Basement and Foundation Waterproofing and Repair Services in Oak Park, Illinois
It doesn’t matter if your downstairs area floods during heavy rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or you’ve got large cracks in your foundation, you know this can be a real problem. Our experts are ready to help when your home has any type of basement or crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, or bowing basement wall problem. We use time tested products and methods that our team stands behind. We have a team of experts in the Oak Park area that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to create a unique solution for your problem that will keep your home properly protected. When we install a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is very important that if you see an issue with the craw space, basement, or foundation that you reach out to a trusted repair company. We recommend this due to there are a number of potentially dangerous problems that will arise with these issues including mildew, structural damage, and even catastrophic foundation damage. No matter if you are needing our basement waterproofing services to protect your home, foundation repair services to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to control mildew growth in the crawl space, our experts are here to help you.
Your basement is an important part of the home whether it is being used as storage or if you have a finished space down there. Because of this, it is important that the entire space is dry and any flooding is prevented. Since water can get into a basement through a variety of possible paths, that means there have to be a number of repair solutions and products that we can use to keep the water under control. The main places that water leaks in 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 windows that are at or below the soil.
Regardless of where the problem may be, there are solutions that are designed to collect, divert, and eject water from the basement. If you have leaking wall cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair method to control the crack growth and leaking. If water is entering at the cove or even your windows, installing a custom drainage system will remove the water from the 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 heavy duty liner that will collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system in the basement but it cannot keep up with the water, we can install a new, upgraded sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. In addition to installing systems, we can also evaluate the drainage in the yard to help keep water from pooling at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The foundation of your home is quite possibly one of, if not the, most important areas of the home. It not only holds the structure itself but it also is the basement walls. If there are foundation problems, they will generally show themselves in the form of stair-step cracks in your brickwork, cracks that run along the foundation or along basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that your doors will stick when you open or close them or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also have a problem where your basement walls are bowing into the area. You may not think these problems seem problematic when you notice them, each of them are indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for particular problems to determine if a repair needs to be in place.
It is good that many foundation problems have very similar causes and our professionals are very good at noticing those problems. We can utilize a repair product designed for your specific problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If there is a sinking foundation, we can 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 are able to stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, there are some different options. We can install a system of wall anchors which are 2 large plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that sit vertically against the problem area to push them back in line and stop further bowing, or carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products can correct the bowing wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, there are many homes that were built with crawl spaces instead of basements. For a long time, these were constructed with vents which was intended to increase fresh air flow through the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely 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 can foster the growth of mildew. We have found that up to half of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so ensuring this area is protected from the outside and keeping the humidity levels low can increase the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been working on crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the proper way to close them off and control excess humidity. This is done using a process called encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are thick plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that can seal the area completely and stop any excess moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also stop bugs and animals from getting in the crawl space which will keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After your crawl space is protected, we can install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. This will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also provide a variety of services to upgrade the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We have basement windows to increase 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 mildew growth. When you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can stop any water from entering the home before it can become a problem. Even 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 would like to talk to someone about the services above, feel free to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or give us a call at 630-206-1177 and schedule a consultation with one of our experts.