Foundation and Basement Waterproofing and Repair Services in Beecher, IL
When your home has excess water when there are extended rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or you have long cracks in the foundation, you already know there may be a serious issue. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is here to assist when there is any type of crawl space water, foundation settlement, or bowing basement wall problem. We use time tested products and methods that we stand behind. We have a team of professionals in the Beecher area that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and design a specialized solution to that problem that will ensure your home is safe and protected. When our team installs a waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is very important that if you've found a problem with the craw space, basement, or foundation that you reach out to a trusted repair company. We recommend this as there are a number of potentially dangerous issues that will arise with these issues including black mold, structural damage, and even catastrophic foundation damage. No matter if you're needing our basement waterproofing products to control water entering your home, foundation repair services to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to control mold growth in the crawl space, our team is here to help you.
Your 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. This means it is important that the entire area is free of standing water and protected from flooding and excess humidity. Due to the fact that water can get into a basement using a number of possible paths, there are a number of repair options that we will utilize to keep the water under control. The primary places that we see water leaks is through cracks in the basement walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, which is where the basement wall and floor connect, and finally at any windows that are at or below grade.
No matter where the problem lies we have solutions that can control, divert, and remove water from the basement. If you have dripping basement cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair to control the crack growth and leaking. If water is coming in at the cove joint or even the windows, having a custom drainage system installed will remove the water from the basement. In some of the more extreme cases, usually with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we will recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is a floor to ceiling heavy duty liner to collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system in place but it cannot keep up with demand, we can install a new, more powerful sump pump to breathe new life into the system. In addition to installing systems, we can also help you evaluate the drainage in the yard to help stop water from sitting at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The foundation of your home is easily one of the most important areas of the home. It not only holds the structure itself but it also is the basement walls. If there are foundation problems, they will generally manifest themselves as stair stepping cracks in the brickwork, cracks that run the length of the foundation or across basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the windows or doors 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 bowing inward. While these problems may not seem critical at first, they are all indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for problems and determine what type of a repair needs to be in place.
Thankfully, many foundation problems are caused by similar things and our team is very good at noticing these issues. We can offer a repair solution that is for your exact issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If the problem is a sloping foundation, we will install a series of foundation piers to stabilize 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 are able to stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how much the wall is buckling, we have some potential options. Our team can utilize a number of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that are installed directly against the problem area to force them back in line and prevent further bowing, or carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. These products will straighten the bowing wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Beecher, there are many homes that are built with crawl space areas and not basements. For a long time, they were created with vents to the outside where were intended to help air flow through the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. Having open vents allows water to get in during rain and snow storms and the vents hinder airflow which causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually harbor the growth of mold and mildew. Up to half of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so having the space closed off from the elements and controlling excess humidity will increase the overall air quality in your home.
We have been encapsulating crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the proper way to seal them off and control the humidity. This is done using a process called encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, which are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that will close off the area totally and prevent any unwanted moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also prevent rodents and animals from settling in the crawl space which will keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once the crawl space is closed off, we will install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. It will prevent high levels of humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also provide a number of services to improve your basement. We can upgrade, replace, or install new basement windows to increase the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. When waterproofing the basement, we can help with pre-finishing the area by installing a wall system that is waterproof as well as resistant to mold or mildew growth. When you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can prevent 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 testing to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like to talk to someone about the solutions above, please 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 set up a consultation with a member of our team.
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