Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Repair Services in Belvidere, IL
When your basement floods during extended rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or you've got large cracks in the foundation, you already know there may be a serious issue. Our team is ready to help when you have any kind of basement flooding, sinking foundation, or bowing foundation wall problem. Our team uses products that we've tested and methods that we've perfected over the years that we stand behind. We have a team of professionals in Belvidere that are trained to properly evaluate your problem to come up with a unique solution to that problem that will ensure your home is safe and protected. When we install a basement or crawl space waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that if you see a problem with your crawl space, foundation, or basement that you contact an experienced repair company. We say this because there are a number of additional issues that will happen along with these issues including mold, structural damage, and even catastrophic foundation damage. If you're needing our basement waterproofing services to protect your home, foundation repair products to prevent your home from sinking, or crawl space services to prevent mold growth in the crawl space, our professionals are here to help you.
The basement is an important area of your home whether it is only being used for storage or if you have a finished space down there. This means it is necessary that the entire area is free of standing water and protected from flooding and excess humidity. Since water is able to get into the basement using a number of different paths, there are a variety of repair solutions and products that we will use to keep the water under control. The primary places that water is entering is through cracks in the foundation walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, where the foundation wall and floor connect, and finally at the windows that may be at or even below the soil.
No matter where the problem lies there are solutions that are designed to control, transport, and remove the water from your basement. If you've got leaking basement cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair method to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. If the water is coming in at the cove or even the windows, installing a custom drainage system will help remove the water from your basement. In some of the more problematic instances, typically with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we will install an entire wall solution that is comprised of a full height liner to collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system in the basement but it cannot keep up with flooding water, we can install a new, more powerful sump pump to make the system as good as new. On top of installing systems, we can also upgrade the drainage in your yard to help keep water from sitting at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The foundation of your home is quite possibly one of the most important areas of the home. It not only holds the home itself but it also is the basement walls. If there are foundation problems, usually, they will show themselves in the form of diagonal cracks in the outside brickwork, cracks that run along the foundation or along the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the doors and windows will get stuck or there may be cracks at the corners of them. There may also be an issue where the basement walls are pressing into the basement. You may not think these problems seem serious when you notice them, they are all indicators of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for problems to determine if a repair needs to be installed.
It is good that many foundation problems stem from similar issues and our experts are very good at noticing these issues. We can offer a repair product that is for your exact issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you've got a settling foundation, we will install a series of foundation piers to correct the problem. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both types are very strong and can help stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how much the wall is buckling, we have some possible options. Our team can install a series of wall anchors which are 2 large plates connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that are installed vertically against the cracks to push them back in line and stop further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber staples to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products will correct the bowing wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, there are many homes that were built with crawl space areas and not 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. The vents allow water to get in during rain and snow storms and then it never leaves which causes the humidity levels to stay high which can harbor the growth of mold and mildew. Up to half of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is protected from the outside and keeping the humidity levels low will improve the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been helping customers with their 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 known as encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are strong plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that will close off the area totally and prevent any unwanted moisture from entering. Closing the area will also prevent rodents and animals from moving in your crawl space which will help keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once the crawl space is encapsulated, we will install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. This will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also offer a number of services to help improve your basement area. We can upgrade your basement windows to improve the air flow or provide additional light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can help with pre-finishing the area by installing a wall system that is waterproof and resistant to the growth of mold and mildew. 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 waterproofing system we did not install in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance service to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like more information 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 set up a consultation with a member of our team.
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