Perma-Seal Services in Bridgeview, IL
Whether your downstairs area experiences flooding when there are heavy rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or you've got long cracks along the foundation, you already know this is a serious issue. Our experts are ready to assist when there is any type of crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, or buckling basement wall problem. We use products that we've tested and methods that we've perfected over the years that our team stands behind. We have a team of experts in the Bridgeview area that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to design a specialized solution for your problem that will ensure your home is safe and protected. When we install a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of experience and trusted products.
It is critical that as soon as you find an issue with your basement, foundation, or crawl space that you contact an experienced repair company. We recommend this because there are a number of additional problems that can arise with these issues such as black mold, weakened structure, and even permanent foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you require our basement waterproofing services to protect your home, foundation repair products to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to prevent damage to your floor joists, our team is here to help you.
The basement is a very important area of your home whether it is being used as storage or have finished the area. This means it is necessary that the entire area is dry and protected from flooding and excess humidity. Since water can get into the basement through a variety of different places, there are a number of repair solutions and products that we can install to keep the water under control. The main places that we see water leaks is at cracks in the foundation walls, whether these are in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, where the foundation wall and floor connect, and at any windows that may be at or below the soil.
No matter where the problem lies there are solutions that are designed to control, transport, and eject water from your basement. If there are leaking wall cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair procedure to control the crack growth and leaking. If water is entering at the cove joint or even basement windows, having a custom drainage system installed can help remove the water from your basement. In some of the more extreme instances, typically with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we can 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 installed but it struggles to keep up with flooding water, we can install a new, upgraded sump pump to breathe new life into the system. We aren't just installing systems, we can also improve the drainage in your yard to help stop water from standing at the foundation 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 creates the basement walls. If you've got foundation problems, usually, they will present themselves as diagonal cracks in the brickwork, horizontal cracks that run the length of the foundation or across basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the doors and windows will get stuck or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also have a problem where the basement walls are pressing inward. While these issues may not seem problematic when you notice them, each of them are indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and it is important to have an expert evaluate the foundation for particular problems to determine if a repair needs to be in place.
Thankfully, the most common foundation problems stem from similar issues and our professionals are very good at spotting these problems. We can implement a repair product that is for your particular issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If the problem is a sinking foundation, we can implement a series of foundation piers to correct the problem. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both are very strong and can help stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, there are some potential options. We can install a number of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that sit directly against the cracks to force them back in line and control further bowing, or carbon fiber staples to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products can repair the buckling wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Bridgeview, many of the homes are built with crawl spaces and not basements. For many years, they were built with open vents to the outside where were intended to help air flow into the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. Having open vents allows water to get in when it rains or snows and then it never leaves which causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually foster the growth of mold and mildew. Up to 50% of the air in your home can come up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is closed off from the elements and controlling excess humidity can improve the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been dealing with crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the most efficient way to close them off and control excess humidity. This is done using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as covers to close off existing vents and a heavy duty door that can seal the area totally and prevent any excess moisture from entering. This will also prevent bugs and animals from settling in your crawl space which will help keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is encapsulated, we can install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. This will prevent high levels of humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to help upgrade your basement area. We have basement windows to improve the air flow or provide additional light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can install a wall system that is waterproof as well as resistant to the growth of mold and 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 service so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like to talk to someone about the solutions above, feel free to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or give us a call at 630-206-1177 and schedule a meeting with a member of our team.
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