Foundation and Basement Waterproofing and Repair Services in Porter, Indiana
When your downstairs area experiences flooding during extended rains or in the spring during the snow melt or you have cracks in the foundation, you already know this is a serious problem. We are here to help when your home has any kind of basement or crawl space flooding, sinking foundation, or bowing 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 the Porter area that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to implement a specialized solution to that problem that will ensure your home is properly protected. When our team installs a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that if you see a problem with the crawl space, foundation, or basement that you contact a trusted repair company. We recommend this due to there are quite a few additional issues that will arise with these issues including mildew, structural damage, and even catastrophic foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you are needing our basement waterproofing services to prevent water damage in your home, foundation repair services to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to control water in the crawl space, our experts are here to help you.
Your basement is a very important area of the home whether you're using it as a storage area or have already finished the area. This means it is necessary that the area is free of standing water and protected from flooding and excess humidity. Because water is able to get into the basement through a variety of different paths, that means there have to be a variety of repair solutions and products that we will install to prevent damage to the area. The primary places that water is entering is at cracks in the walls, whether these are in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, which is where the wall and floor connect, and finally at any windows that may be at or even below grade.
No matter where you're having the problem there are solutions that are designed to control, transport, and remove the water from the basement. If you've got leaking basement cracks, the first step is installing a wall crack repair method to stop the crack from leaking and growing. If the water is coming in at the cove or even basement windows, installing a custom drainage system will remove the water from the basement. In some of the more extreme cases, occasionally with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we will 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 place but it struggles to keep up with demand, 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 the yard to assist with preventing water from standing at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The homes foundation is quite possibly one of the most important parts. It not only supports the home itself but it also is the basement walls. If there are foundation problems, they will generally manifest themselves as stair-step cracks in the outside brickwork, cracks that run along the foundation or across the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the windows will get stuck or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also see an issue where the basement walls are coming into the basement. You may not think these problems seem serious at first, they are all 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.
It is good that the most common foundation problems stem from similar issues and our team is very good at evaluating these issues. We can offer a repair solution designed for your particular problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If there is a sloping foundation, we will implement a series of foundation piers to stabilize the foundation. Depending on how bad it is and where it is, we will use either helical piers or push piers. Both types are very strong and can stabilize your foundation. If you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, it can be solved with a few different options. Our team can install a number of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that are installed vertically against the problem area to push the section 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 repair the bowing wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, many of the homes are built with crawl spaces in addition to basements. For a long time, these were built with vents to the outside where were intended to help 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 prevent proper evaporation which causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually facilitate the growth of mildew. Up to half of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is protected from the outside and controlling excess humidity will increase the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been dealing with crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the best way to close them off and control high humidity. We do this using a method called encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are strong plastic and vinyl sheets as well as covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that will close off the area totally and stop any excess moisture from entering. This will also stop critters and animals from moving in the crawl space which will keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is protected, we will install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. This will control any excess humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also provide a variety of services to upgrade your basement area. We can upgrade your 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 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 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 inspection so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like more information about the products above, don't hesitate to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and set up a meeting with a member of our team.
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