Perma-Seal Waterproofing and Repair Services in Bridgeview, Illinois
It doesn't matter if your downstairs area floods when there are extended rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or there are cracks along the foundation, you already know this is a serious problem. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is here to help when you have any kind of basement flooding, foundation settlement, or buckling foundation wall problem. We use time tested products and methods that our team stands behind. We have a team of experts in the Bridgeview area that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and implement a specialized solution for your problem that will ensure your home is properly protected. When our team implements a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that if you see a problem with the basement, foundation, or crawl space that you contact an experienced repair company. We say this due to there are quite a few additional problems that can accompany these issues including mildew, weakened structure, and even permanent foundation damage. No matter if you are needing our basement waterproofing products to stop water damaging your home, foundation repair products to stabilize your foundation, or crawl space services to prevent unnecessary damage under your home, our professionals are here to help you.
Your basement is an important area of the home regardless of if it is being used for storage or have finished the area. This means it is necessary that the space is dry and excess humidity and flooding are controlled. Because water can get into a basement through a number of possible places, there are a variety of repair options that we will install to keep the area safe. The primary places that we find water leaking is through cracks in the basement walls, whether these are in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, which is where the basement walls and floor meet, and finally at any windows that are at or even below the soil.
No matter where you're having the problem we've got solutions that are designed to collect, divert, and eject water from the basement. If there are leaky cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair method to control the crack growth and leaking. If water is leaking at the cove or even at basement windows, installing a custom drainage system can remove the water from the basement. In some problematic cases, occasionally with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we will recommend installing an entire wall solution that is comprised of a full height liner to collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system installed but it is unable to keep up with demand, we can install a new, upgraded sump pump to breathe new life into the system. In addition to installing systems, we can also help you upgrade the drainage in the yard to help keep water from pooling at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The homes foundation is easily one of, if not the, most important areas of the home. It not only holds the building itself but it also is the basement walls. If you have any foundation problems, normally they will manifest themselves as diagonal cracks in the brickwork, cracks that run the length of the foundation or across basement walls. You may also notice that the windows and doors will get stuck or there may be cracks at the corners of them. There may also be a problem where the basement walls are pressing into the area. You may not think these issues seem problematic at first, each of them are indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for particular problems and determine if a repair needs to be in place.
It is good that the most common foundation problems are caused by similar things and our experts are very good at tracking down those problems. We can implement a repair solution designed for your exact problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If the problem is a settling foundation, we will implement a series of foundation piers to stabilize the foundation. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both are very strong and are able to stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how much the wall is buckling, there are a few different options. We can utilize a system of wall anchors, these are 2 large plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that are installed directly against the cracks to push them back in line and stop further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber staples to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products will straighten the buckling 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 spaces instead of basements. For a long time, they were built with open vents which was intended to increase air flow into the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. Having open vents allows water to enter the space when it rains or snows and then it never leaves which results in the humidity level staying too high which can facilitate the growth of mildew. Studies have shown that up to ½ of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so having the space closed off from the outside and keeping the humidity levels low will improve the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been helping customers with their crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the proper way to close them off and control high humidity. This is done using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, which are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that will close off the area completely and prevent any unwanted moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also prevent 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 the crawl space is encapsulated, we will install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. It will control any excess 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 increase the amount of light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can install our wall system as part of a pre-finishing service that is waterproof and resistant to mildew growth. If you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to prevent any potential future water problems. If you've already got a waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance testing so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like to talk to someone about the products above, don't hesitate to 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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