Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Waterproofing and Repair Services in Ancona, IL
When your home floods during extended rains or in the spring during the snow melt or you've got cracks along the foundation, you already know there may be a serious problem. Our experts are ready to assist when you've got any kind of basement or crawl space flooding, sinking foundation, or buckling foundation wall problem. We use time tested products and methods that our team stands behind. We have a team of professionals in Ancona that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and come up with a specific solution for your problem that will ensure your home is properly protected. When our team installs a basement or crawl space waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of experience and trusted products.
It is critical that as soon as you've seen an issue with your craw space, basement, or foundation that you reach out to a trusted repair company. We recommend this because there are a number of additional problems that can arise with these issues such as mildew, weakened structure, and even catastrophic foundation damage. If you're needing our basement waterproofing products to protect your home, foundation repair services to stabilize your foundation, or crawl space services to control mold growth in the crawl space, our team is here to help you.
Your basement is an important part of your home regardless of if it is only being used as storage or have already finished the area. Due to this, it is necessary that the entire space is free of standing water and any type of flooding is prevented. Since water is able to get into your basement by a number of different paths, there are a number of repair solutions and products that we can use to prevent damage to the area. The most common places that water leaks in is through cracks in the basement walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the basement wall and floor connect, and at windows that may be at or even below the soil.
Regardless of where you're having the problem we've got solutions that will collect, transport, and remove the water from your basement. If there are leaky wall cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair procedure to control the crack growth and leaking. When the water is coming in at the cove or even your windows, having a custom drainage system installed can help remove the water from your basement. In some problematic instances, usually with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we can recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is a full height heavy duty liner to collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system in the basement but it struggles to keep up with flooding water, we can install a new, more powerful sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. In addition to installing systems, we can also help you evaluate the drainage in your 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 holds the building itself but it also forms the basement walls. When you've got foundation problems, they will generally manifest themselves in the form of stair-step cracks in the brickwork, long cracks that run the length of the foundation or along the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the doors will stick when you open or close them or there may be cracks at the corners of them. There may also be an issue where the basement walls are bowing inward. While these problems may not 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 and determine if a repair needs to be in place.
It is good that many foundation problems stem from similar issues and our experts are very good at noticing those problems. We can utilize a repair solution designed for your specific problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you've got a settling foundation, we can implement 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 can stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how much the wall is buckling, we have a few possible options. Our team can install a system of wall anchors which are 2 large plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that we mount directly against the problem area to force the section back in line and prevent further bowing, or carbon fiber straps to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products can straighten the buckling wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, many of the homes are built with crawl spaces in addition to basements. For a long time, these were constructed 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 when it rains or snows and then it never leaves which causes the humidity levels to stay high which can foster the growth of mold and mildew. We have found that up to ½ of the air in your home can come up through the crawl space so ensuring this area is protected from the elements and keeping the humidity levels low can improve the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been working on crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the proper way to close them off and control excess humidity. We do this 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 sheets as well as covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that can seal the area totally and prevent any excess moisture from entering. This will also prevent critters and animals from settling in your crawl space which will help keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is protected, we can install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. It will control any excess humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also offer a number of services to help improve your basement. We have 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 waterproof as well as resistant to the growth of mold and mildew. If 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 have a competitors waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance testing so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like to talk to someone about the services above, don't hesitate to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and set up a meeting with one of our experts.
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