Foundation and Basement Services in Bolingbrook, Illinois
Whether your basement floods when there are extended rains or in the spring during the snow melt or there are cracks along your foundation, you know this is a serious issue. Our team is here to provide assistance when there is any kind of basement water, sinking foundation, or bowed basement wall problem. We use time tested products and methods that we stand behind. We have a team of professionals in the Bolingbrook area that are trained to properly evaluate your problem to implement a specific solution to that problem that will keep your home properly repaired. When our team installs a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is critical that if you find a problem with the foundation, crawl space or basement that you reach out to an experienced repair company. We recommend this because there are some additional problems that can arise with these issues such as mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even catastrophic foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you are needing our basement waterproofing services to protect your home, foundation repair services to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to prevent unnecessary damage under your home, our experts are here to help you.
Your basement is a very important area of the home regardless of if it is only being used as storage or if you have a finished space down there. This means it is necessary that the space is dry and excess humidity and flooding are controlled. Because water is able to get into your basement by a number of possible places, that means there have to be a number of repair solutions and products that we will install to keep the water under control. The primary places that water is entering is at cracks in the walls, whether these are in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the wall and floor meet, and finally at any windows that are at or even below grade.
Regardless of where the problem lies we've got solutions that are designed to collect, divert, and eject water from the basement. If you have leaky wall cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair to stop the crack from leaking and growing. When water is leaking at the cove joint or even your windows, installing a custom drainage system can help remove the water from the basement. In some extreme cases, occasionally with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we will install one of our entire wall solution that is made up of a floor to ceiling heavy duty liner to collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system installed but it struggles to keep up with the water, we can replace it with a new, more powerful sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. In addition to installing systems, we can also upgrade the drainage in the yard to assist with preventing water from pooling next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your foundation is quite possibly one of the most important areas of the home. It not only supports the building itself but it also creates the basement walls. When you've got foundation problems, normally they will show themselves as stair-step cracks in your brickwork, long cracks that run the length of the foundation or along basement walls. You may also notice that your windows will stick when you open or close them or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also have a problem where your basement walls are coming into the area. While these problems may not seem critical at first, each of them are indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and it is important to have an expert evaluate the foundation for specific problems to determine what type of a repair needs to be installed.
Thankfully, many foundation problems stem from similar issues and our professionals are very good at noticing those problems. We can implement a repair product designed for your particular issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If there is a sinking foundation, we will implement a series of foundation piers to level the foundation. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both types are very strong and are able to stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how much the wall is buckling, we have a few potential options. Our team can utilize a system of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that we mount directly against the problem area to force the section back in line and control further bowing, or even carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products will correct the bowed wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, many of the homes were built with crawl space areas and not basements. For many years, these were created with vents to the outside where were intended to help air flow into the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. The vents allow water to enter the space when it rains or snows and the vents hinder airflow which results in the humidity level staying too high which will eventually facilitate the growth of mildew. Up to 50% of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so having the space protected from the elements and keeping the humidity levels low will increase the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been encapsulating crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the best way to seal them off and control high humidity. This is done using a process called encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that will seal the area totally 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 equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once your crawl space is protected, we will install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. This will control any excess humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also offer a number of services to help upgrade the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We can upgrade, replace, or install new basement windows to increase the air flow or provide additional light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can help with pre-finishing the area by installing a wall system that is both waterproof and resistant to mildew growth. When 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 service so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like more information about the services above, don't hesitate to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and set up a consultation with a member of our team.