Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Services in Blue Island, Illinois
If you've noticed your basement has excess water when there are heavy rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or there are cracks along the foundation, you already know this can be a real problem. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is ready to assist when there is any type of crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, or bowing foundation wall problem. We use time tested products and methods that we stand behind. We have a team of experts in the Blue Island area that are trained to properly evaluate your problem to come up with a specific solution for your problem that will ensure your home is properly protected. When we install a basement or crawl space 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've seen an issue with your craw space, basement, or foundation that you contact a trusted repair company. We recommend this as there are some potentially dangerous problems that can happen along with these issues such as mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even permanent foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you require our basement waterproofing products to prevent water from entering your home, foundation repair products to prevent your home from sinking, or crawl space services to control water in the crawl space, our experts are here to help you.
The basement is an important area of your home regardless of if it is only being used for storage or have finished the area. This means it is important that the space is free of standing water and excess humidity is controlled. Due to the fact that water can get into a basement by a number of different paths, that means there have to be a number of repair options that we can utilize to keep the area safe. The main places that water leaks in is through cracks in the foundation walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, where the foundation walls and floor connect, and at the windows that may be at or below the soil.
No matter where the problem may be, there are solutions that can collect, transport, and eject water from your basement. If you have dripping cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair procedure to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. When water is entering at the cove joint or even your windows, installing a custom drainage system can help remove the water from your basement. In some of the more problematic cases, occasionally with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we can install one of our entire wall solution that is comprised of a floor to ceiling 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 install a new, upgraded sump pump to breathe new life into the system. On top of installing systems, we can also evaluate the drainage in your yard to assist with preventing water from standing next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The homes foundation is easily one of, if not the, most important areas of the home. It not only supports the home itself but it also creates the basement walls. When you have any foundation problems, usually, they will manifest themselves as stair stepping cracks in the brickwork, cracks that run along the foundation or along basement walls. You may also notice that the doors will stick when you open or close them or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also see an issue where the basement walls are coming into the area. You may not think these problems seem problematic at first, each of them are indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for problems to determine if a repair needs to be in place.
It is good that the most common foundation problems stem from similar issues and our experts are very good at noticing those problems. We can implement a repair solution designed for your particular problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you've got a settling foundation, we can 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 your basement walls are bowing, depending on how much the wall is buckling, we have a few possible options. Our team can utilize a number of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that we mount directly against the cracks to push them back in line and stop further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber staples to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products can straighten the bowing wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Blue Island, there are many homes that are built with crawl spaces instead of basements. For a long time, they were created with open 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 when it rains or snows and the vents hinder airflow which causes the humidity levels to stay high which can harbor the growth of mildew. We have found that up to half of the air in your home has come up through the crawl space so having the space protected from the weather and controlling excess humidity can increase the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been enclosing crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the proper way to seal them off and control high humidity. We do this using a method called encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, which are strong plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that can close off the area totally and prevent any excess moisture from entering. Closing the area will also prevent bugs and animals from getting in your crawl space which will help keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is closed off, we can install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. It will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also provide a number of services to help improve your basement area. We can upgrade your basement windows to increase the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. During basement waterproofing, 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. If you've have a competitors waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance service so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like more information about the services above, don't hesitate to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our frequently asked questions page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and organize a consultation with one of our experts.