Basement and Foundation Waterproofing Services in Braceville, IL
Whether your home experiences flooding when there are heavy rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or you've got cracks in your foundation, you know this can be a real issue. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is here to provide assistance when you've got any type of crawl space water, foundation settlement, or bowed basement wall problem. We use methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that our team stands behind. We have a team of experts in Braceville that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to design a specific solution for your problem that will keep your home safe and protected. When we install a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of experience and trusted products.
It is very important that once you've found an issue with the crawl space, foundation, or basement that you reach out to an experienced repair company. We recommend this as there are a number of additional issues that will accompany these issues such as mildew, structural damage, and even permanent foundation damage. No matter if you're needing our basement waterproofing services to stop water damaging your home, foundation repair products to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to control water in the crawl space, our experts are here to help you.
Your basement is a very important part of the home regardless of if you're using it for storage or have already finished the area. Due to this, it is important that the space is dry and any flooding is prevented. Due to the fact that water is able to get into a basement through a number of possible paths, that means there have to be a variety of repair options that we will install to prevent damage to the area. The main places that water leaks in is at cracks in the foundation walls, whether these are in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the foundation walls and floor meet, and at windows that are at or even below grade.
No matter where the problem lies we have solutions that will collect, transport, and remove the water from the basement. If you've got dripping cracks, the first step is installing a wall crack repair procedure to stop the crack from leaking and growing. If the water is leaking at the cove or even basement windows, installing a custom drainage system will help remove the water from the basement. In some of the more extreme cases, occasionally with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we will recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is comprised of a full height liner to collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system installed but it cannot keep up with demand, we can install a new, upgraded sump pump to breathe new life into the system. We aren't just installing systems, we can also help you upgrade the drainage in the yard to help stop water from standing at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your foundation is quite possibly one of, if not the, most important areas of the home. It not only holds the home itself but it also is the basement walls. If you have any foundation problems, they will generally show themselves as diagonal cracks in your outside brickwork, long cracks that run the length of the foundation or along the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that your windows will get stuck or there may be cracks at the corners of them. There may also be an issue where your basement walls are coming inward. You may not think these problems seem problematic at first, they are all indicators of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for specific problems to determine what type of a repair needs to be in place.
It is good that the most common foundation problems are caused by similar things and our team is very good at evaluating those issues. We can offer a repair product designed for your exact issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If you have a sinking foundation, we will implement 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 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 some different options. We can utilize a number of wall anchors which are 2 large plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that we mount vertically against the cracks to force them back in line and stop further bowing, or carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products will correct the bowed wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, many of the homes were built with crawl spaces in addition to basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, they were created with 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 the vents hinder airflow which results in the humidity level staying too high which can foster the growth of mildew. We have found that up to half of the air in your home can come up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is protected from the outside and keeping the humidity levels low will improve the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been dealing with crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the most efficient way to close them off and control the humidity. This is done using a process called encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, which are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that will 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 equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once your crawl space is encapsulated, we will install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. It will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also offer a number of services to help add features to your basement area. We have basement windows to improve the air flow or provide additional light in the area. When waterproofing the basement, we can install a wall system that is waterproof as well as resistant to the growth of mildew. When you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to prevent any potential future water problems. Even if you've already got a waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance service so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you are interested in any of the solutions 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 schedule a consultation with one of our experts.