Foundation and Basement Services in Brookfield, IL
When your downstairs area experiences flooding during extended rains or in the spring during the snow melt or you've got cracks in the foundation, you know there could be a real issue. We are ready to provide assistance when there is any kind of basement flooding, foundation settlement, or bowing foundation wall problem. Our team uses 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 the Brookfield area that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and design a specific solution for your problem that will keep your home safe and protected. When our team implements a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of experience and trusted products.
It is critical that once you find a problem with the crawl space, foundation, or basement that you reach out to a trusted repair company. We recommend this due to there are a number of additional problems that will arise with these issues such as black mold, reduced structural integrity, and even permanent foundation damage. No matter if you're in need of our basement waterproofing products to stop water damaging 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.
Your basement is a very important area of the home regardless of if it is being used for storage or have finished the area. This means it is important that the entire area is dry and any flooding is prevented. Because water is able to get into your basement using a variety of possible places, there needs to be a number of repair possibilities that we can install to keep the area safe. The primary places that water is entering is through cracks in the foundation walls, whether these are in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, where the foundation wall and floor connect, and at windows that may be at or even below grade.
No matter where you're having the problem we've got solutions that are designed to collect, transport, and remove water from the basement. If there are leaking 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 remove the water from the basement. In some extreme locations, typically with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we can install an entire wall solution that is a floor to ceiling heavy duty liner to collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system in place but it is unable 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 evaluate the drainage in the yard to help stop water from pooling at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your homes foundation is quite possibly one of, if not the, most important areas of the home. It not only holds the home itself but it also is the basement walls. If you've got foundation problems, they will generally manifest themselves as diagonal cracks in the brickwork, horizontal cracks that run the length of the foundation or across basement walls. You may also notice that the 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 the basement walls are pressing inward. While these problems may not seem serious when you notice them, each of them are indicative of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for specific problems and determine what type of a repair needs to be performed.
It is good that many foundation problems stem from similar issues and our experts are very good at spotting these problems. We can utilize a repair product designed for your specific issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you have a sinking foundation, we can install 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 are able to stabilize your foundation. If you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, it can be solved with a few possible options. Our team can install a system of wall anchors which are 2 large plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that sit directly against the cracks to force the section back in line and prevent further bowing, or carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products can correct the bowing wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Brookfield, many of the homes were built with crawl spaces instead of basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, these were built with open vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh air flow through the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. The vents allow water to get in during rain and snow storms and then it never leaves which results in the humidity level staying too high which will eventually harbor the growth of mold and mildew. Studies have shown that up to half of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is closed off from the elements and keeping the humidity levels low can improve the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been helping customers with their crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the proper way to seal them off and control the humidity. We do this using a process called encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are strong plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that can close off the area totally and stop any excess moisture from entering. Closing the area will also stop critters and animals from settling in the crawl space which will keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once the crawl space is protected, we can install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. It will control any excess humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also provide a variety of services to upgrade your basement. We have basement windows to improve the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can install a wall system that is both waterproof as well as resistant to mold or mildew growth. If you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can stop any potential future water problems. If you've already got a waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance testing to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like to talk to someone 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 set up a consultation with a member of our team.