Perma-Seal Services in Burlington, Illinois
When your basement experiences flooding when there are heavy rains or as the snow melts in the spring time or you've got long cracks along the foundation, you know this can be a real problem. Our team is here to assist when you've got any type of basement water, 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 Burlington that are trained to properly evaluate your problem and implement a unique solution for your problem that will keep your home properly protected. When we install a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is crucial that once you find a problem with your crawl space, foundation, or basement that you get in touch with an experienced repair company. We recommend this due to there are some additional problems that will arise with these issues including mildew, weakened structure, and even permanent foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you require our basement waterproofing services to prevent water from entering your home, foundation repair services to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to prevent unnecessary damage under your home, our team is here to help you.
Your basement is a very important area 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 important that the entire area is free of standing water and excess humidity is controlled. Since water is able to get into a basement by a number of different places, there needs to be a number of repair possibilities that we will utilize to keep the area safe. The primary places that we see water leaks is at cracks in the basement walls, which are usually in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, where the basement walls and floor meet, and finally at windows that are at or even below grade.
Regardless of where the problem lies we've got solutions that are designed to collect, divert, and remove the water from your basement. If you have leaking basement cracks, the first step is implementing a wall crack repair method to stop the crack from leaking and growing. If the water is leaking at the cove joint or even at your windows, installing a custom drainage system will remove the water from your basement. In some problematic cases, typically with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we will recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is comprised of a floor to ceiling heavy duty liner that will collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system in place but it cannot keep up with the water, we can replace it with a new, more powerful sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. On top of installing systems, we can also improve the drainage in your yard to help prevent water from pooling at the foundation 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 holds the home itself but it also is the basement walls. If you have any foundation problems, they will generally present themselves in the form of stair-step 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 not open or close easily or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also have an issue where the basement walls are coming into the basement. While these problems may not seem problematic at first, each of them are 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 performed.
Thankfully, many foundation problems have very similar causes and our team is very good at spotting those problems. We can utilize a repair solution intended for your exact problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If you have a settling foundation, we will 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 are very strong and are able to stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how much the wall is buckling, there are a few different options. Our team can utilize a number of wall anchors, these are 2 large steel plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that we mount directly against the problem area to force the section back in line and stop further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak spots and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products will straighten the bowing wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, there are many homes that are built with crawl space areas and not basements. For many years, these were constructed with open vents which was intended to increase fresh air flow into the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. Having open vents allows water to enter the space when it rains or snows and then it never leaves which causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually foster the growth of mildew. Up to ½ of the air in your home comes up through the crawl space so ensuring this area is protected from the elements and keeping the humidity levels low will improve the overall air quality in your home.
Our team has been dealing with crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the proper way to close them off and control high humidity. This is done using a process called encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, occasionally installed with insulation products, which are thick plastic and vinyl sheets as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that will close off the area totally and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. Closing the area will also stop rodents and animals from getting in your crawl space which will keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. After the crawl space is closed off, we will install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. This will prevent high levels of humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also provide a number of services to upgrade your basement area. We can upgrade your basement windows to improve the air flow or provide additional light in the area. During basement waterproofing, we can help with pre-finishing the area by installing a wall system that is both 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 stop any potential future water problems. 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, 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 schedule a consultation with a member of our team.
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