Basement and Foundation Repair Services in Calumet City, IL
When your downstairs area floods when there are heavy rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or you have cracks along the foundation, you already know this can be a real issue. Perma-Seal Basement Systems is here to assist when there is any kind of crawl space water, foundation settlement, or bowed 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 experts in the Calumet City area that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem and come up with a specialized solution for your problem that will keep your home safe and protected. When our team implements a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of experience and trusted products.
It is critical that once you find an issue with your basement, foundation, or crawl space that you reach out to an experienced repair company. We say this as there are a number of potentially dangerous problems that can arise with these issues including mildew, structural damage, and even catastrophic foundation damage. It doesn't matter if you're needing our basement waterproofing products to stop water damaging your home, foundation repair products to stop cracks from growing in the foundation, or crawl space services to prevent damage to your floor joists, our experts are here to help you.
Your basement is a very important area of your home whether it is being used for storage or if you have a finished space down there. This means it is important that the entire space is free of standing water and protected from flooding and excess humidity. Because water can get into the basement by a number of possible places, there are a variety of repair solutions and products that we will use to keep the water under control. The primary places that we find water leaking is at cracks in the foundation walls, which are usually in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, which is where the foundation walls and floor connect, and finally at the windows that may be at or even below the soil.
No matter where you're having the problem we have solutions that are designed to collect, divert, and remove water from your basement. If you've got dripping wall cracks, the first step is installing a wall crack repair method to control the crack growth and leaking. When water is coming in at the cove joint or even at the windows, having a custom drainage system installed can remove the water from your basement. In some extreme instances, typically with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we will install one of our entire wall solution that is made up of a full height heavy duty liner to collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system in place but it cannot keep up with flooding water, we can replace it with a new, upgraded sump pump to breathe new life into the system. On top of installing systems, we can also evaluate the drainage in your yard to help stop water from sitting at the foundation and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The foundation of your home is easily one of the most important parts. It not only holds the home itself but it also is the basement walls. When there are foundation problems, they will generally manifest themselves as stair-step cracks in the brickwork, long cracks that run the length of the foundation or along basement walls. You may also notice that the windows or doors will get stuck or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also see a problem where the basement walls are coming into the area. 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 problems and determine what type of a repair needs to be in place.
It is good that the most common foundation problems have very similar causes and our team is very good at spotting those problems. We can implement a repair product intended for your particular issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If the problem is a sinking foundation, we will implement a series of foundation piers to correct the problem. We will install either push piers or helical piers, depending on where and how bad the sinking is. Both types of piers are very strong and are able to stabilize your foundation. If your basement walls are bowing, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, it can be solved with a few possible options. Our team can utilize a series of wall anchors which are 2 large plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that sit directly against the cracks to force them back in line and control further bowing, or even carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. These products will repair the bowed wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, there are many homes that are built with crawl spaces and not basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, these were created with 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. The vents allow water to get in when it rains or snows and then it never leaves which causes the humidity levels to stay high which can harbor the growth of mold and mildew. We have found that up to ½ of the air in your home enters through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is protected from the outside and controlling excess humidity will improve the overall air quality in your home.
We have been dealing with crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the most efficient way to close them off and control excess humidity. We do this using a method called 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 covers to close off existing vents and a sturdy door that will close off the area totally and prevent any excess moisture from entering. Closing the area will also prevent critters 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 encapsulated, we will 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 provide a number of services to improve the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We have basement windows to improve the air flow or provide additional light in the area. After we install a waterproofing system, we can install a wall system that is waterproof and resistant to the growth of mold and mildew. When you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can 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 testing so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like to talk to someone about the solutions above, don't hesitate to fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or call us directly at 630-206-1177 and set up a consultation with one of our experts.