Basement and Foundation Services in Burlington, Illinois
It doesn't matter if your downstairs area has excess water during extended rains or in the spring during the snow melt or you've got cracks along your foundation, you know this can be a real issue. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is here to help when there is any kind of basement or crawl space flooding, sinking foundation, or bowing basement wall problem. Our team uses time tested products and methods that our team stands behind. We have a team of experts in the Burlington area that are trained to correctly evaluate your problem and create a specific solution for your problem that will keep your home safe and protected. When our team installs 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 if you've seen an issue with the craw space, basement, or foundation that you contact a trusted repair company. We say this as there are quite a few potentially dangerous problems that will happen along with these issues such as mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even permanent foundation damage. No matter if you're needing our basement waterproofing services to protect your home, foundation repair services to prevent your home from sinking, or crawl space services to control mildew growth in the crawl space, our experts are here to help you.
Your basement is a very important part of the home whether you're using it as a storage area or have finished the area. Due to this, it is necessary that the space is dry and any flooding is prevented. Since water is able to get into the basement through a variety of possible places, there needs to be a variety of repair possibilities that we can utilize to keep the water under control. The most common places that we find water leaking is through cracks in the basement walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, where the basement walls and floor meet, and at any windows that may be at or even below grade.
No matter where you're having the problem we've got solutions that are designed to control, transport, and remove the water from the basement. If you've got leaking basement cracks, the first step is installing a wall crack repair procedure to control the crack growth and leaking. When the water is coming in at the cove or even the windows, having a custom drainage system installed will help remove the water from the basement. In some problematic cases, occasionally with older block, brick, or stone foundations, we can recommend installing an entire wall solution that is made up of a full height liner that will collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system in the basement but it cannot keep up with demand, we can install a new, upgraded sump pump to breathe new life into the system. We aren't just installing systems, we can also help you evaluate the drainage in the yard to help stop water from standing at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The homes foundation is easily one of, if not the, most important areas of the home. It not only holds the home itself but it also forms the basement walls. When you've got foundation problems, usually, they will show themselves in the form of stair stepping cracks in your outside brickwork, cracks that run the length of the foundation or along the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that your doors and windows will get stuck or there may be cracks at the corners of them. There may also be a problem where your basement walls are pressing inward. While these problems may not seem critical when you notice them, each of them are indicative of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for problems and determine what type of a repair needs to be installed.
It is good that many foundation problems stem from similar issues and our experts are very good at spotting those problems. We can utilize a repair solution intended for your exact issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If you've got a settling foundation, we can install 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 can help stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, we have some possible options. We can install a series of wall anchors, these are 2 large plates and these are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that we mount directly against the problem area to force the section back in line and prevent further bowing, or carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. These products can correct the bowing wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In the greater Chicagoland area, many of the homes were built with crawl space areas instead of basements. For many years, they were created with open vents to the outside where were intended to help air flow into the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. Having open vents allows water to enter the space during rain and snow storms and the vents prevent proper evaporation which results in the humidity level staying too high which can facilitate the growth of mildew. We have found that up to half of the air in your home has come 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.
We have been encapsulating crawl spaces since we opened our doors and we know the best way to close them off and control high humidity. We do this using a method known as encapsulation which is the installation of a heavy duty liner, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are heavy duty plastic and vinyl sheets as well as covers to close off existing vents and a heavy duty door that can close off the area totally and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. This will also stop pests and animals from getting in the crawl space which will help keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once your crawl space is protected, we can install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. This will control any excess humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also provide a variety of services to help add features to your basement area. We have basement windows to increase the air flow or provide additional light in the area. After we install a waterproofing system, we can install our wall system as part of a pre-finishing service that is waterproof as well as resistant to the growth of mildew. 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 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 to talk to someone about the solutions above, feel free to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and organize a meeting with one of our experts.
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