Whether you've got a damp basement following a large rain or during the spring thaw if you're starting to notice a crack in your foundation that is growing, our team is here to help. CLS Foundation Repair & Waterproofing has a team of experienced professionals who are able to take a look at the situation you've got and after the inspection, help you determine the optimal method to take care of the issue once and for all and even prevent the issue from coming back. Our experts serves the entire Estherville area.

It is critical that once you've found a problem with the crawl space, foundation, or basement that you contact an experienced repair company. We recommend this as there are a number of additional problems that can arise with these issues including mildew, weakened structure, and even permanent foundation damage. If you require our basement waterproofing services to stop water damaging your home, foundation repair products to prevent your home from sinking, or crawl space services to prevent damage to your floor joists, or even our bowed basement wall repair services to repair your buckling basement walls, our experts are here to help you.


When you've seen water in the basement following a heavy storm, it is not good. If this water stays around, it can prevent you from being able to keep items in the area and even prevent you from fully using the area. Excess moisture and humidity can ultimately cause the growth of mildew and mold which could ultimately be responsible for life threatening health problems. If you've got standing water in the basement, you should reach out to us so a member of our team can determine the cause of the problem and help come up with a basement waterproofing system which can stop water coming in and prevent unnecessary problems from happening. This can prevent the growth of mold and make it so you can be able to turn the basement into viable storage space, an extra room, or even an extra bedroom.

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how wall anchors work


Bowing basement walls are a minor issue that can quickly become very serious. The purpose of your basement walls is twofold; support the home and keep soil out of the basement. When the basement walls are buckling into the basement, this is a sign that they may not be able to support the building much more. If the bowing keeps happening, it could eventually lead to a failure of the foundation walls and may even require you to rebuild or replace the foundation wall in that location. In some of the worst cases, the building could collapse. To fix bowed basement walls, CLS uses a system of specially designed wall anchors to bring the problem wall back into place and permanently prevent it from buckling any more. The anchors can be installed in a day and can straighten the bowed basement wall once installed. Once the wall has been straightened, the probability of it becoming a problem again are almost none.


If you've got a crawl space, it is probably an area that you will only visit when there is a noticeable problem. This is because they are normally poorly sealed and are regularly unkempt, dangerous, and can have critters inhabiting them. They are known for having excess humidity issues that could cause problems with the floor joists and even cause mold to grow. Our experts know an ideal way to prevent problems in crawl spaces is to install an encapsulation system and close them off from the outside. This will control unnecessary moisture and humidity in addition to controlling the entry of unwanted pests. If you've got sagging floors above the crawl space, we can install a series of jacks to lift and stabilize the floor joists and correct the sagging floor. To further prevent excess moisture, we can install a specialized crawl space dehumidifier to remove the extra humidity and prevent the growth of mold.

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If you've seen cracks in the foundation or if you've seen them at the corners of window frames or doors, this is an indicator that there is a problem with the foundation and you may require foundation repair. Another sign could be the doors or windows will be difficult to open or close or even getting stuck when moving them. Settling foundations are commonplace in the Estherville area as the moisture levels of the soil rise and fall throughout the year. These issues are sometimes caused by improper compaction during original construction of the home. Our professionals can install a network of piers under your foundation that will shift the weight of your home to the piers and prevent the foundation from sinking or settling in the future.


If you've got has any type of foundation settlement issue, please do not hesitate to head over to our contact us page.