Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Waterproofing and Repair Services in Alsip, IL
Whether your basement has excess water when there are extended rains or in the spring during the snow melt or you have large cracks in the foundation, you know this can be a real problem. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is here to provide assistance when you have any kind of basement flooding, foundation settlement, or bowing 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 the Alsip area that are trained to properly evaluate your problem to design a specific solution for your problem that will keep your home properly protected. When we install a basement or crawl space waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that once you find an issue with your craw space, basement, or foundation that you reach out to a trusted repair company. We say this because there are quite a few additional issues that can accompany these issues such as black mold, weakened structure, and even permanent foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you require our basement waterproofing products to prevent water damage in your home, foundation repair services to prevent your home from sinking, or crawl space services to prevent unnecessary damage under your home, our experts are here to help you.
The basement is an important part of your home regardless of if it is only being used for storage or if you have a finished space down there. Due to this, it is important that the area is free of standing water and protected from flooding and excess humidity. Since water can get into your basement using a variety of possible places, there are a number of repair possibilities that we can utilize to keep the water under control. The primary places that we find water leaking is through cracks in the walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, where the walls and floor meet, and finally at windows that are at or below the soil.
Regardless of where the problem lies we have solutions that will collect, divert, and eject the water from your basement. If you've got leaking basement cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair to control the crack growth and leaking. When the water is leaking at the cove joint or even basement windows, having a custom drainage system installed can help remove the water from your basement. In some extreme locations, typically with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we can install an entire wall solution that is made up of a floor to ceiling liner that will collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system installed but it struggles to keep up with demand, 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 your yard to assist with preventing water from pooling next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your homes foundation is easily one of the most important parts. It not only supports the building itself but it also forms the basement walls. When there are foundation problems, normally they will present themselves in the form of stair-step cracks in the brickwork, horizontal cracks that run the length of the foundation or across the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the windows or doors will not open or close easily or even cracks at the corners of them. There may also be a problem where the basement walls are coming into the area. You may not think these problems seem serious 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 to determine what type of a repair needs to be in place.
Thankfully, the most common foundation problems have very similar causes and our professionals are very good at noticing these issues. We can offer a repair solution intended for your specific problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If you've got a uneven foundation, we can install a system of foundation piers to correct the problem. 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 you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, we have a few different options. Our team can install a number of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that sit directly against the cracks to push the section back in line and control further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber straps to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products can repair the bowing wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Alsip, there are many homes that are built with crawl spaces in addition to basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, they were constructed with vents to the outside where were intended to help air flow into the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely 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 can harbor the growth of mold and mildew. Up to ½ of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is protected from the outside and controlling excess humidity can increase the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been enclosing crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the proper way to seal them off and control the humidity. This is done using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are strong plastic and vinyl sheets as well as covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that can close off the area totally and prevent any unwanted moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also prevent rodents and animals from moving in your crawl space which will help keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once the crawl space is encapsulated, we can install an air quality control system which is a 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 your basement windows to increase 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 both waterproof as well as resistant to mold or mildew growth. When 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. Even if you've already got a waterproofing system 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 frequently asked questions page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and schedule a meeting with a member of our team.
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