Foundation and Basement Waterproofing and Repair Services in Buckingham, Illinois
When your downstairs area floods when there are extended rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or there are large cracks in your foundation, you know there could be a real problem. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is ready to assist when your home has any kind of crawl space flooding, sinking foundation, or bowed 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 experts in Buckingham that are trained to properly evaluate your problem to implement a specific solution for your problem that will ensure your home is properly repaired. When our team installs a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that once you see an issue with your basement, foundation, or crawl space that you contact an experienced repair company. We recommend this due to there are a number of additional problems that will arise with these issues including mildew, weakened structure, and even permanent foundation damage. If you are in need of our basement waterproofing products to control water entering your home, foundation repair services to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to prevent mildew growth in the crawl space, our experts are here to help you.
Your basement is an important part of your home whether it is being used for storage or have already finished the area. Because of this, it is necessary that the entire area is free of standing water and excess humidity and flooding are controlled. Since water is able to get into your basement using a number of different places, there are a variety of repair options that we can utilize to prevent damage to the area. The main places that we find water leaking is at cracks in the basement walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, where the basement walls and floor meet, and finally at the windows that are at or below grade.
No matter where the problem may be, there are solutions that will collect, divert, and eject water from your basement. If you have leaky basement cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair to control the crack growth and leaking. When water is coming in at the cove or even at basement windows, having a custom drainage system installed will help remove the water from your basement. In some problematic cases, usually with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we can install an entire wall solution that is comprised of a full height heavy duty liner to collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system installed but it cannot keep up with flooding water, we can replace it with a new, more powerful sump pump to make the system as good as new. We aren't just installing systems, we can also upgrade the drainage in your yard to assist with preventing water from pooling at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your 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. When there are foundation problems, normally they will show themselves as stair stepping cracks in your brickwork, cracks that run along the foundation or along basement walls. You may also notice that your windows will not open or close easily or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also see a problem where your basement walls are pressing into the area. You may not think these issues seem problematic 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 particular problems to determine what type of a repair needs to be performed.
It is good that the most common foundation problems are caused by similar things and our experts are very good at tracking down 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 uneven foundation, we can install a series 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 types of piers are very strong and can stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, it can be solved with a few possible options. We can utilize a number of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that are installed vertically against the cracks to force them back in line and prevent further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber straps to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products can correct the bowed wall and stop 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. As long as there have been crawl spaces, they were constructed with open vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh air flow into the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. Having open vents allows water to enter the space during rain and snow storms and the vents prevent proper evaporation which results in the humidity level staying too high which will eventually harbor the growth of mildew. Studies have shown that up to half of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so having the space protected from the weather and controlling excess humidity can increase the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been encapsulating crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the best way to seal them off and control excess humidity. We do this using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are heavy duty plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that can close off the area totally and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. Closing the area will also stop critters and animals from settling in your crawl space which will help keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once your crawl space is encapsulated, we can install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. This will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also offer a number of services to help improve your basement area. We have basement windows to increase the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. After we install a waterproofing system, we can install our wall system as part of a pre-finishing service 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 potential future water problems. If you've already got a 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 services above, don't hesitate 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.
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