Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Services in Addison, IL
If your basement experiences flooding when there are heavy rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or you've got long cracks along your foundation, you already know this can be a real issue. Our experts are ready to help when there is any type of crawl space water, foundation settlement, or buckling foundation wall problem. Our team uses methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that we stand behind. We have a team of professionals in the Addison area that are trained to correctly evaluate your problem to come up with a unique solution for your problem that will keep your home safe and protected. When our team installs a basement or crawl space waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of experience and trusted products.
It is very important that once you've seen an issue with the crawl space, foundation, or basement that you contact a trusted repair company. We say this due to there are some additional issues that will arise with these issues such as black mold, structural damage, and even catastrophic foundation damage. If you are in need of our basement waterproofing products to prevent water from entering your home, foundation repair services to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to prevent damage to your floor joists, our team is here to help you.
Your basement is a very important area of the home regardless of if it is only being used as a storage area or if you have a finished space down there. Because of this, it is necessary that the area is dry and excess humidity is controlled. Due to the fact that water can get into your basement using a number of possible places, there needs to be a variety of repair solutions and products that we can install to keep the area safe. The main places that we see water leaks is at cracks in the walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the wall and floor meet, and at the windows that may be at or below the soil.
Regardless of where the problem lies there are solutions that can collect, transport, and eject the water from the basement. If there are dripping cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair procedure to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. When the water is leaking at the cove or even basement windows, having a custom drainage system installed will remove the water from the basement. In some of the more extreme locations, occasionally with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we can recommend installing an entire wall solution that is a floor to ceiling liner that will collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system in place but it is unable to keep up with the water, we can replace it with a new, upgraded sump pump to make the system as good as new. On top of installing systems, we can also help you improve the drainage in the yard to help keep water from pooling next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your homes foundation is easily one of the most important areas of the home. It not only supports the structure itself but it also forms the basement walls. When you have any foundation problems, usually, they will show themselves as stair-step cracks in your brickwork, long cracks that run the length of the foundation or across the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that your windows will not open or close easily or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also have an issue 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 and they should be evaluated by an expert for specific problems to determine what type of a repair needs to be performed.
It is good that many foundation problems stem from similar issues and our professionals are very good at noticing those issues. We can offer a repair solution designed for your exact issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you have a sinking 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 of piers are very strong and are able to stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how much the wall is buckling, there are a few different options. We can utilize a system of wall anchors, these are 2 large plates connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that are installed directly against the cracks to force the section back in line and prevent further bowing, or carbon fiber straps to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. These products can repair the buckling wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, many of the homes are built with crawl space areas and not basements. For many years, they were built with open vents to the outside where were intended to help air flow through the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. The vents allow water to get in during rain and snow storms and the vents prevent proper evaporation which causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually harbor the growth of mold and mildew. Up to half of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so ensuring this area is closed off from the weather and controlling excess humidity can improve the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been dealing with crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the best way to close them off and control the humidity. We do this using a process called encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are thick plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that can seal the area completely and prevent any unwanted moisture from entering. Closing the area will also prevent rodents and animals from settling in the crawl space which will keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once your crawl space is protected, we can install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. It will prevent high levels of humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also provide a number of services to add features to your basement area. We have basement windows to improve the air flow or provide additional light in the area. When waterproofing the basement, we can help with pre-finishing the area by installing a wall system that is waterproof as well as resistant to the growth of mold and mildew. When you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to stop any potential future water problems. If you've have a waterproofing system we did not install in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance testing so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like to talk to someone about the solutions above, don't hesitate 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.
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