Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Waterproofing Services in Algonquin, IL
If you've noticed your basement floods during extended rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or you have long cracks along the foundation, you know there could be a real problem. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is here to provide assistance when there is any type of crawl space water, sinking foundation, or buckling basement wall problem. We use products that we've tested and methods that we've perfected over the years that our team stands behind. We have a team of professionals in Algonquin that are trained to properly evaluate your problem to create a unique solution to that problem that will ensure your home is safe and protected. When our team installs a basement or crawl space waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is very important that once you find an issue with the craw space, basement, or foundation that you contact an experienced repair company. We recommend this as there are a number of additional problems that will happen along with these issues including black mold, reduced structural integrity, and even permanent foundation damage. If you need our basement waterproofing services to stop water damaging your home, foundation repair products to stabilize your foundation, or crawl space services to prevent unnecessary damage under your home, our team is here to help you.
The basement is a very important area of the home regardless of if you're using it for storage or have finished the area. Due to this, it is necessary that the space is free of standing water and excess humidity and flooding are controlled. Due to the fact that water can get into a basement through a number of different paths, there needs to be a number of repair solutions and products that we will use to prevent damage to the area. The most common places that water is entering is at cracks in the basement walls, whether these are in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, where the basement wall and floor connect, and at the windows that may be at or below grade.
No matter where you're having the problem there are solutions that will control, transport, and eject water from the basement. If there are dripping cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair procedure to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. When water is leaking at the cove or even at the windows, having a custom drainage system installed will help remove the water from the basement. In some of the more extreme cases, usually with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we will install one of our entire wall solution that is made up of a full height heavy duty liner to collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system installed but it is unable to keep up with the water, we can install a new, upgraded sump pump to make the system as good as new. In addition to installing systems, we can also improve the drainage in the yard to assist with preventing water from standing next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The homes foundation is quite possibly 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. When you've got foundation problems, normally they will show themselves in the form of stair-step cracks in the brickwork, horizontal cracks that run along the foundation or along basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the doors and windows will get stuck or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also have an issue where the basement walls are coming into the basement. You may not think these issues seem critical at first, each of them are indicators of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for particular problems to determine what type of a repair needs to be installed.
Thankfully, many foundation problems are caused by similar things and our experts are very good at spotting these problems. We can implement a repair solution intended for your exact problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you have a sinking foundation, we will implement a series of foundation piers to correct the problem. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both are very strong and can stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, there are a few possible options. We can install a system of wall anchors which are 2 large plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that we mount vertically against the cracks to push the section back in line and stop further bowing, or carbon fiber staples to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products will repair the buckling 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 spaces and not basements. For many years, they were built with vents which was intended to increase air flow into the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. Having open vents allows water to enter the space 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 ½ of the air in your home has come up through the crawl space so having the space protected from the outside and controlling excess humidity will increase the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been working on crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the most efficient way to close them off and control the humidity. This is done using a process called encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, occasionally installed with insulation products, and are strong plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as covers to close off existing vents and a heavy duty door that will seal the area completely and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. This will also stop rodents and animals from settling in the crawl space which will help keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is encapsulated, we will install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. This will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also provide a number of services to help improve the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We have basement windows to increase 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 waterproof as well as resistant to mold or mildew growth. If 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 service so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you are interested in any of the services above, feel free to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and organize a meeting with one of our experts.
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