Foundation and Basement Waterproofing Services in Bridgeview, Illinois
Whether your downstairs area floods during heavy rains or in the spring during the snow melt or you have cracks in the foundation, you already know there may be a serious problem. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is here to assist when there is any kind of basement or crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, or bowing foundation wall problem. Our team uses time tested products and methods that our team stands behind. We have a team of professionals in the Bridgeview area that are trained to correctly evaluate your problem to implement a specific solution to that problem that will keep your home properly repaired. When our team installs a waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that once you've seen an issue with the crawl space, foundation, or basement that you get in touch with an experienced repair company. We say this due to there are quite a few potentially dangerous problems that will happen along with these issues such as mildew, structural damage, and even catastrophic foundation damage. No matter if you're needing our basement waterproofing products to prevent water damage in your home, foundation repair products to stabilize your foundation, or crawl space services to prevent unnecessary damage under your home, our experts are 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 have finished the area. Due to this, it is necessary that the entire area is free of standing water and any flooding is prevented. Because water can get into the basement through a variety of different paths, there are a variety of repair options that we can utilize to keep the water under control. The primary places that water is entering is through cracks in the walls, whether these are in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the walls and floor connect, and finally at windows that are at or below the soil.
Regardless of where the problem may be, we have solutions that are designed to control, divert, and eject the water from the basement. If there are dripping cracks, the first step is installing a wall crack repair to control the crack growth and leaking. If the water is coming in at the cove joint or even at basement windows, having a custom drainage system installed will remove the water from the basement. In some extreme instances, usually with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we can recommend installing an entire wall solution that is a full height liner that will collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system in place but it struggles to keep up with the water, we can install a new, upgraded sump pump to make the system as good as new. On top of installing systems, we can also help you upgrade the drainage in the yard to help stop water from sitting next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The homes foundation is easily one of the most important areas of the home. It not only supports the building itself but it also forms the basement walls. If you have any foundation problems, they will generally manifest themselves in the form of stair-step cracks in the brickwork, cracks that run along the foundation or across the 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. There may also be a problem where the basement walls are bowing into the area. While these issues may not seem problematic at first, they are all indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and it is important to have an expert evaluate the foundation for specific problems to determine what type of a repair needs to be in place.
Thankfully, the most common foundation problems stem from similar issues and our experts are very good at tracking down those problems. We can implement a repair product intended for your exact problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If the problem is a uneven foundation, we can install a system 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, there are some potential options. Our team can utilize a number of wall anchors, these are 2 large plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that sit vertically against the problem area to push the section back in line and stop further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products can straighten the bowing wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, there are many homes that are built with crawl space areas instead of basements. For many years, they were created with vents which was intended to increase air flow into 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 hinder airflow which causes the humidity levels to stay high which can foster the growth of mildew. Studies have shown that up to half of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so having the space protected from the weather and controlling excess humidity can improve the overall air quality in your home.
We have been working on crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the most efficient way to seal them off and control high humidity. We do this using a method called encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, occasionally installed with insulation products, and are thick plastic and vinyl sheets as well as covers to close off existing vents and a heavy duty door that can close off the area completely and prevent any unwanted moisture from entering. Closing the area will also prevent bugs and animals from moving in the crawl space which will keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once the crawl space is protected, we can install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. It will control any excess humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to add features to the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We carry basement windows to improve the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. After we install a waterproofing system, 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 potential future water problems. If you've have a waterproofing system we did not install in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance service so you know it will continue 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 frequently asked questions page or give us a call at 630-206-1177 and set up a consultation with one of our experts.
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