Basement and Foundation Repair Services in Arlington Heights, Illinois
Whether your home floods when there are extended rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or you have cracks in your foundation, you already know this can be a real issue. Our experts are here to help when there is any kind 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 professionals in the Arlington Heights area that are trained to properly evaluate your problem and come up with a specialized solution to that problem that will ensure your home is properly repaired. 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 critical that once you've found a problem with the craw space, basement, or foundation that you reach out to an experienced repair company. We say this as there are a number of additional problems that can happen along with these issues such as mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even catastrophic foundation damage. No matter if you are in need of our basement waterproofing products to prevent water from entering your home, foundation repair products to prevent your home from sinking, or crawl space services to prevent unnecessary damage under your home, our experts are here to help you.
The basement is a very important part of the home regardless of if you're using it as a storage area or have already finished the area. Because of this, it is necessary that the space is dry and excess humidity and flooding are controlled. Since water can get into the basement by a variety of different places, there needs to be a number of repair possibilities that we will utilize to keep the area safe. The main places that water leaks in is through cracks in the walls, whether these are in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, 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 the problem lies we've got solutions that can control, transport, and remove the water from the basement. If you've got leaking basement cracks, the first step is installing a wall crack repair to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. If the water is leaking at the cove or even at your windows, having a custom drainage system installed can remove the water from the basement. In some extreme instances, occasionally with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we will recommend installing an entire wall solution that is a full height liner that will collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system in the basement but it cannot keep up with demand, we can replace it with a new, more powerful 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 stop water from pooling at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The foundation of your home is easily one of the most important parts. It not only supports the building 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 outside brickwork, cracks that run along the foundation or along the basement walls. You may also notice that your windows or doors will get stuck or there may be cracks at the corners of them. There may also be a problem where your basement walls are pressing into the area. You may not think these problems seem serious when you notice them, they are all indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for problems and determine what type of a repair needs to be installed.
It is good that the most common foundation problems have very similar causes and our professionals are very good at spotting those problems. We can offer a repair solution intended for your particular issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you've got a sinking foundation, we will implement a system 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 you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, we have a few potential options. We can install a series of wall anchors which are 2 large plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that sit vertically against the cracks to push them back in line and stop further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products will straighten the bowed wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, many of the homes are built with crawl space areas in addition to basements. For many years, they were built with vents which was intended to increase air flow through the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. Having open vents allows water to get in when it rains or snows and the vents hinder airflow which results in the humidity level staying too high which will eventually facilitate the growth of mildew. We have found that up to half of the air in your home has come up through the crawl space so having the space closed off from the outside and controlling excess humidity will improve the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been working with crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the best way to seal them off and control the humidity. This is done using a method known as encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are thick plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that will seal the area totally and prevent any excess moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also prevent bugs and animals from moving in the crawl space which will keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once your crawl space is encapsulated, we will install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. This will prevent high levels of humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to upgrade your basement. 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 help with pre-finishing the area by installing a wall system that is both waterproof and resistant to mildew growth. 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 service so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like more information 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 organize a consultation with a member of our team.