Foundation and Basement Waterproofing Services in Crown Point, Indiana
If you've noticed your home floods during heavy 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 assist when you've got any type of crawl space flooding, sinking foundation, or bowing basement 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 the Crown Point area that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to create a specialized solution for your problem that will ensure your home is safe and protected. When our team implements a waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that once you see an issue with your craw space, basement, or foundation that you contact a trusted repair company. We say this due to there are quite a few potentially dangerous issues that will accompany these issues such as mildew, structural damage, and even catastrophic foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you are needing our basement waterproofing products to prevent water damage in your home, foundation repair services to prevent your home from sinking, or crawl space services to prevent mildew growth in the crawl space, our team is here to help you.
The basement is a very important part of your home regardless of if you're using it for storage or if you have a finished space down there. This means it is necessary that the space is dry and any type of flooding is prevented. Since water is able to get into the basement using a variety of different paths, there are a number of repair possibilities that we can install to keep the water under control. The most common places that we find water leaking is at cracks in the foundation walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, which is where the foundation walls and floor meet, and finally at the windows that are at or even below the soil.
No matter where you're having the problem we've got solutions that are designed to collect, divert, and eject water from your basement. If you've got dripping wall cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair to stop the crack from leaking and growing. When water is coming in at the cove joint or even at the windows, having a custom drainage system installed will help remove the water from your basement. In some problematic instances, typically with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we can install one of our entire wall solution that is a floor to ceiling liner that will collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system installed but it struggles to keep up with flooding water, we can install a new, more powerful sump pump to breathe new life into the system. In addition to installing systems, we can also help you evaluate 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 areas of the home. It not only holds the building itself but it also is the basement walls. When there are foundation problems, usually, they will present themselves as diagonal cracks in the brickwork, cracks that run the length of the foundation or along basement walls. You may also notice that the windows and doors 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 bowing into the area. While these issues may not seem critical at first, they are all indicative of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for problems to determine if a repair needs to be performed.
Thankfully, the most common foundation problems are caused by similar things and our professionals are very good at spotting these issues. 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 can implement a series of foundation piers to correct the problem. 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 stabilize your foundation. If you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, it can be solved with a few potential options. We can utilize a series 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 control further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber staples to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products can correct the bowing wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, there are many homes that are built with crawl spaces instead of basements. For a long time, these were created 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. Having open vents allows water to get in during rain and snow storms and then it never leaves which causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually foster the growth of mildew. We have found that up to ½ of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so having the space closed off from the weather and controlling excess humidity can increase the overall air quality in your home.
We have been encapsulating crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the most efficient way to close them off and control excess humidity. We do this using a process called encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are strong plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that can close off the area totally and prevent any excess moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also prevent critters and animals from moving in your crawl space which will help keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is encapsulated, we can install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. This will control any excess humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also provide a variety of services to help add features to your basement area. We carry basement windows to increase the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. When waterproofing the basement, 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. 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 solutions above, don't hesitate 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 meeting with one of our experts.