Basement and Foundation Waterproofing Services in Barrington, Illinois
When your downstairs area has excess water when there are extended rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or there are large cracks in the foundation, you already know there could be a real issue. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is here to help when there is any type of basement water, sinking foundation, or bowing basement wall problem. Our team uses time tested products and methods that our team stands behind. We have a team of experts in the Barrington area that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to implement a unique solution for your problem that will ensure your home is safe and protected. When we install a waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is very important that as soon as you've seen an issue with the basement, foundation, or crawl space that you get in touch with an experienced repair company. We recommend this because there are some potentially dangerous problems that will arise with these issues such as mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even catastrophic foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you're needing our basement waterproofing services to protect your home, foundation repair services to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to control humidity below the home, our professionals are here to help you.
The basement is an important area of the home regardless of if it is being used for storage or have already finished the area. Due to this, it is important that the entire space is dry and protected from flooding and excess humidity. Because water is able to get into your basement by a variety of different places, that means there have to be a number of repair options that we will utilize to prevent damage to the area. The primary places that water is entering is through cracks in the walls, whether these are in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, where the walls and floor meet, and at windows that may be at or below the soil.
Regardless of where the problem lies we've got solutions that will collect, transport, and remove the water from the basement. If there are dripping wall cracks, the first step is installing a wall crack repair procedure to stop the crack from leaking and growing. When the water is leaking at the cove or even your windows, installing a custom drainage system will help remove the water from the basement. In some problematic instances, occasionally with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we will recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is a full height heavy duty liner that will collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already 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. In addition to installing systems, we can also upgrade the drainage in the yard to help prevent water from standing next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The foundation of your home is easily one of, if not the, most important parts. It not only supports the home itself but it also is the basement walls. When you've got foundation problems, normally they will manifest themselves in the form of stair-step cracks in the brickwork, long cracks that run the length of the foundation or along the basement walls. You may also notice that the windows or doors will stick when you open or close them or even cracks at the corners of them. There may also be an issue where the basement walls are buckling into the basement. You may not think these issues seem problematic at first, they are all indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and it is important to have an expert evaluate the foundation for problems to determine if a repair needs to be installed.
It is good that many foundation problems stem from similar issues and our experts are very good at evaluating these problems. We can offer a repair product that is for your exact issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If the problem is a sinking foundation, we will implement a system of foundation piers to stabilize the foundation. Depending on how bad it is and where it is, we will use either helical piers 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 possible options. We can install a system of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that we mount vertically against the cracks to force the section back in line and prevent further bowing, or carbon fiber staples to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products will straighten the bowing wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, there are many homes that are built with crawl space areas in addition to basements. For a long time, they were built with vents to the outside where were intended to help air flow into the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. Having open vents allows water to get in during rain and snow storms and the vents hinder airflow which results in the humidity level staying too high which will eventually foster the growth of mildew. We have found that up to half of the air in your home can come up through the crawl space so ensuring this area is protected from the weather and keeping the humidity levels low will increase the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been working on crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the proper way to close them off and control the humidity. This is done using a method called encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, which are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that will close off the area totally and stop any excess moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also stop bugs and animals from moving in the 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 a combination dehumidifier and air filter. This will control any excess humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to help add features to your basement. We can upgrade, replace, or install new basement windows to increase 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 waterproof and resistant to the growth of mildew. If you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to stop any water from entering the home before it can become a problem. If you've have a waterproofing system we did not install in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance testing so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like to talk to someone about the solutions 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 meeting with one of our experts.