Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Repair Services in Braidwood, Illinois
If your basement experiences flooding during extended rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or you have long cracks along your foundation, you know there could be a real problem. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is ready to help when there is any kind of basement flooding, foundation settlement, or buckling 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 experts in the Braidwood area that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to come up with a specialized solution for your problem that will keep your home properly repaired. When our team installs a 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 a problem with the crawl space, foundation, or basement that you contact an experienced repair company. We say this due to there are quite a few potentially dangerous problems that will happen along with these issues including mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even catastrophic foundation damage. If you are needing our basement waterproofing services to control water entering your home, foundation repair services to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to control water in the crawl space, our professionals are here to help you.
The basement is a very important part of the home regardless of if it is being used for storage or if you have a finished space down there. Because of this, it is necessary that the space is dry and any type of flooding is prevented. Due to the fact that water is able to get into your basement using a number of possible places, there are a variety of repair solutions and products that we will use to keep the area safe. The primary places that we see water leaks is at cracks in the basement walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, where the basement wall and floor connect, and at windows that are at or below grade.
No matter where you're having the problem we have solutions that will collect, transport, and remove the water from the basement. If you've got leaky cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair procedure to control the crack growth and leaking. When the water is leaking at the cove or even at basement windows, installing a custom drainage system will remove the water from the basement. In some problematic cases, occasionally with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we will install an entire wall solution that is comprised of a floor to ceiling heavy duty liner to collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system in place but it is unable to keep up with demand, we can install a new, more powerful sump pump to breathe new life into the system. We aren't just installing systems, we can also help you improve the drainage in the yard to assist with preventing water from pooling at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The foundation of your home is quite possibly one of, if not the, most important areas of the home. It not only supports the structure itself but it also creates the basement walls. When there are foundation problems, usually, they will present themselves in the form of diagonal cracks in your outside brickwork, cracks that run the length of the foundation or along the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that your windows or doors will not open or close easily or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also see a problem where your basement walls are bowing into the area. You may not think these issues seem serious at first, they are all indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert 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 utilize a repair product intended for your exact problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If the problem is a settling foundation, we will install a series of foundation piers to correct the problem. 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 can help stabilize your foundation. If you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how much the wall is buckling, it can be solved with a few potential options. We can utilize a series of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that sit directly against the cracks to push the section back in line and stop further bowing, or carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products will repair the buckling wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, there are many homes that were built with crawl space areas in addition to basements. For many years, these were created with open vents which was intended to increase fresh air flow through the space 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 the vents prevent proper evaporation which results in the humidity level staying too high which will eventually harbor the growth of mildew. We have found that up to 50% of the air in your home has come up through the crawl space so having the space protected from the elements and keeping the humidity levels low will improve the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been dealing with crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the proper way to seal them off and control excess 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, and are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that will seal the area totally and stop any excess moisture from entering. Closing the area will also stop bugs and animals from getting in the crawl space which will keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After your crawl space is closed off, we will install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. This will prevent high levels of humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also provide a number of services to upgrade your basement. We have basement windows to improve the air flow or provide additional light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can install a wall system that is both waterproof and resistant to mildew growth. When 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 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 are interested in any of the products above, don't hesitate to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or give us a call at 630-206-1177 and set up a meeting with one of our experts.
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