Foundation and Basement Waterproofing Services in Cedar Lake, Indiana
When your home floods when there are heavy rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or there are long cracks along the foundation, you already know this can be a real issue. Our team is here to provide assistance when you've got any type of basement or crawl space flooding, sinking foundation, or bowed foundation wall problem. We use methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that our team stands behind. We have a team of experts in Cedar Lake that are trained to correctly evaluate your problem to create a specialized solution to that problem that will ensure your home is properly protected. When our team installs a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is critical that if you find a problem with your basement, foundation, or crawl space that you contact an experienced repair company. We recommend this because there are a number of additional problems that can accompany these issues including mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even permanent foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you are in need of our basement waterproofing products to prevent water damage in your home, foundation repair services to stabilize your foundation, or crawl space services to prevent unnecessary damage under your home, our team is here to help you.
Your basement is a very important part of your home whether it is being used as a storage area or have already finished the area. This means it is important that the area is dry and excess humidity and flooding are controlled. Because water is able to get into a basement using a number of different paths, that means there have to be a variety of repair solutions and products that we will utilize to keep the area safe. The most common places that we find water leaking is through cracks in the foundation walls, whether these are in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, where the foundation wall and floor connect, and finally at any windows that are at or even below grade.
No matter where the problem lies we've got solutions that can collect, divert, and remove water from your basement. If you have dripping basement cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair procedure to stop the crack from leaking and growing. If water is leaking at the cove or even the windows, having a custom drainage system installed can help remove the water from your basement. In some extreme cases, typically with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we will recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is made up of a full height liner that will collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system installed but it struggles to keep up with demand, we can install a new, upgraded sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. In addition to installing systems, we can also improve the drainage in your yard to help keep water from standing 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 structure itself but it also forms the basement walls. If you have any foundation problems, usually, they will present themselves in the form of stair-step cracks in the outside brickwork, cracks that run the length of the foundation or along basement walls. You may also notice that the doors and windows will stick when you open or close them or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also see a problem where the basement walls are buckling inward. While these issues may not seem problematic 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 to determine what type of a repair needs to be performed.
Thankfully, the most common foundation problems are caused by similar things and our experts are very good at evaluating those problems. We can utilize a repair product intended for your particular issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If the problem is a sloping foundation, we will install a series of foundation piers to stabilize 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 your basement walls are bowing, depending on how much the wall is buckling, we have some different options. Our team can utilize a series of wall anchors, these are 2 large plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that we mount directly against the problem area to push them back in line and prevent further bowing, or even carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products will straighten the bowed 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 and not basements. For many years, they were created with open vents to the outside where were intended to help air flow into the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. Having open vents allows water to get in when it rains or snows and the vents prevent proper evaporation which results in the humidity level staying too high which will eventually foster the growth of mildew. We have found that up to 50% of the air in your home has come up through the crawl space so having the space protected from the outside and controlling excess humidity will improve the overall air quality in your home.
We have been helping customers with their crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the proper way to seal them off and control excess humidity. We do this using a method called encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, which are sturdy 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. 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 protected, we will install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. This will prevent high levels of humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also offer a number of services to help improve your basement. We have basement windows to improve the air flow or increase the amount of 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 both waterproof as well as resistant to the growth of mildew. If you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can prevent any water from entering the home before it can become a problem. Even if you've have a waterproofing system we did not install in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance inspection so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you are interested in any of the services above, feel free 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.