Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Services in Cedar Lake, IN
If your home experiences flooding when there are heavy rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or you've got large cracks in your foundation, you know there could be a real problem. Our experts are here to help when you've got any kind of crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, or buckling 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 properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to create a unique solution for your problem that will keep your home properly protected. When our team implements 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 see an issue with your crawl space, foundation, or basement that you contact an experienced repair company. We say this as there are quite a few potentially dangerous issues that can happen along with these issues including mold, weakened structure, and even catastrophic foundation damage. If you're needing our basement waterproofing services to prevent water from entering your home, foundation repair services to stabilize your foundation, or crawl space services to control humidity below the home, our team is here to help you.
The basement is an important part of your home whether it is being used as a storage area or have finished the area. Because of this, it is important that the entire area is dry and protected from flooding and excess humidity. Due to the fact that water is able to get into a basement by a variety of different paths, there are a variety of repair solutions and products that we can install to keep the water under control. The most common places that water is entering is at cracks in the walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, where the walls and floor connect, and at the windows that are at or even below the soil.
No matter where the problem lies we have solutions that are designed to collect, divert, and remove the water from your basement. If you've got leaky wall cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair to stop the crack from leaking and growing. When the water is coming in at the cove joint or even basement windows, installing a custom drainage system can remove the water from your basement. In some of the more extreme instances, usually with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we can install one of our entire wall solution that is made up of a floor to ceiling liner that will collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system in the basement but it cannot keep up with flooding water, we can replace it with a new, more powerful sump pump to make the system as good as new. On top of installing systems, we can also help you upgrade the drainage in your yard to assist with preventing water from pooling at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your homes foundation is quite possibly one of, if not the, most important parts. It not only supports the building itself but it also creates the basement walls. When you have any foundation problems, usually, they will show themselves as diagonal cracks in your brickwork, long cracks that run along the foundation or across the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that your windows or doors will get stuck or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also see a problem where your basement walls are coming into the area. You may not think these issues seem serious when you notice them, each of them are indicators of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for particular problems to determine what type of a repair needs to be installed.
It is good that many foundation problems are caused by similar things and our experts are very good at spotting those issues. We can implement a repair product intended for your specific problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you have a sloping foundation, we can implement a series of foundation piers to correct the problem. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both types are very strong and can stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, there are a few possible options. We can utilize a system of wall anchors which are 2 large plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that are installed directly against the problem area to force the section back in line and prevent further bowing, or even carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products can repair the buckling wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, there are many homes that are built with crawl space areas and not basements. For a long time, they were built with vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh 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 results in the humidity level staying too high which can facilitate the growth of mold and mildew. We have found that up to half of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so ensuring this area is protected from the weather and keeping the humidity levels low can 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 best way to close them off and control excess humidity. We do this using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, which are strong plastic and vinyl sheets as well as covers to close off existing vents and a heavy duty door that can close off the area totally and stop any excess moisture from entering. This will also stop pests and animals from getting in your crawl space which will keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After your crawl space is protected, we can install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. This will prevent high levels of humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also provide a variety of services to 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. When waterproofing the basement, we can install a wall system that is waterproof and resistant to mold or mildew growth. When 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 have a competitors waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance service to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like to talk to someone about the services 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 organize a consultation with a member of our team.