Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Waterproofing Services in Algonquin, IL
Whether your downstairs area has excess water when there are extended rains or in the spring during the snow melt or you've got large cracks in your foundation, you already know there could be a real problem. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is here to help when you have any kind of crawl space water, foundation settlement, or buckling foundation wall problem. We use methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that we stand behind. We have a team of experts in Algonquin that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to design a specific solution to that problem that will ensure your home is properly protected. When our team installs a waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of experience and trusted products.
It is very important that as soon as you find an issue with the basement, foundation, or crawl space that you get in touch with a trusted repair company. We recommend this because there are quite a few potentially dangerous issues that will arise with these issues such as mildew, structural damage, and even catastrophic foundation damage. If you require our basement waterproofing products to prevent water damage in your home, foundation repair services to stabilize your foundation, or crawl space services to prevent mildew growth in the crawl space, our experts are here to help you.
Your basement is an important part of the home whether it is only being used for storage or if you have a finished space down there. Due to this, it is necessary that the area is dry and excess humidity is controlled. Because water is able to get into the basement through a variety of different paths, that means there have to be a number of repair solutions and products that we can use to keep the water under control. The most common places that water leaks in is at cracks in the basement walls, whether these are in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, where the basement walls and floor meet, and finally at the windows that are at or below grade.
Regardless of where you're having the problem there are solutions that will control, transport, and remove water from the basement. If there are leaking basement cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair procedure to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. If water is leaking at the cove joint or even your windows, installing a custom drainage system will help remove the water from the basement. In some of the more problematic cases, usually with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we can recommend installing an entire wall solution that is comprised of a full height heavy duty liner that will collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system installed but it is unable to keep up with demand, we can replace it with a new, more powerful 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 help prevent water from standing at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your foundation is easily one of, if not the, most important areas of the home. It not only supports the building itself but it also creates the basement walls. If you have any foundation problems, they will generally present themselves as diagonal cracks in your brickwork, long cracks that run along the foundation or along basement walls. You may also notice that your doors and windows will not open or close easily or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also have an issue where your basement walls are buckling into the basement. While these issues may not seem problematic at first, each of them are indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for particular problems to determine if a repair needs to be in place.
Thankfully, many foundation problems have very similar causes and our professionals are very good at noticing these issues. We can utilize a repair solution designed for your particular problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If there is a sloping foundation, we can implement a series of foundation piers to stabilize the foundation. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both are very strong and are able to stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, there are some potential options. Our team can utilize a series of wall anchors, these are 2 large plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that we mount vertically against the cracks to force them back in line and prevent further bowing, or carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products can straighten the buckling wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Algonquin, many of the homes were built with crawl space areas and not basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, they were constructed with open vents which was intended to increase fresh 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 during rain and snow storms and then it never leaves which results in the humidity level staying too high which will eventually foster the growth of mildew. We have found that up to half of the air in your home has come 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.
Our team has been dealing with crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the proper way to close them off and control high humidity. This is done using a method known as encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, occasionally installed with insulation products, and are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheets as well as covers to close off existing vents and a heavy duty door that can close off the area totally and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. Closing the area will also stop critters and animals from getting in the crawl space which will help keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After your crawl space is protected, we can install a combination 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, 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 help with pre-finishing the area by installing a wall system that is both waterproof as well as resistant to the growth of mildew. When 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. If you've have a competitors waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance service to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you are interested in any of the products above, please fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our frequently asked questions page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and organize a meeting with a member of our team.