Perma-Seal Repair Services in Alsip, Illinois
If you've noticed your downstairs area experiences flooding when there are heavy rains or in the spring during the snow melt or you have cracks along the foundation, you already know there may be a serious problem. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is ready to help when you have any kind of basement flooding, foundation settlement, or bowing foundation wall problem. We use time tested products and methods that we stand behind. We have a team of professionals in the Alsip area that are trained to properly evaluate your problem and implement a specific solution to that problem that will keep your home properly repaired. When our team installs a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of experience and trusted products.
It is very important that as soon as you see an issue with the craw space, basement, or foundation that you get in touch with an experienced repair company. We say this because there are quite a few additional issues that can accompany these issues including mildew, weakened structure, and even permanent foundation damage. No matter if you're in need of our basement waterproofing services to stop water damaging your home, foundation repair services to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to prevent unnecessary damage under your home, our professionals are here to help you.
The basement is an important part of the home whether it is being used for storage or if you have a finished space down there. Due to this, it is necessary that the area is free of standing water and protected from flooding and excess humidity. Because water can get into your basement through a number of possible places, there are a number of repair solutions and products that we can use to keep the area safe. The most common places that we find water leaking is at 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 connect, and finally at windows that are at or below the soil.
Regardless of where you're having the problem there are solutions that can collect, transport, and remove water from the basement. If you have leaky cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair to control the crack growth and leaking. When water is coming in at the cove joint or even the windows, installing a custom drainage system can help remove the water from the basement. In some of the more extreme instances, typically with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we can recommend installing an entire wall solution that is made up of a full height heavy duty liner to collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system in the basement but it is unable to keep up with the water, we can replace it with a new, more powerful sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. On top of installing systems, we can also help you improve the drainage in the yard to assist with preventing water from standing next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The foundation of your home is quite possibly one of the most important areas of the home. It not only holds the building itself but it also creates the basement walls. When there are foundation problems, normally they will manifest themselves in the form of stair-step cracks in the outside brickwork, horizontal cracks that run the length of the foundation or along 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 see a problem where the basement walls are coming into the basement. While these problems 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 specific problems and determine what type of a repair needs to be in place.
It is good that many foundation problems are caused by similar things and our team is very good at tracking down those issues. We can utilize a repair product intended for your particular problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If there is a sloping foundation, we can 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 have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how much the wall is buckling, it can be solved with a few possible options. We can utilize a number of wall anchors, these are 2 large plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that sit directly against the cracks to push them back in line and control 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 can correct the bowing wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Alsip, many of the homes are built with crawl space areas instead of basements. For a long time, these were built with open vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh air flow into 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 the vents hinder airflow which results in the humidity level staying too high which will eventually foster the growth of mildew. We have found that up to 50% 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 can improve 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 proper way to close them off and control the humidity. This is done using a method known as encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, occasionally installed with insulation products, and are heavy duty plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that can seal the area completely and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also stop rodents and animals from settling in the crawl space which will help keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is encapsulated, we can install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. This will control any excess humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a number of services to help improve the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We can upgrade your basement windows to improve the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. When waterproofing the basement, we can install a wall system that is both waterproof and resistant to the growth of mildew. If you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can stop any potential future water problems. If you've have a competitors waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance testing 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 FAQ page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and organize a consultation with a member of our team.
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