Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Waterproofing and Repair Services in Batavia, IL
If your basement floods when there are extended rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or you've got long cracks along your foundation, you already know there could be a real issue. We are ready to assist when your home has any type of crawl space water, foundation settlement, or bowed foundation wall problem. Our team uses methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that we stand behind. We have a team of professionals in the Batavia area that are trained to properly evaluate your problem to implement a unique solution to that problem that will keep your home safe and protected. When our team implements a basement or crawl space waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is very important that if you've seen an issue with your craw space, basement, or foundation that you contact a trusted repair company. We say this because there are some potentially dangerous issues that will accompany these issues including black mold, weakened structure, and even catastrophic foundation damage. No matter if you are in need of our basement waterproofing services to control water entering your home, foundation repair products to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to control humidity below the home, our experts are here to help you.
Your basement is an important part of your home whether it is being used for storage or if you have a finished space down there. Because of this, it is necessary that the entire space is dry and protected from flooding and excess humidity. Since water can get into your basement by a variety of different paths, there are a number of repair options that we can use to keep the water under control. The most common places that we find water leaking is through cracks in the foundation walls, whether these are in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, where the foundation walls and floor connect, and finally at any windows that may be at or below the soil.
No matter where the problem lies we've got solutions that will collect, transport, and remove water from your basement. If there are leaky cracks, the first step is installing a wall crack repair to stop the crack from leaking and growing. When water is leaking at the cove or even basement windows, having a custom drainage system installed will remove the water from your basement. In some extreme instances, usually with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we can recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is a floor to ceiling heavy duty liner that will collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system in place but it cannot keep up with flooding water, we can install a new, upgraded sump pump to make the system as good as new. We aren't just installing systems, we can also evaluate the drainage in your yard to help stop water from sitting at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The foundation of your home is quite possibly one of the most important areas of the home. It not only supports the building itself but it also creates the basement walls. When there are foundation problems, they will generally show themselves as diagonal cracks in your brickwork, cracks that run along the foundation or along basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that your doors and windows will get stuck or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also see a problem where your basement walls are coming into the area. While these problems may not seem critical at first, they are all indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for specific problems to determine if a repair needs to be in place.
It is good that the most common foundation problems have very similar causes and our experts are very good at evaluating those issues. We can offer a repair solution intended for your exact issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If the problem is a uneven foundation, we can install a series of foundation piers to level the foundation. We will install either push piers or helical piers, depending on where and how bad the sinking is. Both are very strong and are able to stabilize your foundation. If you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, we have a few different options. We can utilize a series of wall anchors, these are 2 large plates connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that are installed directly against the problem area to force them back in line and control further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber 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 the greater Chicagoland area, many of the homes are built with crawl space areas instead of basements. For a long time, they were created with vents to the outside where were intended to help air flow into the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. The vents allow water to get in during rain and snow storms and the vents prevent proper evaporation which results in the humidity level staying too high which will eventually facilitate the growth of mold and mildew. We have found that up to 50% of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is protected from the elements and controlling excess humidity can improve the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been working with crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the most efficient way to seal them off and control high humidity. We do this using a method known as encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, which are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheets as well as covers to close off existing vents and a heavy duty door that can seal the area completely and prevent any excess moisture from entering. This will also prevent bugs and animals from moving in your crawl space which will keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After your crawl space is protected, we can install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. This will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to upgrade your basement area. We can upgrade your basement windows to improve the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can help with pre-finishing the area by installing a wall system that is both waterproof and resistant to the growth of mold and mildew. If you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can stop any water from entering the home before it can become a problem. If you've already got a waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance inspection to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like more information about the services above, please fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and organize a meeting with one of our experts.
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