Perma-Seal Repair Services in Brookfield, IL
It doesn't matter if your basement floods when there are heavy rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or there are large cracks in your foundation, you know there may be a serious problem. We are ready to provide assistance when your home has any kind of basement water, sinking foundation, or bowing foundation wall problem. We use products that we've tested and methods that we've perfected over the years that we stand behind. We have a team of professionals in Brookfield that are trained to correctly evaluate your problem to come up with a specialized solution to that problem that will ensure your home is properly protected. When our team implements a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is very important that as soon as you find a problem with your crawl space, foundation, or basement that you reach out to a trusted repair company. We recommend this due to there are a number of potentially dangerous problems that can arise with these issues including mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even catastrophic foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you are needing our basement waterproofing services to protect your home, foundation repair services to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to control humidity below the home, our professionals are here to help you.
Your basement is an important part of your home whether it is only being used as storage or have already finished the area. This means it is necessary that the entire area is free of standing water and any flooding is prevented. Due to the fact that water is able to get into a basement by a variety of different places, there are a variety of repair options that we will use to keep the water under control. The most common places that we find water leaking is through cracks in the basement walls, whether these are in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the basement wall and floor meet, and finally at windows that are at or even below grade.
Regardless of where the problem lies we've got solutions that can collect, divert, and remove the water from your basement. If you have leaky wall cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair to stop the crack from leaking and growing. If the water is coming in at the cove or even at your windows, installing a custom drainage system can help remove the water from your basement. In some of the more extreme locations, occasionally with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we will install one of our entire wall solution that is comprised of a floor to ceiling liner that will collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system installed but it is unable to keep up with flooding water, we can replace it with a new, more powerful sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. We aren't just installing systems, we can also help you 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, if not the, most important parts. It not only holds the structure itself but it also forms the basement walls. If you've got foundation problems, normally they will show themselves in the form of diagonal cracks in your brickwork, cracks that run along the foundation or along the basement walls. You may also notice that your windows will get stuck or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also see an issue where your basement walls are pressing into the basement. While these problems may not seem critical when you notice them, each of them are indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and it is important to have an expert evaluate the foundation for particular problems to determine if a repair needs to be in place.
It is good that the most common foundation problems stem from similar issues and our professionals are very good at spotting these problems. We can utilize a repair solution designed for your particular problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If you have a settling foundation, we will implement a system 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 stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, we have some possible options. We can install a number of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that we mount vertically against the cracks to force the section back in line and prevent further bowing, or even carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products will correct the bowing wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Brookfield, many of the homes were built with crawl spaces instead of basements. For a long time, they were built 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 get in 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. Studies have shown that up to 50% 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 will improve the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been enclosing crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the most efficient way to close them off and control the humidity. We do this using a method called encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, 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 prevent any excess moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also prevent rodents and animals from settling in your crawl space which will help keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once your crawl space is protected, we will install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. It will prevent high levels of humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also provide a variety of services to help add features to your basement area. 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 a wall system that is both 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 water from entering the home before it can become a problem. Even if you've have a competitors waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance testing to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like more information about the services above, please fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our frequently asked questions page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and set up a meeting with one of our experts.