Foundation and Basement Services in Bridgeview, IL
If your downstairs area has excess water during heavy rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or there are long cracks along your foundation, you know there could be a real problem. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is ready to assist when you have any kind of basement water, foundation settlement, or bowed foundation 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 correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and come up with a specialized solution for your problem that will ensure your home is properly protected. When our team implements a basement or crawl space waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is very important that once you find an issue with your craw space, basement, or foundation that you get in touch with an experienced repair company. We say this due to there are a number of additional problems that will happen along with these issues including mildew, 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 cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to prevent mildew growth in the crawl space, our experts are here to help you.
The basement is a very important area of your home regardless of if it is being used as a storage area or have finished the area. Due to this, it is important that the area is free of standing water and any flooding is prevented. Since water can get into a basement by a number of possible places, there needs to be a variety of repair possibilities that we can utilize to keep the area safe. The primary places that we find water leaking is at cracks in the basement walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, where the basement wall and floor meet, and at windows that may be at or below grade.
Regardless of where the problem may be, there are solutions that are designed to control, transport, and remove water from your basement. If you have leaking basement cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair method to control the crack growth and leaking. If water is leaking at the cove or even your windows, having a custom drainage system installed will help remove the water from your basement. In some problematic cases, usually with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we can recommend installing an entire wall solution that is comprised of a full height heavy duty liner that will collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system in place but it struggles to keep up with the water, we can replace it with a new, upgraded sump pump to breathe new life into the system. In addition to installing systems, we can also improve the drainage in your yard to help keep water from standing at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your homes foundation is easily one of the most important parts. It not only supports the home itself but it also forms the basement walls. If you have any foundation problems, they will generally manifest themselves as diagonal cracks in your brickwork, long cracks that run the length of the foundation or across basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that your windows will get stuck or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also see a problem where your basement walls are pressing into the basement. While these issues may not seem problematic at first, each of them are indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and it is important to have an expert evaluate the foundation for problems and determine if a repair needs to be performed.
It is good that many foundation problems are caused by similar things and our professionals are very good at evaluating those problems. We can implement a repair solution that is for your exact problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If there is a sloping foundation, we can install a series 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 types of piers are very strong and are able to stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, we have a few possible options. We can install a number of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that sit vertically against the cracks to push the section back in line and prevent further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. These products can correct the bowed wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, there are many homes that were built with crawl space areas and not basements. For many years, they were constructed with vents which was intended to increase fresh 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 then it never leaves which results in the humidity level staying too high which will eventually harbor the growth of mildew. Studies have shown that up to half of the air in your home can come up through the crawl space so having the space protected from the elements and keeping the humidity levels low can increase the overall air quality in your home.
We have been helping customers with their crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the best way to seal them off and control excess humidity. This is done using a method called encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are strong plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that can close off the area completely and stop any excess moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also stop 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 your crawl space is closed off, 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 provide a number of services to help upgrade your basement area. We carry basement windows to increase 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 waterproof as well as 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 services 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 organize a meeting with one of our experts.
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