Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Repair Services in Berwyn, IL
If your basement floods when there are extended rains or in the spring during the snow melt or you've got cracks along your foundation, you know there could be a real issue. We are here to provide assistance when there is any kind of crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, or buckling foundation wall problem. Our team uses time tested products and methods that our team stands behind. We have a team of experts in Berwyn that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and create a specialized solution to that problem that will keep your home properly repaired. When our team installs a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that once you've seen an issue with your craw space, basement, or foundation that you get in touch with a trusted repair company. We recommend this due to there are quite a few potentially dangerous problems that can happen along with these issues such as black mold, reduced structural integrity, and even catastrophic foundation damage. No matter if you're in need of our basement waterproofing services to protect your home, foundation repair services to prevent your home from sinking, or crawl space services to prevent damage to your floor joists, our experts are here to help you.
The basement is a very important area of your home regardless of if you're using it for storage or have finished the area. This means it is necessary that the entire space is free of standing water and excess humidity and flooding are controlled. Due to the fact that water can get into a basement through a variety of possible places, there are a variety of repair possibilities that we will utilize to prevent damage to the area. The main places that we see water leaks is at cracks in the basement walls, whether these are in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, where the basement walls and floor connect, and finally at the windows that are at or even below grade.
Regardless of where you're having the problem there are solutions that will collect, divert, and eject the water from your basement. If you have leaky wall cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. If the water is entering at the cove or even at basement windows, installing a custom drainage system can help remove the water from your basement. In some of the more extreme cases, occasionally with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we will recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is a full height heavy duty liner that will collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system installed but it is unable to keep up with demand, we can replace it with a new, more powerful sump pump to breathe new life into the system. In addition to installing systems, we can also help you evaluate the drainage in your yard to help stop water from pooling next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The homes foundation is easily one of the most important parts. It not only holds the structure itself but it also creates the basement walls. If there are foundation problems, they will generally present themselves in the form of diagonal cracks in your brickwork, horizontal cracks that run the length of the foundation or along the basement walls. You may also notice that your doors and windows will stick when you open or close them or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also see a problem where your basement walls are buckling into the area. You may not think these issues seem critical at first, each of them are indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for problems and determine if a repair needs to be in place.
It is good that the most common foundation problems are caused by similar things and our professionals are very good at evaluating those problems. We can utilize a repair product designed for your exact issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you have a sloping 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 you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how much the wall is buckling, it can be solved with some potential options. We can utilize a series of wall anchors which are 2 large plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that we mount vertically against the problem area to force the section back in line and prevent further bowing, or even carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products will straighten the buckling wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, there are many homes that are built with crawl space areas and not basements. For many years, these were constructed with vents which was intended to increase fresh air flow into the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. The vents allow water to enter the space when it rains or snows and the vents prevent proper evaporation which causes the humidity levels to stay high which can foster the growth of mold and mildew. Up to half of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so ensuring this area is protected from the outside and controlling excess humidity will increase the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been encapsulating crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the proper way to close them off and control excess humidity. We do this using a method known as encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are strong plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as covers to close off existing vents and a heavy duty door that will close off the area completely and stop any excess moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also stop rodents and animals from getting in your crawl space which will help keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once your crawl space is closed off, we will install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. This will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level as well as remove pollutants from the air.
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 help with pre-finishing the area by installing a wall system that is both waterproof as well as resistant to the growth of mold and mildew. If you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to prevent any potential future water problems. If you've have a competitors waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance inspection to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you are interested in any of the services above, don't hesitate to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and set up a consultation with a member of our team.
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