Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Waterproofing Services in Bedford Park, Illinois
Whether your downstairs area has excess water when there are extended rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or you've got cracks in the foundation, you know there may be a serious issue. Our team is ready to help when you have any type of crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, or bowing foundation wall problem. We use time tested products and methods that our team stands behind. We have a team of professionals in Bedford Park that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and create a specific solution to that problem that will keep your home properly protected. When our team implements a basement or crawl space waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of experience and trusted products.
It is very important that once you've seen a problem with your craw space, basement, or foundation that you get in touch with an experienced repair company. We say this because there are some potentially dangerous problems that will happen along with these issues such as mildew, weakened structure, and even permanent foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you're needing our basement waterproofing services to control water entering your home, foundation repair products to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to prevent damage to your floor joists, our team is here to help you.
The basement is an important part of your home whether it is being used as a storage area or have already finished the area. Due to this, it is necessary that the space is free of standing water and excess humidity and flooding are controlled. Since water can get into the basement by a number of different places, there are a variety of repair solutions and products that we can utilize to keep the area safe. The main places that we find water leaking is at cracks in the walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the wall and floor connect, and at windows that are at or below grade.
No matter where you're having the problem there are solutions that are designed to collect, transport, and remove the water from your basement. If there are leaking basement cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair to stop the crack from leaking and growing. When the water is coming in at the cove or even your windows, installing a custom drainage system will help remove the water from your basement. In some extreme instances, usually with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we can install an 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 in the basement but it struggles to keep up with flooding water, we can replace it with a new, more powerful sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. We aren't just installing systems, we can also upgrade the drainage in your yard to help keep water from pooling 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 holds the building itself but it also forms the basement walls. When you have any foundation problems, they will generally show themselves as stair stepping cracks in the brickwork, long cracks that run along the foundation or along the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the windows and doors will stick when you open or close them or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also have an issue where the basement walls are bowing into the area. You may not think these problems seem critical when you notice them, they are all indicative 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.
Thankfully, many foundation problems stem from similar issues and our professionals are very good at noticing those problems. We can utilize a repair product designed for your exact issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If you have a settling 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 types of piers are very strong and are able to stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how much the wall is buckling, it can be solved with some possible options. We can utilize a system of wall anchors, these are 2 large plates connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that we mount directly against the problem area to push the section back in line and prevent further bowing, or even carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products can straighten the bowing wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Bedford Park, many of the homes are built with crawl spaces and not basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, these were constructed with open vents which was intended to increase fresh air flow into the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. The vents allow water to enter the space during rain and snow storms and the vents hinder airflow which results in the humidity level staying too high which will eventually harbor the growth of mildew. Up to 50% of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is closed off from the outside 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 proper way to close them off and control excess humidity. This is done using a process called encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, occasionally installed with insulation products, and are thick plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that can seal the area completely and stop any excess moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also stop bugs and animals from moving 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 protected, we can install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. This will prevent high levels of humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also offer a number of services to help add features to your basement area. We carry basement windows to increase 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 as well as resistant to the growth of mildew. If you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to prevent any water from entering the home before it can become a problem. Even if you've have a waterproofing system we did not install in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance service so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like to talk to someone about the products above, don't hesitate to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and schedule a meeting with one of our experts.
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