Perma-Seal Waterproofing and Repair Services in Broadview, 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 large cracks along your foundation, you know there could be a real issue. Our team is ready to help when there is any kind of basement flooding, foundation settlement, or buckling basement wall problem. Our team uses methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that our team stands behind. We have a team of professionals in the Broadview area that are trained to correctly evaluate your problem to design a specific solution to that problem that will ensure your home is properly repaired. When our team installs a waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that as soon as you find an issue with your foundation, crawl space or basement that you get in touch with an experienced repair company. We say this because there are some potentially dangerous problems that will arise with these issues including mildew, structural damage, and even catastrophic foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you require our basement waterproofing services to prevent water damage in your home, foundation repair products to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to control water in the crawl space, our professionals are here to help you.
Your basement is an important part of your home regardless of if it is only being used as storage or if you have a finished space down there. Due to this, it is important that the area is dry and any flooding is prevented. Due to the fact that water can get into your basement by a number of possible paths, there needs to be a number of repair solutions and products that we will utilize to prevent damage to the area. The primary places that water leaks in is through cracks in the basement walls, whether these are in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, which is where the basement walls and floor connect, and at any windows that are at or below grade.
Regardless of where the problem may be, there are solutions that are designed to collect, divert, and eject water from your basement. If there are leaky basement cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. If water is entering at the cove joint or even your windows, having a custom drainage system installed will help remove the water from your basement. In some extreme cases, typically with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we will recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is comprised of a floor to ceiling liner to collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system installed but it struggles to keep up with demand, we can install a new, upgraded sump pump to breathe new life into the system. We aren't just installing systems, we can also upgrade the drainage in your yard to help prevent water from standing at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The foundation of your home is quite possibly one of the most important areas of the home. It not only holds the building itself but it also forms the basement walls. If you have any foundation problems, normally they will manifest themselves as stair-step cracks in your brickwork, long cracks that run along the foundation or along basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that your windows will not open or close easily or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also have a problem where your basement walls are buckling into the area. You may not think these issues seem problematic at first, each of them are indicators 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 performed.
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 solution intended for your exact issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you've got a sinking foundation, we will implement a system 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 types of piers are very strong and can stabilize your foundation. If you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, we have a few possible options. Our team can utilize a series of wall anchors which are 2 large plates connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that are installed directly against the cracks to force them back in line and control further bowing, or even carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products will repair the buckling wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, there are many homes that were built with crawl space areas in addition to basements. For many years, they were constructed with open vents which was intended to increase 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 then it never leaves which results in the humidity level staying too high which will eventually facilitate the growth of mildew. Up to 50% of the air in your home has come up through the crawl space so ensuring this area is protected from the weather and keeping the humidity levels low 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 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, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are strong plastic and vinyl sheets as well as covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that will seal the area completely and prevent any excess moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also prevent rodents and animals from getting in your crawl space which will help keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once your crawl space is encapsulated, we will install a combination 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 help add features to the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We can upgrade your basement windows to improve the air flow or provide additional light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can help with pre-finishing the area by installing 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 water from entering the home before it can become a problem. Even if you've have a waterproofing system we did not install in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance inspection to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like more information about the solutions above, feel free 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 schedule a meeting with one of our experts.
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