Perma-Seal Repair Services in Braceville, Illinois
If your home floods when there are extended rains or in the spring during the snow melt or you've got long cracks in the foundation, you already know this is a serious problem. Our experts are ready to assist when there is any type of crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, 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 the Braceville area that are trained to correctly evaluate your problem and implement a specialized solution to that problem that will ensure your home is properly repaired. When our team implements a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that if you've found an issue with the basement, foundation, or crawl space that you get in touch with an experienced repair company. We recommend this because there are a number of additional problems that will arise with these issues such as mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even permanent foundation damage. No matter if you're in need of our basement waterproofing products to prevent water from entering your home, foundation repair services to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to control humidity below the home, our team is here to help you.
The basement is an important area of the home whether it is only being used as a storage area or if you have a finished space down there. Because of this, it is important that the area is free of standing water and any type of flooding is prevented. Because water can get into the basement by a number of different paths, there needs to be a number of repair possibilities that we can use to keep the area safe. The main 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, where the foundation walls and floor connect, and at any windows that are at or below the soil.
No matter where the problem may be, we have solutions that can collect, transport, and eject water from the basement. If there are dripping wall cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair method to stop the crack from leaking and growing. If water is leaking at the cove or even at your windows, having a custom drainage system installed will help remove the water from the basement. In some problematic cases, typically with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we can install an entire wall solution that is made up of a full height heavy duty liner that will collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system installed but it cannot keep up with demand, we can replace it with a new, more powerful sump pump to breathe new life into the system. We aren't just installing systems, we can also help you evaluate the drainage in the yard to help keep water from pooling at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The homes foundation is quite possibly one of, if not the, most important areas of the home. It not only holds the building itself but it also creates the basement walls. If you've got foundation problems, normally they will manifest themselves as stair stepping cracks in the outside brickwork, horizontal cracks that run the length of the foundation or across basement walls. You may also notice that the windows or doors will stick when you open or close them or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also see a problem where the basement walls are pressing inward. While these issues may not seem serious when you notice them, each of them are 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 installed.
Thankfully, many foundation problems stem from similar issues and our experts are very good at spotting those problems. We can offer a repair product intended for your particular problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you've got a settling foundation, we can install a system of foundation piers to correct the problem. Depending on how bad it is and where it is, we will use either helical piers or push piers. Both types of piers are very strong and are able to stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, it can be solved with some possible options. Our team can utilize a system of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that are installed vertically against the cracks to push them back in line and prevent further bowing, or carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products can straighten the bowed wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Braceville, many of the homes were built with crawl space areas and not basements. For many years, they were built with vents to the outside where were intended to help air flow into the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. Having open vents allows water to get in during rain and snow storms and then it never leaves which results in the humidity level staying too high which can harbor the growth of mildew. Up to ½ of the air in your home has come up through the crawl space so ensuring this area is protected from the outside and controlling excess humidity can improve the overall air quality in your home.
We have been encapsulating crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the best way to close them off and control high humidity. This is done using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are heavy duty plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that can close off the area completely and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also stop rodents and animals from moving in the crawl space which will help keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once the crawl space is encapsulated, we can install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. It will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also provide a number of services to help improve your basement. We can upgrade your basement windows to improve the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. When waterproofing the basement, we can install a wall system that is both waterproof and resistant to the growth of mildew. When 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. If you've already got a waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance service to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you are interested in any of the services above, feel free to 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 schedule a meeting with one of our experts.