Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Waterproofing Services in Belvidere, Illinois
When your home experiences flooding during heavy rains or in the spring during the snow melt or you've got long cracks in the foundation, you know there could be a real problem. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is ready to assist when you've got any type of crawl space water, foundation settlement, or bowed foundation wall problem. Our team uses 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 Belvidere area that are trained to properly evaluate your problem and design a specific solution for your problem that will keep your home properly protected. When our team implements a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of experience and trusted products.
It is critical that if you see an issue with the craw space, basement, or foundation that you reach out to an experienced repair company. We say this because there are some potentially dangerous problems that can arise with these issues including mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even permanent foundation damage. If you're needing our basement waterproofing products to prevent water from entering your home, foundation repair products to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to control mildew growth in the crawl space, our professionals are here to help you.
Your basement is an important area of the home regardless of if it is only being used for storage or have already finished the area. This means it is necessary that the entire area is dry and excess humidity and flooding are controlled. Because water is able to get into a basement through a variety of different places, there needs to be a variety of repair possibilities that we will use to prevent damage to the area. The primary places that water is entering is through cracks in the walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the wall and floor meet, and at any windows that may be at or below the soil.
Regardless of where the problem may be, we have solutions that are designed to collect, transport, and remove water from the basement. If you have leaky wall cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair procedure to control the crack growth and leaking. If water is coming in at the cove joint or even the windows, installing a custom drainage system can help remove the water from the basement. In some of the more problematic locations, occasionally with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we will recommend installing an entire wall solution that is made up of a floor to ceiling liner to collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system installed but it is unable to keep up with flooding water, we can replace it with a new, upgraded sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. We aren't just installing systems, we can also improve the drainage in the yard to assist with preventing water from pooling at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The homes foundation is quite possibly one of, if not the, most important parts. It not only holds the structure itself but it also forms the basement walls. If you've got foundation problems, normally they will present themselves as diagonal cracks in the brickwork, horizontal cracks that run the length of the foundation or across basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the windows or doors will get stuck or even cracks at the corners of them. There may also be an issue where the basement walls are coming into the basement. You may not think these issues seem problematic when you notice them, they are all indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for specific problems and determine if a repair needs to be installed.
It is good that many foundation problems are caused by similar things and our team is very good at noticing these problems. We can offer a repair solution that is for your specific problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If you've got a sinking foundation, we will implement a system of foundation piers to correct the problem. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both are very strong and can help stabilize your foundation. If you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, there are a few possible options. We can install a system of wall anchors which are 2 large plates connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that we mount directly against the problem area to push the section back in line and stop further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber staples to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products will straighten the bowed wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, there are many homes that are built with crawl spaces instead of basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, they were built with vents to the outside where were intended to help air flow through the area 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 prevent proper evaporation which causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually foster the growth of mildew. Studies have shown that up to 50% of the air in your home can come up through the crawl space so ensuring this area is closed off from the outside and keeping the humidity levels low will increase the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been enclosing crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the most efficient way to close them off and control high humidity. We do this using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that will close off the area totally and stop any excess moisture from entering. Closing the area will also stop pests and animals from settling in the crawl space which will help keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is closed off, we will install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. This will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also provide a variety of services to help improve your basement. We can upgrade your basement windows to increase the air flow or provide additional light in the area. After we install a waterproofing system, we can install our wall system as part of a pre-finishing service that is both waterproof as well as resistant to mildew growth. If you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can prevent any potential future water problems. 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 are interested in any of the solutions above, don't hesitate to 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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