Perma-Seal Waterproofing Services in Arlington Heights, IL
When your home floods during extended rains or in the spring during the snow melt or you have large cracks along your foundation, you know there may be a serious problem. Our experts are ready to help when your home has any type of basement flooding, sinking foundation, or bowing foundation wall problem. Our team uses methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that we stand behind. We have a team of experts in the Arlington Heights area that are trained to properly evaluate your problem to come up with a unique solution to that problem that will keep your home properly repaired. When we install a basement or crawl space waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that as soon as you've seen an issue with the craw space, basement, or foundation that you contact an experienced repair company. We say this due to there are a number of additional issues that can accompany these issues including mold, reduced structural integrity, and even permanent foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you require our basement waterproofing services to prevent water from entering your home, foundation repair products to stabilize your foundation, or crawl space services to control humidity below the home, our experts are here to help you.
The basement is a very important area of the home regardless of if it is being used as a storage area or have already finished the area. Because of this, it is necessary that the entire area is dry and any flooding is prevented. Due to the fact that water is able to get into your basement through a variety of possible places, that means there have to be a variety of repair options 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 walls and floor connect, and at any windows that are at or below grade.
No matter where the problem may be, we've got solutions that will collect, transport, and remove the water from the basement. If you've got dripping basement cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair method to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. If the water is leaking at the cove or even at the windows, installing a custom drainage system can remove the water from the basement. In some extreme instances, usually with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we will recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is made up of a floor to ceiling liner to collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system in the basement but it struggles to keep up with flooding water, we can replace it with a new, upgraded sump pump to breathe new life into the system. We aren't just installing systems, we can also help you evaluate the drainage in the yard to help prevent water from pooling at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your homes foundation is quite possibly one of the most important areas of the home. It not only holds the home itself but it also forms the basement walls. If you've got foundation problems, they will generally manifest themselves in the form of diagonal cracks in your outside brickwork, cracks that run along the foundation or across the basement walls. You may also notice that your doors and windows will not open or close easily or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also have an issue where your basement walls are buckling into the area. While these issues may not seem problematic when you notice them, each of them are indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and it is important to have an expert evaluate the foundation for particular problems to determine if a repair needs to be performed.
It is good that many foundation problems are caused by similar things and our team is very good at spotting these issues. We can implement a repair product intended for your exact problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you've got a sinking foundation, we will implement a series of foundation piers to stabilize the foundation. We will install either push piers or helical piers, depending on where and how bad the sinking is. Both are very strong and are able to stabilize your foundation. If you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how much the wall is buckling, it can be solved with some different options. Our team can utilize a system of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that we mount vertically against the cracks to push them back in line and control 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 correct the bowing wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Arlington Heights, there are many homes that are built with crawl space areas and not basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, they were created with vents which was intended to increase air flow into the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. The vents allow water to enter the space during rain and snow storms and the vents prevent proper evaporation which causes the humidity levels to stay high which can foster the growth of mold and mildew. We have found that up to 50% of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so having the space protected from the elements and keeping the humidity levels low will increase the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been dealing with crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the proper way to seal them off and control high humidity. This is done using a method called encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, which are thick plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that will seal the area completely and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. Closing the area will also stop bugs and animals from getting in the crawl space which will keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After your crawl space is closed off, we will install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. This will prevent high levels of humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to improve your basement area. We have basement windows to increase the air flow or provide additional light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can help with pre-finishing the area by installing a wall system that is both waterproof and resistant to the growth of mold and mildew. When you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to prevent any water from entering the home before it can become a problem. Even if you've have a competitors waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance service to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like more information about the solutions above, please 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 a member of our team.