Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Waterproofing and Repair Services in Berkeley, Illinois
Whether your basement floods during heavy rains or in the spring during the snow melt or you have long cracks along your foundation, you already know there could be a real problem. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is ready to provide assistance when you have any kind of crawl space flooding, sinking foundation, or bowing basement 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 experts in Berkeley that are trained to properly evaluate your problem and implement a specific solution to that problem that will keep your home properly protected. When we install a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that if you've found 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 some additional problems that can accompany these issues including mildew, structural damage, and even catastrophic foundation damage. No matter if you are in need of our basement waterproofing products to prevent water from entering your home, foundation repair services to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to prevent damage to your floor joists, our experts are here to help you.
Your basement is an important area of the home whether it is being used as a storage area or have finished the area. Due to this, it is important that the entire space is dry and excess humidity is controlled. Because water can get into your basement through a variety of possible places, that means there have to be a number of repair possibilities that we can utilize to prevent damage to the area. The primary places that water leaks in is at cracks in the foundation walls, whether these are in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the foundation wall and floor connect, and at any windows that may be at or even below the soil.
Regardless of where you're having the problem we have solutions that will collect, transport, and eject the water from the basement. If there are dripping basement cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair procedure to control the crack growth and leaking. When the water is coming in at the cove joint or even the windows, installing a custom drainage system can remove the water from the basement. In some problematic locations, occasionally with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we can install an entire wall solution that is a full height heavy duty liner that will collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system in the basement but it is unable to keep up with demand, we can install a new, more powerful sump pump to make the system as good as new. We aren't just installing systems, we can also help you upgrade the drainage in the yard to help stop water from standing at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The foundation of your home is quite possibly one of the most important parts. It not only supports the building itself but it also forms the basement walls. When you have any foundation problems, usually, they will present themselves in the form of stair-step cracks in your outside brickwork, horizontal cracks that run the length of the foundation or across the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that your windows and doors will get stuck or there may be cracks at the corners of them. There may also be an issue where your basement walls are bowing 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 specific problems and determine what type of a repair needs to be installed.
It is good that many foundation problems stem from similar issues and our experts are very good at tracking down these problems. We can utilize a repair solution that is for your exact problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you have a sinking foundation, we can implement a series 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 of piers 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 potential options. Our team can install a number of wall anchors, these are 2 large plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that are installed vertically against the cracks to force the section back in line and control further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. These products can correct the bowing wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Berkeley, many of the homes are built with crawl space areas in addition to basements. For many years, they were constructed with open vents which was intended to increase air flow through the space 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 then it never leaves which results in the humidity level staying too high which will eventually facilitate the growth of mildew. Studies have shown that up to ½ of the air in your home has come up through the crawl space so ensuring this area is closed off from the outside and keeping the humidity levels low can increase the overall air quality in your home.
We have been dealing with crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the best way to seal them off and control the humidity. We do this using a method called encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, which are heavy duty plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that can seal the area totally and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. This will also stop pests and animals from moving in the crawl space which will keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After your crawl space is closed off, we can install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. This will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also provide a variety of services to add features to 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. After we install a waterproofing system, we can install a wall system 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 water from entering the home before it can become a problem. Even if you've have a competitors waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance inspection so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like more information about the services above, please fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our frequently asked questions page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and schedule a consultation with one of our experts.
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