Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Waterproofing Services in Beecher, Illinois
If you've noticed your downstairs area experiences flooding during extended rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or there are large cracks in the foundation, you already know there could be a real issue. Our experts are ready to provide assistance when your home has any kind of basement or crawl space flooding, sinking foundation, or bowing basement wall problem. Our team uses time tested products and methods that our team stands behind. We have a team of experts in the Beecher area that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and create a specialized solution for your problem that will ensure your home is properly repaired. When our team implements a waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is critical that if you've seen an issue with the basement, foundation, or crawl space that you reach out to a trusted repair company. We say this as there are quite a few potentially dangerous issues that will arise with these issues including mildew, weakened structure, and even permanent foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you're in need of our basement waterproofing services to control water entering your home, foundation repair products to prevent your home from sinking, or crawl space services to control humidity below the home, our experts are here to help you.
The basement is a very important area of the home whether you're using it as a storage area or if you have a finished space down there. Because of this, it is important that the space is free of standing water and excess humidity and flooding are controlled. Due to the fact that water can get into your basement by a number of different places, there needs to be a variety of repair options that we can install to prevent damage to the area. The most common places that we find water leaking is through cracks in the basement walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the basement walls and floor meet, and finally at any windows that may be at or below grade.
No matter where the problem may be, there are solutions that can collect, divert, and eject the water from the basement. If you have leaking cracks, the first step is installing a wall crack repair procedure to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. When the water is entering at the cove or even the windows, installing a custom drainage system will help remove the water from the basement. In some problematic locations, usually with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we can install an 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 the basement but it struggles to keep up with flooding water, we can install a new, more powerful sump pump to make the system as good as new. We aren't just installing systems, we can also help you upgrade the drainage in the yard to help keep water from pooling at the foundation 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 home itself but it also creates the basement walls. When there are foundation problems, they will generally show themselves in the form of stair stepping cracks in the outside brickwork, cracks that run along the foundation or across the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the windows will stick when you open or close them or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also see a problem where the basement walls are bowing into the area. While these issues may not seem serious when you notice them, each of them are indicators 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.
It is good that the most common foundation problems stem from similar issues and our team is very good at spotting these issues. We can offer a repair solution intended for your particular issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If the problem is a sloping foundation, we can implement a series of foundation piers to stabilize the foundation. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both types are very strong and can help stabilize your foundation. If you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, we have a few different options. We can utilize a number of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that we mount directly against the problem area to force the section back in line and control further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber straps to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. These products can correct the bowing wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, there are many homes that are built with crawl spaces and not basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, these were built with vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh air flow through the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. Having open vents allows water to enter the space during rain and snow storms and then it never leaves which causes the humidity levels to stay high which can facilitate the growth of mildew. Studies have shown that up to 50% of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is closed off from the weather and controlling excess humidity can improve the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been working on crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the best way to close them off and control excess humidity. This is done using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, which are heavy duty plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that can close off the area totally and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. Closing the area will also stop critters and animals from moving in the crawl space which will help keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once the crawl space is encapsulated, we can install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. It will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a number of services to help upgrade your basement. We carry basement windows to improve the air flow or provide additional light in the area. When waterproofing the basement, we can help with pre-finishing the area by installing a wall system that is both waterproof and 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 potential future water problems. Even if you've already got a waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance inspection so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you are interested in any of the services above, feel free to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our frequently asked questions page or give us a call at 630-206-1177 and schedule a meeting with one of our experts.
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