Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Services in Antioch, IL
Whether your downstairs area experiences flooding when there are heavy rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or you have long cracks in the foundation, you know there may be a serious problem. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is ready to provide assistance when there is any type of crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, or bowed basement wall problem. We use time tested products and methods that our team stands behind. We have a team of experts in Antioch that are trained to correctly evaluate your problem to come up with a unique solution for your problem that will ensure your home is properly repaired. When we install a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that once you've found a problem with the crawl space, foundation, or basement that you contact an experienced repair company. We recommend this due to there are some potentially dangerous problems that will accompany these issues including black mold, weakened structure, and even permanent foundation damage. No matter if you are needing our basement waterproofing products to protect your home, foundation repair services to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to control mold growth in the crawl space, our experts are here to help you.
Your basement is an important area of the home regardless of if you're using it as a storage area or have finished the area. Due to this, it is necessary that the entire space is dry and excess humidity and flooding are controlled. Because water can get into your basement using a variety of possible paths, that means there have to be a variety of repair options that we will utilize to prevent damage to the area. The most common places that we see water leaks is through cracks in the walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, where the walls and floor connect, and at the windows that may be at or even below grade.
No matter where the problem may be, we have solutions that are designed to control, divert, and eject water from the basement. If you've got leaking cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair to control the crack growth and leaking. If water is entering at the cove or even the windows, having a custom drainage system installed will help remove the water from the basement. In some of the more problematic locations, occasionally with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we will recommend installing an entire wall solution that is a full height liner to collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system installed but it is unable to keep up with flooding water, we can replace it with a new, upgraded sump pump to breathe new life into the system. In addition to installing systems, we can also evaluate the drainage in the yard to help stop water from standing at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The homes foundation is quite possibly one of the most important parts. It not only supports the home itself but it also is the basement walls. If there are foundation problems, normally they will manifest themselves in the form of diagonal cracks in the brickwork, long cracks that run the length of the foundation or along basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the doors and windows will get stuck or even cracks at the corners of them. There may also be a problem where the basement walls are buckling inward. While these issues may not seem serious when you notice them, they are all indicators of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for specific problems to determine if a repair needs to be in place.
It is good that the most common foundation problems stem from similar issues and our team is very good at noticing these problems. We can utilize a repair product designed for your exact problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If the problem is a sloping foundation, we will implement a system 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 are very strong and can stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, it can be solved with a few possible options. We can install a system of wall anchors which are 2 large plates connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that are installed vertically 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. These products will correct the bowed wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, many of the homes were built with crawl spaces and not basements. For many years, they were constructed with vents to the outside where were intended to help air flow through the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. Having open vents allows water to get in when it rains or snows and the vents prevent proper evaporation which causes the humidity levels to stay high which can facilitate the growth of mold and mildew. We have found that up to 50% of the air in your home can come up through the crawl space so having the space protected from the outside and keeping the humidity levels low will improve the overall air quality in your home.
We have been working with crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the proper way to seal them off and control excess humidity. This is done using a method known as encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, which are strong plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that will close off the area completely and prevent any unwanted moisture from entering. Closing the area will also prevent pests and animals from getting in the crawl space which will help keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is encapsulated, we will install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. This will control any excess humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to help improve your basement area. We can upgrade your basement windows to improve the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. When waterproofing the basement, we can help with pre-finishing the area by installing a wall system that is both waterproof as well as resistant to the growth of mold and mildew. When you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can prevent any potential future water problems. Even if you've already got a 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 products above, feel free 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 consultation with one of our experts.