Foundation and Basement Repair Services in Addison, Illinois
Whether your downstairs area has excess water when there are heavy rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or you've got large cracks along your foundation, you already know there could be a real issue. Our experts are here to help when you've got any kind of basement water, sinking foundation, or bowed basement wall problem. We use time tested products and methods that our team stands behind. We have a team of experts in Addison that are trained to correctly evaluate your problem and come up with a specialized solution to that problem that will keep your home safe and protected. When our team installs a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is critical that if you've found an issue with the foundation, crawl space or basement that you get in touch with a trusted repair company. We say this due to there are quite a few additional issues that will accompany these issues including mildew, structural damage, and even permanent foundation damage. If you're in need of our basement waterproofing products to control water entering your home, foundation repair products to prevent your home from sinking, or crawl space services to prevent mildew growth in the crawl space, our team is here to help you.
Your basement is an important area of the home whether you're using it for storage or if you have a finished space down there. This means it is necessary that the area is dry and protected from flooding and excess humidity. Because water is able to get into your basement using a number of different paths, there are a variety of repair possibilities that we can use to prevent damage to the area. The most common places that water leaks in is through cracks in the basement walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, where the basement walls and floor meet, and at windows that are at or even below grade.
Regardless of where you're having the problem there are solutions that can collect, transport, and eject water from the basement. If you have leaking cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair procedure to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. If water is coming in at the cove or even at basement windows, installing a custom drainage system will help remove the water from the basement. In some of the more problematic locations, typically with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we can 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 the basement but it cannot keep up with the water, we can replace it with a new, more powerful sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. We aren't just installing systems, we can also help you improve the drainage in the yard to help stop 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 building itself but it also forms the basement walls. If you have any foundation problems, usually, they will manifest themselves as stair-step cracks in your outside brickwork, cracks that run the length of the foundation or along basement walls. You may also notice that your windows or doors will stick when you open or close them or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also have a problem where your basement walls are coming into the basement. While these problems may not seem problematic at first, they are all indicative of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for problems and determine what type of a repair needs to be in place.
Thankfully, the most common foundation problems stem from similar issues and our professionals are very good at tracking down those issues. We can implement a repair product intended for your particular issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If you have a sloping foundation, we can implement a system of foundation piers to level the foundation. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical 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 a few possible options. Our team can utilize a system of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that are installed vertically against the cracks to force the section back in line and stop further bowing, or carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products can correct the bowed wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Addison, many of the homes are built with crawl spaces in addition to basements. For a long time, they were built with open 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 then it never leaves which results in the humidity level staying too high which will eventually facilitate the growth of mildew. Studies have shown that up to half of the air in your home has come up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is protected from the outside and controlling excess humidity can increase the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been encapsulating crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the proper way to seal them off and control excess humidity. This is done using a method called encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, which are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that can close off the area completely and stop any excess moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also stop pests and animals from getting 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 in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also offer a number of services to help 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. After we install a waterproofing system, we can install a wall system that is both waterproof as well as resistant to mildew growth. When you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to stop any potential future water problems. Even if you've already got a waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance testing to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like more information about the solutions 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 organize a meeting with one of our experts.
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