Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Services in Belvidere, IL
When your home experiences flooding during extended rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or there are long cracks along your foundation, you know there could be a real issue. We are here to assist when there is any type of basement flooding, foundation settlement, or buckling foundation 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 Belvidere that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and implement a specialized solution to that problem that will keep your home safe and protected. When we install a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is critical that as soon as you've seen a problem with your crawl space, foundation, or basement that you reach out to an experienced repair company. We say this because there are quite a few additional problems that will arise with these issues including black mold, reduced structural integrity, and even catastrophic foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you're needing our basement waterproofing services to stop water damaging your home, foundation repair products to prevent your home from sinking, or crawl space services to control humidity below the home, our professionals are here to help you.
Your basement is an important area of your home whether it is being used for storage or if you have a finished space down there. Due to this, it is important that the space is dry and excess humidity and flooding are controlled. Since water can get into a basement using a variety of possible places, there are a variety of repair possibilities that we will utilize to prevent damage to the area. The most common places that we see water leaks is at cracks in the foundation walls, whether these are in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, which is where the foundation wall and floor meet, and at the windows that may be at or below the soil.
No matter where the problem may be, there are solutions that are designed to control, transport, and remove the water from your basement. If you've got leaking cracks, the first step is installing a wall crack repair to stop the crack from leaking and growing. When the water is entering at the cove or even at basement windows, installing a custom drainage system will help remove the water from your basement. In some problematic cases, occasionally with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we will recommend installing 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 place but it cannot keep up with demand, we can replace it with a new, upgraded sump pump to make the system as good as new. We aren't just installing systems, we can also help you improve the drainage in your yard to help stop water from standing next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your homes foundation is quite possibly one of, if not the, most important parts. It not only supports the building itself but it also forms the basement walls. When you have any foundation problems, they will generally show themselves as stair-step cracks in your brickwork, horizontal cracks that run the length of the foundation or along the basement walls. You may also notice that your doors or windows will get stuck or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also see an issue where your basement walls are bowing inward. While these issues may not seem serious at first, they are all indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and it is important to have an expert evaluate the foundation 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 professionals are very good at tracking down those problems. We can offer a repair product intended for your specific issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If there is a uneven foundation, we will install a system of foundation piers to stabilize the foundation. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both are very strong and can stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, we have some potential options. Our team can utilize a number of wall anchors, these are 2 large plates connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that are installed directly against the cracks to push them back in line and prevent further bowing, or carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products will straighten the buckling wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, there are many homes that are built with crawl space areas and not basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, they were created with open vents to the outside where were intended to help air flow through the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. The vents allow water to enter the space 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. We have found that up to 50% of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so ensuring this area is closed off from the weather and controlling excess humidity will improve the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been encapsulating crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the most efficient way to seal them off and control the humidity. We do this using a method known as encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are strong plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that will close off the area completely and prevent any unwanted moisture from entering. Closing the area will also prevent rodents and animals from settling in your crawl space which will help keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After your crawl space is encapsulated, we will install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. This will control any excess humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to help upgrade your basement. We can upgrade, replace, or install new basement windows to improve 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 both waterproof as well as resistant to mold or 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 already got a waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance inspection to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you are interested in any of the services above, don't hesitate to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or give us a call at 630-206-1177 and set up a meeting with one of our experts.
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