Perma-Seal Waterproofing Services in Bolingbrook, Illinois
Whether your downstairs area experiences flooding during extended rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or you have long cracks along the foundation, you already know this is a serious problem. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is here to help when you've got any kind of crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, or bowed foundation wall problem. Our team uses time tested products and methods that we stand behind. We have a team of experts in the Bolingbrook area that are trained to correctly evaluate your problem and create a specialized solution to that problem that will ensure your home is properly repaired. When our team installs a waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is very important that if you've seen an issue with your basement, foundation, or crawl space that you contact a trusted repair company. We recommend this due to there are some potentially dangerous problems that will arise with these issues such as mildew, weakened structure, and even catastrophic foundation damage. If you need our basement waterproofing products to prevent water from entering your home, foundation repair products to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to prevent unnecessary damage under your home, our team is here to help you.
The basement is an important part of your home regardless of if it is being used as a storage area or if you have a finished space down there. This means it is important that the entire area is free of standing water and excess humidity is controlled. Because water can get into your basement by a number of possible places, there needs to be a number of repair possibilities that we can utilize to keep the area safe. The primary places that we see water leaks is at 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 connect, and finally at windows that may be at or even below grade.
Regardless of where the problem may be, we've got solutions that can collect, divert, and eject the water from your basement. If you have leaky wall cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair procedure to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. If the water is coming in at the cove joint or even at the windows, installing a custom drainage system will remove the water from your basement. In some problematic locations, usually with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we can install one of our entire wall solution that is made up of a full height liner that will collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system in the basement but it struggles to keep up with demand, we can replace it with a new, upgraded sump pump to breathe new life into the system. We aren't just installing systems, we can also help you upgrade 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 quite possibly one of the most important areas of the home. It not only holds the home itself but it also is the basement walls. If there are foundation problems, usually, they will show themselves in the form of diagonal cracks in the brickwork, cracks that run along the foundation or along the basement walls. You may also notice that the windows and doors will not open or close easily or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also see an issue where the basement walls are buckling into the basement. While these issues may not seem problematic when you notice them, each of them are indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for specific problems and determine what type of a repair needs to be installed.
It is good that the most common foundation problems have very similar causes and our professionals are very good at spotting these problems. We can implement a repair product that is for your specific problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If the problem is a settling foundation, we can implement a system of foundation piers to level the foundation. 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 stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, it can be solved with some different options. Our team can install a series of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that are installed directly against the problem area to push them back in line and control further bowing, or carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products can repair the bowed wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, there are many homes that were built with crawl space areas in addition to basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, these were constructed with vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh air flow through the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. The vents allow water to get in during rain and snow storms and the vents prevent proper evaporation which results in the humidity level staying too high which will eventually harbor the growth of mildew. Studies have shown that up to 50% of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is closed off from the elements and controlling excess humidity can improve the overall air quality in your home.
We have been working on crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the best way to seal them off and control the humidity. This is done using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, occasionally installed with insulation products, and are heavy duty plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that can seal the area completely and prevent any unwanted moisture from entering. This will also prevent bugs and animals from settling in your crawl space which will keep any appliances 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 as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also provide a number of services to upgrade the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We can upgrade your basement windows to improve the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. When waterproofing the basement, we can install a wall system that is both waterproof and resistant to mildew growth. When 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. If you've have a waterproofing system we did not install in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance testing so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like more information about the products 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 a member of our team.