Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Waterproofing Services in Bourbonnais, Illinois
It doesn't matter if your basement has excess water when there are extended rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or you have large cracks in your foundation, you already know this can be a real problem. Our team is ready to help when your home has any kind of basement water, sinking foundation, or bowed foundation wall problem. Our team uses 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 to create a unique 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 experience and trusted products.
It is very important that once you see a problem with your foundation, crawl space or basement that you get in touch with an experienced repair company. We say this because there are some 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 control water entering your home, foundation repair products to prevent your home from sinking, or crawl space services to control humidity below the home, our team is here to help you.
Your basement is a very important part of your home regardless of if it is only being used as a storage area or if you have a finished space down there. Due to this, it is necessary that the entire space is free of standing water and protected from flooding and excess humidity. Due to the fact that water can get into a basement by a variety of different paths, that means there have to be a number of repair solutions and products that we can install to keep the water under control. The primary places that we find water leaking is through cracks in the walls, whether these are in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, where the walls and floor meet, and finally at any windows that are at or below the soil.
No matter where the problem may be, we've got solutions that can collect, divert, and eject the water from your basement. If you have dripping basement cracks, the first step is installing a wall crack repair method to stop the crack from leaking and growing. If the water is entering at the cove joint or even at your windows, installing a custom drainage system can remove the water from your basement. In some of the more extreme locations, typically with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we can install an entire wall solution that is a full height heavy duty liner to collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system in place but it cannot keep up with flooding water, we can replace it with a new, more powerful sump pump to breathe new life into the system. In addition to installing systems, we can also help you improve the drainage in your yard to help prevent water from sitting at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your homes foundation is easily one of the most important areas of the home. It not only holds the structure itself but it also forms the basement walls. If you've got foundation problems, they will generally show themselves as stair-step cracks in your brickwork, cracks that run along the foundation or along the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that your doors and windows will not open or close easily or there may be cracks at the corners of them. There may also be a problem where your basement walls are buckling into the area. While these problems may not seem critical at first, each of them are indicators of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for problems to determine what type of a repair needs to be in place.
Thankfully, the most common foundation problems are caused by similar things and our team is very good at tracking down these problems. We can offer a repair product designed for your specific problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If there is a sloping foundation, we can implement a system of foundation piers to stabilize the foundation. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both types are very strong and can stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, we have a few different options. We can utilize a number of wall anchors, these are 2 large plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that are installed vertically against the cracks to force them back in line and stop further bowing, or carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products can correct the bowed wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, there are many homes that were built with crawl spaces and not 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 into the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. Having open vents allows water to enter the space during rain and snow storms and then it never leaves which results in the humidity level staying too high which can facilitate the growth of mildew. Studies have shown that up to 50% of the air in your home has come up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is closed off from the elements and keeping the humidity levels low can increase the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been working with crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the best way to seal them off and control high humidity. We do this using a process called encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are strong plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that can close off the area totally and prevent any excess moisture from entering. This will also prevent pests and animals from getting in your crawl space which will keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once your crawl space is encapsulated, we can install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. It will control any excess humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to upgrade your basement area. We carry 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. When you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can prevent any water from entering the home before it can become a problem. If you've already got a waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance inspection so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like more information about the services above, feel free to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our frequently asked questions page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and organize a consultation with one of our experts.