Foundation and Basement Waterproofing and Repair Services in Burbank, IL
Whether your basement has excess water during extended rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or there are long cracks in your foundation, you already know there could be a real problem. We are ready to assist when your home has any type of crawl space flooding, foundation settlement, or bowing basement wall problem. We use methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that we stand behind. We have a team of experts in Burbank that are trained to properly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to come up with a specific solution for your problem that will ensure your home is safe and protected. When we install a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of experience and trusted products.
It is critical that once you've found a problem with your basement, foundation, or crawl space that you contact a trusted repair company. We say this due to there are a number of additional 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 require our basement waterproofing products to stop water damaging your home, foundation repair services to prevent your home from sinking, or crawl space services to prevent unnecessary damage under your home, our professionals are here to help you.
Your basement is an important area of your home regardless of if it is being used as a storage area or if you have a finished space down there. This means it is important that the entire area is dry and excess humidity and flooding are controlled. Because water can get into a basement using a number of different paths, that means there have to be a variety of repair possibilities that we can install to keep the area safe. The primary places that water leaks in is through cracks in the basement walls, whether these are in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the basement wall and floor connect, and at windows that may be at or even below the soil.
No matter where you're having the problem we have solutions that will control, transport, and eject the water from your basement. If you've got leaking basement cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair to control the crack growth and leaking. If the water is entering at the cove joint or even at basement windows, installing a custom drainage system can remove the water from your basement. In some extreme locations, typically with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we can install one of our entire wall solution that is a full height liner that will collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system in place but it is unable to keep up with the 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 evaluate the drainage in your yard to assist with preventing water from sitting at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
Your homes foundation is easily one of, if not the, most important areas of the home. It not only supports the building itself but it also is the basement walls. If you have any foundation problems, they will generally present themselves in the form of stair stepping cracks in your brickwork, cracks that run the length of the foundation or along the basement walls. You may also notice that your windows and doors will get stuck or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also see an issue where your basement walls are bowing inward. You may not think these issues seem serious at first, each of them are indicative of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for specific problems to determine if a repair needs to be in place.
Thankfully, the most common foundation problems have very similar causes and our experts are very good at noticing those issues. We can implement a repair solution intended for your exact problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If you've got a sinking 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 types are very strong and are able to stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how much the wall is buckling, we have some possible options. We can utilize a number of wall anchors which are 2 large plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that we mount vertically against the problem area to force the section back in line and control further bowing, or carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products can repair the bowing 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 space areas and not basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, they were created with vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh air flow into the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. The vents allow water to get in during rain and snow storms and then it never leaves which results in the humidity level staying too high which can foster the growth of mold and mildew. We have found that up to half of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so ensuring this area is protected from the weather and controlling excess humidity can increase the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been helping customers with their crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the best way to close them off and control the humidity. We do this using a method known as encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, which are strong plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that can seal the area completely and prevent any excess moisture from entering. Closing the area will also prevent bugs and animals from settling in your crawl space which will keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After your crawl space is closed off, we can install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. This will prevent high levels of humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a number of services to add features to your basement. We can upgrade, replace, or install new basement windows to increase the air flow or provide additional light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can install our wall system as part of a pre-finishing service that is both waterproof and resistant to the growth of mold and mildew. If you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can stop 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 inspection 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 frequently asked questions page or give us a call at 630-206-1177 and set up a meeting with one of our experts.