Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Services in Willow Springs, Illinois
If your downstairs area floods when there are extended rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or you have large cracks along your foundation, you already know there may be a serious issue. Our experts are ready to assist when you have any type of crawl space flooding, sinking foundation, or bowed foundation 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 Willow Springs that are trained to correctly evaluate your problem to implement a specialized 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 supported by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is very important that once you've found a problem with the crawl space, foundation, or basement that you reach out to an experienced repair company. We recommend this because there are a number of potentially dangerous problems that can arise with these issues such as mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even catastrophic foundation damage. If you are in need of our basement waterproofing products to control water entering your home, foundation repair services to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to prevent damage to your floor joists, our team is here to help you.
The basement is a very important area of the home regardless of if it is only being used for storage or if you have a finished space down there. Because of this, it is necessary that the entire area is dry and excess humidity is controlled. Since water can get into a basement through a number of different paths, there are a number of repair possibilities that we can use to keep the area safe. The main places that we see water leaks is at cracks in the basement walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, where the basement wall and floor connect, and finally at windows that may be at or even below grade.
No matter where you're having the problem there are solutions that will control, transport, and eject the water from the basement. If you have dripping basement cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair procedure to stop the crack from leaking and growing. If the water is entering at the cove joint or even at your windows, having a custom drainage system installed can help remove the water from the basement. In some extreme locations, occasionally with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we can install an entire wall solution that is made up of a full height heavy duty liner to collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system installed but it struggles to keep up with demand, we can replace it with 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 stop water from standing next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The homes foundation is easily one of, if not the, most important areas of the home. It not only supports the structure itself but it also is the basement walls. If you've got foundation problems, normally they will present themselves in the form of diagonal cracks in your brickwork, cracks that run the length of the foundation or along the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that your doors will stick when you open or close them or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also see an issue where your basement walls are coming into the area. While these problems may not seem serious when you notice them, they are all indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for specific problems to determine if a repair needs to be installed.
It is good that the most common foundation problems stem from similar issues and our team is very good at tracking down those problems. We can offer a repair product that is for your exact issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If the problem is a uneven foundation, we can implement a series 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 can stabilize your foundation. If you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, we have some potential options. Our team can install a system of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that sit vertically against the problem area to force them back in line and stop further bowing, or carbon fiber straps to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. These products can repair the bowed wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Willow Springs, there are many homes that are built with crawl space areas and not basements. For many years, these were created with vents which was intended to increase fresh air flow into the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually 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 foster the growth of mildew. We have found that up to ½ of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so having the space protected from the weather and keeping the humidity levels low can improve the overall air quality in your home.
We have been working with crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the proper way to seal them off and control the humidity. This is done using a process called encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are strong plastic and vinyl sheets as well as covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that can seal the area completely and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also stop critters 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 your crawl space is closed off, we can install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. It will prevent high levels of humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a number 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. When waterproofing the basement, we can help with pre-finishing the area by installing a wall system that is both waterproof as well as resistant to mildew growth. When you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to stop any water from entering the home before it can become a problem. If you've have a competitors waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance inspection so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you are interested in any of the products above, feel free 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 consultation with a member of our team.
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