Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Services in Bensenville, Illinois
If your home floods when there are heavy rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or you have large cracks in your foundation, you already know this is a serious problem. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is ready to assist when your home has any type of basement flooding, foundation settlement, or bowing foundation 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 Bensenville area that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to implement a unique solution to that problem that will ensure your home is properly repaired. When our team installs a waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is very important that as soon as you've found an issue with your basement, foundation, or crawl space that you reach out to a trusted repair company. We say this due to there are quite a few potentially dangerous problems that can accompany these issues including mildew, structural damage, and even permanent foundation damage. If you are needing our basement waterproofing services to control water entering your home, foundation repair services to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to control humidity below the home, our experts are here to help you.
Your basement is a very important area of your home whether it is being used for storage or have finished the area. Because of this, it is important that the entire space is free of standing water and excess humidity is controlled. Due to the fact that water can get into a basement using a number of possible places, that means there have to be a variety of repair options that we can utilize to prevent damage to the area. The main places that we find water leaking is at cracks in the basement walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the basement walls and floor connect, and finally at any windows that may be at or even below the soil.
Regardless of where the problem lies we've got solutions that can collect, divert, and eject water from your basement. If you have leaking wall cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair procedure to control the crack growth and leaking. When water is leaking at the cove or even at the windows, having a custom drainage system installed can remove the water from your basement. In some of the more extreme instances, typically with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we can install one of our entire wall solution that is a full height heavy duty liner that will collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system in the basement but it struggles to keep up with the water, we can install a new, more powerful sump pump to breathe new life into the system. We aren't just installing systems, we can also evaluate the drainage in your yard to help keep water from standing next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The foundation of your home is easily one of, if not the, most important parts. It not only holds the building itself but it also forms the basement walls. When you have any foundation problems, they will generally present themselves in the form of stair stepping cracks in your outside brickwork, cracks that run along the foundation or along basement walls. You may also notice that your doors and windows will not open or close easily or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also have a problem where your basement walls are bowing into the area. You may not think these problems seem serious when you notice them, they are all indicative of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for problems to determine what type of a repair needs to be installed.
Thankfully, the most common foundation problems have very similar causes and our team is very good at evaluating these problems. We can utilize a repair solution that is for your specific problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If you've got a uneven foundation, we can install a system of foundation piers to stabilize the foundation. 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 help stabilize your foundation. If you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, it can be solved with a few different options. We can utilize a system of wall anchors which are 2 large plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that are installed vertically against the problem area to push them back in line and prevent further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. These products can repair the bowing wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, many of the homes were built with crawl spaces in addition to basements. For many years, they were created with vents which was intended to increase air flow into the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. Having open vents allows water to get in when it rains or snows and the vents prevent proper evaporation which results in the humidity level staying too high which will eventually foster the growth of mildew. Up to half of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is closed off from the weather and controlling excess humidity can improve the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been helping customers with their crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the most efficient way to close them off and control excess humidity. This is done using a process called encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are heavy duty plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that can close off the area completely and stop any excess moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also stop pests and animals from getting in your crawl space which will keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once your crawl space is encapsulated, we can 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 provide a number of services to improve your basement. We have basement windows to improve the air flow or provide additional light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can install a wall system that is waterproof and resistant to mildew growth. If you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to prevent 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 service to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like to talk to someone about the products above, feel free 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 set up a meeting with a member of our team.