Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Services in Blue Island, IL
It doesn't matter if your home experiences flooding during extended rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or you've got large cracks along your foundation, you already know this can be a real problem. Our team is ready to provide assistance when your home has any kind of crawl space water, foundation settlement, or bowed foundation wall problem. We use products that we've tested and methods that we've perfected over the years that we stand behind. We have a team of professionals in the Blue Island area that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and implement a unique solution to that problem that will ensure your home is safe and protected. When our team implements a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is very important that once you've seen an issue with the craw space, basement, or foundation that you reach out to a trusted repair company. We recommend this because there are some additional problems that can happen along with these issues such as mold, reduced structural integrity, and even catastrophic foundation damage. If you require our basement waterproofing services to control water entering your home, foundation repair services to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to control mold growth in the crawl space, our team is here to help you.
The basement is a very important part of the home regardless of if you're using it as storage or if you have a finished space down there. This means it is necessary that the entire space is free of standing water and any flooding is prevented. Due to the fact that water can get into the basement by a variety of possible paths, there are a variety of repair possibilities that we can use to keep the water under control. The main places that water is entering is at 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 at any windows that may be at or even below the soil.
No matter where you're having the problem we've got solutions that are designed to control, divert, and eject the water from the basement. If you've got dripping wall cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair to control the crack growth and leaking. When the water is coming in at the cove joint or even at the windows, having a custom drainage system installed can help remove the water from the basement. In some of the more problematic cases, usually with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we can recommend installing an entire wall solution that is comprised of a full height liner that will collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system in place but it struggles to keep up with flooding water, we can install 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 help stop water from standing next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your homes foundation is easily one of, if not the, most important parts. It not only supports the building itself but it also creates the basement walls. When you've got foundation problems, normally they will present themselves as stair stepping cracks in your brickwork, horizontal cracks that run the length of the foundation or across the basement walls. You may also notice that your doors and windows will not open or close easily or even cracks at the corners of them. There may also be an issue where your basement walls are bowing into the basement. You may not think these issues seem problematic at first, they are all indicators 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.
Thankfully, many foundation problems stem from similar issues and our team is very good at tracking down these problems. We can utilize a repair solution designed for your exact problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If you've got a sinking foundation, we can implement a system 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 types of piers are very strong and can stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, there are a few possible options. We can install a number of wall anchors, these are 2 large plates connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that we mount vertically against the cracks to force them back in line and prevent further bowing, or even carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products can repair the bowed wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Blue Island, many of the homes are built with crawl spaces in addition to basements. For many years, they were constructed with open vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh air flow into the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. Having open vents allows water to enter the space when it rains or snows and then it never leaves which results in the humidity level staying too high which can harbor the growth of mold and 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 can 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 best way to close them off and control high 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 thick plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that can seal the area totally and prevent any excess moisture from entering. Closing the area will also prevent bugs and animals from moving in the crawl space which will help keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once your crawl space is closed off, we can install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. This will prevent high levels of humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also provide a variety of services to help improve 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 install a wall system that is waterproof as well as resistant to the growth of mold and mildew. If you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can 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 service so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you are interested in any of the solutions 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 set up a consultation with one of our experts.