Perma-Seal Waterproofing Services in Aurora, Illinois
It doesn't matter if your basement experiences flooding during heavy rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or there are large cracks along the foundation, you know this can be a real issue. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is ready to help when there is any kind of basement or crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, or bowed basement wall problem. Our team uses 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 Aurora that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and design a specialized solution to that problem that will ensure your home is properly protected. When our team implements a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that as soon as you've seen a problem with your basement, foundation, or crawl space that you reach out to an experienced repair company. We say this as there are quite a few potentially dangerous problems that will arise with these issues such as mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even catastrophic foundation damage. No matter if you're in need of our basement waterproofing products to prevent water from entering your home, foundation repair products to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to prevent mildew growth in the crawl space, our experts are here to help you.
The basement is a very important area of your home whether it is being used as a storage area or if you have a finished space down there. Due to this, it is necessary that the space is free of standing water and protected from flooding and excess humidity. Since water can get into the basement using a number of possible paths, that means there have to be a number of repair possibilities that we will utilize to keep the area safe. The main places that water is entering is at cracks in the basement walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, where the basement wall and floor meet, and finally at the windows that may be at or even below grade.
Regardless of where you're having the problem we have solutions that will collect, divert, and eject the water from your basement. If you have dripping basement cracks, the first step is installing a wall crack repair procedure to stop the crack from leaking and growing. When the water is entering at the cove or even at basement windows, installing a custom drainage system will help remove the water from your basement. In some of the more problematic cases, occasionally with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we will install an entire wall solution that is comprised of a full height heavy duty liner that will collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system installed but it struggles to keep up with demand, we can replace it with a new, upgraded sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. In addition to installing systems, we can also improve the drainage in your yard to assist with preventing water from standing at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The homes foundation is easily one of, if not the, most important areas of the home. It not only holds the structure itself but it also forms the basement walls. When there are foundation problems, they will generally present themselves in the form of stair-step cracks in the outside brickwork, long cracks that run the length of the foundation or along the basement walls. You may also notice that the windows and doors will not open or close easily or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also see an issue where the basement walls are buckling inward. While these problems may not seem problematic when you notice them, they are all indicative 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 in place.
It is good that the most common foundation problems stem from similar issues and our experts are very good at evaluating these problems. We can implement a repair solution designed for your exact issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If there is a sinking foundation, we will implement a series of foundation piers to correct the problem. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both types are very strong and can stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, there are a few possible options. We can install a series of wall anchors, these are 2 large plates connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that we mount directly against the cracks to push the section back in line and prevent further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. These products will straighten the bowed wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Aurora, many of the homes were built with crawl space areas in addition to basements. For many years, they were created with vents which was intended to increase air flow through the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. The vents allow water to enter the space during rain and snow storms and then it never leaves which results in the humidity level staying too high which will eventually facilitate the growth of mildew. We have found that up to ½ of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so having the space protected from the outside and keeping the humidity levels low will increase the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been working on crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the proper way to close them off and control excess humidity. This is done using a method known as encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, which are thick plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that will close off the area completely and prevent any excess moisture from entering. Closing the area will also prevent critters and animals from moving in your 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 reduce the excess humidity to a proper level as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also provide a number of services to help add features to your basement area. We carry basement windows to increase the air flow or provide additional light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can install our wall system as part of a pre-finishing service that is both waterproof and resistant to the growth of mildew. When you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can prevent any water from entering the home before it can become a problem. 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 to talk to someone about the products 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 meeting with one of our experts.