Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Repair Services in Big Rock, IL
It doesn't matter if your home experiences flooding during extended rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or you've got cracks along the foundation, you know there may be a serious issue. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is here to provide assistance when you have any type of basement or crawl space flooding, sinking foundation, or buckling 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 the Big Rock area that are trained to correctly evaluate your problem and create a specialized solution for your problem that will ensure your home is properly repaired. When we install a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is critical that once you find an issue with the foundation, crawl space or basement that you contact an experienced repair company. We recommend this because there are quite a few potentially dangerous problems that can happen along with these issues including mold, weakened structure, and even catastrophic foundation damage. No matter if you require our basement waterproofing services to prevent water damage in your home, foundation repair services to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to control water in the crawl space, our professionals are here to help you.
The basement is an important part of the home regardless of if it is being used as a storage area or have finished the area. Due to this, it is important that the area is dry and any type of flooding is prevented. Due to the fact that water can get into a basement by a number of possible places, there needs to be a number of repair options that we will use to keep the water under control. The most common places that we find water leaking is through cracks in the walls, whether these are in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, where the walls and floor connect, and finally at the windows that are at or below grade.
Regardless of where you're having the problem we've got solutions that will control, transport, and eject the water from the basement. If you have leaking wall cracks, the first step is installing a wall crack repair to control the crack growth and leaking. If the water is leaking at the cove joint or even at basement windows, installing a custom drainage system can remove the water from the basement. In some problematic instances, typically 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 liner to collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system installed but it struggles to keep up with demand, we can replace it with a new, upgraded sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. We aren't just installing systems, we can also help you improve the drainage in the yard to help stop water from sitting at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The foundation of your home is quite possibly one of, if not the, most important parts. It not only supports the structure itself but it also creates the basement walls. If you've got 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 across the basement walls. You may also notice that the windows or doors 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 the basement walls are coming inward. While these issues may not seem problematic at first, they are all indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and it is important to have an expert evaluate the foundation for particular problems and determine what type of a repair needs to be installed.
It is good that the most common foundation problems are caused by similar things and our experts are very good at tracking down those problems. We can utilize a repair product that is for your exact issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If the problem is a sloping foundation, we will install a system of foundation piers to level the foundation. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both types are very strong and can stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, it can be solved with a few different options. We can install a system of wall anchors which are 2 large plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that we mount directly against the cracks to force the section back in line and control further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. These products will straighten the buckling wall and stop 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. For a long time, these were built with vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh air flow into the area 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 prevent proper evaporation which causes the humidity levels to stay high which can facilitate the growth of mold and mildew. We have found that up to 50% of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so ensuring this area is closed off from the weather and keeping the humidity levels low will increase the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been helping customers with their crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the most efficient way to close them off and control the humidity. This is done using a process called encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are thick plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that will close off the area completely and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. Closing the area will also stop critters and animals from settling in the crawl space which will keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is closed off, we will 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 improve your basement area. We can upgrade, replace, or install new basement windows to increase the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can help with pre-finishing the area by installing a wall system that is both waterproof and resistant to mold or mildew growth. When you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can prevent any potential future water problems. Even if you've already got a waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance inspection to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like more information about the solutions above, feel free to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or give us a call at 630-206-1177 and organize a consultation with a member of our team.
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