Basement and Foundation Services in Buckingham, Illinois
It doesn't matter if your downstairs area floods during heavy rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or you have large cracks in the foundation, you know there may be a serious issue. We are ready to help when you have any type of basement or crawl space flooding, sinking foundation, or buckling foundation wall problem. Our team uses products that we've tested and methods that we've perfected over the years that our team stands behind. We have a team of experts in Buckingham that are trained to properly evaluate your problem and create a unique solution for your problem that will keep your home properly protected. When we install a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that as soon as you see a problem with your basement, foundation, or crawl space that you contact a trusted repair company. We recommend this as there are a number of additional issues that can arise with these issues including mildew, weakened structure, and even catastrophic foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you are needing our basement waterproofing services to prevent water from entering your home, foundation repair products to prevent your home from sinking, or crawl space services to control mildew growth in the crawl space, our team is here to help you.
The basement is an important part of your home whether it is only being used for storage or have finished the area. Because of this, it is important that the area is free of standing water and excess humidity is controlled. Since water can get into a basement through a number of different paths, there needs to be a variety of repair solutions and products that we can install to keep the area safe. The most common places that water is entering is at cracks in the basement walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, where the basement walls and floor connect, and at the windows that may be at or even below grade.
No matter where you're having the problem we have solutions that will collect, divert, and eject the water from your basement. If you've got dripping wall cracks, the first step is installing a wall crack repair procedure to stop the crack from leaking and growing. If the water is entering at the cove or even your windows, installing a custom drainage system can remove the water from your basement. In some problematic locations, usually with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we can install an entire wall solution that is comprised of a floor to ceiling heavy duty liner that will collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system in place but it is unable to keep up with demand, we can replace it with a new, upgraded sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. On top of installing systems, we can also upgrade the drainage in your yard to help keep water from sitting next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The foundation of your home is quite possibly one of 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 the outside brickwork, cracks that run along the foundation or across the basement walls. You may also notice that the windows and doors will get stuck or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also see a problem where the basement walls are pressing inward. You may not think these problems seem critical at first, they are all indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and it is important to have an expert evaluate the foundation for problems and determine if a repair needs to be installed.
It is good that the most common foundation problems stem from similar issues and our team is very good at spotting these issues. We can offer a repair product designed for your specific issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If you have a uneven foundation, we can implement 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 are very strong and can help 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 which are 2 large steel plates connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that we mount vertically against the cracks to force them back in line and control further bowing, or even carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products can straighten the buckling wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, there are many homes that were built with crawl space areas in addition to basements. For a long time, they were built with vents which was intended to increase fresh air flow into the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. Having open vents allows water to enter the space when it rains or snows and the vents hinder airflow which results in the humidity level staying too high which can foster the growth of mildew. Studies have shown that up to half of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so having the space closed off from the elements and keeping the humidity levels low can increase 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 proper way to seal them off and control excess humidity. This is done using a process known as encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, which are thick plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that can seal the area totally and stop any excess moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also stop critters and animals from getting in your crawl space which will keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is encapsulated, we can install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. It will reduce the excess humidity to a proper level in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also provide a number of services to improve your basement area. We have basement windows to increase the air flow or provide additional light in the area. When waterproofing the basement, we can help with pre-finishing the area by installing a wall system that is waterproof and resistant to mildew growth. When you are building a new home, we can install a system of new construction waterproofing systems to stop any potential future water problems. If you've have a competitors waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance service so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like more information 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 schedule a consultation with a member of our team.
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