Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Waterproofing Services in Blue Island, Illinois
If you've noticed your basement has excess water when there are extended rains or in the spring during the snow melt or you have cracks in the foundation, you know there may be a serious issue. Our experts are ready to provide assistance when your home has any type of basement flooding, foundation settlement, or buckling foundation wall problem. We use products that we've tested and methods that we've perfected over the years that our team stands behind. We have a team of professionals in Blue Island that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and design a unique solution for your problem that will ensure your home is properly repaired. When we install a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of experience and trusted products.
It is very important that once you've found a problem with the foundation, crawl space or basement that you contact a trusted repair company. We recommend this due to there are quite a few additional issues that can happen along with these issues such as mildew, structural damage, and even permanent foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you are needing our basement waterproofing products to prevent water damage in 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 team is here to help you.
The basement is an important part of the home whether it is being used as storage or have finished the area. Because of this, it is important that the area is free of standing water and any flooding is prevented. Since water can get into a basement by a variety of different places, there needs to be a number of repair possibilities that we can utilize to keep the area safe. The most common places that water is entering is at cracks in the foundation walls, whether these are in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, where the foundation wall and floor meet, and finally at any windows that may be at or even below grade.
Regardless of where the problem may be, there are solutions that are designed to control, divert, and eject the water from the basement. If you've got leaky basement cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair procedure 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 can help remove the water from the basement. In some of the more problematic locations, occasionally with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we can install an entire wall solution that is made up of a full height heavy duty liner to collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system in place but it is unable to keep up with demand, we can replace it with a new, more powerful sump pump to make the system as good as new. In addition to installing systems, we can also help you upgrade the drainage in the yard to assist with preventing water from pooling at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your homes foundation is quite possibly one of, if not the, most important parts. It not only supports the building itself but it also forms the basement walls. When there are foundation problems, usually, they will show themselves in the form of diagonal cracks in the brickwork, horizontal cracks that run the length of the foundation or along the basement walls. You may also notice that the windows and doors will not open or close easily or even cracks at the corners of them. There may also be an issue where the basement walls are buckling into the area. You may not think these issues seem problematic when you notice them, each of them are indicators of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for problems and determine if a repair needs to be installed.
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 utilize a repair solution designed for your exact issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If you've got a sloping 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 are very strong and can help stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, it can be solved with a few possible options. Our team can install a number of wall anchors, these are 2 large plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that are installed directly against the problem area to force them back in line and stop further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber straps to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products can correct the buckling wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, there are many homes that are built with crawl space areas and not basements. For a long time, they were created with open 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 the vents prevent proper evaporation which causes the humidity levels to stay high which can foster 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 ensuring this area is closed off from the elements and keeping the humidity levels low can increase the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been working on crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the most efficient way to close them off and control excess humidity. This is done using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, occasionally installed with insulation products, and are thick plastic and vinyl sheets as well as covers to close off existing vents and a heavy duty door that can seal the area completely and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also stop critters and animals from getting in the crawl space which will help keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is protected, we can 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 provide a variety of services to help add features to the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We have basement windows to increase the air flow or provide additional light in the area. When waterproofing the basement, we can help with pre-finishing the area by installing a wall system that is waterproof as well as resistant to mildew growth. If you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to prevent any water from entering the home before it can become a problem. 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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