Basement and Foundation Repair Services in Burbank, IL
If you've noticed your basement experiences flooding during heavy rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or you have cracks in the foundation, you already know this is a serious issue. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is ready to provide assistance when there is any type of basement flooding, sinking foundation, or bowing 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 professionals in the Burbank area that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and design a specific solution to that problem that will keep your home 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 very important that as soon as you've found a problem with your foundation, crawl space or basement that you get in touch with an experienced repair company. We say this due to there are a number of potentially dangerous issues that can happen along with these issues such as black mold, weakened structure, and even catastrophic foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you're in need of our basement waterproofing products to prevent water damage in your home, foundation repair services to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to prevent mold growth in the crawl space, our experts are here to help you.
Your basement is an important area of your home regardless of if you're using it as storage or if you have a finished space down there. Due to this, it is important that the entire space is free of standing water and protected from flooding and excess humidity. Due to the fact that water is able to get into the basement through a number of different paths, that means there have to be a number of repair options that we can install to keep the water under control. The main places that we find water leaking is through cracks in the foundation walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, where the foundation wall and floor connect, and finally at windows that may be at or even below grade.
No matter where the problem may be, there are solutions that will collect, divert, and eject the water from your basement. If you've got leaking cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair method to stop the crack from leaking and growing. If the water is leaking at the cove or even the windows, having a custom drainage system installed can remove the water from your basement. In some extreme cases, typically with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we can install an entire wall solution that is a full height liner that will collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system in place but it struggles to keep up with the water, we can replace it with a new, upgraded sump pump to breathe new life into the system. In addition to installing systems, we can also help you upgrade the drainage in your yard to help keep water from sitting next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your homes foundation is easily one of the most important areas of the home. It not only holds the structure itself but it also forms the basement walls. If you have any foundation problems, usually, they will manifest themselves as stair stepping cracks in the brickwork, cracks that run along the foundation or along the basement walls. You may also notice that the doors or windows will stick when you open or close them or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also see a problem where the basement walls are pressing inward. While these problems may not seem serious 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 specific problems and determine if a repair needs to be performed.
It is good that many foundation problems have very similar causes and our experts are very good at spotting those issues. We can utilize a repair solution designed for your specific issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If there is a sinking foundation, we can install a system 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 types are very strong and can stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, it can be solved with a few different options. Our team can install a system of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that we mount vertically against the cracks to force the section back in line and prevent further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products can repair the bowing wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, there are many homes that are built with crawl space areas in addition to basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, they were constructed with vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh air flow into the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. The vents allow water to get in during rain and snow storms and the vents prevent proper evaporation which causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually harbor the growth of mold and mildew. Up to 50% of the air in your home can come up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is protected from the weather and controlling excess humidity can increase the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been working on crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the most efficient way to close them off and control high humidity. This is done using a process known as 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 covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that can close off the area totally and prevent any unwanted moisture from entering. This will also prevent critters and animals from getting in your crawl space which will keep any equipment there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once the crawl space is protected, we can install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. 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 upgrade the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We have basement windows to increase the air flow or increase the amount of 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 the growth of mold and mildew. 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. If you've have a waterproofing system we did not install in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance service to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like more information about the solutions above, don't hesitate to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our frequently asked questions page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and set up a meeting with one of our experts.