Basement and Foundation Services in Bridgeview, Illinois
It doesn't matter if your downstairs area has excess water when there are extended rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or there are cracks along the foundation, you already know there may be a serious problem. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is ready to help when your home has any kind of basement water, foundation settlement, or bowed basement wall problem. Our team uses methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that we stand behind. We have a team of professionals in Bridgeview that are trained to properly evaluate your problem to create a specialized solution for your problem that will keep your home safe and protected. When our team implements a 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 see a problem with your craw space, basement, or foundation that you reach out to a trusted repair company. We recommend this due to there are quite a few potentially dangerous issues that can happen along with these issues including mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even permanent foundation damage. If you require our basement waterproofing products to prevent water damage in your home, foundation repair services to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to control water in the crawl space, our experts are here to help you.
Your basement is a very important part of your home regardless of if it is only being used as storage or if you have a finished space down there. Because of this, it is important that the space is dry and excess humidity and flooding are controlled. Since water can get into the basement using a variety of possible paths, that means there have to be a number of repair possibilities that we can use to prevent damage to the area. The most common places that we find water leaking is at cracks in the walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, which is where the walls and floor meet, and finally at windows that are at or below the soil.
No matter where the problem may be, there are solutions that will collect, divert, and remove water from your basement. If there are leaking cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair method to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. If water is coming in at the cove or even at your windows, installing a custom drainage system can remove the water from your basement. In some extreme cases, occasionally with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we can recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is comprised of a floor to ceiling heavy duty liner that will collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system installed but it cannot keep up with flooding water, we can install a new, upgraded sump pump to make the system as good as new. We aren't just installing systems, we can also help you upgrade 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 areas of the home. It not only supports the building itself but it also creates the basement walls. If there are foundation problems, they will generally manifest themselves in the form of stair stepping cracks in the brickwork, long cracks that run the length of the foundation or across basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the doors or windows will get stuck or even cracks at the corners of them. There may also be an issue where the basement walls are buckling into the basement. You may not think these issues seem critical when you notice them, they are all indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for specific problems to determine if a repair needs to be performed.
It is good that many foundation problems stem from similar issues and our professionals are very good at noticing these issues. We can offer a repair product intended for your exact problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you've got a settling foundation, we can install a series of foundation piers to level the foundation. We will install either push piers or helical piers, depending on where and how bad the sinking is. Both are very strong and can stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, we have a few potential options. We can install a system of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that we mount vertically against the cracks to force the section back in line and stop further bowing, or carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. These products can repair the bowed wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, many of the homes are built with crawl spaces instead of basements. For a long time, they were constructed with open vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh air flow through 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 then it never leaves which results in the humidity level staying too high which can facilitate the growth of mildew. Up to half of the air in your home can come up through the crawl space so ensuring this area is protected from the outside and controlling excess humidity can increase the overall air quality in your home.
We have been working with crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the most efficient way to close them off and control the humidity. We do this using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, which are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that can seal the area completely and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also stop bugs and animals from getting in your crawl space which will keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is closed off, we can install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. It will prevent high levels of humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to improve your basement. 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 a wall system that is waterproof and resistant to the growth of mildew. If you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to stop any potential future water problems. 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 services above, feel free to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and set up a meeting with a member of our team.
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