Basement and Foundation Waterproofing Services in Berkeley, IL
When your basement experiences flooding when there are extended rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or you have large cracks along your foundation, you already know there could be a real problem. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is ready to help when your home has any kind of basement or crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, or bowed foundation wall problem. Our team uses time tested products and methods that our team stands behind. We have a team of experts in Berkeley that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to come up with a unique solution for your problem that will keep your home safe and protected. When we install a waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is very important that if you've found a problem with your crawl space, foundation, or basement that you reach out to an experienced repair company. We say this as there are some potentially dangerous issues that can accompany these issues such as mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even permanent foundation damage. If you're needing 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 prevent mildew growth in the crawl space, our professionals are here to help you.
The basement is an important part of your home whether it is only being used for 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. Due to the fact that water can get into a basement using a variety of possible places, there are a number of repair options that we can use to keep the area safe. The most common places that we find water leaking is at cracks in the foundation walls, whether these are in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, where the foundation walls and floor connect, and finally at the windows that may be at or even below grade.
Regardless of where the problem may be, we have solutions that are designed to control, divert, and eject the water from your basement. If you've got dripping cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair method to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. When the water is leaking at the cove or even at your windows, installing a custom drainage system can remove the water from your basement. In some of the more problematic cases, occasionally with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we can recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is comprised of a full height liner that will collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system installed 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. On top of installing systems, we can also upgrade the drainage in your yard to help keep water from pooling at the foundation 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 building itself but it also forms the basement walls. When you've got foundation problems, normally they will show themselves as stair stepping cracks in your outside brickwork, long cracks that run the length of the foundation or along the basement walls. You may also notice that your windows and doors will not open or close easily or there may be cracks at the corners of them. There may also be an issue where your basement walls are pressing inward. You may not think these issues seem critical when you notice them, each of them are indicators of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for particular problems to determine if a repair needs to be installed.
It is good that many foundation problems have very similar causes and our experts are very good at evaluating these issues. We can offer a repair solution designed for your exact problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you've got a settling foundation, we can implement a system of foundation piers to level the foundation. Depending on how bad it is and where it is, we will use either helical piers or push piers. Both are very strong and can stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, it can be solved with some possible options. We can install a system of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that sit directly against the problem area to push the section back in line and prevent further bowing, or even carbon fiber staples to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products can repair the bowed wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, many of the homes were built with crawl space areas and not basements. For a long time, they were created with vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh air flow through the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. Having open vents allows water to get in when it rains or snows and then it never leaves which results in the humidity level staying too high which can facilitate the growth of mildew. Up to half of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is protected from the outside and keeping the humidity levels low can increase the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been working with crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the most efficient way to seal them off and control high humidity. This is done using a method called encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are heavy duty plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that can seal the area completely and stop any excess moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also stop rodents and animals from settling in your crawl space which will keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After your crawl space is encapsulated, we can install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. It will control any excess humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to upgrade the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We can upgrade your basement windows to increase the air flow or increase the amount of 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, our new construction waterproofing solutions can stop any potential future water problems. Even if you've already got a 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 products 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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