Foundation and Basement Repair Services in Ancona, IL
If your home experiences flooding when there are extended rains or in the spring during the snow melt or you've got large cracks along your foundation, you know this is a serious problem. We are ready to provide assistance when your home has any kind of crawl space flooding, sinking foundation, or bowed basement wall problem. Our team uses methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that we stand behind. We have a team of experts in the Ancona area that are trained to properly evaluate your problem to design a specific solution to that problem that will keep your home properly repaired. When our team implements 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 as soon as you've found an issue with the basement, foundation, or crawl space that you contact an experienced repair company. We recommend this as there are a number of potentially dangerous issues that will happen along with these issues including mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even catastrophic foundation damage. No matter if you are in need of our basement waterproofing products to protect your home, foundation repair services to stop foundation issues, 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 if you have a finished space down there. Due to this, it is important that the entire area is dry and excess humidity is controlled. Because water can get into the basement through a number of different paths, that means there have to be a number of repair possibilities that we can use to keep the water under control. The primary places that we find water leaking is at cracks in the walls, whether these are in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the walls and floor meet, and finally at windows that may be at or even below grade.
No matter where the problem may be, there are solutions that can control, transport, and remove the water from the basement. If you've got leaking wall cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair procedure to control the crack growth and leaking. If the water is leaking at the cove or even at your windows, having a custom drainage system installed will help remove the water from the basement. In some problematic cases, usually 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 liner that will collect and divert water. If you've already got 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. We aren't just installing systems, we can also help you upgrade the drainage in the yard to help keep water from pooling next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The foundation of your home is easily one of, if not the, most important parts. It not only holds the home itself but it also forms the basement walls. If there are foundation problems, normally they will present themselves in the form of stair stepping cracks in your brickwork, cracks that run along the foundation or across the basement walls. You may also notice that your windows or doors will get stuck or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also see a problem where your basement walls are bowing inward. While these issues may not seem critical when you notice them, each of them are indicators of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for specific 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 experts are very good at evaluating these issues. We can implement a repair product designed for your specific problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If you have a sloping foundation, we can install a system of foundation piers to level the foundation. Depending on how bad it is and where it is, we will use either helical piers or push piers. Both types are very strong and are able to stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how much the wall is buckling, it can be solved with some possible options. We can utilize a series of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that we mount directly against the cracks to push them back in line and stop 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 straighten the bowed wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, there are many homes that were built with crawl spaces instead of basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, these were created with vents to the outside where were intended to help air flow through the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. The vents allow 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 50% of the air in your home has come up through the crawl space so ensuring this area is closed off from the outside and controlling excess humidity can improve the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been enclosing crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the best way to seal them off and control excess humidity. This is done using a process called encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, which are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that can seal the area completely and prevent any unwanted moisture from entering. Closing the area will also prevent critters and animals from moving 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 closed off, we can install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. It will prevent high levels of humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also offer a number of services to help upgrade your basement. We can upgrade, replace, or install new basement windows to improve the air flow or provide additional light in the area. When waterproofing the basement, we can install our wall system as part of a pre-finishing service that is both waterproof as well as resistant to the growth of mildew. If you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can prevent 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 services 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 meeting with a member of our team.
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