Basement and Foundation Waterproofing and Repair Services in Berwyn, Illinois

Structural Foundation Repair in Berwyn

It doesn't matter if your home has excess water when there are extended rains or in the spring during the snow melt or there are cracks in your foundation, you know there may be a serious issue. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is ready to help when there is any type of crawl space water, foundation settlement, or bowed basement wall problem. Our team uses time tested products and methods that our team stands behind. We have a team of experts in the Berwyn area that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to design a specialized solution to that problem that will keep your home properly protected. When we install a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of industry experience and trusted products.

It is critical that as soon as you see a problem with your craw space, basement, or foundation that you contact an experienced repair company. We recommend this as there are a number of potentially dangerous problems that can happen along with these issues such as mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even permanent foundation damage. If you require our basement waterproofing products to protect your home, foundation repair services to stabilize your foundation, or crawl space services to prevent damage to your floor joists, our team is here to help you.

Basement Waterproofing

FlexiSpan Wall Crack Repair in Berwyn

The basement is an important area of your home regardless of if you're using it for storage or have already finished the area. Due to this, it is necessary that the space is free of standing water and excess humidity and flooding are controlled. Since water can get into your basement through a variety of different places, that means there have to be a number of repair solutions and products that we will utilize to prevent damage to the area. The primary places that we see water leaks is at cracks in the foundation walls, whether these are in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, which is where the foundation wall and floor meet, and at windows that are at or even below the soil.

Regardless of where the problem may be, we have solutions that can control, divert, and remove water from your basement. If you've got dripping basement cracks, the first step is installing a wall crack repair to stop the crack from leaking and growing. If water is coming in at the cove joint or even at your windows, installing a custom drainage system can help remove the water from your basement. In some of the more extreme locations, usually with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we will install one of our entire wall solution that is a floor to ceiling heavy duty liner to collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system in place but it cannot keep up with flooding water, we can replace it with a new, upgraded sump pump to make the system as good as new. In addition to installing systems, we can also evaluate the drainage in your yard to help keep water from sitting at the foundation and seeping in.

Structural Foundation Repair

Bowing Basement Wall in Berwyn

The homes foundation is easily one of, if not the, most important areas of the home. It not only holds the home itself but it also forms the basement walls. If there are foundation problems, they will generally show themselves in the form of diagonal cracks in your outside brickwork, horizontal cracks that run the length of the foundation or across 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. You may also see a problem where your basement walls are pressing into the basement. While these problems may not seem critical when you notice them, they are all 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, the most common foundation problems stem from similar issues and our team is very good at tracking down these problems. We can utilize a repair product intended for your specific issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If the problem is a settling foundation, we will implement a series of foundation piers to stabilize 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 stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how much the wall is buckling, there are a few potential options. Our team can utilize a system of wall anchors, these are 2 large plates connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that are installed vertically against the cracks to force them back in line and stop 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 bowed wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment again.

Crawl Space Solutions

Crawl Space Encapsulation in Berwyn

In the greater Chicagoland area, there are many homes that were built with crawl space areas in addition to basements. For many years, these were built with 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 when it rains or snows and the vents hinder airflow which causes the humidity levels to stay high which can foster the growth of mildew. We have found that up to ½ of the air in your home can come up through the crawl space so having the space protected from the weather and controlling excess humidity will increase the overall air quality in your home.

Perma-Seal has been helping customers with their crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the best way to seal them off and control high humidity. This is done using a method known as encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that will close off the area completely and prevent any excess moisture from entering. This will also prevent bugs and animals from getting in your crawl space which will help keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After your crawl space is closed off, we will install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. This will prevent high levels of humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.

Additional Services

We also provide a variety of services to help add features to 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. During basement waterproofing, we can install our wall system as part of a pre-finishing service that is waterproof as well as resistant to mildew growth. If you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to stop any potential future water problems. Even if you've have a waterproofing system we did not install in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance service so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.

Contact Us

If you are interested in any of the solutions above, feel free 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 a member of our team.

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