Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Waterproofing and Repair Services in Burns Harbor, Indiana
If your downstairs area floods when there are extended rains or in the spring during the snow melt or you have large cracks along the foundation, you already know there could be a real problem. Our experts are here to provide assistance when there is any type of crawl space water, foundation settlement, or buckling 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 experts in Burns Harbor that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to implement a specialized solution to that problem that will keep your home properly protected. When our team installs a basement or crawl space waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of experience and trusted products.
It is very important that if you've seen an issue with your crawl space, foundation, or basement that you contact a trusted repair company. We say this due to there are a number of additional issues that can accompany these issues such as mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even catastrophic foundation damage. No matter if you require our basement waterproofing products to prevent water damage in your home, foundation repair products to stabilize your 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 part of your home whether it is only being used as a storage area or have finished the area. Due to this, it is necessary that the area is free of standing water and protected from flooding and excess humidity. Due to the fact that water is able to get into a basement using a number of different places, there needs to be a variety of repair possibilities that we will utilize to keep the area safe. The most common places that water is entering is at cracks in the foundation walls, whether these are in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the foundation walls and floor meet, and at the windows that are at or even below the soil.
No matter where you're having the problem we've got solutions that will control, transport, and eject water from your basement. If you've got leaking basement cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair method to control the crack growth and leaking. If water is coming in at the cove joint or even at the windows, having a custom drainage system installed can help remove the water from your basement. In some of the more extreme instances, typically with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we will install an entire wall solution that is made up of a full height liner to collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system in place but it struggles to keep up with flooding water, we can replace it with a new, more powerful sump pump to make the system as good as new. In addition to installing systems, we can also upgrade the drainage in your yard to help keep water from pooling next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your foundation is quite possibly one of, if not the, most important areas of the home. It not only holds the home itself but it also forms the basement walls. If you've got foundation problems, usually, they will show themselves as diagonal cracks in the brickwork, cracks that run the length of the foundation or along basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the doors and windows will not open or close easily or even cracks at the corners of them. There may also be an issue where the basement walls are buckling inward. While these problems may not seem serious at first, they are all 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 performed.
Thankfully, the most common foundation problems are caused by similar things and our professionals are very good at tracking down these issues. We can offer a repair solution intended for your particular problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If you have a settling foundation, we will install 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 of piers are very strong and can 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. We can utilize a system of wall anchors, these are 2 large plates connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that sit directly against the problem area to push the section back in line and control further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products will straighten the buckling wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, many of the homes are built with crawl spaces in addition to basements. For a long time, these were created with open vents which was intended to increase air flow into the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. Having open vents allows water to get in during rain and snow storms and the vents hinder airflow which causes the humidity levels to stay high which can harbor the growth of mildew. Studies have shown that up to 50% of the air in your home has come up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is closed off from the outside and controlling excess humidity will increase the overall air quality in your home.
We have been working on crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the most efficient way to close them off and control the humidity. We do this using a method called encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are sturdy 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 stop any excess moisture from entering. Closing the area will also stop rodents and animals from settling in your crawl space which will help keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once the crawl space is encapsulated, we will install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. This will control any excess humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also provide a number of services to help upgrade the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We carry basement windows to increase 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 both waterproof as well as resistant to mildew growth. If you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to prevent any water from entering the home before it can become a problem. If you've already got a waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance testing so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like to talk to someone about 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 set up a consultation with a member of our team.
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