Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Waterproofing Services in Bensenville, IL
When your basement floods during extended rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or there are cracks along the foundation, you know this can be a real problem. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is ready to help when you've got any type of basement water, foundation settlement, or bowing foundation wall problem. Our team uses methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that we stand behind. We have a team of professionals in the Bensenville area that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to design a unique solution to that problem that will ensure your home is properly protected. When we install a basement or crawl space waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of experience and trusted products.
It is very important that once you see a problem with the crawl space, foundation, or basement that you reach out to a trusted repair company. We recommend this due to there are quite a few additional problems that will accompany these issues including mold, reduced structural integrity, and even permanent foundation damage. No matter if you're in need of our basement waterproofing products to prevent water from entering your home, foundation repair services to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to control water in the crawl space, our team is here to help you.
The basement is a very important area of the home regardless of if it is being used as a storage area or have finished the area. Due to this, it is necessary that the area is dry and excess humidity and flooding are controlled. Due to the fact that water can get into the basement by a number of different paths, that means there have to be a number of repair possibilities that we will install to keep the water under control. The primary places that water leaks in is at cracks in the walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, which is where the wall and floor meet, and at windows that may be at or even below grade.
Regardless of where the problem may be, we've got solutions that will collect, transport, and remove water from the basement. If you've got dripping cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair procedure to stop the crack from leaking and growing. If water is leaking at the cove joint or even basement windows, installing a custom drainage system will help remove the water from the basement. In some of the more problematic locations, occasionally with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we will install one of our entire wall solution that is made up of a floor to ceiling liner to collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system installed but it struggles to keep up with flooding water, we can install a new, upgraded sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. We aren't just installing systems, we can also help you improve the drainage in the yard to help stop water from pooling next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your homes foundation is easily one of the most important parts. It not only holds the home itself but it also is the basement walls. If you have any foundation problems, usually, they will manifest themselves in the form of stair stepping cracks in the outside brickwork, long cracks that run along the foundation or across basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the windows will stick when you open or close them or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also have an issue where the basement walls are coming into the area. While these issues may not seem problematic at first, each of them are indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for problems to determine if a repair needs to be installed.
Thankfully, many foundation problems have very similar causes and our experts are very good at noticing these problems. We can implement a repair solution that is for your particular problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If you've got a uneven foundation, we will implement a system of foundation piers to level the foundation. We will install either push piers or helical piers, depending on where and how bad the sinking is. Both types are very strong and can 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 possible options. Our team can install a series of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that sit directly against the problem area to force the section back in line and control further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. These products will correct the bowing wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, there are many homes that were built with crawl spaces instead of basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, 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, the opposite is usually what happens. The vents allow water to enter the space when it rains or snows and the vents prevent proper evaporation which causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually harbor the growth of mold and mildew. Up to half of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so ensuring this area is protected from the outside and controlling excess humidity will increase the overall air quality in your home.
We have been working with crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the proper way to close them off and control the humidity. We do this using a method called encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are thick plastic and vinyl sheets as well as covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that will close off the area totally and stop any excess moisture from entering. This will also stop pests and animals from moving in the crawl space which will help keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once the crawl space is closed off, we will install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. 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. We can upgrade, replace, or install new basement windows to increase the air flow or provide additional light in the area. When waterproofing the basement, we can install a wall system that is both waterproof as well as resistant to mold or mildew growth. When you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to prevent any potential future water problems. If you've have a competitors waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance inspection 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 FAQ page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and set up a meeting with one of our experts.
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