Foundation and Basement Waterproofing and Repair Services in Calumet City, IL

Structural Foundation Repair in Calumet City

Whether your downstairs area has excess water during heavy rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or you have large cracks along the foundation, you know this can be a real issue. Our experts are ready to help when there is any kind of basement or crawl space flooding, sinking foundation, or bowed basement wall problem. Our team uses time tested products and methods that our team stands behind. We have a team of professionals in the Calumet City area that are trained to correctly evaluate your problem to implement a specific solution for your problem that will keep your home properly repaired. When our team implements a crawl space or basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is backed by years of industry experience and trusted products.

It is very important that as soon as you've seen an issue with the craw space, basement, or foundation that you contact an experienced repair company. We say this because there are some additional problems that can accompany these issues including black mold, reduced structural integrity, and even catastrophic foundation damage. If you require our basement waterproofing services to prevent water damage in your home, foundation repair products to stabilize your foundation, or crawl space services to control mold growth in the crawl space, our team is here to help you.

Basement Waterproofing

Interior Basement Waterproofing in Calumet City

Your basement is an important part of the home whether you're using it as a storage area or have already finished the area. Because of this, it is necessary that the entire space is dry and excess humidity is controlled. Because water is able to get into your basement through a variety of different places, that means there have to be a variety of repair possibilities that we will use to keep the area safe. The primary places that water leaks in is at 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 wall and floor meet, and finally at the windows that are at or even below the soil.

Regardless of where you're having the problem we have solutions that will collect, divert, and remove the water from the basement. If you have dripping basement cracks, the first thing to do is implementing a wall crack repair method to prevent the crack from growing and leaking. When the water is leaking at the cove joint or even at the windows, having a custom drainage system installed can remove the water from the basement. In some extreme instances, typically with old homes that have stone, block, or brick foundations, we will recommend installing an entire wall solution that is a full height heavy duty liner to collect and divert water. Sometimes people already have a waterproofing system in place but it struggles to keep up with flooding water, we can install a new, upgraded sump pump to breathe new life into the system. On top of installing systems, we can also upgrade the drainage in the yard to assist with preventing water from sitting next to the home and seeping in.

Structural Foundation Repair

Bowed Wall Repair - Carbon Fiber Straps in Calumet City

Your foundation is quite possibly one of, if not the, most important areas of the home. It not only holds the building itself but it also is the basement walls. When you've got foundation problems, they will generally manifest themselves in the form of stair-step cracks in the brickwork, cracks that run along the foundation or across the basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the windows will not open or close easily or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also have an issue where the basement walls are buckling into the basement. You may not think these issues seem critical at first, each of them are 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 performed.

Thankfully, the most common foundation problems have very similar causes and our experts are very good at noticing these problems. We can offer a repair solution designed for your specific issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation. If you've got a uneven foundation, we will implement a series of foundation piers to stabilize the foundation. Depending on how bad it is and where it is, we will use either helical piers or push piers. Both types of piers are very strong and are able to stabilize your foundation. If you've got bowing basement walls, depending on how badly the wall is bowing, there are a few different options. We can install a series of wall anchors, these are 2 large plates that are connected by a long, steel rod, or c shaped braces that are installed directly against the cracks to push them back in line and prevent further bowing, we also can apply carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. If they are correctly installed, these products will straighten the bowed wall and stop it from coming out of alignment again.

Crawl Space Solutions

Crawl Space Encapsulation in Calumet City

In our area, there are many homes that were built with crawl spaces in addition to basements. For a long time, they were constructed with open vents to the outside where were intended to help air flow through the space and keep it dry. Unfortunately, this is rarely what happens. The vents allow water to enter the space during rain and snow storms and then it never leaves which causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually harbor the growth of mold and mildew. Up to half of the air in your home can come up through the crawl space so ensuring the crawl space is closed off from the outside and keeping the humidity levels low will increase the overall air quality in your home.

Perma-Seal has been helping customers with their crawl spaces as long as we have been in business and we know the most efficient way to seal them off and control high humidity. This is done 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 sheets as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that will seal the area totally and stop any excess moisture from entering. Encapsulation will also stop bugs and animals from settling in the crawl space which will keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once the crawl space is protected, we will install a combination dehumidifier and air filter. This will prevent high levels of humidity as well as remove pollutants from the air.

Additional Services

We also offer a variety of services to add features to your basement area. We carry basement windows to increase the air flow or increase the amount of light in the area. After we install a waterproofing system, we can install a wall system that is waterproof as well as resistant to mold or mildew growth. If you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can prevent any potential future water problems. If you've already got a waterproofing system in place, we can perform our preventive maintenance inspection to ensure it continues to work at peak efficiency.

Contact Us

If you are interested in any of 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 schedule a consultation with one of our experts.

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