Basement and Foundation Services in Batavia, IL
If your basement floods when there are heavy rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or there are long cracks in the foundation, you already know this can be a real problem. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is ready to provide assistance when your home has any kind of basement flooding, sinking foundation, or bowed basement wall problem. We use time tested products and methods that our team stands behind. We have a team of professionals in the Batavia area that are trained to correctly evaluate your problem to design a unique solution to that problem that will keep your home properly repaired. When our team implements a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is very important that if you find an issue with your basement, foundation, or crawl space that you get in touch with a trusted repair company. We recommend this due to there are some additional problems that can happen along with these issues including mildew, weakened structure, and even permanent foundation damage. If you are in need of our basement waterproofing services to stop water damaging your home, foundation repair services to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to prevent damage to your floor joists, our experts are here to help you.
The basement is a very important part of your home regardless of if it is only being used as a storage area or have finished the area. This means it is necessary that the entire space is dry and excess humidity is controlled. Since water is able to get into a basement using a variety of possible paths, that means there have to be a variety of repair possibilities that we can install to keep the water under control. The primary places that water is entering is through cracks in the basement walls, whether these are in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the basement wall and floor meet, and finally at windows that may be at or even below grade.
Regardless of where the problem may be, we've got solutions that can collect, divert, and remove water from your basement. If you've got leaky cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair method to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. When water is leaking at the cove joint or even basement windows, having a custom drainage system installed can help remove the water from your basement. In some problematic locations, usually with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we can recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is comprised of a floor to ceiling heavy duty liner to collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system in the basement but it is unable to keep up with flooding water, we can install a new, upgraded sump pump to breathe new life into the system. In addition to installing systems, we can also help you upgrade the drainage in your yard to assist with preventing water from sitting next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The homes foundation is easily one of the most important areas of the home. It not only holds the building itself but it also forms the basement walls. When you have any foundation problems, they will generally show themselves in the form of stair stepping cracks in the brickwork, long cracks that run the length of the foundation or across basement walls. You may also notice that the doors will get stuck or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also see an issue where the basement walls are bowing inward. You may not think these problems seem serious at first, they are all indicative of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for specific problems to determine what type of a repair needs to be in place.
It is good that many foundation problems stem from similar issues and our experts are very good at evaluating those problems. We can offer a repair product intended for your specific problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you have a uneven foundation, we can install 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 types of piers 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 install a system of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that we mount directly against the cracks to push the section back in line and control further bowing, or carbon fiber straps to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. These products can straighten the bowed wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Batavia, there are many homes that are built with crawl spaces in addition to basements. For a long time, these were built with vents which was intended to increase air flow through the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. The vents allow water to get in when it rains or snows and the vents prevent proper evaporation which results in the humidity level staying too high which can harbor the growth of mildew. Studies have shown that up to 50% of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so ensuring this area is closed off from the outside and keeping the humidity levels low can improve the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been dealing with crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the most efficient way to seal them off and control the humidity. This is done using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, occasionally installed with insulation products, and are strong plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that can seal the area completely and prevent any excess moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also prevent rodents and animals from settling 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 can install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. It will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also provide a variety of services to help add features to your basement area. We can upgrade your basement windows to improve the air flow or provide additional light in the area. When waterproofing the basement, we can install a wall system that is both waterproof as well as resistant to the growth of mildew. When you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can stop any potential future water problems. Even if you've have a competitors waterproofing system 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 solutions above, feel free to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our frequently asked questions page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and organize a consultation with one of our experts.
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