Foundation and Basement Waterproofing Services in Bedford Park, IL
If you've noticed your home experiences flooding during heavy rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or you have long cracks along the foundation, you know there could be a real problem. We are here to assist when your home has any kind of basement or crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, or bowed foundation wall problem. We use time tested products and methods that our team stands behind. We have a team of professionals in the Bedford Park area that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and design a specific solution to that problem that will ensure your home is safe and protected. When our team implements a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that if you've found an issue with the crawl space, foundation, or basement that you contact an experienced repair company. We say this because there are some potentially dangerous issues that will happen along with these issues including black mold, reduced structural integrity, and even catastrophic foundation damage. No matter if you are needing our basement waterproofing services to prevent water damage in your home, foundation repair services to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to prevent unnecessary damage under your home, our professionals are here to help you.
The basement is a very important area of the home regardless of if you're using it for storage or if you have a finished space down there. Due to this, it is important that the area is free of standing water and any type of flooding is prevented. Since water is able to get into a basement through a variety of different paths, there are a number of repair solutions and products that we will install to keep the water under control. The primary places that we see water leaks is at cracks in the walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, which is where the wall and floor connect, and finally at the windows that are at or below the soil.
No matter where the problem may be, there are solutions that are designed to collect, divert, and remove the water from the basement. If you've got dripping wall cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair method to control the crack growth and leaking. When the water is entering at the cove or even basement windows, having a custom drainage system installed will help remove the water from the basement. In some of the more extreme cases, typically with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we will recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is made up of a floor to ceiling heavy duty liner that will collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system installed but it is unable to keep up with flooding water, we can replace it with a new, upgraded sump pump to make the system as good as new. On top of installing systems, we can also improve the drainage in the yard to help prevent water from sitting next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your homes foundation is quite possibly one of, if not the, most important areas of the home. It not only supports the structure itself but it also forms the basement walls. When you've got foundation problems, normally they will show themselves in the form of stair stepping cracks in the brickwork, horizontal cracks that run the length of the foundation or across the basement walls. You may also notice that the windows will get stuck or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also see an issue where the basement walls are buckling into the area. You may not think these issues seem serious when you notice them, each of them are indicative of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for particular problems and determine what type of a repair needs to be in place.
Thankfully, the most common foundation problems have very similar causes and our team is very good at spotting those issues. We can utilize a repair solution intended for your exact problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you have a sinking foundation, we will install a series 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 are able to stabilize your foundation. If you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, there are some different options. Our team can utilize a series of wall anchors, these are 2 large plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that sit vertically against the cracks to push them back in line and prevent further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber staples to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. These products will repair the bowed wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Bedford Park, many of the homes are built with crawl space areas and not basements. For many years, these were built with vents which was intended to increase air flow into the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. Having open vents allows water to get in when it rains or snows and the vents hinder airflow which results in the humidity level staying too high which will eventually facilitate the growth of mold and mildew. Up to ½ of the air in your home has come up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is protected from the outside and controlling excess humidity will 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 best way to seal them off and control excess humidity. This is done using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that will seal the area completely and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. This will also stop pests and animals from moving in the crawl space which will help keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once the crawl space is closed off, we will install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. It 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 help improve the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We can upgrade your basement windows to improve the air flow or provide additional light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can install our wall system as part of a pre-finishing service that is both waterproof and resistant to mold or mildew growth. When you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can stop any potential future water problems. Even if you've already got a waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance testing to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you are interested in any of 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 set up a consultation with a member of our team.
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