Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Services in Bensenville, Illinois
When your downstairs area floods when there are extended rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or you have long cracks in your foundation, you already know there may be a serious problem. We are ready to provide assistance when there is any kind of basement or crawl space flooding, sinking foundation, or bowing foundation wall problem. We use time tested products and methods that our team stands behind. We have a team of experts in Bensenville that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to create a unique solution to that problem that will ensure your home is properly protected. When our team implements a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of experience and trusted products.
It is very important that as soon as you've found a problem with the crawl space, foundation, or basement that you contact a trusted repair company. We recommend this due to there are a number of additional problems that can arise with these issues including mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even permanent foundation damage. If you need our basement waterproofing services to prevent water damage in your home, foundation repair products to prevent your home from sinking, 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 whether it is only being used as storage or have finished the area. Because of this, it is important that the area is free of standing water and protected from flooding and excess humidity. Because water is able to get into a basement through a variety of possible places, that means there have to be a variety of repair solutions and products that we will install to keep the area safe. The primary places that water is entering 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 walls and floor connect, and finally at windows that may be at or even below grade.
Regardless of where you're having the problem we've got solutions that will collect, transport, and remove water from the basement. If you've got dripping basement cracks, the first step is installing a wall crack repair to control the crack growth and leaking. If water is coming in at the cove or even your windows, installing a custom drainage system can remove the water from the basement. In some of the more problematic cases, occasionally with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we will install an entire wall solution that is made up of a floor to ceiling heavy duty liner to collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system installed but it cannot keep up with demand, we can install a new, more powerful sump pump to make the system as good as new. In addition to installing systems, we can also upgrade the drainage in the yard to assist with preventing water from standing at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The homes foundation is easily one of, if not the, most important areas of the home. It not only supports the home itself but it also forms the basement walls. If you have any foundation problems, usually, they will present themselves as stair stepping cracks in your outside brickwork, horizontal cracks that run the length of the foundation or across 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 have a problem where your basement walls are pressing inward. While these issues may not seem problematic when you notice them, each of them are indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for particular problems to determine if a repair needs to be installed.
It is good that the most common foundation problems have very similar causes and our experts are very good at evaluating those problems. We can implement a repair product designed for your particular problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If the problem is a sinking foundation, we will install a system of foundation piers to stabilize the foundation. Depending on how bad it is and where it is, we will use either helical piers or push piers. Both types are very strong and can stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, we have some potential 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 are installed vertically against the cracks to push them back in line and stop further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products will correct the bowing wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, there are many homes that were built with crawl spaces instead of basements. For a long time, they were built with open vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh air flow into the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. Having open vents allows water to get in 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 mildew. 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 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. 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 thick plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that will close off the area completely and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. This will also stop rodents and animals from getting in the crawl space which will keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once your crawl space is encapsulated, we will install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. This will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also provide a variety of services to improve the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We have basement windows to improve the air flow or increase the amount of 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 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. If you've have a waterproofing system we did not install in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance testing to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you are interested in any of the products above, please 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 schedule a meeting with a member of our team.