Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Waterproofing Services in Belvidere, IL
It doesn't matter if your home floods during heavy rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or there are large cracks along your foundation, you already know there could be a real problem. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is ready to help when you have any type of basement water, foundation settlement, or bowed foundation wall problem. We use time tested products and methods that our team stands behind. We have a team of professionals in Belvidere that are trained to properly evaluate your problem and come up with a specialized solution to that problem that will ensure your home is safe and protected. When we install a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of experience and trusted products.
It is very important that if you find a problem with your crawl space, foundation, or basement that you contact an experienced repair company. We say this as there are a number of potentially dangerous issues that can accompany these issues including mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even catastrophic foundation damage. No matter if you require our basement waterproofing products to protect 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 experts are here to help you.
The basement is a very important part of your home whether it is being used as storage or have finished the area. Because of this, it is important that the entire area is free of standing water and excess humidity and flooding are controlled. Since water is able to get into your basement using a number of different paths, there are a variety of repair options that we can install to keep the area safe. The main places that water leaks in is through cracks in the walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, where the wall and floor connect, and finally at windows that may be at or below grade.
Regardless of where you're having the problem we have solutions that will control, divert, and remove the water from your basement. If you've got leaky wall cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair method to control the crack growth and leaking. When the water is leaking at the cove joint or even at your windows, having a custom drainage system installed can remove the water from your basement. In some extreme locations, occasionally with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we can recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is a full height liner to collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system installed but it struggles to keep up with demand, we can replace it with a new, upgraded sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. In addition to installing systems, we can also improve the drainage in your yard to assist with preventing water from standing next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your foundation is quite possibly one of the most important areas of the home. It not only holds the building itself but it also is the basement walls. When you have any foundation problems, they will generally present themselves as stair stepping cracks in your outside brickwork, horizontal cracks that run along the foundation or along the basement walls. You may also notice that your doors and windows will stick when you open or close them or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also see an issue where your basement walls are buckling into the basement. While these problems may not seem critical when you notice them, each of them are indicators of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for specific problems and determine what type of a repair needs to be performed.
It is good that many foundation problems stem from similar issues and our experts are very good at tracking down these issues. We can implement a repair solution that is for your specific problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If there is a uneven foundation, we can implement a series of foundation piers to correct the problem. We will install either push piers or helical piers, depending on where and how bad the sinking is. Both types of piers are very strong and can stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, there are a few possible options. Our team can install a system of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that we mount directly against the cracks to force them back in line and control further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber staples to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products can correct the bowed wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Belvidere, there are many homes that were built with crawl space areas instead of basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, they were built with open vents which was intended to increase fresh air flow into the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. Having open vents allows water to enter the space when it rains or snows and the vents prevent proper evaporation which results in the humidity level staying too high which will eventually facilitate the growth of mold and mildew. We have found that up to half of the air in your home has come up through the crawl space so ensuring this area is closed off from the weather and keeping the humidity levels low can increase the overall air quality in your home.
We have been working with crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the proper way to seal them off and control excess humidity. This is done using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, which are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that can seal the area totally and stop any excess moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also stop critters and animals from moving in your crawl space which will keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After your crawl space is closed off, we can install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. This will control any excess humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also provide a number of services to upgrade your basement area. We carry basement windows to increase 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. 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. Even if you've have a competitors waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance testing so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like more information about the services above, don't hesitate 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 organize a consultation with a member of our team.
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