Perma-Seal Waterproofing and Repair Services in Berkeley, Illinois
Whether your home has excess water when there are extended rains or in the spring during the snow melt or you have large cracks in the foundation, you know this is a serious problem. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is here to assist when you've got any type of basement flooding, sinking foundation, or bowed basement 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 Berkeley that are trained to correctly evaluate your problem and implement a specific solution for your problem that will keep your home properly repaired. When our team installs a basement or crawl space waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that if you've found an issue with your foundation, crawl space or basement that you contact an experienced repair company. We recommend this as there are some potentially dangerous problems that can arise with these issues such as mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even permanent foundation damage. If you are needing our basement waterproofing services to prevent water damage in your home, foundation repair services to prevent your home from sinking, or crawl space services to prevent mildew growth in the crawl space, our experts are here to help you.
Your basement is an important area of your home whether it is only being used as storage or have already finished the area. Because of this, it is necessary that the entire space is free of standing water and excess humidity and flooding are controlled. Since water is able to get into the basement using a variety of possible paths, there are a variety of repair options that we will utilize to keep the water under control. The most common places that water is entering is through cracks in the walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, where the wall and floor connect, and finally at the windows that may be at or below grade.
Regardless of where you're having the problem we've got solutions that are designed to control, transport, and remove the water from your basement. If you've got leaky cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair method to control the crack growth and leaking. When the water is coming in at the cove joint or even your windows, installing a custom drainage system can help remove the water from your basement. In some of the more problematic locations, occasionally with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we will recommend installing an entire wall solution that is made up of 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 is unable to keep up with the water, we can install a new, upgraded sump pump to breathe new life into the system. We aren't just installing systems, we can also help you upgrade the drainage in your yard to help keep water from standing at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your foundation is easily one of the most important areas of the home. It not only supports the building itself but it also is the basement walls. When you have any foundation problems, normally they will present themselves in the form of diagonal cracks in the outside brickwork, horizontal cracks that run along the foundation or along the basement walls. You may also notice that the doors or windows will get stuck or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also see an issue where the basement walls are buckling into the basement. While these problems may not seem critical when you notice them, each of them are indicative of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for problems and determine if a repair needs to be performed.
Thankfully, many foundation problems are caused by similar things and our experts are very good at evaluating these problems. We can utilize a repair product that is for your exact 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 are very strong and can help stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, it can be solved with some potential options. Our team can install a number of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that are installed vertically against the problem area to push the section back in line and control further bowing, or carbon fiber straps to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. These products will straighten the bowed wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Berkeley, many of the homes are built with crawl space areas instead of basements. For a long time, they were created with vents which was intended to increase fresh air flow through the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. The vents allow water to enter the space during rain and snow storms and then it never leaves which results in the humidity level staying too high which will eventually foster the growth of mildew. Up to 50% of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is protected from the weather and controlling excess humidity will increase the overall air quality in your home.
We have been dealing with crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the proper 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, occasionally installed with insulation products, and are heavy duty plastic and vinyl sheets as well as covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that will seal the area completely and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. This will also stop rodents and animals from settling in your crawl space which will help keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is encapsulated, we will install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. It will control any excess humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also provide a variety of services to help upgrade the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We carry basement windows to increase the air flow or provide additional light in the area. After we install a waterproofing system, we can install a wall system that is both waterproof and resistant to mildew growth. When you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to stop any water from entering the home before it can become a problem. Even if you've already got a waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance service to ensure it continues 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 set up a consultation with a member of our team.
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