Basement and Foundation Repair Services in Braceville, Illinois
If you've noticed your downstairs area experiences flooding when there are extended rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or you've got cracks in the foundation, you know there may be a serious issue. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is here to assist when you've got any type of basement or crawl space flooding, sinking foundation, or buckling foundation 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 experts in the Braceville area that are trained to properly evaluate your problem to implement a unique solution for your problem that will keep your home properly protected. When our team installs a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is critical that as soon as you've seen an issue with the foundation, crawl space or basement that you contact an experienced repair company. We recommend this because there are a number of potentially dangerous problems that can accompany these issues including mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even catastrophic foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you are 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 mildew growth in the crawl space, our team is here to help you.
Your basement is an important part of the home whether it is being used for storage or have already finished the area. Because of this, it is necessary that the entire area is dry and any type of flooding is prevented. Since water is able to get into the basement by a number of different paths, there needs to be a number of repair options that we can utilize to prevent damage to the area. The main places that water leaks in is at cracks in the walls, whether these are in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, which is where the walls and floor meet, and finally at windows that may be at or even below grade.
No matter where you're having the problem there are solutions that will control, divert, and remove the water from the basement. If you've got leaking basement cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair to stop the crack from leaking and growing. If the water is entering at the cove or even at your windows, having a custom drainage system installed can help remove the water from the basement. In some of the more problematic cases, occasionally with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we can recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is a full height heavy duty liner that will collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system in place but it struggles to keep up with demand, we can replace it with a new, more powerful sump pump to make the system as good as new. On top of installing systems, we can also help you improve the drainage in the yard to help prevent water from sitting next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your homes foundation is quite possibly one of the most important parts. It not only supports the building itself but it also forms the basement walls. If there are foundation problems, they will generally show themselves as stair stepping cracks in the outside brickwork, cracks that run the length of the foundation or along the basement walls. You may also notice that the doors or windows will get stuck or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also have a problem where the basement walls are bowing into the area. You may not think these problems seem problematic when you notice them, they are all indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for problems to determine if a repair needs to be installed.
Thankfully, the most common foundation problems have very similar causes and our team is very good at tracking down those problems. We can utilize a repair solution designed for your exact issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you have a uneven foundation, we can implement 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 are able to stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how much the wall is buckling, there are some possible options. Our team can utilize a system of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that we mount vertically against the problem area to force them back in line and stop further bowing, or carbon fiber staples to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. These products can repair the buckling wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, there are many homes that were built with crawl spaces instead of basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, they were created with open vents which was intended to increase 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 will eventually foster the growth of mildew. Up to half of the air in your home can come up through the crawl space so having the space closed off from the elements and keeping the humidity levels low can increase the overall air quality in your home.
We have been helping customers with their crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the most efficient way to seal them off and control excess humidity. This is done using a process called encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, occasionally installed with insulation products, and are strong plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as covers to close off existing vents and a heavy duty door that can close off the area totally and prevent any unwanted moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also prevent critters and animals from settling in the crawl space which will help keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is closed off, 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 provide a number of services to help upgrade the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We can upgrade your basement windows to increase the air flow or provide additional light in the area. After we install a waterproofing system, we can help with pre-finishing the area by installing a wall system that is both waterproof and resistant to the growth of mildew. If you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to 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 inspection to ensure it continues 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 call us directly at 630-206-1177 and set up a consultation with a member of our team.