Foundation and Basement Waterproofing and Repair Services in Bristol, IL
If you've noticed your home floods during heavy rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or you've got long cracks in the foundation, you already know this can be a real problem. Our team is here to assist when you have any type of basement or crawl space flooding, sinking foundation, or bowed foundation wall problem. Our team uses products that we've tested and methods that we've perfected over the years that we stand behind. We have a team of experts in the Bristol area that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to come up with a unique solution for your problem that will ensure your home is properly repaired. When our team installs a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of experience and trusted products.
It is very important that once you see a problem with your foundation, crawl space or basement that you get in touch with a trusted repair company. We recommend this due to there are a number of potentially dangerous problems that can arise with these issues including mold, weakened structure, and even permanent foundation damage. If you are in need of our basement waterproofing services to stop water damaging your home, foundation repair products to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to prevent mold growth in the crawl space, our team is here to help you.
The basement is a very important part of your home whether you're using it for storage or have finished the area. This means it is necessary that the entire area is dry and excess humidity is controlled. Since water is able to get into your basement through a number of different paths, there needs to be a variety of repair possibilities that we will utilize to keep the area safe. The main places that water is entering is through cracks in the basement walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the basement wall and floor connect, and at the windows that are at or even below the soil.
No matter where the problem may be, we have solutions that can control, divert, and remove water from your basement. If you've got dripping cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair procedure to control the crack growth and leaking. If water is coming in at the cove joint or even basement windows, installing a custom drainage system can remove the water from your basement. In some of the more extreme locations, usually with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we will 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 in place but it is unable to keep up with flooding water, we can install a new, more powerful sump pump to make the system as good as new. On top of installing systems, we can also help you upgrade the drainage in your yard to assist with preventing water from sitting at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your foundation is quite possibly one of the most important areas of the home. It not only holds the home itself but it also is the basement walls. If you've got foundation problems, normally they will manifest themselves in the form of diagonal cracks in the outside brickwork, long cracks that run along the foundation or across basement walls. You may also notice that the windows will not open or close easily or even cracks at the corners of them. There may also be an issue where the basement walls are pressing into the area. While these problems may not seem serious 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 to determine if a repair needs to be in place.
Thankfully, the most common foundation problems have very similar causes and our team is very good at spotting those problems. We can implement a repair product that is for your exact problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If you have a settling foundation, we will 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 types of piers are very strong and are able to stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, there are some potential options. Our team can utilize a system of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that are installed vertically against the cracks to push them back in line and control further bowing, or even carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products will straighten the bowed wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, many of the homes are built with crawl spaces instead of basements. For many years, these were created with open vents to the outside where were intended to help air flow through the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. The vents allow water to enter the space when it rains or snows and the vents hinder airflow which causes the humidity levels to stay high which can foster the growth of mold and mildew. Studies have shown that up to 50% of the air in your home can come up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is protected from the weather and controlling excess humidity will improve the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been encapsulating crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the best way to seal them off and control high humidity. This is done using a process called encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, occasionally installed with insulation products, and are strong plastic and vinyl sheets as well as covers to close off existing vents and a heavy duty door that will close off the area completely and prevent any excess moisture from entering. This will also prevent critters and animals from settling in your crawl space which will keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is closed off, we will install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. This will prevent high levels of humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also provide a number of services to improve your basement. We can upgrade, replace, or install new 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 our wall system as part of a pre-finishing service that is waterproof as well as resistant to the growth of mold and mildew. When you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can prevent any potential future water problems. If you've already got a waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance service to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like more information about the services above, don't hesitate 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 one of our experts.
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