Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Services in Ancona, Illinois
If your basement has excess water when there are heavy rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or you've got large cracks in your foundation, you know this can be a real problem. We are ready to provide assistance when your home has any kind of crawl space water, foundation settlement, or buckling basement wall problem. Our team uses methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that our team stands behind. We have a team of experts in Ancona that are trained to correctly evaluate your problem and come up with a specialized 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 backed by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is very important that as soon as you see an issue with the basement, foundation, or crawl space that you reach out to a trusted repair company. We say this as there are a number of additional issues that will arise with these issues including mildew, weakened structure, and even permanent foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you're needing our basement waterproofing products to prevent water damage in your home, foundation repair products to stabilize your foundation, or crawl space services to control humidity below the home, our experts are here to help you.
The basement is an important part of the home regardless of if you're using it as a storage area or have finished the area. Because of this, it is necessary that the space is free of standing water and excess humidity is controlled. Due to the fact that water is able to get into your basement using a variety of different paths, there needs to be a variety of repair options that we can utilize to keep the water under control. The main places that water is entering is at cracks in the basement walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, which is where the basement wall and floor meet, and at any windows that may be at or below grade.
Regardless of where the problem lies we have solutions that can collect, transport, and eject the water from the basement. If there are dripping wall cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair procedure to control the crack growth and leaking. If the water is entering at the cove or even at the windows, having a custom drainage system installed will remove the water from the basement. In some extreme instances, usually with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we can install an entire wall solution that is made up of a floor to ceiling liner to collect and divert water. If you've already got 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 breathe new life into the system. In addition to installing systems, we can also help you evaluate the drainage in the yard to help stop water from sitting next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your homes foundation is easily one of, if not the, most important parts. It not only supports the home itself but it also creates the basement walls. If you've got foundation problems, normally they will present themselves as stair stepping cracks in your brickwork, horizontal cracks that run the length of the foundation or across the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that your windows will not open or close easily or there may be cracks at the corners of them. There may also be an issue where your 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 problems and determine if a repair needs to be installed.
Thankfully, many foundation problems stem from similar issues and our experts are very good at tracking down these issues. We can utilize a repair solution that is for your exact problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If you've got a sinking foundation, we can install a series 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 are able to stabilize your foundation. If you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, it can be solved with some potential options. We can utilize a number of wall anchors which are 2 large plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that we mount directly against the cracks to push the section back in line and control further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. These products can repair the buckling wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Ancona, many of the homes are built with crawl space areas instead of basements. For a long time, these were constructed with vents to the outside where were intended to help air flow into the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. The vents allow water to get in during rain and snow storms and then it never leaves which results in the humidity level staying too high which can facilitate the growth of mildew. Up to half of the air in your home has come up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is protected from the weather and keeping the humidity levels low can improve the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been dealing with crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the proper way to close them off and control high humidity. This is done using a method called encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, which are heavy duty plastic and vinyl sheets as well as covers to close off existing vents and a heavy duty door that can close off the area completely and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. Closing the area will also stop rodents and animals from moving in the crawl space which will keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After your crawl space is protected, we can install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. It will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to upgrade the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We carry basement windows to improve the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can install our wall system as part of a pre-finishing service that is both waterproof as well as resistant to mildew growth. If you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to stop any potential future water problems. If you've have a waterproofing system we did not install in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance inspection so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like to talk to someone about the products above, don't hesitate to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or give us a call at 630-206-1177 and schedule a meeting with a member of our team.
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