Foundation and Basement Repair Services in Big Rock, IL
It doesn't matter if your downstairs area floods when there are heavy rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or there are cracks along the foundation, you already know this can be a real issue. Our team is here to assist when there is any kind of basement flooding, foundation settlement, or bowed foundation 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 professionals in the Big Rock area that are trained to properly evaluate your problem to come up with a specialized solution to that problem that will keep your home properly protected. When our team installs a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that if you've found a problem with the basement, foundation, or crawl space that you reach out to an experienced repair company. We say this due to there are quite a few potentially dangerous problems that will happen along with these issues such as mildew, structural damage, and even permanent foundation damage. No matter if you are in need of our basement waterproofing services to protect your home, foundation repair products to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to control water in the crawl space, our team is here to help you.
Your basement is an important area of the home whether it is being used as storage or if you have a finished space down there. Because of this, it is necessary that the entire area is free of standing water and protected from flooding and excess humidity. Due to the fact that water is able to get into your basement by a number of different places, there are a variety of repair possibilities that we will use to keep the water under control. The most common places that water leaks in is at cracks in the basement walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the basement wall and floor meet, and finally at windows that may be at or even below the soil.
Regardless of where the problem lies we've got solutions that are designed to control, transport, and eject the water from the basement. If you've got leaking wall cracks, the first step is installing a wall crack repair procedure to stop the crack from leaking and growing. When the water is entering at the cove or even basement windows, having a custom drainage system installed will remove the water from the basement. In some problematic locations, typically with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we will 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 cannot keep up with the water, 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 improve the drainage in the yard to assist with preventing water from pooling next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The homes foundation is easily one of the most important areas of the home. It not only holds the building itself but it also is the basement walls. When there are foundation problems, usually, they will manifest themselves in the form of stair stepping cracks in the brickwork, cracks that run the length of the foundation or along the basement walls. You may also notice that the doors will get stuck or even cracks at the corners of them. There may also be an issue where the basement walls are buckling inward. While these issues may not seem serious at first, they are all indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for problems to determine what type of a repair needs to be installed.
It is good that many foundation problems have very similar causes and our team is very good at noticing those problems. We can offer a repair product designed for your specific issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If you have a sinking foundation, we will install a series of foundation piers to level the foundation. Depending on how bad it is and where it is, we will use either helical piers or push piers. Both are very strong and are able to stabilize your foundation. If you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how much the wall is buckling, there are a few different options. Our team can install a number of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that sit directly against the problem area to force the section back in line and prevent further bowing, or carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products will repair the bowed wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Big Rock, there are many homes that are built with crawl space areas instead of basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, they were built with vents which was intended to increase fresh air flow through the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. Having open vents allows water to get in when it rains or snows and then it never leaves which causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually foster the growth of mildew. We have found that up to ½ of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is closed off from the outside and controlling excess humidity will improve the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been working on crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the proper way to close them off and control excess humidity. This is done using a process called encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, sometimes accompanied by 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 seal the area totally and prevent any excess moisture from entering. Closing the area will also prevent critters and animals from moving in the 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 a combination dehumidifier and air filter. It will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also provide a number of services to add features to your basement area. We have basement windows to improve the air flow or provide additional light in the area. After we install a waterproofing system, we can install our wall system as part of a pre-finishing service that is waterproof as well as resistant to mildew growth. When 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 already got a waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance service so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you are interested in any of the products above, please 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 schedule a meeting with one of our experts.
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