Basement and Foundation Waterproofing Services in Berwyn, Illinois
When your basement has excess water during heavy rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or you have long cracks along the foundation, you already know this is a serious issue. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is ready to assist when you have any kind of basement flooding, foundation settlement, 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 experts in Berwyn that are trained to properly evaluate your problem and design a unique solution for your problem that will keep your home safe and protected. When our team implements a waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of experience and trusted products.
It is very important that as soon as you find a problem with your crawl space, foundation, or basement that you get in touch with an experienced repair company. We recommend this due to there are some additional issues that will accompany these issues including mildew, weakened structure, and even permanent foundation damage. No matter if you need our basement waterproofing products to prevent water damage in your home, foundation repair services to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to prevent damage to your floor joists, our team is here to help you.
The basement is a very important part of your home regardless of if it is only being used as storage or if you have a finished space down there. This means it is necessary that the entire space is dry and protected from flooding and excess humidity. Because water is able to get into the basement using a number of possible paths, there are a number of repair options that we will utilize to keep the area safe. The most common places that we find water leaking 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 walls and floor connect, and finally at the windows that may be at or even below grade.
No matter where the problem may be, we've got solutions that can control, transport, and eject water from your basement. If there are leaking basement cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair procedure to stop the crack from leaking and growing. If water is leaking at the cove joint or even at basement windows, having a custom drainage system installed will remove the water from your basement. In some problematic cases, typically with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we will recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is made up of a full height heavy duty liner to collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system installed but it struggles to keep up with the water, we can install a new, more powerful sump pump to breathe new life into the system. In addition to installing systems, we can also improve the drainage in your yard to help stop water from standing at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The homes foundation is easily one of the most important parts. It not only supports the structure itself but it also is the basement walls. If you have any foundation problems, they will generally present themselves as diagonal cracks in the brickwork, horizontal cracks that run the length of the foundation or along basement walls. You may also notice that the windows and doors will get stuck or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also see a problem where the basement walls are buckling into the basement. You may not think these issues seem serious at first, they are all indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for problems and determine what type of a repair needs to be installed.
Thankfully, the most common foundation problems stem from similar issues and our professionals are very good at tracking down these issues. We can offer a repair solution that is for your particular issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you have a uneven foundation, we will install a system of foundation piers to correct the problem. We will install either push piers or helical piers, depending on where and how bad the sinking is. 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, we have some different options. We can install a series of wall anchors which are 2 large plates connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that are installed directly against the cracks to push them back in line and prevent further bowing, or carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products will repair the bowed wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Berwyn, there are many homes that were built with crawl space areas and not basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, they were constructed 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 get in 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. Studies have shown that up to half of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so ensuring this area is protected from the weather and controlling excess humidity will improve the overall air quality in your home.
We have been enclosing crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the proper way to close them off and control high humidity. This is done using a process called encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are heavy duty plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that will close off the area totally and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. This will also stop critters and animals from getting in your crawl space which will keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is protected, we will install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. This will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also offer a number of services to upgrade your basement area. We have basement windows to improve the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. When waterproofing the basement, we can help with pre-finishing the area by installing a wall system that is waterproof as well as resistant to mildew growth. 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. 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 services above, don't hesitate to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our frequently asked questions page or give us a call at 630-206-1177 and set up a meeting with one of our experts.
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