Basement and Foundation Repair Services in Calumet City, Illinois
Whether your downstairs area experiences flooding during extended rains or in the spring time when the snow melts or you have long cracks along the foundation, you already know there may be a serious issue. We are ready to provide assistance when you have any kind of basement flooding, sinking foundation, or buckling foundation wall problem. We use methods and products that we have thoroughly tested over the years that we stand behind. We have a team of experts in Calumet City that are trained to correctly investigate your home and evaluate your problem to implement a unique solution to that problem that will ensure your home is properly repaired. When our team implements a basement waterproofing system or a repair solution, it is strengthened by years of industry experience and trusted products.
It is critical that if you find a problem with your craw space, basement, or foundation that you contact an experienced repair company. We say this as there are some additional issues that can happen along with these issues including mildew, weakened structure, and even permanent foundation damage. No matter if you're in need of our basement waterproofing services to stop water damaging your home, foundation repair products to stop foundation issues, or crawl space services to prevent mildew growth in the crawl space, our professionals are here to help you.
Your basement is an important part of your home regardless of if you're using it for storage or have already finished the area. Because of this, it is important that the entire space is free of standing water and any type of flooding is prevented. Because water is able to get into your basement using a variety of possible paths, that means there have to be a variety of repair options that we can install to keep the area safe. The primary places that water leaks in is through cracks in the foundation walls, whether these are in concrete or at mortar joints between blocks, at the cove joint, which is where the foundation wall and floor meet, and finally at any windows that are at or below the soil.
No matter where you're having the problem there are solutions that are designed to control, transport, and eject water from your basement. If you have dripping wall cracks, the first thing to do is installing a wall crack repair to control the crack growth and leaking. When water is entering at the cove joint or even at the windows, installing a custom drainage system can remove the water from your basement. In some of the more extreme instances, usually with stone, brick, or block foundations on older homes, we can recommend installing an entire wall solution that is comprised of a floor to ceiling heavy duty liner to collect and divert water. Occasionally there is already a waterproofing system installed 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 upgrade the drainage in your yard to help prevent water from standing next to the home and seeping in.
Structural Foundation Repair
The homes foundation is quite possibly one of, if not the, most important parts. It not only supports the structure itself but it also forms the basement walls. When you have any foundation problems, they will generally show themselves in the form of diagonal cracks in the outside brickwork, horizontal cracks that run along the foundation or across basement walls. Sometimes, you will see that the doors and windows will not open or close easily or there may be cracks at the corners of them. You may also have a problem where the basement walls are buckling into the basement. You may not think these issues seem serious when you notice them, they are all indicators of a sinking or settling foundation and they should be evaluated by an expert for specific problems to determine what type of a repair needs to be performed.
Thankfully, many foundation problems are caused by similar things and our experts are very good at spotting those issues. We can offer a repair solution intended for your specific issue to permanently repair and stabilize the foundation or walls. If the problem is a settling foundation, we can implement a series of foundation piers to level 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 you have basement walls that are bowing, depending on how the severity of the bowing wall, we have some different options. Our team can install a series of wall anchors, these are 2 large plates that 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 even carbon fiber straps to strengthen weak areas and prevent the wall from bowing. When properly used, these products can repair the buckling wall and stop it from coming out of alignment.
Crawl Space Solutions
In Calumet City, there are many homes that were built with crawl spaces instead of basements. As long as there have been crawl spaces, these were built with open vents to the outside where were intended to help fresh 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 when it rains or snows and then it never leaves which causes the humidity levels to stay high which will eventually harbor 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 the crawl space is protected from the elements and controlling excess humidity can improve the overall air quality in your home.
Perma-Seal has been encapsulating crawl spaces since 1979 and we know the best way to seal them off and control high humidity. We do this using a process called encapsulation which is the installation of a thick liner or vapor barrier, sometimes accompanied by insulation products, and are heavy duty plastic and vinyl sheeting as well as vent covers and a sturdy door that can seal the area totally and stop any unwanted moisture from entering. This will also stop critters and animals from getting in your crawl space which will keep any appliances there safe and allow you to use it for storage. Once the crawl space is protected, we can install an air quality control system which is a dehumidifier and air filter. This will control any excess humidity in addition to removing pollutants from the air.
We also provide a variety of services to upgrade the basement and crawl space areas of your home. We can upgrade, replace, or install new basement windows to improve the air flow or provide additional light in the area. When waterproofing the basement, we can install a wall system that is waterproof as well as resistant to the growth of mildew. When you are building a new home, our new construction waterproofing solutions can stop any potential future water problems. 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 more information about the products 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 schedule a meeting with a member of our team.