Basement and Foundation Services in Bellwood, Illinois
It doesn't matter if your downstairs area experiences flooding when there are heavy rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or there are large cracks along your foundation, you know there could be a real problem. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is here to provide assistance when you have any kind of basement water, sinking foundation, or buckling basement wall problem. We use products that we've tested and methods that we've perfected over the years that we stand behind. We have a team of experts in Bellwood that are trained to correctly evaluate your problem and implement a specialized solution to that problem that will ensure your home is safe and protected. When our team implements a waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that as soon as you see a problem with the foundation, crawl space or basement that you get in touch with a trusted repair company. We recommend this because there are a number of potentially dangerous problems that can happen along with these issues such as mildew, weakened structure, and even permanent foundation damage. No matter if you are needing our basement waterproofing products to stop water damaging 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 experts are here to help you.
The basement is a very important area of the home whether it is only being used as a storage area or if you have a finished space down there. Due to this, it is important that the space is dry and excess humidity is controlled. Because water is able to get into the basement through a variety of possible paths, that means there have to be a number of repair options that we will install to keep the water under control. The most common places that water is entering is at cracks in the walls, whether these are in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, where the wall and floor connect, and at windows that may be at or even below the soil.
Regardless of where the problem may be, we have solutions that will control, divert, and eject the water from the basement. If you have leaky basement cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair to control the crack growth and leaking. When the water is coming in at the cove or even at your windows, installing a custom drainage system can remove the water from the basement. In some of the more problematic locations, usually with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we will recommend installing an entire wall solution that is comprised of a floor to ceiling liner to collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system in the basement but it is unable to keep up with demand, we can replace it with a new, more powerful sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. In addition to installing systems, we can also upgrade the drainage in the yard to help prevent water from sitting next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your homes foundation is easily one of the most important parts. It not only holds the structure itself but it also forms the basement walls. When you've got foundation problems, normally they will show themselves as stair-step cracks in your brickwork, long cracks that run the length of the foundation or along the basement walls. You may also notice that your windows or doors will stick when you open or close them or there may be cracks at the corners of them. There may also be a problem where your basement walls are coming into the area. While these problems may not seem serious 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 if a repair needs to be in place.
Thankfully, the most common foundation problems are caused by similar things and our team is very good at tracking down those problems. We can offer a repair solution designed for your exact problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you've got a uneven foundation, we will install a series of foundation piers to stabilize the foundation. Depending on how bad it is and where it is, we will use either helical piers or push piers. Both are very strong and can stabilize your foundation. If you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, it can be solved with a few different options. Our team can install a number of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that sit vertically against the cracks to force the section back in line and control further bowing, or even carbon fiber staples to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products will correct the buckling wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, there are many homes that were built with crawl spaces in addition to basements. For a long time, they were created with vents which was intended to increase air flow through the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. The vents allow water to enter the space during rain and snow storms and the vents prevent proper evaporation which results in the humidity level staying too high which will eventually foster the growth of mildew. Studies have shown that up to half of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so having the space protected from the outside and controlling excess humidity will increase the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been working with crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the best way to seal them off and control high humidity. We do this using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that will seal the area totally and prevent any unwanted moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also prevent critters and animals from moving in the crawl space which will keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once your crawl space is protected, we will install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. It will prevent high levels of humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to 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. 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 mildew growth. If 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. If you've have a competitors waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance service to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like to talk to someone about the products above, please fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our frequently asked questions page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and organize a consultation with one of our experts.
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