Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Waterproofing Services in Antioch, Illinois
It doesn't matter if your basement has excess water when there are extended rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or there are large cracks in the foundation, you already know there could be a real issue. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is ready to assist when there is any type of basement or crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, or bowing basement wall problem. We use methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that we stand behind. We have a team of professionals in Antioch that are trained to properly evaluate your problem and come up with a specific solution to that problem that will keep your home safe and protected. When we install a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is critical that if you find a problem with the craw space, basement, or foundation that you contact a trusted repair company. We recommend this due to there are quite a few additional problems that can accompany these issues such as mildew, structural damage, and even catastrophic foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you are needing our basement waterproofing services to control water entering your home, foundation repair products to prevent your home from sinking, or crawl space services to control mildew growth in the crawl space, our professionals are here to help you.
Your basement is a very important area of the home regardless of if you're using it as storage or have finished the area. This means it is important that the area is dry and any type of flooding is prevented. Due to the fact that water can get into your basement using a variety of different places, there are a variety of repair possibilities that we will use to keep the area safe. The most common places that water leaks in is at cracks in the walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, which is where the wall and floor meet, and at the windows that may be at or below the soil.
No matter where you're having the problem we've got solutions that can collect, transport, and eject water from the basement. If you've got leaking basement cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. When water is coming in at the cove joint or even at basement windows, having a custom drainage system installed can remove the water from the basement. In some problematic instances, typically with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we will install an entire wall solution that is comprised of a full height liner to collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system installed but it cannot keep up with demand, we can replace it with a new, upgraded sump pump to breathe new life into the system. On top of installing systems, we can also upgrade the drainage in the yard to help keep water from standing at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your foundation is quite possibly one of the most important parts. It not only holds the structure itself but it also is the basement walls. When there are foundation problems, normally they will show themselves in the form of stair-step cracks in the outside brickwork, long cracks that run the length of the foundation or along 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. You may also have an issue where the basement walls are pressing inward. While these issues may not seem critical at first, they are all indicative of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for problems and determine what type of 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 evaluating those problems. We can utilize a repair product intended for your exact issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If there is a uneven foundation, we will install a series of foundation piers to correct the problem. Depending on how bad it is and where it is, we will use either helical piers or push piers. Both types of piers 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 some potential options. We can install a series of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that sit vertically against the problem area to push them back in line and control further bowing, or even carbon fiber straps to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products will correct the bowing wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Antioch, there are many homes that are built with crawl space areas and not basements. For many years, they were constructed 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 when it rains or snows and then it never leaves which results in the humidity level staying too high which can foster the growth of mildew. We have found that up to 50% of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is protected from the outside and keeping the humidity levels low will improve the overall air quality in your home.
We have been enclosing crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the most efficient way to close them off and control excess humidity. This is done 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 vent covers and a sturdy door that will seal the area completely and stop any excess moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also stop critters and animals from getting in the crawl space which will keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once the crawl space is protected, we will install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. It will control any excess humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to improve your basement. We have basement windows to improve the air flow or provide additional light in the area. After we install a waterproofing system, we can help with pre-finishing the area by installing a wall system that is both waterproof and resistant to mildew growth. If you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can stop any potential future water problems. Even 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 are interested in any of the solutions 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 organize a consultation with one of our experts.