Basement, Foundation, and Crawl Space Services in Brookfield, IL
When your downstairs area floods when there are heavy rains or in the spring during the snow melt or you have long cracks along your foundation, you know there could be a real issue. Our experts are here to assist when you have any type of crawl space flooding, sinking foundation, or buckling basement wall problem. Our team uses time tested products and methods that our team stands behind. We have a team of experts in Brookfield that are trained to correctly evaluate your problem and create a specific solution to that problem that will keep your home properly protected. When we install a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of experience and trusted products.
It is critical that once you see a problem with your crawl space, foundation, or basement that you reach out to a trusted repair company. We say this as there are quite a few potentially dangerous issues that will arise with these issues such as black mold, reduced structural integrity, and even permanent foundation damage. No matter if you are in need of our basement waterproofing products to prevent water damage in your home, foundation repair services to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to prevent unnecessary damage under your home, our team is here to help you.
The basement is a very important part of your home whether it is being used as a storage area or have already finished the area. Because of this, it is important that the space is dry and excess humidity is controlled. Due to the fact that water is able to get into your basement through a number of possible paths, there needs to be a variety of repair options that we will utilize to keep the area safe. The main places that water leaks in is at cracks in the basement walls, whether these are in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, where the basement walls and floor connect, and finally at windows that may be at or even below the soil.
No matter where the problem lies we have solutions that can collect, divert, and eject the water from your basement. If there are dripping cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair to control the crack growth and leaking. If the water is coming in at the cove joint or even your windows, installing a custom drainage system will remove the water from your basement. In some extreme instances, usually with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we will recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is comprised of a floor to ceiling heavy duty liner that will collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system installed but it cannot keep up with flooding 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 evaluate the drainage in your yard to help stop water from pooling next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The homes 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 have any foundation problems, normally they will present themselves in the form of stair-step cracks in your outside brickwork, horizontal cracks that run along the foundation or across the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that your windows or doors will stick when you open or close them or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also see an issue where your basement walls are buckling into the area. You may not think these problems seem critical when you notice them, they are all indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and it is important to have an expert evaluate the foundation for particular problems and determine what type of a repair needs to be installed.
Thankfully, the most common foundation problems have very similar causes and our team is very good at noticing those issues. We can utilize a repair product intended for your exact issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If there is a uneven foundation, we will install a series of foundation piers to stabilize the foundation. Depending on how bad it is and where it is, we will use either helical piers or push piers. Both types 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 different options. We can utilize a series of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that are installed vertically against the problem area to push them back in line and stop further bowing, or carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products will straighten the buckling wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, there are many homes that were built with crawl spaces in addition to basements. For many years, these were created with open vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh air flow through the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. Having open vents allows water to get in when it rains or snows and then it never leaves which causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually harbor the growth of mold and mildew. Up to half of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is protected from the elements 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 close them off and control high humidity. This is done using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are strong plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that will seal the area completely and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. Closing the area will also stop bugs and animals from moving in your crawl space which will keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once your crawl space is encapsulated, we will install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. It will control any excess humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also offer a number of services to upgrade your basement area. We can upgrade, replace, or install new basement windows to improve the air flow or provide additional light in the area. After we install a waterproofing system, we can install a wall system that is waterproof and resistant to the growth of mold and mildew. If 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 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 would like to talk to someone about the products above, feel free 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.