Basement and Foundation Waterproofing and Repair Services in Bloomingdale, Illinois
When your downstairs area experiences flooding when there are extended rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or you have long cracks in your foundation, you already know there may be a serious problem. Our team is ready to assist when your home has any type of crawl space water, sinking foundation, or bowed basement wall problem. Our team uses methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that we stand behind. We have a team of experts in the Bloomingdale area that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and implement a specific solution for your problem that will keep your home properly repaired. When our team implements a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of experience and trusted products.
It is critical that if you've seen an issue with your basement, foundation, or crawl space that you contact a trusted repair company. We recommend this because there are some additional issues that will happen along with these issues including mildew, weakened structure, and even catastrophic foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you're in need of our basement waterproofing products to protect your home, foundation repair services to stabilize your foundation, or crawl space services to prevent mildew growth in the crawl space, our professionals are here to help you.
Your basement is an important part of your home whether it is only being used as storage or if you have a finished space down there. Because of this, it is necessary that the area is free of standing water and protected from flooding and excess humidity. Since water is able to get into the basement through a variety of possible places, that means there have to be a variety of repair solutions and products that we can utilize to keep the water under control. The main places that we find water leaking is at cracks in the walls, whether these are in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the walls and floor connect, and finally at the windows that may be at or even below grade.
Regardless of where the problem may be, we have solutions that can collect, divert, and remove the water from your basement. If you have leaky basement cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair to stop the crack from leaking and growing. When the water is leaking at the cove or even basement windows, installing a custom drainage system will help remove the water from your basement. In some of the more problematic locations, typically with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we can install an entire wall solution that is a full height liner to collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system installed but it is unable to keep up with the water, 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 upgrade the drainage in your yard to help stop water from sitting next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The foundation of your home is easily one of, if not the, most important parts. It not only holds the structure itself but it also is the basement walls. When there are foundation problems, they will generally present themselves in the form of diagonal cracks in your brickwork, horizontal cracks that run along the foundation or along the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that your windows and doors will stick when you open or close them or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also see a problem where your basement walls are bowing inward. You may not think these issues seem problematic at first, each of them are indicative of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for particular problems and determine what type of 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 noticing these issues. We can offer a repair product designed for your particular problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If the problem is a settling foundation, we can implement 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 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 possible options. We can utilize a number of wall anchors which are 2 large plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that sit vertically against the cracks to push them back in line and control 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 can correct the bowed wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, there are many homes that are built with crawl spaces and not basements. For many years, they were created with vents to the outside where were intended to help air flow into the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. The vents allow water to get in during rain and snow storms and then it never leaves which causes the humidity levels to stay high which can foster the growth of mildew. Up to 50% of the air in your home can come up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is protected from the outside and keeping the humidity levels low can improve the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been encapsulating crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the most efficient way to close them off and control the humidity. This is done using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are heavy duty plastic and vinyl sheets as well as covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that can close off the area totally and stop any excess moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also stop critters and animals from moving in your crawl space which will help keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After your crawl space is protected, we can install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. This will prevent high levels of humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to help upgrade the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We have basement windows to improve 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 mildew growth. When you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to stop any water from entering the home before it can become a problem. 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, please fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our frequently asked questions page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and schedule a consultation with a member of our team.
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