Foundation and Basement Waterproofing and Repair Services in Brookfield, Illinois
If you've noticed your basement floods when there are extended rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or you've got long cracks along the foundation, you already know this can be a real problem. Our experts are ready to provide assistance when you have any type of basement or crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, or bowing basement wall problem. Our team uses methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that our team stands behind. We have a team of experts in the Brookfield area that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to create a unique solution to that problem that will ensure your home is properly repaired. 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 critical that as soon as you've found a problem with your foundation, crawl space or basement that you get in touch with a trusted repair company. We say this as there are quite a few potentially dangerous problems that will happen along with these issues such as mildew, structural damage, and even permanent foundation damage. No matter if you're needing our basement waterproofing services to protect your home, foundation repair services to stabilize your foundation, or crawl space services to control mildew growth in the crawl space, our professionals are here to help you.
The basement is a very important part of your home regardless of if it is being used for storage or if you have a finished space down there. Due to this, it is necessary that the entire area is free of standing water and any type of flooding is prevented. Because water is able to get into a basement by a number of different paths, there are a variety of repair solutions and products that we will install to keep the water under control. The main places that we see water leaks is through cracks in the basement walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the basement walls and floor meet, and finally at the windows that are at or even below the soil.
Regardless of where you're having the problem there are solutions that can control, transport, and remove water from your basement. If there are dripping wall cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair method to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. If water is leaking at the cove or even basement windows, installing a custom drainage system will help remove the water from your basement. In some of the more extreme cases, typically with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we will install an entire wall solution that is made up of a full height liner that will collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system in the basement but it cannot keep up with demand, we can replace it with a new, more powerful sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. On top of installing systems, we can also help you upgrade the drainage in your yard to help keep water from standing next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your homes foundation is easily one of the most important parts. It not only supports the building itself but it also is the basement walls. If you have any foundation problems, they will generally present themselves in the form of stair-step cracks in the outside brickwork, horizontal cracks that run along the foundation or across basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the windows will get stuck or even cracks at the corners of them. There may also be a problem where the basement walls are bowing into the basement. While these issues may not seem serious when you notice them, each of them are indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and it is important to have an expert evaluate the foundation for specific problems to determine if a repair needs to be in place.
Thankfully, many foundation problems stem from similar issues and our team is very good at noticing those problems. We can utilize a repair solution intended for your exact problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If there is a sloping foundation, we will install a system of foundation piers to correct the problem. We will install either push piers or helical piers, depending on where and how bad the sinking is. Both types of piers are very strong and are able to stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, there are a few potential options. Our team can utilize a number of wall anchors, these are 2 large plates connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that we mount vertically against the cracks to force them back in line and control further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber staples to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products will repair the bowing wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, many of the homes were built with crawl space areas and not basements. For many years, these were constructed with open vents which was intended to increase fresh air flow through the area 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 can harbor the growth of mildew. We have found that up to ½ of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is protected from the elements and keeping the humidity levels low will increase the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been dealing with crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the proper way to close them off and control the humidity. This is done using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, which are heavy duty plastic and vinyl sheets 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. Closing the area will also prevent rodents and animals from getting in your crawl space which will help keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is encapsulated, we will install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. This will control any excess humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also provide a number of services to help improve your basement. We have basement windows to increase the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. When waterproofing the basement, we can help with pre-finishing the area by installing a wall system that is both waterproof as well as resistant to the growth of mildew. When you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can prevent any water from entering the home before it can become a problem. Even 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 services above, feel free to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or give us a call at 630-206-1177 and organize a meeting with a member of our team.