Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Services in Wonder Lake, Illinois
If your downstairs area has excess water when there are extended rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or there are cracks in your foundation, you know there could be a real issue. Our experts are ready to provide assistance when there is any type of crawl space water, foundation settlement, or bowing basement 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 Wonder Lake area that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to come up with a unique solution to that problem that will ensure your home is safe and protected. When our team installs a waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that once you find a problem with the foundation, crawl space or basement that you get in touch with a trusted repair company. We say this as there are quite a few potentially dangerous issues that will accompany these issues including mildew, reduced structural integrity, 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 stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to control humidity below the home, our professionals are here to help you.
The basement is a very important area of the home regardless of if it is only being used as a storage area or have finished the area. This means it is necessary that the entire space is free of standing water and any type of flooding is prevented. Because water is able to get into a basement through a variety of different places, that means there have to be a variety of repair options that we will use to keep the water under control. The most common places that water leaks in is at cracks in the basement walls, whether these are in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, where the basement wall and floor connect, and at the windows that are at or below the soil.
Regardless of where the problem may be, there are solutions that will control, divert, and remove water from the basement. If you've got leaky wall cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. When water is coming in at the cove or even basement windows, having a custom drainage system installed will help remove the water from the basement. In some of the more problematic instances, occasionally with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we will recommend installing an entire wall solution that is made up of a full height heavy duty liner to collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system in the basement but it struggles to keep up with the water, we can install a new, upgraded sump pump to make the system as good as new. We aren't just installing systems, we can also help you evaluate the drainage in the yard to help prevent water from pooling next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your homes foundation is easily one of the most important areas of the home. It not only supports the building itself but it also creates the basement walls. When there are foundation problems, usually, they will show themselves in the form of stair stepping cracks in your brickwork, horizontal cracks that run the length of the foundation or across basement walls. You may also notice that your windows and doors will get stuck or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also have an issue where your basement walls are buckling into the area. While these issues may not seem serious at first, each of them are indicative of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for particular problems to determine if a repair needs to be in place.
Thankfully, the most common foundation problems are caused by similar things and our team is very good at evaluating these issues. We can utilize a repair product designed for your specific issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If the problem is a sloping foundation, we will 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 are very strong and can help stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, it can be solved with some different options. We can install a series of wall anchors, these are 2 large plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that sit directly against the problem area to push them back in line and control further bowing, or even carbon fiber staples to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products will repair the bowing wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, there are many homes that were built with crawl space areas in addition to basements. For a long time, they were created with vents which was intended to increase fresh air flow through the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually 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 can facilitate the growth of mildew. We have found that up to 50% of the air in your home can come up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is closed off from the elements and controlling excess humidity will improve the overall air quality in your home.
We have been working on crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the proper way to seal them off and control excess humidity. This is done using a method known as encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, which are heavy duty plastic and vinyl sheets as well as covers to close off existing vents and a heavy duty door that will seal the area completely and prevent any unwanted moisture from entering. This will also prevent pests and animals from moving in the crawl space which will help keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After your 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.
We also provide a variety of services to help add features to your basement. We can upgrade your 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 waterproof as well as resistant to the growth of mildew. If you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can stop any water from entering the home before it can become a problem. If you've have a waterproofing system we did not install in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance testing so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
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 FAQ page or give us a call at 630-206-1177 and schedule a meeting with a member of our team.
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