Perma-Seal Services in Buffalo Grove, Illinois
Whether 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 this can be a real issue. We are ready to provide assistance when your home has any kind of basement or crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, or bowing basement wall problem. Our team uses time tested products and methods that our team stands behind. We have a team of professionals in Buffalo Grove that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to create a specialized solution to that 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 backed by years of experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that as soon as you've found an issue with the craw space, basement, or foundation that you get in touch with a trusted repair company. We say this due to there are a number of additional issues that can accompany these issues such as mildew, weakened structure, and even catastrophic foundation damage. If you're in need of our basement waterproofing services to prevent water damage in your home, foundation repair products to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to control humidity below the home, our professionals are here to help you.
The basement is a very important area of the home regardless of if it is only being used for storage or if you have a finished space down there. Because of this, it is important that the entire space is free of standing water and any flooding is prevented. Because water can get into your basement through a number of different places, that means there have to be a number of repair solutions and products that we will install to keep the water under control. The primary places that water is entering is through cracks in the foundation walls, whether these are in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, where the foundation wall and floor meet, and finally at the windows that are at or below the soil.
No matter where the problem lies we have solutions that can control, transport, and eject the water from the basement. If you have leaky cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair method to stop the crack from leaking and growing. When the water is coming in at the cove joint or even at the windows, having a custom drainage system installed can remove the water from the basement. In some of the more problematic locations, usually 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 heavy duty liner to collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system in the basement but it is unable to keep up with flooding water, we can replace it with a new, upgraded sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. We aren't just installing systems, we can also help you upgrade the drainage in the yard to help stop water from sitting next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your 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 forms the basement walls. When there are foundation problems, they will generally manifest themselves as stair stepping cracks in the outside brickwork, horizontal cracks that run along the foundation or across the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the windows and doors will get stuck or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also have a problem where the basement walls are bowing inward. You may not think these problems seem critical at first, they are all indicators of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for particular problems to determine if a repair needs to be performed.
It is good that many foundation problems have very similar causes and our team is very good at evaluating these issues. We can implement a repair product intended for your specific issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If the problem is a sinking foundation, we will install a series of foundation piers to level the foundation. We will install either push piers or helical piers, depending on where and how bad the sinking is. Both are very strong and can stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how much the wall is buckling, it can be solved with some possible options. Our team can utilize a system of wall anchors, these are 2 large plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that sit directly against the cracks to force them back in line and control further bowing, or even carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. These products will straighten the bowing wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Buffalo Grove, there are many homes that are built with crawl space areas in addition to basements. For a long time, they were constructed with vents which was intended to increase fresh air flow into the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. The vents allow water to enter the space during rain and snow storms and then it never leaves which causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually harbor the growth of mildew. We have found that up to 50% of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is closed off from the elements and controlling excess humidity will increase the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been encapsulating crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the proper way to seal them off and control high 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, which are heavy duty plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that will seal the area completely and prevent any unwanted moisture from entering. This will also prevent critters and animals from settling in the crawl space which will keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once the crawl space is encapsulated, we will install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. It 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 add features to your basement area. We have basement windows to increase the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can help with pre-finishing the area by installing a wall system that is waterproof and resistant to the growth of mildew. When you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can stop any potential future water problems. If you've have a competitors waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance inspection to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like more information about the services above, please fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our frequently asked questions page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and schedule a meeting with a member of our team.
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