Foundation and Basement Repair Services in Blue Island, IL
When your home floods during extended rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or you have long cracks in your foundation, you know this can be a real problem. Our experts are here to provide assistance when you have any type of crawl space water, sinking foundation, or buckling foundation 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 professionals in Blue Island that are trained to properly evaluate your problem to come up with a unique solution to that problem that will keep your home properly repaired. When our team implements a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is very important that once you've seen an issue with your crawl space, foundation, or basement that you contact an experienced repair company. We recommend this due to there are quite a few additional problems that will accompany these issues including mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even permanent foundation damage. No matter if you need our basement waterproofing services to prevent water from entering your home, foundation repair products to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to control mildew growth in the crawl space, our experts are here to help you.
Your basement is an important area of your home whether it is only being used as a storage area or have already finished the area. Because of this, it is important that the area is dry and any flooding is prevented. Because water is able to get into your basement through a variety of possible paths, that means there have to be a number of repair possibilities that we will utilize to keep the area safe. The main places that we find water leaking is through cracks in the basement walls, whether these are in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the basement wall and floor meet, and at windows that are at or even below grade.
No matter where you're having the problem there are solutions that can collect, divert, and remove the water from your basement. If you have dripping wall cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair to stop the crack from leaking and growing. If the water is entering at the cove joint or even the windows, having a custom drainage system installed will help remove the water from your basement. In some of the more extreme cases, usually with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we will recommend installing an entire wall solution that is comprised of a full height liner that will collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system in the basement but it is unable to keep up with demand, we can install a new, more powerful 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 help keep water from standing at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your homes foundation is easily one of the most important areas of the home. It not only supports the home itself but it also forms the basement walls. If you have any foundation problems, normally they will present themselves as diagonal cracks in your brickwork, cracks that run along the foundation or across the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that your windows or doors will get stuck or even cracks at the corners of them. There may also be an issue where your basement walls are coming inward. While these problems may not seem critical when you notice them, each of them are indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for problems to determine if a repair needs to be performed.
It is good that the most common foundation problems stem from similar issues and our professionals are very good at noticing those problems. We can implement a repair solution intended for your exact problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If the problem is a sloping foundation, we will install a series of foundation piers to correct the problem. Depending on how bad it is and where it is, we will use either helical piers or push piers. Both are very strong and are able to stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, there are some possible options. We can utilize a number of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that sit vertically against the cracks to force the section back in line and prevent further bowing, or even carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products will repair the buckling wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, there are many homes that are built with crawl space areas and not basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, they were constructed with open vents to the outside where were intended to help air flow into the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. Having open vents allows water to enter the space during rain and snow storms and the vents hinder airflow which results in the humidity level staying too high which will eventually harbor the growth of mildew. Up to ½ of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so having the space protected from the weather and keeping the humidity levels low will increase the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been dealing with crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the most efficient way to seal them off and control high humidity. This is done using a method called encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are thick plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that will close off the area completely and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. This will also stop critters and animals from getting 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 will install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. It will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to help add features to your basement area. We can upgrade your basement windows to increase the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. After we install a waterproofing system, we can install a wall system that is waterproof as well as resistant to the growth of mildew. If you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can stop any potential future water problems. Even if you've have a competitors waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance inspection so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
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