Foundation and Basement Repair Services in Blackstone, Illinois
If you've noticed your downstairs area has excess water during extended rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or you've got long cracks in your foundation, you know there may be a serious problem. Our experts are here to assist when you have any kind of basement water, foundation settlement, or bowed basement wall problem. We use time tested products and methods that our team stands behind. We have a team of professionals in the Blackstone area that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to design a specialized solution to that problem that will keep your home properly protected. When our team implements a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is critical that as soon as you find an issue with the craw space, basement, or foundation that you contact an experienced repair company. We recommend this due to there are a number of additional issues that can accompany these issues including mildew, structural damage, and even permanent foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you're needing our basement waterproofing services to stop water damaging your home, foundation repair products to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to control humidity below the home, our professionals are here to help you.
Your basement is an important area of the home regardless of if it is only being used as storage or if you have a finished space down there. Because of this, it is important that the entire space is dry and any flooding is prevented. Due to the fact that water can get into your basement through a number of possible places, that means there have to be a variety of repair possibilities that we will install to keep the area safe. The most common places that water leaks in is at cracks in the basement walls, whether these are in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, which is where the basement walls and floor connect, and finally at windows that may be at or even below grade.
Regardless of where the problem lies we've got solutions that will collect, divert, and eject water from the basement. If there are leaking wall cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair procedure to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. If water is leaking at the cove joint or even at basement windows, installing a custom drainage system can help remove the water from the basement. In some of the more extreme instances, occasionally with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we will install one of our entire wall solution that is a full height liner that will collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system in place but it struggles to keep up with demand, we can install a new, more powerful sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. On top of installing systems, we can also upgrade the drainage in the yard to help prevent water from pooling next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The homes foundation is quite possibly one of, if not the, most important areas of the home. It not only holds the home itself but it also creates the basement walls. If you have any foundation problems, normally they will present themselves as diagonal cracks in your brickwork, cracks that run the length of the foundation or along basement walls. You may also notice that your doors will stick when you open or close them or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also have an issue where your basement walls are pressing inward. You may not think these issues seem serious when you notice them, they are all indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for specific problems to determine what type of a repair needs to be in place.
Thankfully, the most common foundation problems have very similar causes and our team is very good at spotting these issues. We can offer a repair solution intended for your exact problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If there is a settling foundation, we will install a series 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 types 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, we have a few potential options. Our team can utilize a number of wall anchors which are 2 large plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that sit directly against the problem area to force them back in line and stop further bowing, or carbon fiber straps to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. These products will correct the bowed wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, there are many homes that were built with crawl spaces and not basements. For many years, these were built with open vents to the outside where were intended to help air flow into the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. The vents allow water to get in when it rains or snows and then it never leaves which results in the humidity level staying too high which can foster the growth of mildew. Studies have shown 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 improve the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been enclosing crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the best way to close them off and control high humidity. This is done using a method called encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, occasionally installed with insulation products, and are strong plastic and vinyl sheets as well as covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that will seal the area totally and stop any excess moisture from entering. Closing the area will also stop critters and animals from getting in the crawl space which will help keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After your crawl space is closed off, we will install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. This will prevent high levels of humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a number of services to help add features to your basement area. We carry basement windows to improve the air flow or increase the amount of 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 and resistant to the growth of mildew. When you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can prevent any potential future water problems. If you've have a competitors waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance testing so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you are interested in any of the products 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 schedule a meeting with a member of our team.
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