Foundation and Basement Waterproofing Services in Bonfield, IL
If you've noticed your downstairs area has excess water during heavy rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or you have cracks in the foundation, you already know this is a serious problem. We are ready to assist when you've got any kind of basement flooding, foundation settlement, or bowing foundation wall problem. We use methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that we stand behind. We have a team of professionals in Bonfield that are trained to properly evaluate your problem and create a specific solution for your problem that will ensure your home is properly protected. When our team installs a basement or crawl space waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of experience and trusted products.
It is very important that as soon as you've seen an issue with the craw space, basement, or foundation that you reach out to a trusted repair company. We say this as there are a number of additional problems that can happen along with these issues including mildew, weakened structure, and even permanent foundation damage. No matter if you require our basement waterproofing products to control water entering your home, foundation repair products to stabilize your foundation, or crawl space services to control water in the crawl space, our team is here to help you.
Your basement is a very important part of the home regardless of if you're using it as a storage area or have finished the area. Due to this, it is important that the space is dry and any type of flooding is prevented. Since water is able to get into a basement using a variety of different places, there needs to be a variety of repair possibilities that we will utilize to keep the water under control. The primary places that water leaks in is through cracks in the foundation walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, which is where the foundation wall and floor meet, and finally at any windows that are at or even below grade.
Regardless of where the problem may be, we have solutions that will control, transport, and eject the water from the basement. If you have leaky wall cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. If the water is entering at the cove or even at basement windows, installing a custom drainage system can remove the water from the basement. In some problematic locations, occasionally with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we will recommend installing an entire wall solution that is comprised of a full height liner to collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system installed but it cannot keep up with flooding water, 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 evaluate the drainage in the yard to assist with preventing water from sitting 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 creates the basement walls. If you have any foundation problems, normally they will manifest themselves in the form of stair stepping cracks in the outside brickwork, long cracks that run the length of the foundation or along the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the windows will not open or close easily or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also have an issue where the basement walls are buckling into the basement. While these problems may not seem problematic at first, each of them are indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for problems and determine if a repair needs to be in place.
Thankfully, many foundation problems stem from similar issues and our professionals are very good at noticing those problems. We can utilize a repair solution designed for your particular problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If there is a settling foundation, we will implement a system of foundation piers to stabilize the foundation. Depending on how bad it is and where it is, we will use either helical piers or push piers. Both types are very strong and can help stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, there are a few different options. We can utilize a system of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that we mount directly against the problem area to force them back in line and stop further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. These products will correct the bowing wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Bonfield, many of the homes are built with crawl spaces instead of basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, they were constructed with vents to the outside where were intended to help air flow through the space 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 then it never leaves which causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually foster the growth of mold and mildew. Studies have shown that up to 50% of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so having the space closed off from the outside and controlling excess humidity will increase the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been encapsulating crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the proper way to close 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, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are heavy duty plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that will close off the area totally and prevent any unwanted moisture from entering. This will also prevent rodents and animals from getting in the crawl space which will keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is protected, we will install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. This will control any excess humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also provide a variety of services to add features to your basement area. We can upgrade, replace, or install new basement windows to increase the air flow or provide additional light in the area. When waterproofing the basement, we can install our wall system as part of a pre-finishing service that is waterproof and resistant to the growth of mold and mildew. When you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can prevent 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.
If you are interested in any of the products above, please fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our frequently asked questions page or give us a call at 630-206-1177 and set up a consultation with a member of our team.
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