Perma-Seal Waterproofing Services in Batavia, Illinois
If you've noticed your downstairs area experiences flooding when there are heavy rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or there are long cracks along your foundation, you already know there may be a serious issue. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is ready to help when you've got any kind of basement water, foundation settlement, or bowed foundation wall problem. Our team uses products that we've tested and methods that we've perfected over the years that we stand behind. We have a team of experts in Batavia that are trained to properly evaluate your problem and come up with a specialized solution for your problem that will keep your home properly protected. When our team installs a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that if you find an issue with your foundation, crawl space or basement that you reach out to an experienced repair company. We recommend this as there are some potentially dangerous problems that can arise with these issues such as mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even catastrophic foundation damage. No matter if you're needing our basement waterproofing services to protect your home, foundation repair products to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to prevent damage to your floor joists, our experts are here to help you.
The basement is an important area of your home regardless of if it is being used as a storage area or have finished the area. Due to this, it is important that the entire area is dry and protected from flooding and excess humidity. Because water can get into a basement using a number of different paths, that means there have to be a number of repair solutions and products that we can use to keep the area safe. The primary places that water is entering is through cracks in the foundation walls, whether these are in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, which is where the foundation walls and floor meet, and finally at the windows that may be at or even below the soil.
No matter where you're having the problem there are solutions that will control, transport, and remove water from your basement. If there are leaky cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair method to stop the crack from leaking and growing. When water is coming in at the cove or even your windows, having a custom drainage system installed can remove the water from your basement. In some of the more problematic instances, typically with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we can recommend installing an entire wall solution that is made up of a floor to ceiling liner to collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system in the basement but it struggles to keep up with flooding water, we can install a new, more powerful sump pump to breathe new life into the system. We aren't just installing systems, we can also help you upgrade the drainage in your yard to help prevent water from standing at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your foundation is quite possibly one of, if not the, most important parts. It not only holds the home itself but it also is the basement walls. When you've got foundation problems, normally they will show themselves in the form of stair stepping cracks in your outside brickwork, horizontal cracks that run the length of the foundation or along basement walls. You may also notice that your doors and windows will stick when you open or close them or even cracks at the corners of them. There may also be a problem where your basement walls are bowing inward. You may not think these problems seem critical 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 specific problems and determine if a repair needs to be in place.
Thankfully, many foundation problems are caused by similar things and our professionals are very good at evaluating these problems. We can utilize a repair solution designed for your particular issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If you have a sinking foundation, we can implement a series of foundation piers to level the foundation. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both types of piers are very strong and can stabilize your foundation. If you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how much the wall is buckling, it can be solved with a few possible options. We can utilize a system of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that we mount vertically against the problem area to force 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. When properly used, these products can straighten the bowed wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, there are many homes that are built with crawl spaces and not basements. For many years, these were built with open vents to the outside where were intended to help air flow through the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. The vents allow water to enter the space when it rains or snows and then it never leaves which causes the humidity levels to stay high which can facilitate the growth of mildew. We have found that up to ½ 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 can improve the overall air quality in your home.
We have been dealing with crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the proper way to seal 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, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are heavy duty plastic and vinyl sheets as well as covers to close off existing vents and a heavy duty door that can close off the area totally and prevent any unwanted moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also prevent bugs and animals from settling in your crawl space which will keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After your crawl space is protected, we can install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. This will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also provide a number of services to add features to your basement. We can upgrade your basement windows to improve the air flow or provide additional 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 stop any potential future water problems. Even if you've have a competitors waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance testing so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you are interested in any of the services above, feel free to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or give us a call at 630-206-1177 and set up a meeting with one of our experts.
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