Perma-Seal Waterproofing and Repair Services in Buckingham, IL
Whether your basement floods during heavy rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or you have cracks along the foundation, you know this can be a real problem. Our team is ready to assist when there is any kind of basement water, foundation settlement, or bowing basement 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 experts in Buckingham that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to design a unique solution to that problem that will ensure your home is properly repaired. When our team implements a basement or crawl space waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of experience and trusted products.
It is critical that once you see an issue with the craw space, basement, or foundation that you get in touch with a trusted repair company. We say this as there are some additional problems that can arise with these issues including mildew, weakened structure, and even catastrophic foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you require our basement waterproofing products to control water entering your home, foundation repair services to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to control humidity below the home, our experts are here to help you.
Your basement is a very important part of the home whether you're using it as storage or have finished the area. Due to this, it is important that the space is dry and protected from flooding and excess humidity. Because water is able to get into your basement using a number of different paths, there needs to be a variety of repair possibilities that we can install to keep the area safe. The most common places that water is entering is through cracks in the walls, whether these are in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the wall and floor connect, and at the windows that may be at or even below grade.
No matter where the problem lies we have solutions that can collect, transport, and remove water from the basement. If there are leaking cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair method to stop the crack from leaking and growing. When water is coming in at the cove or even your windows, having a custom drainage system installed can remove the water from the basement. In some of the more extreme cases, occasionally with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we can recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is made up of a floor to ceiling liner that will collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system installed but it cannot keep up with demand, we can install a new, upgraded sump pump to breathe new life into the system. On top of installing systems, we can also help you improve the drainage in the yard to help keep water from pooling at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your foundation is easily one of the most important areas of the home. It not only holds the structure itself but it also is the basement walls. When you've got foundation problems, usually, they will present themselves as diagonal cracks in the outside brickwork, horizontal cracks that run along the foundation or along basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the doors and windows will not open or close easily or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also have an issue where the basement walls are pressing into the basement. You may not think these problems seem serious at first, each of them are indicative of a sinking or settling foundation and it is important to have an expert evaluate the foundation for problems to determine if 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 evaluating those problems. We can utilize a repair product intended for your particular problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If there is a uneven foundation, we can implement a system of foundation piers to correct the problem. Depending on how bad it is and where it is, we will use either helical piers or push piers. Both are very strong and can stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, it can be solved with a few potential options. We can install a series of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that sit directly against the problem area to push them back in line and stop further bowing, or carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. These products can 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 are built with crawl spaces in addition to basements. For a long time, these were created with vents which was intended to increase air flow into the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. The vents allow 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 mold and mildew. Up to half of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so ensuring this area 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 working with crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the best way to seal 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 heavy duty plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that can close off the area completely and prevent any excess moisture from entering. Closing the area will also prevent bugs and animals from getting in the crawl space which will keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is encapsulated, we can install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. This will control any excess humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also provide a number of services to add features to your basement area. We have basement windows to improve the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can install our wall system as part of a pre-finishing service that is both waterproof as well as resistant to mold or mildew growth. When 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. Even if you've have a competitors 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 solutions above, please fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or give us a call at 630-206-1177 and set up a consultation with a member of our team.
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