Perma-Seal Waterproofing and Repair Services in Berwyn, IL
It doesn't matter if your downstairs area floods when there are heavy rains or in the spring during the snow melt or you have large cracks along your foundation, you know this can be a real problem. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is here to provide assistance when you have any kind of crawl space water, foundation settlement, or bowing foundation wall problem. We use methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that we stand behind. We have a team of professionals in Berwyn that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to come up with a specific solution to that problem that will ensure your home is safe and protected. When our team implements a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is critical that if you've found a problem with your crawl space, foundation, or basement that you get in touch with a trusted repair company. We recommend this due to there are quite a few potentially dangerous problems that will arise with these issues including mildew, weakened structure, and even catastrophic foundation damage. No matter if you're 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 control humidity below the home, our team is here to help you.
Your basement is a very important part of your home whether it is being used as a storage area or have already finished the area. Due to this, it is necessary that the area is dry and excess humidity is controlled. Due to the fact that water can get into a basement through a number of possible paths, there are a variety of repair possibilities that we can utilize to keep the water under control. The main places that we see water leaks is through cracks in the foundation walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, which is where the foundation walls and floor connect, and at windows that are at or even below the soil.
No matter where the problem may be, we have solutions that can collect, divert, and eject water from your basement. If you've got leaking wall cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair method to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. If water is entering at the cove joint or even the windows, having a custom drainage system installed will help remove the water from your basement. In some of the more problematic locations, usually with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we can install one of our entire wall solution that is comprised of a floor to ceiling heavy duty liner that will collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system installed but it struggles to keep up with flooding water, we can install a new, upgraded sump pump to make the system as good as new. We aren't just installing systems, we can also evaluate the drainage in your yard to help prevent water from pooling at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The homes foundation is quite possibly one of, if not the, most important parts. It not only supports the building itself but it also creates the basement walls. If you have any foundation problems, normally they will manifest themselves in the form of stair-step cracks in your outside brickwork, long cracks that run the length of the foundation or across basement walls. You may also notice that your doors will stick when you open or close them or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also have an issue where your basement walls are pressing into the area. You may not think these problems seem problematic when you notice them, each of them are indicative of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for specific problems to determine what type of a repair needs to be performed.
Thankfully, many foundation problems have very similar causes and our professionals are very good at noticing these problems. We can utilize a repair solution that is for your specific problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If there 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 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 a few potential options. We can utilize a number of wall anchors which are 2 large plates and these 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 prevent further bowing, or even carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. These products can repair the bowing wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Berwyn, many of the homes were built with crawl spaces instead of basements. For many years, these were constructed with open vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh air flow through the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. Having open vents allows water to enter the space when it rains or snows and then it never leaves which causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually facilitate the growth of mildew. Up to ½ of the air in your home can come up through the crawl space so ensuring this area is closed off from the elements and keeping the humidity levels low can improve the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been encapsulating crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the proper way to seal them off and control the humidity. This is done using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, occasionally installed with insulation products, and are thick plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that can seal the area completely and stop any excess moisture from entering. This will also stop bugs and animals from moving in your crawl space which will help keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once your crawl space is protected, we can install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. This will control any excess humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also provide a number of services to help improve the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We have basement windows to improve the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. When waterproofing the basement, we can install our wall system as part of a pre-finishing service that is both waterproof and resistant to mildew growth. If you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can prevent 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 service so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like more information about the products above, feel free to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and schedule a meeting with one of our experts.
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