Basement and Foundation Repair Services in Cedar Lake, Indiana
When your downstairs area has excess water during heavy rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or you've got long cracks along the foundation, you know there could be a real problem. We are ready to provide assistance when there is any kind of basement or crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, or bowed basement wall problem. Our team uses products that we've tested and methods that we've perfected over the years that we stand behind. We have a team of professionals in Cedar Lake that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to design a unique solution for your problem that will keep your home properly protected. When our team implements a basement or crawl space waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that if you see an issue with your basement, foundation, or crawl space that you contact an experienced repair company. We recommend this as there are a number of potentially dangerous problems that will happen along with these issues such as mildew, weakened structure, and even permanent foundation damage. No matter if you're in need of our basement waterproofing services to stop water damaging your home, foundation repair products to stabilize your foundation, or crawl space services to prevent damage to your floor joists, our professionals are here to help you.
Your basement is an important area of your home regardless of if you're using it as a storage area or if you have a finished space down there. Due to this, it is necessary that the entire area is free of standing water and any type of flooding is prevented. Because water can get into your basement by a variety of different paths, there are a number of repair possibilities that we can use to keep the area safe. The most common places that we see water leaks is through cracks in the basement walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, which is where the basement wall and floor meet, and finally at the windows that may be at or below grade.
Regardless of where the problem lies we have solutions that will collect, divert, and eject water from your basement. If you have leaking basement cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair method to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. If water is entering at the cove or even your windows, having a custom drainage system installed will remove the water from your basement. In some problematic instances, occasionally with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we can install an entire wall solution that is a floor to ceiling liner to collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system in place but it is unable to keep up with flooding water, we can replace it with a new, upgraded sump pump to make the system as good as new. On top of installing systems, we can also evaluate the drainage in your yard to help stop water from pooling next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your foundation is easily one of, if not the, most important parts. It not only supports the structure itself but it also creates the basement walls. If you've got foundation problems, normally they will manifest themselves as diagonal cracks in the outside brickwork, horizontal cracks that run along the foundation or along basement walls. You may also notice that the windows will not open or close easily or there may be cracks at the corners of them. There may also be an issue where the basement walls are pressing inward. 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 problems to determine what type of a repair needs to be installed.
It is good that the most common foundation problems stem from similar issues and our experts are very good at evaluating those problems. We can utilize a repair solution intended for your particular problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If there is a sinking foundation, we can 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 of piers are very strong and are able to stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how much the wall is buckling, it can be solved with a few different options. We can utilize a number of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that we mount vertically against the cracks to force them back in line and stop further bowing, or even carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. These products can correct the bowed wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, many of the homes are built with crawl space areas in addition to basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, these were built with vents which was intended to increase fresh air flow through the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. The vents allow water to enter the space when it rains or snows and then it never leaves which results in the humidity level staying too high which will eventually foster the growth of mildew. Studies have shown that up to 50% of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so ensuring this area is closed off from the weather and keeping the humidity levels low can increase the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been working on crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the proper way to close them off and control the humidity. This is done using a method called encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, occasionally installed with insulation products, and are strong plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that can close off the area totally and prevent any unwanted moisture from entering. This will also prevent critters and animals from getting in your crawl space which will keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once the crawl space is protected, we can install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. It will prevent high levels of humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to upgrade your basement. 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 waterproof and resistant to mildew growth. When 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 have a competitors waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance testing to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you are interested in any of the products 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 schedule a consultation with a member of our team.