Foundation and Basement Waterproofing Services in Saint John, Indiana
It doesn't matter if your basement has excess water when there are extended rains or in the spring during the snow melt or you've got long cracks along the foundation, you know there could be a real problem. Our team is ready to provide assistance when you've got any kind of basement flooding, foundation settlement, or bowing foundation wall problem. Our team uses methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that our team stands behind. We have a team of experts in Saint John that are trained to properly evaluate your problem to design a specific solution to that problem that will keep your home safe and protected. When our team implements a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that as soon as you've seen a problem with the foundation, crawl space or basement that you reach out to an experienced repair company. We say this due to there are a number of additional problems that can happen along with these issues including mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even permanent foundation damage. If you're in need of our basement waterproofing services to protect your home, foundation repair products to prevent your home from sinking, or crawl space services to control humidity below the home, our experts are here to help you.
The basement is an important part of the home regardless of if it is being used as storage or have finished the area. Due to this, it is important that the space is dry and any type of flooding is prevented. Because water is able to get into your basement using a variety of possible places, there are a number of repair solutions and products that we will utilize to prevent damage to the area. The most common places that water leaks in is at cracks in the basement walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, where the basement wall and floor connect, and at windows that may be at or even below grade.
No matter where the problem may be, we've got solutions that can control, divert, and remove the water from the basement. If there are leaking wall cracks, the first step is installing a wall crack repair to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. If the water is entering at the cove or even basement windows, installing a custom drainage system can help remove the water from the basement. In some of the more problematic locations, usually with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we will install one of our entire wall solution that is made up of a full height heavy duty liner to collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system in place but it is unable to keep up with flooding water, we can install a new, more powerful sump pump to make the system as good as new. In addition to installing systems, we can also help you improve the drainage in the yard to help stop water from sitting next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The foundation of your home is quite possibly one of the most important parts. It not only holds the building itself but it also creates the basement walls. If you have any foundation problems, they will generally manifest themselves as stair-step cracks in the outside brickwork, cracks that run the length of the foundation or along the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the doors will not open or close easily or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also have an issue where the basement walls are coming inward. While these issues may not 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 specific problems to determine what type of a repair needs to be installed.
Thankfully, the most common foundation problems are caused by similar things and our team is very good at spotting those problems. We can offer a repair product that is for your particular problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If the problem is a sinking foundation, we will install a series of foundation piers to correct the problem. 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 help stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how much the wall is buckling, it can be solved with some potential options. Our team can utilize a system of wall anchors which are 2 large plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that we mount vertically against the cracks to push the section back in line and prevent further bowing, or carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products will straighten the bowing wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Saint John, many of the homes are built with crawl spaces and not basements. For a long time, they were built with open 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 the vents prevent proper evaporation which results in the humidity level staying too high which can harbor the growth of mildew. Studies have shown that up to half of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so having the space protected from the elements and keeping the humidity levels low will improve the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been helping customers with their crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the most efficient way to close them off and control high humidity. We do this using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are strong plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that will seal the area completely and prevent any excess moisture from entering. This will also prevent bugs and animals from getting in the crawl space which will help keep any items 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 reduce the excess humidity to a proper level as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to help add features to your basement area. We carry basement windows to improve the air flow or provide additional light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can help with pre-finishing the area by installing a wall system that is both waterproof as well as resistant to the growth of mildew. When you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can prevent any potential future water problems. If you've already got a waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance inspection 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 give us a call at 630-206-1177 and schedule a meeting with one of our experts.
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