Foundation and Basement Services in Beecher, Illinois
If your downstairs area has excess water when there are heavy rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or you have cracks in your foundation, you already know there could be a real issue. We are ready to provide assistance when you've got any kind of crawl space flooding, sinking foundation, or bowing basement wall problem. Our team uses methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that our team stands behind. We have a team of experts in the Beecher area that are trained to correctly evaluate your problem to implement a unique solution for your problem that will ensure your home is properly repaired. When we install a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of experience and trusted products.
It is critical that once you've found an issue with your basement, foundation, or crawl space that you reach out to an experienced repair company. We recommend this because there are some potentially dangerous problems that will happen along with these issues such as mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even catastrophic foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you require our basement waterproofing services to protect your home, foundation repair products to stabilize your foundation, or crawl space services to prevent unnecessary damage under your home, our team is here to help you.
The basement is an important area of your home whether it is being used for storage or have finished the area. Because of this, it is necessary that the entire space is free of standing water and excess humidity is controlled. Because water is able to get into a basement by a number of different places, that means there have to be a variety of repair solutions and products that we can use to keep the water under control. The most common places that water is entering is through cracks in the foundation walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, which is where the foundation wall and floor connect, and finally at windows that are at or even below the soil.
Regardless of where the problem lies we have solutions that can control, transport, and remove water from your basement. If you've got leaky wall cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair method to stop the crack from leaking and growing. When water is leaking at the cove or even at basement windows, installing a custom drainage system will help remove the water from your basement. In some of the more problematic instances, typically 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. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system installed but it struggles to keep up with demand, we can install a new, upgraded sump pump to breathe new life into the system. We aren't just installing systems, we can also improve the drainage in your yard to help prevent water from pooling at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your foundation is easily one of, if not the, most important parts. It not only supports the building itself but it also creates the basement walls. When you've got foundation problems, usually, they will show themselves as diagonal cracks in your brickwork, horizontal cracks that run along the foundation or across basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that your 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 your basement walls are buckling into the basement. While these problems may not seem problematic at first, each of them are indicators 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 installed.
It is good that the most common foundation problems stem from similar issues and our team is very good at evaluating those problems. We can utilize a repair product designed for your exact issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If the problem is a sinking foundation, we can implement a series of foundation piers to correct the problem. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both are very strong and can help stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how much the wall is buckling, there are some possible options. We can install a series of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that we mount directly against the problem area to push them back in line and prevent further bowing, or carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products can repair the bowing wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, there are many homes that were built with crawl spaces instead of basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, they were built with 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 when it rains or snows and then it never leaves which results in the humidity level staying too high which can facilitate the growth of mildew. We have found that up to half of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so having the space protected from the weather and keeping the humidity levels low can increase the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been dealing with crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the best way to close them off and control high humidity. This is done using a method called encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are thick 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 prevent any excess moisture from entering. Closing the area will also prevent pests and animals from moving in your crawl space which will help keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After your crawl space is encapsulated, we can install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. This will control any excess humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a number of services to help add features to the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We carry basement windows to increase the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. When waterproofing the basement, we can install our wall system as part of a pre-finishing service that is 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 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 to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like more information about the solutions 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 set up a consultation with a member of our team.
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