Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Waterproofing and Repair Services in Willowbrook, Illinois
If your basement experiences flooding during extended rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or you have cracks in your foundation, you already know this can be a real issue. Our team is here to help when there is any type of basement water, foundation settlement, or bowed basement wall problem. We use products that we've tested and methods that we've perfected over the years that we stand behind. We have a team of professionals in the Willowbrook area that are trained to correctly evaluate your problem and design a specific solution to that problem that will keep your home safe and protected. When our team implements a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of experience and trusted products.
It is critical that as soon as you find an issue with your basement, foundation, or crawl space that you get in touch with an experienced repair company. We say this due to there are quite a few potentially dangerous problems that will accompany these issues including mildew, structural damage, and even permanent foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you are needing our basement waterproofing services to protect your home, foundation repair services to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to prevent unnecessary damage under your home, our experts are here to help you.
The basement is an important area of your home regardless of if it is being used as storage or have finished the area. Because of this, it is important that the entire space is dry and excess humidity and flooding are controlled. Since water can get into a basement through a variety of different paths, there needs to be a number of repair options that we will utilize to prevent damage to the area. The primary places that we find water leaking is through cracks in the basement walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, where the basement wall and floor connect, and finally at windows that are at or below grade.
No matter where you're having the problem we have solutions that will collect, transport, and remove water from your basement. If you've got leaking basement cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair procedure to stop the crack from leaking and growing. If water is coming in at the cove or even basement windows, installing a custom drainage system will remove the water from your basement. In some of the more extreme instances, typically with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we will install one of our entire wall solution that is comprised of a floor to ceiling liner to collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system in the basement but it is unable to keep up with demand, we can install a new, upgraded sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. We aren't just installing systems, we can also help you upgrade the drainage in your yard to help prevent water from sitting next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The foundation of your home is easily one of, if not the, most important parts. It not only supports the structure itself but it also forms the basement walls. If you have any foundation problems, usually, they will manifest themselves as stair-step cracks in your outside brickwork, cracks that run along the foundation or across basement walls. You may also notice that your windows or doors will stick when you open or close them or there may be cracks at the corners of them. There may also be an issue where your basement walls are buckling into the basement. You may not think these issues seem problematic when you notice them, each of them are indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and it is important to have an expert evaluate the foundation for specific problems and determine if a repair needs to be in place.
Thankfully, many foundation problems stem from similar issues and our experts are very good at noticing those problems. We can implement a repair product that is for your particular issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If there is a uneven foundation, we will implement a system of foundation piers to correct the problem. Depending on how bad it is and where it is, we will use either helical piers or push piers. Both types are very strong and can help stabilize your foundation. If you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, we have a few potential options. Our team can install a series of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that are installed vertically against the problem area to force the section back in line and control further bowing, or carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products will correct the bowed wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Willowbrook, there are many homes that were built with crawl space areas instead of basements. For a long time, these were constructed with open vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh air flow through the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. Having open vents allows water to get in when it rains or snows and the vents hinder airflow which causes the humidity levels to stay high which can facilitate the growth of mildew. We have found that up to half of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so ensuring this area is protected from the outside and controlling excess humidity will increase the overall air quality in your home.
We have been helping customers with their crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the proper way to close them off and control the humidity. This is done using a process called encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are heavy duty plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as covers to close off existing vents and a heavy duty door that will close off the area completely and prevent any excess moisture from entering. This will also prevent bugs and animals from settling in your crawl space which will keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once your crawl space is closed off, we will install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. This will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to add features to your basement area. We can upgrade your basement windows to increase 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. If 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 would like more information about the products 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 schedule a meeting with one of our experts.