Perma-Seal Waterproofing Services in Buffalo Grove, IL
If you've noticed your downstairs area experiences flooding when there are extended rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or you've got cracks in your foundation, you know this is a serious issue. Our experts are here to help when there is any kind of basement flooding, sinking foundation, or buckling basement wall problem. We use methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that our team stands behind. We have a team of experts in the Buffalo Grove area that are trained to properly evaluate your problem to come up with a specialized solution for your problem that will ensure your home is safe and protected. When we install a basement or crawl space waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that once you've seen an issue with your basement, foundation, or crawl space that you contact a trusted repair company. We say this because there are quite a few additional problems that can accompany these issues including mold, structural damage, and even permanent foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you need our basement waterproofing products to prevent water from entering your home, foundation repair products to prevent your home from sinking, or crawl space services to control humidity below the home, our professionals are here to help you.
Your basement is an important part of your home whether it is being used as a storage area or if you have a finished space down there. Because of this, it is necessary that the entire area is free of standing water and excess humidity and flooding are controlled. Because water is able to get into your basement through a variety of different paths, there are a variety of repair possibilities that we can use to prevent damage to the area. The main places that we see water leaks is through cracks in the walls, whether these are in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, where the walls and floor meet, and finally at windows that may be at or even below the soil.
No matter where you're having the problem we have solutions that can control, transport, and eject the water from your basement. If there are leaky cracks, the first step is installing a wall crack repair method to stop the crack from leaking and growing. When the water is leaking at the cove or even basement windows, installing a custom drainage system can remove the water from your basement. In some extreme cases, usually with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we can install an entire wall solution that is made up of a floor to ceiling liner that will collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system installed but it cannot keep up with the water, we can install a new, upgraded sump pump to make the system as good as new. We aren't just installing systems, we can also evaluate the drainage in your yard to help prevent water from sitting at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your foundation is easily one of, if not the, most important parts. It not only holds the structure itself but it also forms the basement walls. When you have any foundation problems, usually, they will present themselves as stair-step cracks in your outside brickwork, horizontal cracks that run along the foundation or across the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that your doors and windows will not open or close easily or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also have a problem where your basement walls are buckling into the area. While these issues may not seem problematic when you notice them, they are all 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 installed.
Thankfully, the most common foundation problems are caused by similar things and our experts are very good at noticing these problems. We can utilize a repair product that is for your exact issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If there is a sinking foundation, we can implement a series of foundation piers to stabilize 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 you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how much the wall is buckling, it can be solved with a few different options. We can utilize a system of wall anchors which are 2 large plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that are installed directly against the cracks to push them back in line and stop further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products can straighten the buckling wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, many of the homes were built with crawl spaces and not basements. For a long time, they were created with open vents to the outside where were intended to help air flow through the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. The vents allow water to get in when it rains or snows and the vents hinder airflow which results in the humidity level staying too high which will eventually harbor the growth of mold and mildew. We have found that up to ½ of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is closed off from the outside and controlling excess humidity can increase the overall air quality in your home.
We have 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 method called encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are thick 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. Encapsulation will also prevent critters and animals from settling in your crawl space which will keep any items 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. It will control any excess humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also provide a variety of services to improve your basement. We carry basement windows to increase the air flow or provide additional light in the area. When waterproofing the basement, we can install our wall system as part of a pre-finishing service that is 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 stop any potential future water problems. Even if you've have a competitors waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance testing to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like more information about the solutions 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 set up a meeting with one of our experts.
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