Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Services in Bradley, IL
Whether your basement experiences flooding during extended rains or in the spring during the snow melt or there are cracks in your foundation, you already know this can be a real problem. We are here to help when your home has any kind of crawl space water, 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 we stand behind. We have a team of experts in Bradley that are trained to correctly evaluate your problem and create a specific solution for your problem that will keep your home safe and protected. When we install a waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is critical that if you've found an issue with your basement, foundation, or crawl space that you get in touch with an experienced repair company. We say this due to there are some potentially dangerous issues that will happen along with these issues including black mold, structural damage, and even catastrophic foundation damage. If you're in need of our basement waterproofing products to prevent water damage in your home, foundation repair products to prevent your home from sinking, or crawl space services to prevent unnecessary damage under your home, our professionals are here to help you.
Your basement is an important part of your home regardless of if you're using it as a storage area or have already finished the area. This means it is important that the entire space is dry and any type of flooding is prevented. Because water is able to get into your basement by a number of possible places, that means there have to be a number of repair options that we can utilize to prevent damage to the area. The most common places that water is entering is through cracks in the walls, whether these are in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the wall and floor connect, and at any windows that may be at or below the soil.
Regardless of where the problem may be, there are solutions that can control, divert, and eject water from your basement. If you have leaky cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair method to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. When water is coming in at the cove joint or even at your windows, installing a custom drainage system will help remove the water from your basement. In some of the more extreme instances, occasionally with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we can recommend installing an entire wall solution that is made up of a full height heavy duty liner that will collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system installed but it struggles to keep up with flooding water, we can replace it with a new, upgraded sump pump to make the system as good as new. On top of installing systems, we can also help you improve the drainage in your yard to help prevent water from standing at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your foundation is easily one of the most important parts. It not only holds the structure itself but it also forms the basement walls. When you've got foundation problems, they will generally show themselves in the form of diagonal cracks in your outside brickwork, horizontal cracks that run along the foundation or across basement walls. You may also notice that your windows and doors will get stuck or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also have an issue where your basement walls are bowing into the basement. You may not think these issues seem serious when you notice them, they are all indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for problems and determine what type of a repair needs to be in place.
It is good that the most common foundation problems stem from similar issues and our team is very good at tracking down those issues. We can utilize a repair solution intended for your exact problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If there is a uneven foundation, we can install a series of foundation piers to stabilize the foundation. We will install either push piers or helical piers, depending on where and how bad the sinking is. 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, there are a few possible options. Our team can install a system of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that we mount directly against the problem area to push them back in line and prevent further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. These products can correct the bowed wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Bradley, there are many homes that were built with crawl spaces and not basements. For many years, they were constructed with vents to the outside where were intended to help air flow into the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. The vents allow water to get in during rain and snow storms and the vents prevent proper evaporation which causes the humidity levels to stay high which can foster the growth of mold and mildew. Up to half of the air in your home has come up through the crawl space so having the space protected from the elements and controlling excess humidity can increase the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been dealing with crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the best way to seal them off and control excess humidity. This is done using a method called encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, occasionally installed with insulation products, and are heavy duty plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that can close off the area totally and prevent any unwanted moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also prevent pests and animals from moving 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 closed off, we can install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. This will control any excess humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also provide a number of services to help add features to your basement area. We can upgrade, replace, or install new basement windows to increase the air flow or provide additional light in the area. When waterproofing the basement, we can install our wall system as part of a pre-finishing service that is both waterproof as well as resistant to the growth of mold and mildew. When you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can stop any potential future water problems. Even if you've have a competitors waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance testing to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like more information about the products 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 schedule a consultation with a member of our team.
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