Perma-Seal Waterproofing and Repair Services in Blue Island, IL
It doesn't matter if your home experiences flooding when there are extended rains or in the spring during the snow melt or you've got long cracks along the foundation, you already know there could be a real problem. Our experts are here to assist when your home has any kind of crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, or bowing basement wall problem. Our team uses 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 Blue Island area that are trained to properly evaluate your problem to implement a unique solution for your problem that will keep your home safe and protected. When our team installs a waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of experience and trusted products.
It is critical that as soon as you've found a problem with your crawl space, foundation, or basement that you get in touch with a trusted repair company. We recommend this as there are some potentially dangerous problems that will accompany these issues including mold, reduced structural integrity, and even catastrophic foundation damage. No matter if you're needing our basement waterproofing services to prevent water from entering your home, foundation repair services to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to control water in the crawl space, our team is here to help you.
The basement is a very important part of your home whether you're using it as a storage area or have finished the area. This means it is necessary that the entire space is dry and any flooding is prevented. Because water is able to get into your basement using a variety of different paths, there needs to be a number of repair solutions and products that we can use to prevent damage to the area. The primary places that water is entering is at cracks in the basement walls, whether these are in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, where the basement walls and floor meet, and at any windows that may be at or even below the soil.
Regardless of where you're having the problem we have solutions that can control, transport, and eject water from your basement. If you've got leaky cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair method to control the crack growth and leaking. If water is leaking at the cove or even at basement windows, installing a custom drainage system will help remove the water from your basement. In some problematic locations, usually with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we can recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is comprised of a full height liner to collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system installed but it cannot 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 help you improve the drainage in your yard to assist with preventing water from standing next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The foundation of your home is easily one of the most important parts. It not only supports the building itself but it also forms the basement walls. If you've got foundation problems, normally they will manifest themselves in the form of diagonal cracks in the brickwork, horizontal cracks that run along the foundation or across basement walls. Sometimes, you will see 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 into the basement. You may not think these issues seem problematic at first, each of them are 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 performed.
Thankfully, the most common foundation problems are caused by similar things and our experts are very good at tracking down these problems. We can offer a repair solution that is for your exact problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If the problem is a sinking foundation, we can install a series 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 can help stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, it can be solved with some possible options. We can install a series of wall anchors which are 2 large plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that are installed vertically against the cracks to force the section back in line and stop further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber staples to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products can correct the bowing wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Blue Island, there are many homes that were built with crawl spaces and not basements. For many years, they were built with vents to the outside where were intended to help air flow into the space 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 harbor the growth of mold and mildew. Studies have shown that up to 50% of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is protected from the outside and controlling excess humidity can increase the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been working with crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the best way to seal them off and control excess humidity. This is done 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 sheeting as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that can close off the area totally and prevent any unwanted moisture from entering. Closing the area will also prevent bugs 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 the crawl space is encapsulated, we can install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. This will control any excess humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also provide a variety of services to help upgrade your basement area. We can upgrade, replace, or install new basement windows to increase the air flow or provide additional light in the area. After we install a waterproofing system, we can help with pre-finishing the area by installing a wall system that is both waterproof and resistant to the growth of mold and mildew. When you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to stop any potential future water problems. Even if you've already got a waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance service to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you are interested in any of the services above, please fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or give us a call at 630-206-1177 and schedule a meeting with one of our experts.