Perma-Seal Waterproofing and Repair Services in Braidwood, IL
It doesn't matter if your basement floods when there are extended rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or you've got large cracks in your foundation, you know there could be a real issue. Our experts are here to provide assistance when your home has any kind of basement or crawl space flooding, sinking foundation, or bowed basement wall problem. Our team uses time tested products and methods that we stand behind. We have a team of professionals in Braidwood that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and come up with a specialized solution to that problem that will keep your home properly repaired. When we install a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is critical that as soon as you find an issue with your foundation, crawl space or basement that you contact a trusted repair company. We recommend this due to there are a number of potentially dangerous issues that can happen along with these issues including mildew, weakened structure, and even permanent foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you are needing our basement waterproofing products to prevent water from entering your home, foundation repair services to stabilize your foundation, or crawl space services to prevent mildew growth in the crawl space, our professionals are here to help you.
The basement is an important part of your home whether you're using it as a storage area or have already finished the area. Due to this, it is necessary that the entire area is dry and any flooding is prevented. Because water can get into a basement by a variety of different paths, that means there have to be a variety of repair solutions and products that we will 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, which is where the foundation walls and floor connect, and at the windows that may be at or even below grade.
Regardless of where the problem may be, there are solutions that can collect, divert, and eject the water from your basement. If there are leaking wall cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair method to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. If the water is entering at the cove joint or even at basement windows, installing a custom drainage system can remove the water from your basement. In some of the more extreme cases, typically with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we will recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is comprised of a full height heavy duty liner to collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system in the basement but it is unable to keep up with demand, we can install a new, more powerful sump pump to make the system as good as new. On top of installing systems, we can also help you evaluate the drainage in your yard to help keep water from standing next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your foundation is easily one of, if not the, most important parts. It not only supports the building itself but it also forms the basement walls. If there are foundation problems, usually, they will present themselves in the form of stair stepping cracks in your brickwork, cracks that run along the foundation or along the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that your windows will get stuck or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also see a problem where your basement walls are coming inward. While these issues may not seem critical at first, each of them are indicative 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 in place.
Thankfully, the most common foundation problems have very similar causes and our team is very good at spotting these issues. We can offer a repair solution intended for your exact issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If the problem is a settling foundation, we will implement a series 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 help stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how much the wall is buckling, we have some different options. Our team can install a series of wall anchors, these are 2 large plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that sit directly against the cracks to force them back in line and prevent further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products will straighten the bowed wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, there are many homes that are built with crawl space areas in addition to basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, they were built with open vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh air flow through the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. Having open vents allows 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 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 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 best way to seal them off and control excess humidity. We do this using a process called encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, occasionally installed with insulation products, and are heavy duty plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that will seal the area totally and prevent any excess moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also prevent rodents and animals from getting in your 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. It will prevent high levels of humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also provide a variety of services to upgrade your basement area. We have basement windows to increase the air flow or increase the amount of 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 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 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 testing to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like more information about 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 meeting with one of our experts.
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