Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Services in Algonquin, IL
It doesn't matter if your home has excess water when there are extended rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or there are long cracks along the foundation, you already know there may be a serious issue. Our experts are here to assist when you have any kind of basement water, sinking foundation, or bowing basement wall problem. Our team uses time tested products and methods that our team stands behind. We have a team of professionals in the Algonquin area that are trained to properly evaluate your problem and create a specific solution to that problem that will keep your home properly protected. When we install a waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is very important that as soon as you find a problem with the foundation, crawl space or basement that you contact an experienced repair company. We say this due to there are a number of potentially dangerous problems that will accompany these issues such as black mold, reduced structural integrity, and even catastrophic foundation damage. If you are needing our basement waterproofing products to control water entering your home, foundation repair products to stabilize your foundation, or crawl space services to prevent mold growth in the crawl space, our team is here to help you.
Your basement is an important area of the home whether it is being used as storage or have already finished the area. Because of this, it is necessary that the entire space is free of standing water and any flooding is prevented. Due to the fact that water can get into a basement by a number of different places, there needs to be a number of repair solutions and products that we will utilize to prevent damage to the area. The most common places that water leaks in is through cracks in the foundation walls, whether these are in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, where the foundation walls and floor meet, and at windows that are at or below the soil.
Regardless of where the problem lies we have solutions that are designed to control, transport, and remove the water from the basement. If there are leaky wall cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair procedure to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. If the water is leaking at the cove joint or even the windows, having a custom drainage system installed will remove the water from the basement. In some problematic instances, occasionally with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we will recommend installing an entire wall solution that is comprised of a floor to ceiling heavy duty liner to collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system in the basement but it is unable to keep up with demand, we can replace it with a new, more powerful sump pump to make the system as good as new. In addition to installing systems, we can also evaluate the drainage in the yard to help stop water from standing 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 is the basement walls. If you've got foundation problems, normally they will present themselves in the form of stair stepping cracks in the outside brickwork, cracks that run the length of the foundation or across the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the windows and doors will stick when you open or close them or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also have a problem where the basement walls are pressing into the area. While these problems may not seem problematic when you notice them, they are all indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and it is important to have an expert evaluate the foundation for particular problems and determine what type of a repair needs to be performed.
Thankfully, many foundation problems stem from similar issues and our team is very good at evaluating those problems. We can offer a repair solution designed for your specific issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If there is a sinking foundation, we will implement a system of foundation piers to level the foundation. We will install either push piers or helical piers, depending on where and how bad the sinking is. Both types of piers are very strong and can stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how much the wall is buckling, there are a few different options. We can utilize a series of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that are installed directly against the problem area to force the section back in line and prevent further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber staples to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products will repair the bowing wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, there are many homes that were built with crawl space areas in addition to basements. For many years, these were built with open vents to the outside where were intended to help air flow into the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. Having open vents allows water to enter the space when it rains or snows and the vents hinder airflow which results in the humidity level staying too high which will eventually facilitate the growth of mold and mildew. Up to ½ of the air in your home can come up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is closed off from the outside and keeping the humidity levels low will improve the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been helping customers with their crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the most efficient way to close them off and control excess humidity. This is done using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are thick plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that will close off the area totally and stop any excess moisture from entering. Closing the area will also stop critters and animals from getting in the crawl space which will keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is encapsulated, we will install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. It will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also offer a number of services to improve the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We can upgrade, replace, or install new basement windows to improve the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. When waterproofing the basement, we can install our wall system as part of a pre-finishing service that is waterproof and resistant to mold or mildew growth. If you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to prevent any water from entering the home before it can become a problem. If you've have a competitors 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 solutions above, please 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 consultation with one of our experts.
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