Perma-Seal Services in Ancona, Illinois
If your downstairs area has excess water during heavy rains or in the spring during the snow melt or you've got long cracks along the foundation, you know there may be a serious issue. Our experts are ready to help when you've got any kind of crawl space water, sinking foundation, or buckling foundation wall problem. We use time tested products and methods that our team stands behind. We have a team of experts in Ancona that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and create a unique solution for your problem that will keep your home properly repaired. When our team implements a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is very important that as soon as you find a problem with your craw space, basement, or foundation that you contact a trusted repair company. We say this because there are some potentially dangerous issues that will accompany these issues including mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even permanent foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you're in need of our basement waterproofing products to prevent water damage in your home, foundation repair services to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to control water in the crawl space, our team is here to help you.
The basement is an important part of your home whether it is being used for storage or have already finished the area. Due to this, it is necessary that the entire space is dry and excess humidity is controlled. Due to the fact that water is able to get into a basement using a number of different places, that means there have to be a variety of repair solutions and products that we can utilize to keep the water under control. The main places that water is entering 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 walls and floor connect, and finally at windows that may be at or even below the soil.
Regardless of where the problem lies we have solutions that will control, transport, and remove water from your basement. If you have leaking wall cracks, the first step is installing a wall crack repair to stop the crack from leaking and growing. If water is coming in at the cove or even at basement windows, having a custom drainage system installed will remove the water from your basement. In some extreme locations, typically with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we can install one of our entire wall solution that is made up of a floor to ceiling liner that will collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system in the basement but it struggles to keep up with the water, we can install a new, more powerful sump pump to make the system as good as new. On top of installing systems, we can also help you improve the drainage in your 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 parts. It not only holds the structure itself but it also is the basement walls. If you've got foundation problems, normally they will show themselves in the form of stair-step cracks in the brickwork, long cracks that run along the foundation or across basement walls. You may also notice that the windows will not open or close easily or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also have a problem where the basement walls are pressing into the basement. You may not think these problems seem problematic when you notice them, 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.
Thankfully, many foundation problems stem from similar issues and our team is very good at tracking down those issues. We can utilize a repair product that is for your exact issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If there is a sinking foundation, we can implement a series of foundation piers to correct the problem. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both types are very strong and can help stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, there are a few potential options. We can utilize a system of wall anchors, these are 2 large plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that sit vertically against the cracks to force the section back in line and stop further bowing, or carbon fiber staples to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products can straighten the buckling wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, many of the homes are built with crawl space areas in addition to basements. For a long time, they were built with vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh air flow into the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. Having open vents allows water to get in during rain and snow storms and the vents prevent proper evaporation which causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually harbor the growth of mildew. Up to half of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is closed off from the elements and keeping the humidity levels low can improve the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been encapsulating crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the best way to seal them off and control high humidity. We do this using a method known as encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that can close off the area totally and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. This will also stop pests and animals from moving in your crawl space which will keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is closed off, we can install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. This will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a number of services to add features to the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We have 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 the growth of mildew. If you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can prevent any water from entering the home before it can become a problem. 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 would like to talk to someone about 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 schedule a consultation with a member of our team.
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