Foundation, Basement, and Crawl Space Waterproofing and Repair Services in Calumet City, IL
If your home floods during heavy rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or you've got cracks along your foundation, you know this can be a real problem. We are here to provide assistance when you have any type of crawl space water, sinking foundation, or bowed foundation wall problem. Our team uses methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that we stand behind. We have a team of experts in the Calumet City area that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to design a specific solution for your problem that will ensure your home is properly repaired. When we install a waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is supported by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is very important that as soon as you see a problem with your basement, foundation, or crawl space that you get in touch with a trusted repair company. We recommend this as there are quite a few additional issues that can accompany these issues such as mildew, reduced structural integrity, and even catastrophic foundation damage. No matter if you are in need of our basement waterproofing services to prevent water damage in your home, foundation repair products to stabilize your foundation, 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 only being used as storage or if you have a finished space down there. Because of this, it is necessary that the area is dry and any type of flooding is prevented. Due to the fact that water can get into the basement through a variety of different paths, there are a variety of repair possibilities that we will use to keep the area safe. The most common places that we find water leaking is at cracks in the basement walls, whether these are in concrete or at the joints where the blocks meet, at the cove joint, where the basement wall and floor meet, and finally at the windows that are at or below grade.
Regardless of where the problem lies we've got solutions that will control, transport, and remove the water from your basement. If there are leaky 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 or even basement windows, installing a custom drainage system can help remove the water from your basement. In some of the more problematic cases, usually with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we will recommend installing one of our entire wall solution that is comprised of a full height heavy duty liner to collect and divert water. If you've already got a waterproofing system in the basement but it cannot keep up with demand, we can replace it with a new, upgraded sump pump to help the system keep up with the demand. On top of installing systems, we can also upgrade the drainage in your yard to help stop water from pooling 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, normally they will show themselves in the form of stair-step cracks in your brickwork, horizontal cracks that run the length of the foundation or across the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that your windows or doors will not open or close easily or even cracks at the corners of them. You may also have a problem where your basement walls are coming inward. You may not think these problems seem critical when you notice them, they are all indicators of a sinking or settling foundation which should be looked at by a professional for problems to determine if a repair needs to be installed.
It is good that the most common foundation problems are caused by similar things and our professionals are very good at evaluating these issues. We can implement a repair solution that is for your specific problem to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If there is a sinking foundation, we will install 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 types are very strong and can help stabilize your foundation. If you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, we have a few potential options. We can install a series of wall anchors which are 2 large steel plates connected by a long, steel rod, or tall braces that sit directly against the problem area to force them back in line and prevent further bowing, or even carbon fiber straps and staples to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products will correct the bowed wall and prevent it from coming out of alignment again.
Crawl Space Solutions
In our area, there are many homes that are built with crawl space areas instead of basements. For many years, they were constructed with vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh air flow through the area and keep it dry. Unfortunately, the opposite is usually what happens. Having open vents allows water to enter the space when it rains or snows and the vents prevent proper evaporation which causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually facilitate the growth of mildew. Studies have shown that up to half of the air in your home can come up through the crawl space so having the space protected from the outside and controlling excess humidity will improve the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been working with crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the proper way to seal them off and control the 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 thick plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a heavy duty door that will seal the area totally and prevent any unwanted moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also prevent critters and animals from settling in your crawl space which will help keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once your crawl space is encapsulated, we will install an air filter and dehumidifier to improve the indoor air quality. It will prevent high levels of humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.
We also offer a variety of services to help improve the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We can upgrade, replace, or install new basement windows to improve the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. After we install a waterproofing system, we can help with pre-finishing the area by installing a wall system that is both waterproof and resistant to mildew growth. When you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can stop any potential future water problems. If you've already got a waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance testing so you know it will continue to work at peak efficiency.
If you would like more information about the solutions above, please fill out the form on our contact us page, visit our FAQ page or give us a call at 630-206-1177 and organize a consultation with a member of our team.