Foundation and Basement Waterproofing Services in Arlington Heights, IL
If you've noticed your downstairs area has excess water when there are extended rains or in the spring during the snow melt or you have large cracks along the foundation, you already know this is a serious issue. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is ready to help when there is any type of crawl space flooding, sinking foundation, or buckling basement 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 professionals in the Arlington Heights area that are trained to properly evaluate your problem to design a specific solution for your problem that will ensure your home is properly repaired. When we install a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is very important that as soon as you've seen an issue with the craw space, basement, or foundation that you contact an experienced repair company. We recommend this as there are quite a few potentially dangerous problems that can happen along with these issues such as mildew, structural damage, and even permanent foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you need our basement waterproofing services to stop water damaging your home, foundation repair services to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to control mildew growth in the crawl space, our professionals are here to help you.
Your basement is an important area of the home whether it is only being used as storage or have finished the area. This means it is necessary that the area is dry and excess humidity and flooding are controlled. Due to the fact that water can get into your basement by a variety of possible places, that means there have to be a number of repair options that we can use to prevent damage to the area. The most common places that we see water leaks is through cracks in the walls, whether these are in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, where the walls and floor connect, and finally at any windows that are at or below the soil.
Regardless of where the problem lies we've got solutions that will collect, transport, and remove water from the basement. If you have leaky basement cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair to stop the crack from leaking and growing. When water is coming in at the cove joint or even the windows, having a custom drainage system installed can help remove the water from the basement. In some of the more problematic instances, occasionally with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we can install an entire wall solution that is a full height liner that will collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system in the basement but it cannot keep up with flooding water, we can install a new, upgraded sump pump to breathe new life into the system. We aren't just installing systems, we can also help you upgrade the drainage in the yard to help keep water from standing at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The foundation of your home is quite possibly one of the most important parts. It not only supports the home itself but it also creates the basement walls. When you've got foundation problems, usually, they will manifest themselves as stair stepping cracks in the brickwork, cracks that run along the foundation or across basement walls. You may also notice that the windows will get stuck or even cracks at the corners of them. There may also be an issue where the basement walls are bowing inward. You may not think these problems seem critical when you notice them, each of them are 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.
Thankfully, the most common foundation problems are caused by similar things and our team is very good at spotting these problems. We can implement a repair solution designed for your particular issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you have a sinking foundation, we can install a system of foundation piers to stabilize the foundation. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both types 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, it can be solved with a few potential options. Our team can install a number of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that we mount directly against the cracks to force the section back in line and prevent further bowing, or carbon fiber staples to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. These products can straighten the buckling wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, there are many homes that were built with crawl space areas instead of basements. For a long time, they were built with vents which was intended to increase fresh air flow into the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. The vents allow 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 mildew. We have found that up to half of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is protected from the weather and controlling excess humidity can improve the overall air quality in your home.
We have been enclosing crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the best way to seal them off and control excess humidity. We do this using a method called encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, occasionally installed with insulation products, and are heavy duty plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that can close off the area totally and prevent any excess moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also prevent rodents and animals from moving in the crawl space which will help keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is protected, we can install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. It will prevent high levels of humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also provide a variety of services to help improve the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We can upgrade, replace, or install new basement windows to improve the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. After we install a waterproofing system, we can install our wall system as part of a pre-finishing service that is waterproof and resistant to mildew growth. If you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to prevent 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 service to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like to talk to someone about the products above, please fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our frequently asked questions page or give us a call at 630-206-1177 and organize a consultation with a member of our team.