Perma-Seal Waterproofing and Repair Services in Broadview, Illinois
Whether your downstairs area floods when there are heavy rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or there are long cracks in the foundation, you already know this is a serious problem. We are ready to assist when you've got any kind of basement flooding, sinking foundation, or bowing 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 the Broadview area that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to create a specialized solution for your problem that will keep your home properly repaired. When our team installs a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of experience and trusted products.
It is very important that if you find an issue with the foundation, crawl space or basement that you reach out to a trusted repair company. We say this due to there are a number of additional issues that will arise with these issues such as mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even permanent foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you require our basement waterproofing services to prevent water damage in your home, foundation repair products to stabilize your foundation, or crawl space services to control mildew growth in the crawl space, our experts are here to help you.
The basement is an important part of the home whether it is being used as a storage area or have finished the area. Due to this, it is necessary that the entire area is dry and excess humidity and flooding are controlled. Due to the fact that water is able to get into your basement through a variety of different places, there are a number of repair solutions and products that we can use to keep the area safe. The most common places that water leaks in is through cracks in the foundation walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, which is where the foundation wall and floor connect, and at the windows that may be at or below the soil.
No matter where the problem may be, there are solutions that are designed to control, transport, and remove the water from the basement. If there are dripping cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair method to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. If the water is entering at the cove joint or even the windows, having a custom drainage system installed will 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 one of our 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 the basement but it is unable to keep up with flooding water, we can replace it with a new, more powerful sump pump to make the system as good as new. We aren't just installing systems, we can also improve the drainage in the yard to help keep water from pooling at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your foundation is quite possibly one of the most important parts. It not only supports the building itself but it also is the basement walls. If there are foundation problems, they will generally show themselves as stair stepping cracks in the outside brickwork, long cracks that run along the foundation or along 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 an issue where the basement walls are pressing into the basement. While these problems may not seem serious 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 problems to determine what type of a repair needs to be in place.
It is good that many foundation problems stem from similar issues and our team is very good at spotting those issues. We can implement a repair product intended for your exact problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If there is a settling foundation, we can implement a series of foundation piers to stabilize the foundation. The location and amount of sinking will determine if we use helical or push piers. Both types of piers are very strong and can stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how much the wall is buckling, we have some potential options. Our team can install a system of wall anchors which are 2 large plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that sit directly against the problem area to force the section back in line and prevent further bowing, or carbon fiber straps to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. These products can straighten the bowing wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, there are many homes that are built with crawl space areas instead of basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, they were constructed with vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh air flow through the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. Having open vents allows water to enter the space during rain and snow storms and the vents prevent proper evaporation which results in the humidity level staying too high which can facilitate the growth of mildew. We have found that up to half of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is protected from the weather and controlling excess humidity can improve the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been working with crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the proper way to close 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, which are thick plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that can close off the area completely and prevent any excess moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also prevent rodents and animals from moving in the 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 can install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. It will control any excess humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to upgrade your basement area. We can upgrade your basement windows to improve the air flow or provide additional 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 mildew. When you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to stop any potential future water problems. If you've already got a waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance inspection so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like more information about the products 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 a member of our team.
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