Basement and Foundation Waterproofing and Repair Services in Bartlett, IL
If you've noticed your downstairs area experiences flooding during heavy rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or you've got large cracks in your foundation, you know there may be a serious issue. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is ready to assist when you have any type of crawl space water, sinking foundation, or bowed foundation wall problem. We use methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that we stand behind. We have a team of experts in Bartlett that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to come up with a specialized solution for your problem that will keep your home properly protected. When our team implements a waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of experience and trusted products.
It is critical that if you've found a problem with the basement, foundation, or crawl space that you get in touch with an experienced repair company. We say this due to there are quite a few potentially dangerous problems that will arise with these issues such as mildew, structural damage, and even permanent foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you're in need of our basement waterproofing products to prevent water from entering your home, foundation repair products to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to control humidity below the home, our professionals are here to help you.
Your basement is a very important area of the home whether it is only being used as a storage area or if you have a finished space down there. Because of this, it is necessary that the area is free of standing water and any type of flooding is prevented. Due to the fact that water is able to get into the basement through a variety of possible places, there are a variety of repair possibilities that we will install to prevent damage to the area. The most common places that we find water leaking is at cracks in the foundation walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, where the foundation wall and floor meet, and at the windows that may be at or even below grade.
Regardless of where the problem lies we have solutions that can collect, divert, and eject the water from the basement. If you've got dripping cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. If the water is coming in at the cove or even at your windows, having a custom drainage system installed will remove the water from the basement. In some problematic cases, typically with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we will install one of our entire wall solution that is comprised of a floor to ceiling heavy duty liner to collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system in the basement but it struggles to keep up with demand, we can replace it with a new, upgraded sump pump to make the system as good as new. We aren't just 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 quite possibly one of the most important parts. It not only holds the home itself but it also creates the basement walls. If there are foundation problems, they will generally show themselves in the form of diagonal cracks in your outside brickwork, long cracks that run along the foundation or along the basement walls. You may also notice that your doors or windows will get stuck or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also see a problem where your basement walls are bowing into the area. While these problems may not seem serious when you notice them, they are all indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for specific problems to determine what type of a repair needs to be installed.
Thankfully, many foundation problems stem from similar issues and our professionals are very good at tracking down those problems. We can implement a repair solution designed for your particular issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If you've got a sloping foundation, we will implement 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 are very strong and are able to stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how much the wall is buckling, it can be solved with some possible options. We can install a number of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that we mount vertically against the cracks to push the section back in line and prevent further bowing, or carbon fiber 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 the greater Chicagoland area, there are many homes that were built with crawl space areas and not basements. For a long time, these were built with open vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh air flow through the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. Having open vents allows water to enter the space when it rains or snows and the vents hinder airflow which causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually foster the growth of mold and mildew. We have found that up to 50% of the air in your home can come up through the crawl space so ensuring this area is protected from the elements and keeping the humidity levels low will improve the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been helping customers with their crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the proper way to close them off and control the humidity. This is done using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are heavy duty plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as covers to close off existing vents and a heavy duty door that will seal the area completely and prevent any excess moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also prevent critters and animals from getting in the crawl space which will keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once your crawl space is protected, we will install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. It will prevent high levels of humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to improve your basement. We can upgrade, replace, or install new basement windows to improve the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. When waterproofing the basement, we can install our wall system as part of a pre-finishing service that is waterproof and resistant to mold or mildew growth. If 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. Even if you've have a waterproofing system we did not install in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance testing to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like to talk to someone about the products above, feel free to 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 schedule a consultation with one of our experts.