Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Repair Services in Bolingbrook, Illinois
When your home experiences flooding during heavy rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or you have cracks in your foundation, you know this is a serious problem. Our team is ready to help when there is any type of basement water, sinking foundation, 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 experts in Bolingbrook that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to create a specialized solution to that problem that will keep your home properly protected. When our team implements a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is critical that if you find a problem with your crawl space, foundation, or basement that you get in touch with a trusted repair company. We recommend this because there are some potentially dangerous issues that will happen along with these issues including mildew, weakened structure, and even permanent foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you are needing our basement waterproofing services to stop water damaging your home, foundation repair products to stabilize your foundation, or crawl space services to prevent mildew growth in the crawl space, our team is here to help you.
The basement is a very important part of your home whether it is being used as storage or have already finished the area. This means it is necessary that the entire area is dry and any flooding is prevented. Since water can get into the basement through a variety of possible paths, that means there have to be a variety of repair solutions and products that we can use to prevent damage to the area. The most common places that water is entering is through cracks in the foundation walls, whether these are in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, which is where the foundation walls and floor connect, and finally at windows that may be at or even below grade.
Regardless of where the problem lies we've got solutions that will control, divert, and remove water from your basement. If you have dripping wall cracks, the first step is installing a wall crack repair to control the crack growth and leaking. When water is leaking at the cove or even the windows, having a custom drainage system installed will help remove the water from your basement. In some problematic cases, typically with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we can install an entire wall solution that is a full height heavy duty liner to collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system in place but it cannot keep up with flooding water, we can install a new, upgraded sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. We aren't just installing systems, we can also upgrade the drainage in your yard to help stop water from standing at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The foundation of your home is quite possibly one of the most important areas of the home. It not only holds the building itself but it also forms the basement walls. When you've got foundation problems, usually, they will show themselves in the form of stair stepping cracks in your brickwork, horizontal cracks that run the length of the foundation or along basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that your windows or doors will not open or close easily or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also see an issue where your basement walls are pressing inward. While these problems may not seem serious when you notice them, they are all indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and it is important to have an expert evaluate the foundation for particular problems to determine if a repair needs to be in place.
It is good that the most common foundation problems are caused by similar things and our experts are very good at evaluating those issues. We can utilize a repair product that is for your particular problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If you've got a sinking foundation, we can install 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 are very strong and can help stabilize your foundation. If you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how much the wall is buckling, we have some potential options. We can utilize a series of wall anchors, these are 2 large plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that we mount vertically against the cracks to push them back in line and prevent further bowing, or even carbon fiber straps to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products can correct the bowed wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Bolingbrook, there are many homes that were built with crawl spaces in addition to basements. For many years, these were created with vents which was intended to increase air flow through the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. The vents allow water to enter the space during rain and snow storms and then it never leaves which causes the humidity levels to stay high which can facilitate the growth of mildew. Up to ½ of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so ensuring this area is closed off from the outside and keeping the humidity levels low can increase the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been enclosing crawl spaces since we opened our doors 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 thick liner or vapor barrier, occasionally installed with insulation products, and are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that can seal the area totally and stop any excess moisture from entering. Closing the area will also stop critters and animals from moving in your crawl space which will help keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once your 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 offer a variety of services to help add features to your basement. We can upgrade your basement windows to increase the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. When waterproofing the basement, we can install a wall system that is waterproof as well as resistant to mildew growth. If you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can stop any potential future water problems. If you've have a waterproofing system we did not install in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance inspection to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like to talk to someone about 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 set up a meeting with a member of our team.