Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Waterproofing Services in Cedar Lake, IN
If your basement has excess water when there are extended rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or you've got long cracks along the foundation, you already know there may be a serious issue. We are here to help when you have any kind of crawl space water, foundation settlement, or bowing foundation wall problem. We use time tested products and methods that we stand behind. We have a team of professionals in Cedar Lake that are trained to correctly evaluate your problem to create a specific solution to that problem that will keep your home properly repaired. When our team installs a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that if you find a problem with your craw space, basement, or foundation that you contact an experienced repair company. We recommend this because there are a number of additional issues that will happen along with these issues including mildew, weakened structure, and even permanent foundation damage. If you are needing our basement waterproofing services to protect your home, foundation repair products to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to control water in the crawl space, our professionals are here to help you.
The basement is a very 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 space is free of standing water and any type of flooding is prevented. Since water can get into the basement through a variety of possible paths, there needs to be a number of repair options that we will utilize 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 mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, where the basement walls and floor meet, and finally at windows that are at or even below grade.
Regardless of where the problem may be, there are solutions that can collect, divert, and eject water from your basement. If there are leaky wall cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair method to control the crack growth and leaking. When water is leaking at the cove or even the windows, installing a custom drainage system will remove the water from your basement. In some extreme instances, typically with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we will recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is made up of a floor to ceiling heavy duty liner that will collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system installed but it cannot keep up with demand, we can replace it with a new, more powerful sump pump to breathe new life into the system. We aren't just installing systems, we can also help you evaluate the drainage in your yard to help prevent water from standing at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your homes foundation is easily one of, if not the, most important areas of the home. It not only holds the building itself but it also is the basement walls. When you have any foundation problems, usually, they will show themselves in the form of diagonal cracks in the outside brickwork, long cracks that run along the foundation or along basement walls. You may also notice that the doors or windows will stick when you open or close them or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also see an issue where the basement walls are coming into the basement. While these problems may not seem problematic at first, each of them are indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for specific problems to determine what type of a repair needs to be in place.
Thankfully, many foundation problems stem from similar issues and our professionals are very good at spotting these issues. We can offer a repair product intended for your specific issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you've got a uneven foundation, we will implement a system of foundation piers to level the foundation. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both types are very strong and can help stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how much the wall is buckling, there are some possible options. We can utilize a number of wall anchors which are 2 large plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that we mount vertically against the cracks to push them back in line and prevent further bowing, or even carbon fiber straps to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. These products will repair the bowing wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Cedar Lake, many of the homes were built with crawl space areas in addition to basements. For a long time, these were constructed with vents to the outside where were intended to help air flow through the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. The vents allow water to enter the space during rain and snow storms and the vents hinder airflow which causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually facilitate the growth of mildew. Up to ½ of the air in your home has come up through the crawl space so ensuring this area is closed off from the elements and controlling excess humidity will increase the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been dealing with crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the best way to close them off and control high humidity. This is done using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, which are heavy duty plastic and vinyl sheets as well as covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that will seal the area totally and prevent any excess moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also prevent critters and animals from settling in your crawl space which will keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once the crawl space is encapsulated, we will install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. This will prevent high levels of humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also provide a variety of services to add features to the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We can upgrade, replace, or install new basement windows to increase the air flow or provide additional light in the area. After we install a waterproofing system, we can help with pre-finishing the area by installing a wall system that is waterproof and resistant to mildew growth. If you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to prevent any potential future water problems. If you've already got a waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance service so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like to talk to someone 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 consultation with one of our experts.