Foundation and Basement Waterproofing Services in Bedford Park, Illinois

Interior Wall Waterproofing in Bedford Park

Whether your downstairs area experiences flooding when there are heavy rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or you have large cracks in the foundation, you know this is a serious problem. Our team is ready to provide assistance when your home has any kind of crawl space flooding, sinking foundation, or buckling foundation wall problem. Our team uses time tested products and methods that we stand behind. We have a team of professionals in the Bedford Park area that are trained to correctly evaluate your problem and create a unique solution for your problem that will ensure your home is properly protected. When we install a waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of experience and trusted products.

It is critical that if you see an issue with the craw space, basement, or foundation that you contact a trusted repair company. We recommend this as there are a number of potentially dangerous problems that can arise with these issues including mildew, structural damage, and even permanent foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you are in need of our basement waterproofing services to protect your home, foundation repair products to prevent your home from sinking, or crawl space services to prevent mildew growth in the crawl space, our experts are here to help you.

Basement Waterproofing

New Construction Wall Liner in Bedford Park

The basement is a very important area of the home regardless of if it is being used as storage or have finished the area. Because of this, it is important that the entire space is dry and any type of flooding is prevented. Since water can get into the basement through a number of different paths, there needs to be a number of repair solutions and products that we can utilize to keep the water under control. The most common places that water is entering is at 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 wall and floor meet, and finally at windows that may be at or below the soil.

Regardless of where the problem may be, we've got solutions that can collect, divert, and remove the water from the basement. If there are leaking cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. When the water is entering at the cove or even your windows, having a custom drainage system installed can remove the water from the basement. In some problematic cases, occasionally with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we can recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is a full height liner that will collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system in place 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. In addition to installing systems, we can also help you evaluate the drainage in the yard to help stop water from standing at the foundation and seeping in.

Structural Foundation Repair

Bowed Wall Repair - Wall Anchors in Bedford Park

The homes foundation is easily one of, if not the, most important areas of the home. It not only holds the home itself but it also forms the basement walls. When there are foundation problems, usually, they will manifest themselves in the form of stair stepping cracks in the outside brickwork, long cracks that run the length of the foundation or across the basement walls. You may also notice that the doors and windows will stick when you open or close them or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also have an issue where the basement walls are buckling into the area. While these problems may not seem problematic at first, each of them are indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and it is important to have an expert evaluate the foundation for specific problems and determine what type of a repair needs to be installed.

It is good that many foundation problems stem from similar issues and our experts are very good at noticing these problems. We can utilize a repair product intended for your particular problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If there is a sloping foundation, we can implement a system 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 types are very strong and can stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, there are a few potential options. We can install a number of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that sit vertically against the problem area to force the section back in line and control further bowing, or carbon fiber staples to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products can repair the buckling wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.

Crawl Space Solutions

Crawl Space Encapsulation in Bedford Park

In the greater Chicagoland area, many of the homes were built with crawl space areas in addition to basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, these were constructed with vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh air flow into the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. The vents allow water to get in when it rains or snows and the vents prevent proper evaporation which causes the humidity levels to stay high which can foster the growth of mildew. We have found that up to ½ of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so ensuring this area is protected from the elements and controlling excess humidity can increase the overall air quality in your home.

Perma-Seal has been enclosing crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the best way to close them off and control high humidity. We do this using a method known as encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as covers to close off existing vents and a heavy duty door that can close off the area completely and stop any excess moisture from entering. Closing the area will also stop rodents and animals from settling in the crawl space which will keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is protected, we can install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. It will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level in addition to removing pollutants from the air.

Additional Services

We also provide a number of services to add features to your basement area. We can upgrade your basement windows to increase the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can install our wall system as part of a pre-finishing service that is both waterproof as well as resistant to mildew growth. If you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to stop any water from entering the home before it can become a problem. If you've have a waterproofing system we did not install in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance inspection so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.

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