Basement and Foundation Services in Willow Springs, Illinois
When your downstairs area experiences flooding during extended rains or in the spring during the snow melt or there are long cracks in your foundation, you know there could be a real issue. We are ready to provide assistance when you've got any type of crawl space flooding, sinking foundation, or buckling foundation wall problem. We use products that we've tested and methods that we've perfected over the years that our team stands behind. We have a team of experts in the Willow Springs area that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and design a unique solution for your problem that will ensure your home is properly protected. When our team installs a basement or crawl space waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is very important that if you see a problem with your crawl space, foundation, or basement that you reach out to a trusted repair company. We say this as there are some potentially dangerous issues that can happen along with these issues such as mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even catastrophic foundation damage. No matter 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 control humidity below the home, our professionals are here to help you.
Your basement is an important part of your home whether you're using it for storage or have finished the area. Because of this, it is necessary that the entire space is free of standing water and excess humidity is controlled. Since water can get into a basement through a number of possible paths, there are a variety of repair options that we will install 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 the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, which is where the basement wall and floor connect, and finally at windows that are at or below the soil.
No matter where you're having the problem we've got solutions that can control, transport, and eject water from your basement. If there are leaky wall cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair method to stop the crack from leaking and growing. If water is entering at the cove joint or even at basement windows, having a custom drainage system installed can remove the water from your basement. In some of the more extreme cases, typically with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we will recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is a full height heavy duty liner to collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system in place but it is unable to keep up with flooding water, we can replace it with a new, upgraded sump pump to make the system as good as new. We aren't just installing systems, we can also help you upgrade the drainage in your yard to assist with preventing water from sitting at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your homes foundation is quite possibly one of, if not the, most important parts. It not only holds the building itself but it also is the basement walls. If you've got foundation problems, they will generally present themselves as stair-step cracks in your brickwork, horizontal cracks that run along the foundation or along basement walls. You may also notice that your windows and doors will not open or close easily or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also see a problem where your basement walls are coming into the basement. You may not think these issues seem serious at first, each of them are indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and it is important to have an expert evaluate the foundation for problems and determine what type of a repair needs to be in place.
It is good that many foundation problems stem from similar issues and our professionals are very good at spotting those issues. We can offer a repair product that is for your specific issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If the problem is a sloping foundation, we will install a system 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 help stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how much the wall is buckling, it can be solved with some potential options. Our team can install a number of wall anchors which are 2 large plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that we mount directly against the problem area to force the section back in line and prevent further bowing, or even carbon fiber straps and staples 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, many of the homes are built with crawl spaces in addition to basements. For a long time, these were created with open vents to the outside where were intended to help air flow through the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. Having open vents allows water to enter the space when it rains or snows and the vents prevent proper evaporation 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 enters through the crawl space so ensuring this area is closed off from the outside and keeping the humidity levels low will increase the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been helping customers with their crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the proper way to seal them off and control the humidity. This is done using a method called encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, which are thick plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as covers to close off existing vents and a heavy duty door that will seal the area totally and prevent any unwanted moisture from entering. This will also prevent pests and animals from settling in your crawl space which will keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After your crawl space is closed off, we will 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 provide a number of services to upgrade the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We have basement windows to increase the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can install a wall system that is waterproof as well as resistant to the growth of mildew. If you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to stop any potential future water problems. Even if you've have a waterproofing system we did not install in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance service to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like to talk to someone about the solutions above, please 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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