Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Waterproofing Services in Antioch, IL
It doesn't matter if your basement experiences flooding during heavy rains or in the spring during the snow melt or there are long cracks in the foundation, you know there may be a serious problem. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is ready to help when your home has any kind of basement flooding, foundation settlement, or buckling foundation wall problem. We use products that we've tested and methods that we've perfected over the years that our team stands behind. We have a team of experts in Antioch that are trained to properly evaluate your problem and come up with a specialized solution for your problem that will keep your home safe and protected. When our team installs a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is very important that once you've found an issue with your basement, foundation, or crawl space that you get in touch with an experienced repair company. We say this due to there are some additional issues that can arise with these issues including mildew, weakened structure, and even catastrophic foundation damage. If you are in need of our basement waterproofing products to prevent water damage in your home, foundation repair products 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.
Your basement is an important area of your home whether you're using it as a storage area or have finished the area. Because of this, it is important that the area is free of standing water and excess humidity and flooding are controlled. Because water can get into the basement by a variety of different paths, there needs to be a number of repair solutions and products 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 wall and floor meet, and at any windows that are at or below the soil.
No matter where you're having the problem there are solutions that are designed to collect, divert, and remove water from your basement. If you've got leaky basement cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair method to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. If water is leaking at the cove joint or even at basement windows, installing a custom drainage system can help remove the water from your basement. In some of the more extreme cases, occasionally with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we will install one of our entire wall solution that is a full height heavy duty liner to collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system in place but it cannot keep up with the water, we can install a new, upgraded 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 help prevent water from pooling next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The homes foundation is quite possibly one of the most important areas of the home. It not only supports the home itself but it also is the basement walls. If you have any foundation problems, they will generally present themselves in the form of stair stepping cracks in the outside brickwork, horizontal cracks that run the length of the foundation or along basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the windows will not open or close easily or there may be cracks at the corners of them. There may also be a problem where the basement walls are coming into the basement. You may not think these issues seem problematic at first, they are all indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert 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 professionals are very good at spotting these issues. We can implement a repair solution intended for your exact problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you've got a settling foundation, we will 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 can help stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, we have a few different options. We can utilize a series of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that are installed directly against the problem area to force the section back in line and stop further bowing, or carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. These products will straighten the buckling wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, there are many homes that were built with crawl spaces and not basements. For a long time, these were built with open vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh air flow through the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. Having open vents allows water to get in during rain and snow storms and the vents prevent proper evaporation which results in the humidity level staying too high which can harbor 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 closed off from the outside and keeping the humidity levels low will improve the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been dealing with crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the best way to seal them off and control the humidity. We do this using a method known as encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are strong plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as covers to close off existing vents and a heavy duty door that will close off the area completely and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also stop rodents and animals from settling in your crawl space which will help keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once the crawl space is encapsulated, we will install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. This will control any excess humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to help improve your basement area. We can upgrade, replace, or install new basement windows to improve the air flow or provide additional light in the area. After we install a waterproofing system, we can install a wall system that is both waterproof as well as resistant to the growth of mildew. If you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can stop any water from entering the home before it can become a problem. 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 would like to talk to someone about the products above, feel free to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our frequently asked questions page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and schedule a meeting with a member of our team.