Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Waterproofing and Repair Services in Alsip, Illinois
If your home experiences flooding during heavy rains or in the spring during the snow melt or there are cracks in the foundation, you already know there could be a real problem. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is here to provide assistance when you've got any type of crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, or buckling basement 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 the Alsip area that are trained to correctly evaluate your problem to design a unique solution for your problem that will keep your home safe and protected. When our team implements a waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of experience and trusted products.
It is critical that as soon as you've found a problem with your basement, foundation, or crawl space that you reach out to a trusted repair company. We say this as there are a number of additional problems that will arise with these issues including mildew, weakened structure, and even permanent foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you require our basement waterproofing services to protect your home, foundation repair products to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to prevent damage to your floor joists, our experts are here to help you.
Your basement is a very important area of your home regardless of if it is being used as storage or have already finished the area. Due to this, it is important that the area is free of standing water and any type of flooding is prevented. Since water can get into the basement using a number of different paths, there are a number of repair solutions and products that we will use to keep the area safe. The primary places that we see water leaks is at cracks in the basement walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, where the basement walls and floor meet, and finally at windows that are at or below the soil.
No matter where the problem may be, we've got solutions that can collect, divert, and eject the water from your basement. If there are dripping wall cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair to stop the crack from leaking and growing. If the water is leaking at the cove or even at the windows, having a custom drainage system installed will remove the water from your basement. In some extreme locations, occasionally with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we will install one of our entire wall solution that is a full height liner to collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system installed but it is unable to keep up with flooding water, we can install a new, more powerful sump pump to breathe new life into the system. On top of installing systems, we can also improve the drainage in your yard to assist with preventing water from sitting next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your foundation is quite possibly one of the most important areas of the home. It not only supports the building itself but it also is the basement walls. If you've got foundation problems, they will generally present themselves as stair-step cracks in the outside brickwork, cracks that run the length of the foundation or across the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the doors will get stuck or even cracks at the corners of them. There may also be a problem where the basement walls are pressing into the area. While these problems may not seem critical at first, they are all indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and it is important to have an expert evaluate the foundation for specific problems to determine if a repair needs to be in place.
It is good that many foundation problems have very similar causes and our team is very good at noticing those problems. We can offer a repair product designed for your particular problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If there is a sloping foundation, we will implement a system of foundation piers to correct the problem. We will install either push piers or helical piers, depending on where and how bad the sinking is. Both types are very strong and can stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, there are some possible options. We can install a system of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates and these 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 control further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products will repair the buckling wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, many of the homes were built with crawl spaces instead of basements. For a long time, they were created with open vents which was intended to increase air flow into 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 results in the humidity level staying too high which will eventually facilitate the growth of mildew. Up to 50% of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so ensuring this area is closed off from the elements and keeping the humidity levels low will improve the overall air quality in your home.
We have been dealing with crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the most efficient way to close them off and control excess humidity. This is done using a method called encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are thick plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that will close off the area completely and prevent any unwanted moisture from entering. Closing the area will also prevent pests and animals from getting in your crawl space which will keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once the crawl space is closed off, we will install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. It will prevent high levels of humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also provide 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 provide additional light in the area. After we install a waterproofing system, we can install our wall system as part of a pre-finishing service that is waterproof as well as resistant to mildew growth. If you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can prevent any potential future water problems. Even 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 would like more information about the products above, feel free 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 schedule a consultation with one of our experts.
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