Foundation and Basement Waterproofing Services in Aurora, Illinois
It doesn’t matter if your basement experiences flooding when there are heavy rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or you’ve got cracks in your foundation, you know there could be a real problem. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is ready to assist when your home has any type of basement flooding, sinking foundation, or buckling basement 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 the Aurora area that are trained to correctly evaluate your problem to design a unique solution for your problem that will keep your home properly protected. When our team implements a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that as soon as you find 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 additional issues that can happen along with these issues such as mildew, weakened structure, and even catastrophic foundation damage. If you’re needing our basement waterproofing products to prevent water from entering 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 professionals are here to help you.
The basement is a very important part of the home whether it is only being used for storage or have already finished the area. This means it is important that the area is free of standing water and any type of flooding is prevented. Since water is able to get into the basement using a variety of possible paths, there needs to be a number of repair options that we can install to keep the area safe. The main places that water is entering is through cracks in the basement walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, which is where the basement walls and floor connect, and at windows that are at or even below the soil.
Regardless of where the problem may be, there are solutions that can collect, divert, and eject the water from the basement. If there are leaking cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair procedure to stop the crack from leaking and growing. If the water is coming in at the cove joint or even at your windows, installing a custom drainage system can help remove the water from the basement. In some of the more extreme cases, usually with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we can recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is comprised of a full height liner to collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system in the basement but it cannot keep up with flooding water, we can replace it with a new, upgraded sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. In addition to installing systems, we can also help you improve the drainage in the yard to assist with preventing water from pooling at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your homes foundation is easily one of, if not the, most important areas of the home. It not only supports the structure itself but it also creates the basement walls. If you have any foundation problems, usually, they will manifest themselves in the form of stair-step cracks in your outside brickwork, long cracks that run the length of the foundation or across the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that your windows and doors will get stuck or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also have a problem where your basement walls are coming into the area. While these problems may not seem problematic at first, they are all indicators of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for problems to determine what type of a repair needs to be installed.
Thankfully, many foundation problems have very similar causes and our professionals are very good at noticing these issues. We can utilize a repair solution that is for your exact problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If the problem is a settling foundation, we can implement a series of foundation piers to stabilize the foundation. We will install either push piers or helical piers, depending on where and how bad the sinking is. Both types 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 potential options. We can utilize a number of wall anchors which are 2 large 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, we also can apply carbon fiber staples to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products can straighten the buckling wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, many of the homes were built with crawl space areas in addition to basements. For a long time, they were built with vents which was intended to increase air flow through the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. Having open vents allows 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 will eventually facilitate the growth of mildew. We have found that up to ½ of the air in your home has come up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is protected from the weather and controlling excess humidity can improve the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been working on crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the best way to close them off and control the humidity. This is done using a process called encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are strong plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that can seal the area totally and prevent any excess moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also prevent critters and animals from settling in the crawl space which will help keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once your crawl space is closed off, we can install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. This will prevent high levels of humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to help improve your basement. We can upgrade your basement windows to improve the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can install our wall system as part of a pre-finishing service that is both waterproof as well as resistant to mildew growth. 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. Even 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 products above, feel free to 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 organize a meeting with a member of our team.