Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Waterproofing Services in Broadview, Illinois
If your downstairs area has excess water during extended rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or you've got cracks in the foundation, you already know there may be a serious problem. Our team is ready to help when you have any kind of basement water, foundation settlement, or bowed basement wall problem. We use methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that we stand behind. We have a team of experts in Broadview that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and create a specific solution for your problem that will ensure your home is safe and protected. When we install a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is very important that once you've found an issue with the crawl space, foundation, or basement that you get in touch with a trusted repair company. We say this as there are a number of potentially dangerous problems that can accompany these issues including mildew, weakened structure, and even permanent foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you are in need of our basement waterproofing services to prevent water from entering your home, foundation repair services to stabilize your foundation, or crawl space services to prevent unnecessary damage under your home, our professionals are here to help you.
The basement is a very important part of the home whether it is being used for storage or have finished the area. Due to this, it is necessary that the area is free of standing water and excess humidity is controlled. Since water can get into a basement using a number of different paths, there needs to be a variety of repair solutions and products that we can use to keep the area safe. The primary places that water is entering is at cracks in the foundation walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the foundation walls and floor meet, and at windows that may be at or even below grade.
Regardless of where the problem may be, we've got solutions that are designed to control, transport, and eject the water from the basement. If you have leaking cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair method to stop the crack from leaking and growing. If the water is entering at the cove or even at the windows, having a custom drainage system installed can help remove the water from the basement. In some of the more problematic cases, occasionally with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we can recommend installing an entire wall solution that is a full height liner to collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system in the basement but it cannot 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 help you upgrade the drainage in the yard to help keep water from sitting next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The 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 there are foundation problems, normally they will present themselves as stair-step cracks in the brickwork, long cracks that run along the foundation or across the basement walls. You may also notice that the windows will not open or close easily or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also have a problem where the basement walls are bowing into the basement. You may not think these problems seem serious when you notice them, each of them are indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for particular problems and determine if a repair needs to be installed.
It is good that the most common foundation problems stem from similar issues and our experts are very good at evaluating those problems. We can utilize a repair product designed for your exact problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you have a sinking foundation, we can implement 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 can help stabilize your foundation. If you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, it can be solved with a few potential options. Our team can install a number of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that sit directly against the cracks to push them back in line and prevent further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products can correct the bowed wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Broadview, many of the homes were built with crawl spaces instead of basements. For many years, they were created with 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. The vents allow water to get in when it rains or snows and the vents prevent proper evaporation which causes the humidity levels to stay high which can harbor the growth of mildew. Studies have shown that up to ½ of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so having the space closed off from the elements and keeping the humidity levels low can increase the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been helping customers with their 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 known as encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, which are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that can seal the area completely and prevent any unwanted moisture from entering. This will also prevent pests and animals from settling in the crawl space which will help keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is closed off, we can install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. It will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also provide a number of services to help upgrade your basement area. We have 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 both waterproof as well as resistant to mildew growth. 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 have a competitors waterproofing system 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 services 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 consultation with one of our experts.
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