Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Waterproofing Services in Merrillville, Indiana
If you've noticed your downstairs area floods during heavy rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or you've got large cracks in the foundation, you know this can be a real problem. Our experts are ready to provide assistance when there is any kind of crawl space 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 experts in Merrillville that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to create a specialized solution for your problem that will keep your home safe and protected. When we install a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is very important that as soon as you've seen a problem with the crawl space, foundation, or basement that you reach out to an experienced repair company. We recommend this due to there are some potentially dangerous issues that will arise with these issues including mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even catastrophic foundation damage. No matter if you're needing our basement waterproofing services 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 experts are here to help you.
Your basement is a very important part of the home whether you're using it as a storage area or have finished the area. Due to this, it is necessary that the space is dry and any type of flooding is prevented. Since water is able to get into a basement by a variety of different places, that means there have to be a number of repair possibilities that we will utilize to keep the water under control. The main places that water is entering is through cracks in the foundation walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the foundation walls and floor meet, and at the windows that may be at or even below grade.
Regardless of where the problem may be, we have solutions that will collect, divert, and remove the water from the basement. If there are leaky wall cracks, the first step is installing a wall crack repair procedure to control the crack growth and leaking. If the water is leaking at the cove joint or even at your windows, installing a custom drainage system will help remove the water from the basement. In some of the more problematic instances, usually with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we will recommend installing an entire wall solution that is comprised of 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 the water, we can replace it with a new, upgraded sump pump to breathe new life into the system. In addition to installing systems, we can also evaluate the drainage in the yard to help keep water from pooling next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your homes foundation is easily one of, if not the, most important parts. It not only holds the structure itself but it also forms the basement walls. If you've got foundation problems, usually, they will present themselves as diagonal cracks in the outside brickwork, cracks that run the length of the foundation or along the basement walls. You may also notice that the doors or windows will get stuck or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also have a problem where the basement walls are pressing into the basement. While these problems may not seem problematic at first, they are all indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for specific problems to determine if a repair needs to be installed.
It is good that the most common foundation problems stem from similar issues and our team is very good at noticing these issues. We can offer a repair solution intended for your exact problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If the problem is a sloping foundation, we will implement a series of foundation piers to level the foundation. Depending on how bad it is and where it is, we will use either helical piers or push piers. Both types of piers are very strong and can help stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how much the wall is buckling, there are some possible options. We can utilize a number of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that sit vertically against the cracks to force them back in line and control further bowing, or carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products will straighten the bowing wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Merrillville, there are many homes that are built with crawl spaces and not basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, they were constructed with open vents which was intended to increase fresh air flow through the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. Having open vents allows water to get in when it rains or snows and the vents hinder airflow which causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually facilitate the growth of mildew. We have found that up to ½ of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is protected from the weather and keeping the humidity levels low will increase the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been working with crawl spaces as long as we have been in business 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 heavy duty liner, occasionally installed with insulation products, and are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that will close off the area totally and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also stop critters and animals from settling in the crawl space which will help keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once the crawl space is protected, we will install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. It will prevent high levels of humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also provide a variety of services to help add features to the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We carry basement windows to increase the air flow or provide additional light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can install a wall system that is both waterproof and resistant to the growth of mildew. If you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to stop 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 services above, please fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our frequently asked questions page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and set up a meeting with a member of our team.
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Waterproofing in Merrillville, IN
Professional workers, stayed on task, and they did a good cleanup job after the waterproofing project was finished.