar causes and our experts are very good at noticing these issues. We can implement a repair solution intended for your particular problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If the problem is a settling foundation, we can install a system of foundation piers to level the foundation. We will install either push piers or helical piers, depending on where and how bad the sinking is. Both types of piers are very strong and are able to stabilize your foundation. If you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how much the wall is buckling, it can be solved with a few different options. Our team can install a number of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that are installed directly against the cracks to push them back in line and prevent 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 bowing wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, there are many homes that are built with crawl spaces instead of basements. For a long time, they were created with open vents to the outside where were intended to help air flow through the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. Having open vents allows water to enter the space during rain and snow storms and the vents prevent proper evaporation which causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually foster the growth of mildew. Studies have shown that up to 50% of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so having the space protected from the outside and controlling excess humidity can improve the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been enclosing crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the best way to close them off and control excess humidity. This is done using a method called encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, which are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheets as well as covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that can close off the area completely and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. Closing the area will also stop critters and animals from moving in the crawl space which will help keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once your crawl space is closed off, we can install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. This will prevent high levels of humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a number of services to help upgrade your basement. We have basement windows to improve the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. When waterproofing the basement, we can install our wall system as part of a pre-finishing service that is waterproof as well as resistant to the growth of mildew. When you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to stop any potential future water problems. If you've already got a waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance service so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like to talk to someone about the products above, feel free to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our frequently asked questions page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and schedule a consultation with a member of our team.