Basement and Foundation Waterproofing Services in Bensenville, IL
When your downstairs area has excess water during heavy rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or you have long cracks in the foundation, you know this is a serious problem. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is here to help when you have any type of basement flooding, sinking foundation, or bowed 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 experts in Bensenville that are trained to correctly evaluate your problem and create a specialized solution to that problem that will ensure your home is safe and protected. When our team implements 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 an issue with your craw space, basement, or foundation that you contact a trusted repair company. We say this as there are some additional problems that will arise with these issues including mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even permanent foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you are in need of our basement waterproofing products to control water entering your home, foundation repair services to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to prevent damage to your floor joists, our team is here to help you.
Your basement is an important part of your home regardless of if it is only being used as a storage area or have finished the area. Due to this, it is important that the area is dry and protected from flooding and excess humidity. Because water is able to get into a basement by a variety of different places, there needs to be a variety of repair possibilities that we can utilize to keep the area safe. The main places that water leaks in is through cracks in the walls, whether these are in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, where the walls and floor meet, and at windows that are at or below grade.
No matter where the problem lies we have solutions that can collect, transport, and remove the water from your basement. If there are leaking wall cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair procedure to control the crack growth and leaking. When the water is entering at the cove joint or even at basement windows, having a custom drainage system installed will remove the water from your basement. In some problematic locations, usually with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we can install an entire wall solution that is a floor to ceiling 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 replace it with a new, more powerful sump pump to breathe new life into the system. In addition to installing systems, we can also upgrade the drainage in your yard to help keep water from standing next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The homes foundation is easily one of the most important areas of the home. It not only supports the structure itself but it also forms the basement walls. When there are foundation problems, normally they will present themselves as diagonal cracks in the outside brickwork, long cracks that run the length of the foundation or across the basement walls. You may also notice that the doors or windows will stick when you open or close them or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also have an issue where the basement walls are pressing into the area. While these problems may not seem serious at first, they are all indicators 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 performed.
Thankfully, the most common foundation problems are caused by similar things and our professionals are very good at evaluating these problems. We can utilize a repair solution intended for your specific problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If the problem is a sinking foundation, we can 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 are able to stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, there are some possible options. We can utilize a system of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that are installed directly against the problem area to force the section back in line and stop further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber straps to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. These products can repair the bowed wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, many of the homes were built with crawl space areas and not basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, these were built with open vents to the outside where were intended to help 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 during rain and snow storms and the vents prevent proper evaporation which causes the humidity levels to stay high which can foster the growth of mildew. Studies have shown that up to half of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so ensuring this area is protected from the elements and keeping the humidity levels low can increase the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal 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. We do this using a process called encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are strong plastic and vinyl sheets as well as covers to close off existing vents and a heavy duty door that can seal the area totally and prevent any unwanted moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also prevent bugs and animals from getting in your crawl space which will keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is closed off, we can install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. It will prevent high levels of humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to improve your basement area. 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 the growth of mildew. If you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can stop any potential future water problems. If you've already got a waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance inspection to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you are interested in any of the services above, don't hesitate to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or give us a call at 630-206-1177 and schedule a consultation with one of our experts.
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