Perma-Seal Repair Services in Braidwood, Illinois
It doesn't matter if your home floods during heavy rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or you've got large cracks in the foundation, you already know this can be a real problem. Our experts are ready to assist when you've got any kind of crawl space flooding, sinking foundation, or bowed basement wall problem. We use time tested products and methods that we stand behind. We have a team of professionals in Braidwood that are trained to properly evaluate your problem to implement a specific solution for your problem that will ensure your home is safe and protected. When our team implements 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 as soon as you've found a problem with the craw space, basement, or foundation that you reach out to a trusted repair company. We say this due to there are quite a few potentially dangerous issues that can accompany these issues such as mildew, weakened structure, and even catastrophic foundation damage. No matter if you are needing our basement waterproofing services to control water entering your home, foundation repair products to stabilize your foundation, or crawl space services to prevent unnecessary damage under your home, our team is here to help you.
Your basement is a very important area of the home regardless of if it is only being used for storage or if you have a finished space down there. Due to this, it is necessary that the entire area is dry and any flooding is prevented. Since water can get into a basement by a number of possible places, that means there have to be a variety of repair options that we will use to keep the water under control. The main places that water leaks in is at cracks in the basement walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the basement walls and floor connect, and at the windows that are at or even below the soil.
No matter where you're having the problem there are solutions that can control, transport, and eject water from the basement. If there are leaking basement cracks, the first step is installing a wall crack repair method to control the crack growth and leaking. When water is entering at the cove or even at your windows, installing a custom drainage system can remove the water from the basement. In some problematic instances, usually with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we will recommend installing an entire wall solution that is a floor to ceiling liner that will collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system in the basement but it struggles to keep up with flooding water, we can install a new, upgraded sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. We aren't just installing systems, we can also help you evaluate the drainage in the yard to help prevent water from sitting next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your foundation is quite possibly one of, if not the, most important parts. It not only holds the home itself but it also is the basement walls. When you have any foundation problems, they will generally present themselves as stair-step cracks in the brickwork, long cracks that run along the foundation or across basement walls. You may also notice that the windows or doors will not open or close easily or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also see an issue where the basement walls are bowing inward. You may not think these problems seem serious at first, they are all indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and it is important to have an expert evaluate the foundation for problems to determine what type of a repair needs to be installed.
Thankfully, many foundation problems stem from similar issues and our professionals are very good at tracking down these issues. We can utilize a repair solution intended for your exact problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If the problem is a sloping foundation, we will implement a system of foundation piers to level the foundation. Depending on how bad it is and where it is, we will use either helical piers or push piers. Both types are very strong and can stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, there are a few potential options. Our team can install 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 are installed vertically against the cracks to push them back in line and stop further bowing, or even carbon fiber straps to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. These products will repair the bowed wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Braidwood, many of the homes were built with crawl spaces and not basements. For many years, these were constructed with open vents which was intended to increase fresh air flow through the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. Having open vents allows water to enter the space during rain and snow storms and the vents hinder airflow which results in the humidity level staying too high which can facilitate the growth of mildew. Up to 50% of the air in your home has come up through the crawl space so having the space closed off from the outside and controlling excess humidity will improve the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been enclosing crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the proper way to close them off and control high humidity. We do this using a method called encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are strong plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that will close off the area completely and stop any excess moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also stop bugs and animals from getting in the crawl space which will keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once the crawl space is encapsulated, we will install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. This will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also provide a number of services to upgrade the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We can upgrade, replace, or install new 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 both waterproof and resistant to mildew growth. When you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can 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 service to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like to talk to someone about the services above, please fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our frequently asked questions page or give us a call at 630-206-1177 and set up a meeting with one of our experts.
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