Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Repair Services in Bellwood, Illinois
When your downstairs area experiences flooding when there are heavy rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or there are large cracks along the foundation, you already know this can be a real problem. We are here to assist when your home has any kind of crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, or buckling basement wall problem. We use products that we've tested and methods that we've perfected over the years that our team stands behind. We have a team of professionals in the Bellwood area that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and come up with a specialized solution for your problem that will keep your home properly repaired. When we install a waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of experience and trusted products.
It is critical that as soon as you find a problem with the foundation, crawl space or basement that you reach out to a trusted repair company. We say this due to there are some additional problems that will happen along with these issues including mildew, weakened structure, and even catastrophic foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you are needing our basement waterproofing services to stop water damaging your home, foundation repair products to stabilize your foundation, or crawl space services to prevent damage to your floor joists, our team is here to help you.
The basement is a very important area of the home regardless of if it is being used as storage or have already finished the area. Because of this, it is important that the space is free of standing water and any flooding is prevented. Due to the fact that water can get into the basement using a variety of possible paths, that means there have to be a number of repair options that we will use to keep the area safe. The primary places that we find water leaking is through 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 finally at the windows that may be at or below the soil.
Regardless of where you're having the problem there are solutions that are designed to control, divert, and remove water from the basement. If you've got dripping basement cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair procedure to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. When water is entering at the cove or even your windows, installing a custom drainage system will remove the water from the basement. In some extreme locations, typically with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we will recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is a full height 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, upgraded sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. In addition to installing systems, we can also help you upgrade the drainage in the yard to help keep water from pooling next to the home 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 forms the basement walls. When you've got foundation problems, usually, they will manifest themselves as stair-step cracks in the brickwork, cracks that run along the foundation or along basement walls. You may also notice that the doors and windows will stick when you open or close them or even cracks at the corners of them. There may also be a problem where the basement walls are pressing into the area. You may not think these problems seem critical at first, they are all indicative of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for particular problems and determine if a repair needs to be installed.
Thankfully, many foundation problems are caused by similar things and our team is very good at spotting these problems. We can offer a repair solution intended for your specific problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If there is a settling foundation, we will install a system 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 are very strong and can stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how much the wall is buckling, we have some different options. Our team can install a series of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that are installed directly against the cracks to push them back in line and control further bowing, or carbon fiber straps to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products will correct the buckling wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, many of the homes were built with crawl spaces and not basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, they were constructed with vents to the outside where were intended to help 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 the vents prevent proper evaporation which results in the humidity level staying too high which can foster the growth of mildew. Up to ½ of the air in your home can come up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is closed off from the outside and controlling excess humidity will 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 the humidity. We do this using a method known as encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are strong plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that will seal the area completely and prevent any unwanted moisture from entering. This will also prevent rodents and animals from getting in the crawl space which will keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is protected, we will install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. This will control any excess humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to add features to your basement area. We can upgrade your basement windows to improve 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 mildew growth. When you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can stop any potential future water problems. Even if you've have a competitors waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance inspection so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like to talk to someone about the services 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 meeting with one of our experts.
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