Foundation and Basement Waterproofing and Repair Services in Cedar Lake, IN
If you've noticed your home floods when there are extended rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or you have large cracks along the foundation, you already know there could be a real issue. We are here to assist when your home has any kind of basement flooding, foundation settlement, or bowing foundation wall problem. Our team uses time tested products and methods that we stand behind. We have a team of professionals in the Cedar Lake area that are trained to correctly evaluate your problem and implement a specialized solution to that problem that will ensure your home is properly protected. When we install 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 once you see a problem with your crawl space, foundation, or basement 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 happen along with these issues including mold, structural damage, and even permanent foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you are in need of our basement waterproofing products to prevent water from entering your home, foundation repair products to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to control water in the crawl space, our experts are here to help you.
Your basement is a very important part of your home regardless of if it is only being used as storage or have already finished the area. Because of this, it is necessary that the space is free of standing water and protected from flooding and excess humidity. Due to the fact that water is able to get into the basement through a variety of different places, that means there have to be a number of repair possibilities that we will install to prevent damage to the area. The main places that water is entering is at cracks in the foundation walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, where the foundation walls and floor connect, and at any windows that may be at or even below the soil.
No matter where the problem lies we have solutions that will collect, divert, and remove water from your basement. If you have dripping wall cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair method to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. When water is coming in at the cove joint or even at your windows, having a custom drainage system installed will help remove the water from your basement. In some of the more problematic locations, usually with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we will install an entire wall solution that is comprised of a full height liner that will collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system installed but it cannot 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 upgrade the drainage in your yard to help stop water from sitting at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The foundation of your home is quite possibly one of, if not the, most important areas of the home. It not only supports the structure itself but it also creates the basement walls. When there are foundation problems, usually, they will show themselves as stair-step cracks in the brickwork, horizontal cracks that run the length of the foundation or across basement walls. You may also notice that the doors and windows will not open or close easily or even cracks at the corners of them. There may also be a problem where the basement walls are buckling into the area. While these problems may not seem serious when you notice them, they are all indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for problems and determine if a repair needs to be performed.
It is good that the most common foundation problems have very similar causes and our experts are very good at spotting those problems. We can implement a repair product intended for your particular issue 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 are very strong and can stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how much the wall is buckling, we have a few possible 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 push the section back in line and control further bowing, or carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products will correct the bowing wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, there are many homes that were built with crawl space areas instead of basements. For many years, these were constructed with vents which was intended to increase 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 foster the growth of mold and mildew. Studies have shown that up to ½ of the air in your home comes 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.
Our team has been working on crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the best way to seal them off and control excess humidity. We do this using a process called encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, occasionally installed with insulation products, and are strong plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that will seal the area completely and prevent any unwanted moisture from entering. Closing the area will also prevent bugs and animals from moving in your crawl space which will help keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is closed off, we will install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. It will prevent high levels of humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also provide a variety of services to help improve your basement. We carry basement windows to increase the air flow or provide additional light in the area. When waterproofing the basement, we can install a wall system that is both waterproof and resistant to mold or mildew growth. If you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can stop any potential future water problems. If you've have a waterproofing system we did not install in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance inspection to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like more information about the services above, feel free to 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 organize a consultation with one of our experts.