Perma-Seal Services in Burbank, IL
Whether your home experiences flooding during extended rains or when the snow is melting in the spring or you've got cracks in the foundation, you already know there could be a real issue. Our experts are here to provide assistance when you've got any kind of basement flooding, foundation settlement, or bowed foundation wall problem. Our team uses time tested products and methods that we stand behind. We have a team of experts in the Burbank area that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and come up with a unique solution to that problem that will ensure your home is safe and protected. When our team installs a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is critical that as soon as you've seen an issue with your foundation, crawl space or basement that you reach out to an experienced repair company. We recommend this because there are some additional issues that can happen along with these issues including mildew, structural damage, and even permanent foundation damage. No matter if you require our basement waterproofing products to control water entering your home, foundation repair products to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to prevent mildew growth in the crawl space, our experts are here to help you.
The basement is a very important part of your home whether it is only being used for storage or have finished the area. Due to this, it is important that the area is dry and protected from flooding and excess humidity. Due to the fact that water can get into a basement by a variety of possible places, there needs to be a number of repair solutions and products that we can utilize to keep the area safe. The most common places that we see water leaks 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 finally at the windows that may be at or below the soil.
No matter where the problem may be, there are solutions that will collect, divert, and remove water from your basement. If there are leaky wall cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair procedure to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. If water is leaking at the cove joint or even your windows, installing a custom drainage system can help remove the water from your basement. In some extreme locations, typically with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we can recommend installing an entire wall solution that is a full height liner that will collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system in the basement but it is unable to keep up with the water, we can install a new, upgraded sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. On top of installing systems, we can also help you evaluate the drainage in your yard to help prevent water from sitting next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The foundation of your home is easily one of, if not the, most important areas of the home. It not only supports the home itself but it also is the basement walls. If you've got foundation problems, usually, they will manifest themselves as diagonal cracks in the brickwork, cracks that run along the foundation or across basement walls. You may also notice that the windows will get stuck or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also see a problem where the basement walls are coming into the area. While these issues may not seem serious when you notice them, 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 what type of a repair needs to be in place.
It is good that the most common foundation problems are caused by similar things and our team is very good at evaluating those issues. We can utilize a repair solution designed for your particular issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If there is a uneven foundation, we can implement a system 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 stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how much the wall is buckling, there are some potential options. Our team can install a number of wall anchors which are 2 large plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that are installed directly against the cracks to push the section back in line and prevent further bowing, or carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen along cracks and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products can straighten the bowed wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Burbank, there are many homes that were built with crawl space areas instead of basements. For a long time, these were constructed 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 when it rains or snows and the vents hinder airflow which causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually harbor the growth of mildew. Up to 50% of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so ensuring this area is closed off from the elements and keeping the humidity levels low can improve the overall air quality in your home.
We have been working with crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the best way to close them off and control excess humidity. We do this using a method known as encapsulation which is the installation of a series of vapor barriers, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are sturdy plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that can close off the area completely and stop any excess moisture from entering. This will also stop rodents and animals from moving in your crawl space which will help keep any items there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is encapsulated, we can install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. This will control any excess humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to help improve your basement area. We have basement windows to improve the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. When waterproofing the basement, we can install a wall system that is waterproof as well as resistant to mildew growth. If 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 already got a 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, don't hesitate 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.