Basement and Foundation Repair Services in Winthrop Harbor, Illinois

Structural Foundation Repair in Winthrop Harbor

If you've noticed your downstairs area has excess water during extended rains or in the spring during the snow melt or you have cracks along the foundation, you already know there could be a real problem. Our team is ready to help when you've got any type of crawl space water, sinking foundation, or bowed foundation wall problem. Our team uses time tested products and methods that we stand behind. We have a team of experts in Winthrop Harbor that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and come up with a specific solution for your problem that will ensure your home is properly protected. 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 if you've found a problem with your foundation, crawl space or basement that you get in touch with an experienced repair company. We say this due to there are some potentially dangerous problems that can accompany these issues such as mildew, weakened structure, and even permanent foundation damage. No matter if you require our basement waterproofing services to prevent water from entering your home, foundation repair services to prevent your home from sinking, or crawl space services to control mildew growth in the crawl space, our experts are here to help you.

Basement Waterproofing

Interior Basement Waterproofing in Winthrop Harbor

The basement is an important area of your home whether you're using it for storage or if you have a finished space down there. Due to this, it is necessary that the area is free of standing water and any flooding is prevented. Due to the fact that water is able to get into the basement by a variety of possible paths, there are a variety of repair solutions and products that we will install to keep the water under control. The most common places that water leaks in is at 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 meet, and finally at the windows that are at or below the soil.

No matter where you're having the problem we have solutions that will collect, transport, and remove the water from your basement. If you've got leaky cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair procedure to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. If the water is coming in at the cove or even at your windows, installing a custom drainage system can remove the water from your basement. In some extreme locations, usually with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we will install one of our entire wall solution that is a floor to ceiling heavy duty liner to collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system in the basement but it struggles to keep up with the water, we can replace it with a new, more powerful sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. On top of installing systems, we can also evaluate the drainage in your yard to help stop water from standing at the foundation and seeping in.

Structural Foundation Repair

Foundtion Piers in Winthrop Harbor

Your foundation is quite possibly one of, if not the, most important areas of the home. It not only supports the structure itself but it also forms the basement walls. If there are foundation problems, they will generally present themselves in the form of diagonal cracks in the brickwork, long cracks that run the length of the foundation or across the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the doors or windows will not open or close easily or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also have a problem where the basement walls are bowing inward. While these issues may not seem critical when you notice them, each of them are indicative 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 installed.

Thankfully, many foundation problems are caused by similar things and our experts are very good at evaluating those problems. We can utilize a repair product designed for your particular problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If the problem is a settling foundation, we will install a series of foundation piers to correct the problem. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both types are very strong and are able to stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how much the wall is buckling, there are some potential options. We can utilize a system of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that are installed directly against the problem area to force the section back in line and prevent further bowing, or carbon fiber straps to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. These products will repair the bowed wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.

Crawl Space Solutions

Crawl Space Repair Solutions in Winthrop Harbor

In the greater Chicagoland area, many of the homes were built with crawl space areas instead of basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, they were built with open vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh air flow into the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. The vents allow water to enter the space when it rains or snows and then it never leaves which results in the humidity level staying too high which can facilitate the growth of mildew. Up to ½ of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is closed off from the weather and keeping the humidity levels low will improve the overall air quality in your home.

We have been dealing with crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the most efficient way to close them off and control the humidity. This is done using a method called encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, which are heavy duty plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that will seal the area completely and stop any excess moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also stop critters and animals from getting in your crawl space which will keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is encapsulated, we will install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. It will prevent high levels of humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.

Additional Services

We also offer a variety of services to add features to your basement. We can upgrade your basement windows to improve the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can help with pre-finishing the area by installing a wall system that is waterproof and 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 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 testing so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.

Contact Us

If you are interested in any of the products above, don't hesitate 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 set up a consultation with a member of our team.

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