Perma-Seal Services in Bourbonnais, IL
If you've noticed your basement experiences flooding when there are extended rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or you've got long cracks along your foundation, you already know there could be a real issue. We are ready to assist when you've got any type of crawl space flooding, sinking foundation, or bowed basement 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 Bourbonnais that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and come up with a specialized solution for your problem that will ensure your home is properly protected. When we install a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is very important that if you've seen a problem with your crawl space, foundation, or basement that you contact an experienced repair company. We say this due to there are quite a few additional problems that can accompany these issues including mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even permanent foundation damage. If you are needing our basement waterproofing products to prevent water from entering your home, foundation repair products to stabilize your foundation, or crawl space services to control humidity below the home, our experts are here to help you.
The basement is a very important part of your home regardless of if it is being used for storage or have already finished the area. This means it is important that the space is free of standing water and any type of flooding is prevented. Due to the fact that water is able to get into a basement by a variety of possible places, there are a variety of repair possibilities that we will install to keep the water under control. The primary places that we see water leaks is at cracks in the foundation walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the foundation wall and floor connect, and finally at windows that are at or even below grade.
Regardless of where the problem lies we've got solutions that can control, divert, and eject the water from your basement. If there are leaky cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair to stop the crack from leaking and growing. When the water is coming in at the cove or even basement windows, having a custom drainage system installed can help remove the water from your basement. In some of the more problematic cases, occasionally with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we will install an entire wall solution that is made up of a floor to ceiling heavy duty liner that will 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, upgraded sump pump to make the system as good as new. We aren't just installing systems, we can also help you evaluate the drainage in your yard to help keep water from standing at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your foundation is easily one of the most important areas of the home. It not only supports the structure itself but it also creates the basement walls. When you have any foundation problems, usually, they will show themselves as stair stepping cracks in your outside brickwork, long cracks that run along the foundation or across the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that your windows will stick when you open or close them or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also have an issue where your basement walls are pressing into the basement. You may not think these problems seem serious when you notice them, they are all indicators of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for particular problems and determine what type of a repair needs to be performed.
Thankfully, many foundation problems have very similar causes and our experts are very good at evaluating those problems. We can utilize a repair solution that is for your exact issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you have a sinking foundation, we will install a system of foundation piers to correct the problem. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both types are very strong and can help stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, we have a few different options. Our team can install a number of wall anchors which are 2 large plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that are installed directly against the problem area to force them back in line and stop further bowing, or even carbon fiber straps to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products will repair the bowed wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Bourbonnais, there are many homes that are built with crawl space areas instead of basements. For a long time, they were created with open vents which was intended to increase air flow into the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. Having open vents allows water to get in when it rains or snows and then it never leaves which causes the humidity levels to stay high which can facilitate the growth of mildew. Studies have shown that up to ½ of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is protected from the elements and controlling excess humidity will improve the overall air quality in your home.
We have been dealing with crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the most efficient way to close them off and control high humidity. We do this using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that will seal the area completely and stop any excess moisture from entering. Closing the area will also stop rodents and animals from settling in your crawl space which will help keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After your crawl space is encapsulated, we will install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. It will prevent high levels of humidity as well as remove 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 can upgrade, replace, or install new basement windows to improve the air flow or provide additional light in the area. After we install a waterproofing system, we can install our wall system as part of a pre-finishing service that is waterproof as well as resistant to the growth of mildew. If you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can stop 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 service to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like more information about the services 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 meeting with one of our experts.